72 Hours In Langkawi (Langkawi - Part 1)
By Shaun Mun
October 13, 2011
SAFRA journeyed to Langkawi in September, together with the winners of our Adventure in Langkawi 2011 contest, courtesy of Tourism Malaysia and the Langkawi Development Authority. We had the opportunity to experience Langkawi's lush greenaries, exotic wildlife and white sandy beaches over the 4-day trip and we enjoyed every minute of it!
Langkawi is the perfect vacation spot if you are in dire need of a getaway from the urban jungle, even if you only have a weekend to spare. Here's SAFRA's guide to experiencing Langkawi in 72 hours – just some of the highlights of our adventure in Langkawi!
Arrive in Langkawi airport via Malaysia Airlines.
Malaysian Airlines flies to Langkawi daily from Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2. Visit www.malaysiaairlines.com for the latest flight deals to Langkawi.
Check in at the beachfront Frangipani Resort and Spa (1237 Jalan Teluk Baru, Langkawi; www.frangipanilangkawi.com).
Check with the front desk if you can tour the resort's Zero Waste Eco Farm. Frangipani has embraced the green revolution - its eco-friendly practices can be seen all around the property. Check out the hand painted 'No Smoking' sign made from recycled wood that can be found in every room.
Take a 15-minute taxi ride to Laman Padi (Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi). Visit the Heritage Gallery at Laman Padi to learn more about the techniques as well as the tools used to plant and harvest rice. You can even try your hands at rice planting or harvesting at the rice fields.
Photo by: Darren Ng
Pick a spot by The Frangipani Resort’s Pantai Tengah beach to catch the gorgeous sunset.
Photo by: Darren Ng
Then head for dinner at Mentari Grill, located in Frangipani Resort’s Pantai Tengah. Some of the ingredients used in their food, such as the fruits and poultry, are harvested from the Frangipani Resort’s very own Zero Waste Eco Farm. We highly recommend the Frangipani Fritter with Mayo and Honey sauce appetiser – these highly addictive fritters are the resort’s signature dish.
Take a 15-mins walk to Pantai Cenang, Langkawi’s most popular beach strip and head to The Brassiere (27a, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi). Take a seat right at the beach and sink your toes into the soft powdery sand with an ice cold beer in your hand. Spend the rest of the night enjoying the cool sea breeze while being entertained by The Brassiere’s resident band.
Early morning is the best time to go birdwatching in Langkawi when the birds are most active. Head to Langkawi’s lush rainforest with a JungleWalla guide (http://www.junglewalla.com) to watch the island’s resident birds such as the Hornbills in their natural habitat. An experience not to be missed.
Head back to the hotel to unwind and put your frazzled mind at ease with The Frangipani Spa’s signature Anti-Oxidant Sauna treatment (RM70 for 60mins). Alternatively, you can opt for an hour long traditional Malay full body massage (RM180) to soothe your aching muscles.
Ride the cable car from the Oriental Village (Jalan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi) to the peak of Mount Matchinchang, which is home to 500-million year old rock formations. At the top, take a walk at the sky bridge and get a picturesque 360-degrees view of Langkawi from this curved pedestrian bridge located 2000 feet above sky level.
Head to the Telaga Habour Marina, located just 10 minutes away from the Oriental Village, for dinner. The Telaga Habour Marina is located right next to Langkawi’s premier 5 star hotel, The Danna Langkawi Resort. Choose one of the restaurants that line the harbour and enjoy a nice, serene dinner by the marina.
For adrenaline junkies, a visit to the Agropark Adventure Camp is a must. For just RM40, you get to experience a high element course located in the midst of a dense rainforest. Test your courage on the Burma Bridge, Crazy Stepped Ladder, Postman Walk and Flying Fox, all of which are located 10 meters off the ground.
Learn more about Langkawi’s legends and myths at the beautiful Lagenda Park, an open air garden museum. From the park, you will be able to catch a glimpse of Langkawi’s iconic eagle statue located at the Eagle Square.
Stop by Kuah Town for some duty free shopping before you head to the airport. Stock up on your cocoa indulgences at Zeno Duty Free Shopping Centre (20, 22 & 24, Jalan Pandak Mayah 6, Pusat Bandar Kuah), where you can find confectionaries such as Hershey’s, Ritter Sports and Cadbury’s at a fraction of its retail price in Singapore.
Al Ikhsan (94 Persiaran Putra, Kuah) is also worth a visit. You can find a myriad of sporting apparels at a bargain here. Once you are done stocking up, as all great trips go, it would be time for you to head back home. If you do end up following this guide of ours, we hope you will (or have had) an awesome time!