Want To Explore Langkawi Like Samantha Ruth? Here's Your Guide

From its mythical history, impressive sites, local culture and architecture, find out all you need to know about Malaysia's Langkawi for planning a perfect trip
Kilim Geoforest Park in Langkawi
Kilim Geoforest Park in LangkawiShutterstock

After launching her new podcast, actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu took some personal time off and vacationed at the beautiful tropical destination of Langkawi in Malaysia. The actress shared some stunning pictures from her trip, showcasing the serene and picturesque surroundings of Langkawi. The place is nestled amidst lush greenery and has a charming and peaceful ambience that is sure to entice anyone looking for a relaxing escape.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu at Malaysia's Langkawi
Samantha Ruth Prabhu at Malaysia's Langkawisamantharuthprabhuoffl/instagram

Samantha's vacation photos capture the true essence of tranquillity, featuring the pristine beaches and natural landscapes of Langkawi. Her idyllic retreat serves as a reminder to take a break from the chaos of daily life and immerse oneself in the peaceful embrace of nature. Find out all you need to know about the archipelago for planning a peaceful getaway to the perfect destination.

A photo shared by Samantha Ruth Prabhu on her Instagram
A photo shared by Samantha Ruth Prabhu on her InstagramSamantha Ruth Prabhu/Instagram

The Langkawi Archipelago

Langkawi island, Malaysia
Langkawi island, MalaysiaShutterstock

Nestled in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is an enchanting archipelago made up of 99 islands off the northwest coast of Malaysia. It is widely known for its immaculate beaches, verdant rainforests and rich cultural heritage, offering visitors a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure and exploration. With its fascinating history, diverse flora and fauna, magnificent architecture and abundant tourist attractions, Langkawi ensures an unforgettable experience for everyone who ventures to its shores.


Kilim Geoforest Park, Langkawi
Kilim Geoforest Park, LangkawiShutterstock

Langkawi is a group of 99 islands with a rich history dating back to 2,500–1,500 BCE. The name "Langkawi" is believed to come from the Chinese Ling dynasty. In 1136 AD, the Kedah Sultanate took over Langkawi, followed by the State of Siam in 1821 and the British in 1909. Langkawi is also the last surviving place of the ancient kingdom of Lankasuka and is associated with the legend of two giants who spilt a pot of gravy. UNESCO declared Langkawi and its islands a geopark in 2007. The archipelago has played a significant role as a trading hub in recent centuries, attracting merchants from all over Asia and beyond. Langkawi finally gained independence in 1957 and has since become a thriving tourist destination.

Flora and Fauna

A colourful Hornbill at Langkawi
A colourful Hornbill at LangkawiShutterstock

Langkawi is a nature lover's paradise, with diverse ecosystems that support a wide range of flora and fauna. Its lush rainforests are home to towering trees, exotic orchids and medicinal herbs. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot rare and fascinating animals such as the dusky leaf monkey, the flying fox and the elusive colugo. The marine biodiversity of Langkawi is also impressive, with vibrant coral reefs teeming with colourful fish and turtles and occasional sightings of dolphins and dugongs. The island is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with 238 different species, including rare species like the Brown kingfisher, Green Imperial Pigeon and Pied hornbill. The mangroves in Langkawi support hundreds of species of birds and animals, including insects like brown-winged kingfishers, brahminy kites and fiddler crabs.


A view of the Langkawi Sky Bridge
A view of the Langkawi Sky BridgeShutterstock

The architectural landscape of Langkawi is a reflection of its multicultural heritage, which is influenced by Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European traditions. Visitors can enjoy the view of traditional Malay kampong houses, which are adorned with intricate carvings and vibrant colours. They can also explore colonial-era buildings and ornate Chinese temples. The Langkawi Sky Bridge, an iconic marvel of modern engineering, provides panoramic views of the archipelago and exemplifies human ingenuity amidst natural beauty.


Pulau Payar Marine Park, Langkawi
Pulau Payar Marine Park, LangkawiShutterstock

Langkawi remains a popular tourist destination that attracts millions of visitors every year. The island offers a wide range of options to suit every traveller's budget, from luxurious resorts to budget-friendly accommodations. Visitors can engage in numerous activities, such as island hopping tours, which allow them to explore pristine beaches, hidden coves, and secluded lagoons. Nature enthusiasts can embark on jungle treks, bird-watching expeditions, and sunset cruises, while adventure seekers can indulge in water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and parasailing.


Mahsuri's Tomb, Langkawi
Mahsuri's Tomb, LangkawiShutterstock

Langkawi offers many sites and activities for tourists to enjoy. You can visit the Langkawi Cable Car and Sky Bridge for stunning views of the area. Take a boat tour of the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park to explore the fascinating mangrove forests. If you're interested in the underwater world, you can go snorkelling or diving at the Pulau Payar Marine Park. To immerse yourself in local culture, check out Mahsuri's Tomb and the Craft Cultural Complex. Langkawi is also known for its duty-free shopping, with vibrant markets and shopping malls to explore. Finally, don't miss the chance to relax on the pristine beaches of Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Tanjung Rhu.

Places to Stay

The Datai Langkawi

A luxurious retreat nestled amidst lush rainforest and overlooking the Andaman Sea. It costs INR 60,666 (MYR 3500) per night to stay at  Datai Langkawi.

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

A secluded paradise offering spacious villas and world-class amenities. Prices per night Four Seasons begin at INR 29,068 (MYR 1,671).

Berjaya Langkawi Resort

Situated on a private beach with chalets set amidst tropical gardens. Staying at Berjaya Langkawi can cost up to INR 12,074 (MYR 694) per night.

Casa del Mar Langkawi

A boutique resort offering beachfront accommodation and personalised service. The prices per night at Casa del Mar begin at INR 31,161 (MYR 1792).

Useful Details

Langkawi has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius all year round. The official language spoken is Malay, but English is widely used, especially in tourist areas. The currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR); most establishments accept credit cards. As a duty-free island, Langkawi is a perfect destination for shopping for alcohol, tobacco and other goods. Visitors are advised to respect local customs and dress modestly when visiting religious sites.

Getting There


To reach the island, you can fly to Langkawi International Airport, the nearest airport. The airport is accessible from various locations such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Phuket, Singapore, or Hat Yai. Once you land, you can opt for a private transfer to your hotel for convenience.


You can take a ferry from Kuala Perlis Pier in Malaysia or Koh Lipe in Thailand. You can also take a bus from Kuala Lumpur, get off at Kuala Perlis, and then take a ferry.


You can take a high-speed train from KL Sentral to Arau, then take a taxi or Grab to the jetties (Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis) for a ferry to Langkawi.

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