Wednesday , 15 March 2017

Destination Malaysia: LANGKAWI

Taking advantage of my current geographical position, I think I’m faced with a great opportunity to present and to show you my host country: MALAYSIA. And, although in this post I will talk about one of his wonderful islands, Langkawi, first let me make you a brief introduction about Malaysia.




Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia consisting of thirteen states and three federal territories, with an area of 329,847 km² and its capital Kuala Lumpur. It has a population of twenty seven million inhabitants, distributed in a territory separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo). Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines. It is near the Ecuador and its climate is tropical.


Due to its geographical location, Malaysia is a with a large number of islands. That’s why I decided to venture with my colleagues in one of the most famous, Langkawi. I have to say that Langkawi has much more to offer than what I am going to tell here, but circumstances made that we could not enjoy all the possibilities that gives you Langkawi.



Langkawi, officially known as “Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah ‘(Malay: Langkawi Permata Kedah) is an archipelago of 104 islands in Malaysia located in the Andaman Sea, 30 km from the mainland coast of northwestern of the country. The islands are part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous island of Langkawi (Pulau Langkawi), the only other inhabited island traditionally nearby Pulau Tuba.



Langkawi Island is famous for the amount of outdoor activities you can do in it, besides its beautiful scenery and crystal clear waters. However, although it should not say this (do not look mom), Langkawi is also known for being a place in which to buy alcohol and chocolate at a lower price than normal, because there is no rates to apply to these products in here. Being students during holidays, I think it is clear why we were attracted by Langkawi. However, once there, we were impressed with the beauty of the place.



Langkawi is a unique place, awarded the status of “Word Geopark” by the UNESCO in 2007. This distinction aims to bring sustainable and real economic benefit to local populations, usually through the development of sustainable tourism and other economic and cultural activities.


Three of its main conservation areas in Langkawi Geopark are Machincang Geoforest Cambrian Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest park (Lake of the Pregnant Isle (Pregnant Maiden Lake)). These three parks are the most popular tourist areas Langkawi Geopark.


With this recognition, Langkawi can boast of many of the most beautiful beaches and landscapes of Southeast Asia and I dare to say that even of the world. The tranquility to watch a sunset in any of its islands, sitting on the sand, away from the bustle of the city, is an amazing feeling.



However, what we wanted were festive and fun activities, and this is where Langkawi is also immensely rich. Along the beaches you will find many offers to go skydiving, scuba diving, fishing, boating, exploring islands and so on; all accompanied by a good price, since with the change to ringgit (Malaysian currency) Europeans always win. However, despite the many available proposals, we chose two: banana boat and jet ski. I must say we picked the right thing.



Undoubtedly, if you visit the island of Langkawi with a bunch of friends, banana boat is the quintessential activity you must do. The banana boat is an inflatable device with shape and color of banana, hence its name. It can seat up to 6 people. For about 10 ringgit per head, about 2.5 euros, we enjoyed a “walk” about 15 minutes long in which abounded laughter, good vibes and of course, as you can see in the video, falls. If you want to have a good time with colleagues, do not hesitate to try it. Of course, trying to catch the banana boat towed by a boat, as there are some who use jet skis and speed is lower.



Motorbikes and water? Not shaken but stirred? Of course not! God Bless the inventor of the jet skis! If motorbikes are already fun on the road, more on water. As a self-confessed lover of two wheels, thanks to my father, I felt obliged to ride astride a jet ski and enjoy your driving. At first, I was a bit hesitant and afraid; I did not know how that “bug” of 1800cc would react to my directions. However, after a slow start and about 10 minutes getting used to handling and gain confidence, everything went smoothly. The virtues of this particular vehicle are countless, as the impressions that transmits you. That emotion of driving to where you want to drive, that sense of freedom and to feel the waves crashing and the water splashing your face, is indescribable.


In short, despite the myriad of places that we couldn’t visit, we can ensure that Langkawi is a must for any good adventure lovers. If you are in Malaysia, do not miss the opportunity and visit Langkawi, you shall rejoice.



About Germán Olivares Merlos

My name is German and I am 23 years old. I am a Spanish boy born in a village in Andalucia, Velez Rubio. Currently residing in Malaysia where I finished my studies in Economics. Years ago I have been living in Granada (Spain) and Nottingham (UK).