About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Beaches, Caverns & Caves
Boat Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Eco Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing, Sightseeing Tours
Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
If you’re a nature-lover looking for an outdoor adventure in Langkawi, a trip to the Kilim Geoforest Park is a must. This protected area is home to a landscape of karst hills and mangrove forests, not to mention a variety of plant and animal life. It’s a unique and natural mix of forest, limestone rocks, caves, and dramatic coastline. The most common way to explore the park is by boat.
Langkawi’s Cable Car is the steepest in the world, offering jaw-dropping, panoramic jungle and island views as it climbs Mount Mat Cincang (Langkawi’s second highest peak). Waiting at the highest level is the aptly named, SkyBridge — a platform suspended in mid-air between two mountain peaks and an attraction in its own right.
Whether you want to laze around on the beach for a while or indulge in some watersports, Langkawi’s beaches have everything you need to enjoy a day (or more) at the beach. With plenty of food and drink options, plus a seemingly never-ending supply of things to do, Cenang Beach is a solid beach choice.
If you like your beaches less crowded, clean, and quiet, head to Tanjung Rhu where you can pretend you’re at your own private beach (sort of!) and enjoy the paradise island feel. There’s only one resort here, and the area is also another place, in addition to Kilim Jetty, from where you can arrange a mangrove boat tour.
In its verdant rainforest-carpeted interior, Langkawi boasts a number of stunning waterfalls. The Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls can be seen from the Langkawi Cable Car, but if you fancy exploring the falls up close, you can also hike up to them, perhaps have a scenic picnic, and splash around in the pools to cool down.
For some stunning views, hire a vehicle and travel to the top of Mount Raya. There’s a single resort at the top, which allows non-guests to visit its viewing tower for a minimal fee, giving you a fantastic 360-degree view of Langkawi (on a clear day). If you’re the seriously active type, you can cycle or even hike the mountain, although this is not advisable unless you’re used to this type of physical activity!
There are a number of ways to take to the seas when visiting Langkawi, but a spot of sailing is hard to beat. Run by the only female captain in the area, step aboard a luxury yacht that’s been renovated from a traditional cargo boat, and cruise around the islands in style. Enjoy food prepared by your host, drinks from the fully-stocked bar, and relax out on the sun deck as the stunning island scenery unfolds around you.
You may have decided to visit the mangrove forests of Langkawi by boat, but have you considered kayaking as a way to explore the sights and attractions of this area? It’s a unique experience to paddle along minus the noise of a boat engine, enabling you to hear the sounds of your natural surroundings as you go. You’ll also be able to explore some of the narrower waterways that boats simply can’t access — plus it’s an incredibly eco-friendly option. Dev's Adventure Tours provide a dedicated group of nature guides who will give you an insight into the mangrove ecosystem along the way.
This is an incredibly affordable way to get out and visit the most popular Langkawi islands. Offering superb value for money, this tour will take you to such paradise islands as ‘Pregnant Maiden Island’, with a freshwater lake at its center, ‘Eagle Island’, and the beautiful Beras Basah. Explore the islands, relax on stunning beaches, and enjoy swimming in crystal-clear waters.
If you’re looking for a unique (and physical) way to experience the rainforest, a Langkawi Canopy Adventures experience is just the thing. It's essentially a mixture of hiking, climbing, ziplining, and abseiling through the rainforest. One for the true adventure-seekers, this is a fun and energetic way to spend a few hours, plus the scenery along the way is pretty spectacular.