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langkawi malaysia

With Langkawi being only one of four inhabited islands out of the archipelago of 99 islands, it's a truly magical destination. 

Langkawi is a haven for tropical flora and fauna, is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills.  It's famous for its stunningly crystal clear turquoise waters, and if you stay at any of the outstanding luxury resorts we recommend on the island, you'll be able to explore the archipelago by boat - it's fantastic for island hopping.

Sheltered by the mountainous backbone of the Malaysian peninsular, Langkawi escapes the north eastern winter monsoon entirely and enjoys sunny skies in winter when the eastern provinces are flooded.  Coupled with natural white sand beaches, lush jungle foliage and craggy mountain peaks - but hampered by inaccessibility - the island was at one time touted as "Malaysia's best-kept secret".

But now the secret is out, and this extraordinary island is home to some of the world's best resorts.

Flights to Langkawi are via Kuala Lumpur, 12 hours from London.

Other recommended resorts in Malaysia

  • Pangkor Laut - a gorgeous private island with a luxury resort of the same name (and the only one on the island).
  • Penang Island - for the Snangri La Rasa Sayang
  • Kuala Terengganu - for Tanjong Jara, on the east coast

If you're interested in Malaysia, you may also be interested in Thailand and Vietnam

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Weather and seasons

As far as temperature is concerned, there is no “Best Time” to visit the island of Langkawi, although precipitation may be a factor. Temperatures remain fairly consistent throughout the year - average high temperatures hover around 90F and the lows drop to only the mid 70’s, no matter what month it is. 

If concerned about the details, on average, the hottest month of the year is February, and the coolest month is October, but these tiny variations will not be felt.

More important than temperature is precipitation.  The rainy season is from September until mid November, during which time on average, there are about two hours of rain per day.  Note that an hour of this rain fall usually comes during the night.  Even during rainy season, the mornings are usually filled with sunshine, with the rain coming during overcast afternoons. 

The mid-season (neither dry nor rainy) is from mid April until August.  The mornings are again sunny, but the afternoons can be overcast. 

The dry season is from mid November until mid April, during which time there is very little rain.

the andaman

the andaman

langkawi, malaysia    7 nights from £1,189

The Andaman in Langkawi is a superior first class hotel, with a friendly atmosphere, excellent facilities, family friendly, comfortable and spacious accommodation, plus a fantastic extensive beach front and good selection of in-house restaurants.

four seasons langkawi

four seasons langkawi

langkawi, malaysia    7 nights from £2,055

The Four Seasons Langkawi is a truly exceptional resort, located on the sheltered north coast of Langkawi. Perfect for a deeply relaxing holiday or, for the more active of all ages, there's lots to do on both land and water.

the datai

the datai

langkawi, malaysia    7 nights from £2,065

Surrounded by rainforest, The Datai is a highly acclaimed award winning resort, set above a stunning half-moon cove on the north-western tip of Langkawi Island, just off the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula.


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