Cruise Holiday Travel Guide: Langkawi

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Think Langkawi and you might very well think “paradise” – with good reason. These beautiful islands will capture your heart and imagination.

Read on to find out more about this destination, or click here to see the latest Asia cruise deals with Cruise 1st Australia.

About Langkawi

Langkawi is actually made up of 105 islands (some of which disappear at high tide) and is separated from mainland Malaysia by the Straits of Malacca. The islands boast a year-round tropical climate, pristine black and white sand beaches, lush rainforests and stunning wildlife. Modern visitors have seen a rise in the number of luxury spas, beach bars and seafood restaurants but much of rural Langkawi remains unchanged. Venture slightly off the beaten track and you will still find ancient kampungs (villages) lit by oil lamps.

The largest of Langkawi’s islands is Pulau, which is where your cruise ship will dock. Despite being the largest of the islands it is only 154 square miles, meaning it is quite manageable if you only have a day to explore and take in the sights.

A good starting point is to head for the spectacular coast line where you will be rewarded with the beautiful, seemingly endless beaches and stunning views of the ocean, as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants. Why not sample some locally-caught fresh seafood whilst watching the world go by.

A great place to visit is the Oriental Village – a huge open-air mall which is so much more than just shops (although there are plenty of these too!). Catch the Panorama Langkawi – a cable car which takes visitors on a 20-minute (very steep!) trip to the top of the Gunung Machinchang mountain. You will enjoy spectacular views on the way up so have your camera ready. Once you have reached the top you can walk along the Sky Bridge, which is a single-span suspension bridged located 100m above the jungle canopy. The views from here have to be seen to be believed.

Some of the other many attractions at the Oriental Village include the Elephant Adventure, a tiger exhibition and gallery and several souvenir shops and restaurants.

For a touch of relaxation with a difference visit the Air Hangat Village, located at the north of the island. Here you can lie back and unwind in the natural hot springs which are surrounded by luscious scenery. There are also some souvenir shops here and you may be lucky enough to catch an authentic cultural show.

However you choose to spend your time in Langkawi you are sure to be both seduced and calmed by its natural beauty. This truly is a tropical paradise just waiting to be discovered.

Cruise lines currently sailing to Langkawi include Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

Book your Langkawi cruise

Below is just a small sample of our best deals. To see the very latest offers visit our Asia cruise deals page today.

Singapore to Perth – Fly/Stay/Cruise
Cruising with Princess Cruises on board Dawn Princess
24th May 2015 for 13 nights

You will depart from Singapore Harbour Front then sail to Phuket, Langkawi, Penang, Port Kelang and Lombok before finishing in Fremantle
This deal includes a hotel stay in Singapore

Malaysia and Thailand – Fly/Stay/Cruise
Cruising with Royal Caribbean International on board Mariner of the Seas
20th October 2015 for 10 nights

You will depart from Singapore Harbour Front then sail onwards to Port Kelang, Penang, Langkawi and Phuket then return to Singapore Harbour Front
This deal includes a hotel stay in Singapore

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Jacub Michenkow

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Alyssa Beit

Alyssa lives in Sydney, NSW. Born on the 14th October and is a Social and Human Service Assistant at Cruise 1st Australia. She is in her early 40’s and loves tranquility on luxury cruises.

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