1// Take a trip to the clouds
Arguably the most dramatic peak of all — and certainly the highest — is the Machinchang Formation, a soaring mountain range that lays claim to being the oldest part of Southeast Asia. Its sandstone layers were first formed under the ocean more half a billion years ago and have been above water for some 220 million years. By riding to the summit in the SkyCab cable car, which is the steepest of its kind in the world, you can enjoy superb panoramic views from the curved SkyBridge.
2// Learn some local culture
Langkawi combines an intriguing mix of Malay, Thai and European influences, with plenty of opportunities to squeeze in some culture. The Rice Museum gives a glimpse into the cultivation of the country’s most-prized resource, and visitors can even try their hand at rice farming. The Art in Paradise museum is dedicated to 3D art, and crawling into artworks is just the beginning, with exhibits including exciting optical illusions.
3// Eat yourself into a coconut-induced coma
The local food in Langkawi is divine, using plenty of lemongrass, chilli and coconut milk. Street markets make ideal — and cheap — spots for sampling local delicacies, from pisang goreng (fried bananas) to mee goreng (fried noodles). Langkawi also has a wonderful night market every night of the week, hosted at various spots around the island. Not only is the food great, it’s an excellent opportunity to mingle with the locals.
4// Join a jet ski tour
With 99 islands in the archipelago, the only way to see even a small percentage is by boat — or jet ski, of course. A four-hour tour takes in the area in all its glory — white sands, baby blue water and forested hills. Where the limestone cliffs are slowly worn away, there are a wealth of water-level caves to explore too, and under the sea, schools of rainbow-coloured fish dart from reef to reef.
5// Lie back and relax
Many come to Langkawi purely to enjoy the long white-sand beaches. In the south of the main island, Pantai Cenang is a particular focal point, with its relaxed open-air bars and water-sport options. On the north coast, meanwhile, spots like Datai Bay and the exclusive Tanjung Rhu Resort offer breathtaking jungle coastline views and miles of sweeping sands.
6// Become an ironman
Among all active holiday pursuits, participating in an Ironman has to pack the biggest punch. Set to return in 2018, this epic race starts with a swim from the white-sand beach of Pantai Kok and takes athletes on a journey through dense rainforest, mangrove clusters and over Datai’s rolling hills. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular — Langkawi is a Global Geopark; its nature deemed to be of priceless natural value, and this race takes in the best of it. naturallylangkawi.my