By Doree Simon
Langkawi
Malaysia
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 A mysterious jewel in the Andaman Sea, Langkawi, Malaysia is rather fresh to world tourism but ancient to the planet. Its age-old karstic marble islands meet luscious buzzing rainforests in this UNESCO World Geopark. Explore sugar white and onyx black sand beaches, magnificently colorful wildlife, and rich Malaysian culture through the wonders of this archipelago in the Malaysian state of Kedah.
 
Langkawi International Airport (LGK) is just a 25-minute drive from the island's main town of Kuah. Take advantage of EscapeWizard.com’s competitive fares by searching for flights here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Langkawi is home to some of Malaysia's most luxurious hotels and EscapeWizard.com can help you book your accommodations here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Entertainment in Langkawi starts from the minute you land at the airport where you’ll find the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA).  Don’t feel too much pressure to stock up on duty-free items at the airport as the entire island of Langkawi is tax-free, making it quite a paradise for shoppers.
 
Located about 30km off the northwest coast of the peninsula, Langkawi is actually a cluster of 104 exotic islets. Generally, travelers spend most of their time on the largest island, Pulau Langkawi, because of a recent boost in its newly vibrant tourism market. While there is plenty to keep even the most demanding of travelers occupied, EscapeWizard.com suggests exploring as much of this archipelago as you can by island hopping on a guided boat tour. These tropical tours can often be organized through your hotel and are an entertaining, affordable and unique way to experience the serene ambiance of Langkawi. In a push for green tourism, visitors are not allowed to bring vehicles via ferries, but are encouraged to rent bicycles or motorbikes, or even share taxis to get around the single road that stretches across Pulau Langkawi.
 
The name Langkawi is a combination of the Malay words "helang" (eagle) and "kawi" (strong), and not surprisingly, visitors are sure to see many magestic eagles soaring through the air here. The eagle is the island's symbol and eagles, as well as over 200 other bird species and a remarkable population of butterflies, speckle the rainforests and skies of Langkawi like a Jackson Pollock painting. To take a closer look at the winged wildlife of Langkawi, EscapeWizard.com suggests visiting Langkawi Bird Paradise in the Langkawi Wildlife Park. This five-acre park is located just ten minutes from Kuah and is home to over 2,500 exotic birds including canaries, owls and flamingos. Visitors can also expect to run into a stunning 15m waterfall, as well as monkeys, wallabies, fish, and giant squirrels throughout the wildlife park.
 
The west side of the island is home to Langkawi's most popular beach, Pantai Cenang. Its white sand coastline is dotted with cozy cafes, buzzing bars, relaxing restaurants, and affordable accommodation. It is easy to rent a Jet Ski or boat for the afternoon, or to paraglide over the glistening sea for a relatively inexpensive price.
 
For a nearly secluded beach getaway, travelers needn't look further than Tanjung Rhu. It's the same white sand and crystal clear water as Pantai Cenang without the crowds. Famous for it's incredibly gorgeous sunsets over limestone outcrops, this beach is an absolute must-see while in Langkawi.
 
Without doubt, the best way to experience the breathtaking jungles of Langkawi is by taking the Langkawi Cable Car to the brand new Sky Bridge in the rich rainforest of Gunung Machinchang. The Sky Bridge merges modern architecture with age-old beauty in a way that provides an even more spectacular view of the rainforest, which covers about two-thirds of Langkawi. Travelers can arrange transportation and a guided tour by booking a trip to the Sky Bridge through their hotel.
 
From lavish restaurants to common hawker stalls, Langkawi is a great place to try various Malaysian dishes on which Malaysians pride themselves. Be sure to try Malaysia’s most popular dish, satay, which is a skewer of barbequed meat in a savory spicy peanut sauce.
 
Malaysian culture is rich in Langkawi given its assortment of Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist celebrations as well as a healthy nightlife and year-round festivals. Travelers may want to consider planning their trip around the Ironman Malaysia Triathalon in February, the Wilderness Langkawi Challenge in May, the Fire Extinguishing Contest in June, the Langkawi International Festival of Art every April, or the Food and Fruit Fiesta in June.
 
Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your next trip to “The Jewel of Kedah.” Langkawi is a wonderful place to practice yoga, explore pristine nature, and experience this little pocket of Southeast Asia; and don’t forget to ask the locals about Mahsuri, the young woman who supposedly haunts the island..!
Hotels in Langkawi
By Scott Barker
Century Langkawi Beach Resort
Teluk Nibong Langkawi, 07000 Malaysia
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Century Langkawi Beach Resort (formally the Sheraton) You don’t want to miss this tropical treasure perched on the shore of the exotic Andaman Sea.   A short six kilometers (3.73 miles) from the airport, free parking is provided if you choose to drive.   Cars for hire and taxi service are available from the airport.  The hotel does offer limited airport pickup service.  Check-in time is 3 p.m. (check-out is at noon).  Once you arrive at the resort put your transportation concerns behind you.  With a free hotel shuttle available 24 hours a day, you need not worry about getting anywhere you wish you to go.  And Century Langkawi Beach Resort gives you ample reason to not want to leave the resort property.

