For those of you unfamiliar with Langkawi, it is a cluster of islands off the coast of northern Peninsular Malaysia near the state of Perlis and the Thailand border.
If you decide to take a long weekend away from home this little tropical island of Langkawi would be worth the visit.
Most of the 99 islands of Langkawi are uninhabited by people and home to a huge variety of plant and animal life. The ocean around Langkawi is known for it's coral reefs, and generally good diving and snorkelling conditions in which to view them.
Langkawi is, in short, a natural paradise. It's a favorite destination for Japanese and Middle Eastern tourists, who seem to make up about 50% of the tourists today.
Arriving from KLIA by plane takes all of an hour, and most hotels and resorts can provided you transport from the airport.
Life on Langkawi is noticably more laid back that that of other places in Malaysia, or even Kuala Lumpur. The people of Langkawi are friendly and helpful. They are very conscious of the fact that the island survives on tourism and duty free shopping.
A great deal of promotion has been carried out by Tourism Malaysia to promote this island and today we can see the results of all the campaigns carried out. However the local government need to ensure that local amenities are constantly upgraded and maintained.
There is no doubt that Langkawi will be a major tourist destination in the years to come.