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Langkawi

Northern Region, Malaysia

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Its karst geology underpins everything tourists love about eco-tourism paradise Langkawi—its mangrove-lined rivers, stark mountains, and stunning islands.

There’s the 700-m tall Gunung Mat Chincang, which is accessible by cable car and adorned with a curving Sky Bridge. Another sight worth seeing is the Pantai Cenang Beach. This beach is home to Langkawi’s most excellent restaurants, resorts, and watersports, and there’s a multitude of islands, all accessible through regular island-hopping trips.

Scuba fanatics will love Pulau Payar Marine Park’s colorful dive spots, and animal-lovers will appreciate Kilim Nature Park’s mangrove ecosystem and its rare fauna. Even golfers get to enjoy Langkawi’s unspoiled beauty, through golf courses placed between the forests and sea.

Most visitors arrive by ferry or cruise ship at Kuah town, greeted by a massive eagle overlooking the Andaman Sea. Accommodations on Langkawi cover both ends of the budget spectrum, from five-star resorts to homely homestays. Kuah’s shopping malls also underpin Langkawi’s reputation as a duty-free hotspot.