Often times, when we hear Asian Island Destination, Thailand comes to mind. The fact that it is affordable and beautiful draws people to the Thai Islands. What many don’t know is that there are other islands equally, if not more stunning than Phuket, Koh Samui, and others.
I’ve booked tons of vacations for people who routinely go to HKT, ( Phuket, Thailand) but what i’ve never seen is someone asking to go to LGK.
LGK or Langkawi is one of the hundreds of small islands that belong to Malaysia. It isn’t that easily accessible and that’s probably why people don’t know about it.
I recently took a trip to Langkawi and it was spectacular. It was an amazing feeling to be so out of touch with the rest of the world!
Langkawi is known for its all year tropical weather and pristine beaches. Getting to Langkawi is actually quite easy once you reach Kuala Lumpur.
One way to reach LGK from the U.S is to hop onboard and head to KUL.
For my trip, we did LAX-HKG-KUL on Cathay (67,500 AA Miles in First, 55,000 In Business, and 35,000 in Economy One Way)
United also goes up to KUL.
Malaysia Airlines flies the 45 minute flight non-stop to LGK from KUL, but seeing as they aren’t partners with Oneworld yet, many people hit a dead end. The trick to going around this is to use the low cost carrier AirAsia to fly from KUL-LGK. They operate daily non-stops every hour to LGK. The price is an astounding $70 Roundtrip!
Once in LGK, you can easily use either Cash and Points or Points with Starwood. We used full points because Cash and Points wasn’t available on our dates. Starwood has 4 properties in Langkawi, which range from 3,000-30,000 points per night. For our stay, we chose the Sheraton Langkawi Resort at 7,000 Points Per Night.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by what looked like an army of bellboys! After checking into our Ocean View Room, we decided to sleep the rest of the night and wake up in the morning fully refreshed.
In the morning, breakfast was served at the Hotel Restaurant called Fusion. The breakfast was actually really good and it energized us for the rest of the day.
We headed out to what I call Downtown Langkawi, but the “Locals” call it Cenang Beach. It’s filled with restaurants and little craft stores. Heading out to the beach, we were greeted with crystal clear water and white sand. It was an amazing sight and I didn’t want to leave! People were water-skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, and riding ATV’s. It was so lively and vibrant!
After walking around, we sat down at a local Malay/Indian restaurant. The food was good according to my parents. I didn’t eat it because I was too busy trying to find coconuts!
After eating, we headed to a well known attraction called Panorama Langkawi. This attraction is famous for many different things but mainly because it’s ranked as one of the worlds tallest and longest suspension bridges! Words truly can’t describe this monster of a bridge!
We spent 2 nights here and our flight to Kuala Lumpur left early in the morning so thats mostly what we were able to do here. There’s a ton more things to do here as shown in the pictures below!