The property offers 238 rooms, with views of tropical gardens, sea front rooms with a view of the private beach, or sea-facing rooms, which include a Jacuzzi.   All rooms have full-length French doors opening onto your own private balcony.  Other room amenities include a 32-inch LCD TV, mini-bar, free, in-room movies.  Wi-Fi is available in each room for a fee.  The hotel offers a business center and also a foreign exchange service. 

Among the delights that wait are the full service spa, a private beach, outdoor pools, a children’s pool, jogging track and a 24-hour fitness center with a beach view.  The Century Langkawi Beach Resort doesn’t leave the kids out of the fun, offering a Lutong Kids Club providing daily activities such as picnics, nature walks, treasure hunts and batik painting.  Multiple dining options include Asian, seafood, fusion, deli and light fare.  Many adventures wait nearby, including golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, Mangrove River tours, the Langkawi Crystal Center and even a crocodile farm.

Tranquility, lush tropical settings with a beach view, warm sea air, and ample activities await you at the Century Langkawi Beach Resort.  Why wait any longer to book your visit?  We can help you find the best deals.  Let EscapeWizard.com help you have low pricing, click here to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Langkawi
By Kerin Van Hoosear
Century Langkasuka Resort
Kuala Muda, Mukim Padang Matsirat, Kedah Langkawi, 07100 Malaysia
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Nestled along the shore of the Andaman Sea, the Century Langkasuka Resort (formally theFour Points by Sheraton Langkawi Resort) offers a seemingly endless array of beauty and relaxation. The resort is located a mere 1.5 kilometers (.9 miles) from Langkawi International Airport (LGK), allowing you start your Malaysian adventure stress free with a quick transition from the airport to the beach. The resort can arrange for a private car to pick you up, or if you’re renting a car for the duration of your stay, note that complimentary parking is available to you.

The Century Langkasuka Resort boasts 214 rooms with a myriad of options to suit your stay. Ranging from Comfort Rooms and Sea View Rooms with first-floor lanais to various Suite options with private balconies, you’re sure to be vacationing in style. If you plan on going big, the two-bedroom Four Points Suite is your home away from home, offering LCD flat screen TVs in every room, along with a spacious layout that includes a lounge and dining area. Whichever you choose, you’ll be enjoying luxurious 250 thread count sheets and complementary high-speed internet!

The staff of the Century Langkasuka Resort is ready to tend to your needs to ensure that your stay is memorable and enjoyable. They can direct you to the private white-sand beach where you can stroll for more than a kilometer in peace, or to the largest infinity pool in Langkawi to soak up some sun. Additionally, if you’re traveling with children, they offer a special kids’ club and kids’ pool to keep them entertained. Also on site is a fitness facility offering state-of-the-art equipment open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so that you can work out at your own convenience. If you’re looking for nearby adventure, visit the Langkawi Crocodile Farm – home to over 1,000 crocodiles, or take a trek through the jungle and experience magnificent waterfalls and caves.

Whether you’re visiting Langkawi for relaxation or exploration, the Century Langkasuka Resort is the ideal accommodation. Easily book your travels now through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Langkawi
By Katelyn Mohney
Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
Jalan Pantai Dato Syed Omar, Kedah, Langkawi, Malaysia
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The Westin® Resort and Spa of Langkawi, Malaysia is less than 13 miles from the Langkawi Airport. The hotel offers guests easy transportation to and from the Langkawi Airport by way of the shuttle service. This hotel shuttle service also offers guests transportation to important local areas which guests will want to visit during the trip, such as the Langkawi Fair Mall. The hotel is less than 2 miles from downtown, where guests can immerse themselves with cultural and historical information and activities, and also visit local shops and restaurants.

This Westin® Resort & Spa offers guests deluxe rooms with or without ocean views, one or two bedroom suites, one bedroom villas or premium villas with up to 5 bedrooms. All guest rooms are furnished with The Heavenly Bed® which offers guests a magical place to rest and relax. Guests may choose a room, suite or villa with a private patio or balcony from which you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Langkawi, Malaysia. The plasma television located in your room offers satellite channels and the option to rent movies directly through the television through the pay-per-view system. If pay-per-view and the many channels available don't offer something of interest, rooms are also equipped with DVD players, with which you may wish to enjoy a movie brought from home or rented from a local DVD rental venue.

High speed internet access is available in most common areas of the hotel, such as the lobby, dining areas and the business center. High speed internet access can also be obtained in all guest rooms for a daily fee.

Enjoy your trip to Langkawi, Malaysia at this luxurious Westin® Resort and Spa. Please allow EscapeWizard.com to help you book a room and make your dream vacation a reality today by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).