Following the festive season, January in the UK is a dark, depressing, cold month, therefore, to escape this time of year, we always take our annual “summer holiday” during January.
Having recently returned from Sri Lanka, early March 2017; we commenced our search for our 2018 holiday.
With the help and advice from Malaysia DE on TA, Langkawi appeared to suit our requirements, research commenced.
Eventually, suitable flight timings from & to the UK with Emirates, we decided on Langkawi, flights booked, next, we researched accommodation
We prefer 5* hotel accommodation, although not on the doorstep, yet within walking distance of shops, bars & restaurants, it appeared Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort just off Pantai Cenang suited our requirements.
Following direct contact with the reservations department, I accepted the rate for 14 nights BB accommodation for 2 adults
May 2017, flights and hotel now booked.
So, our view and experience of Langkawi:
Our chosen hotel was nowhere near the standard we expected, we’ve posted our experience under the hotel review section on this site.
We did spend a large amount of time sunbathing within our resort; however, the following are attractions we visited:
Sky cab, although a well established “tourist attraction” well worth the visit, review to follow.
Art In Paradise, part of the cable car complex, we found it interesting to say the least, worth the visit.
Langkawi Craft Complex, decided to visit here on a day the heavens decided to open (thankfully, only once during our 14 night stay did it rain during the day) nice choice and quality in comparison to the tourist strip based at Pantai Cenang.
Dining, due to issues within our hotel, we decided the complex wasn’t worthy of further financial investment, so, decided to eat outside, couple of places we decided on, Orkid Ria just on the entrance to Pantai Cenang, previous research recommended this establishment, although a queue on arrival, and fully occupied inside, the queue soon diminished, and well worth the wait, we visited this establishment on 2 occasions, review to follow.
Taj Mahal, located in the middle of Pantai Cenang, we enjoyed our evening meal here, although somewhat noisy due to larger groups, second visit was a much more pleasant experience, review to follow.
We visited a number of “local” restaurants located well off the “tourist strip” and found the food to be as tasty as the well established restaurants we’d visited.
Where required, we travelled round mostly by Uber, we had no issue with this service or the drivers each time we requested a taxi, majority spoke English well.
We found the beer prices in the duty free shops exceptionally cheap
We visited a couple of night markets, consisting of food, general merchandise, and clothing, although after our 2nd visit, we soon realised each “night” market appeared the same.
Not once did we experience harassment from the stall holders located on the tourist strip, our “thanks, but no thanks” was always retuned with thank you.
From the many places we’ve visited around the globe, fallen in love with, and when suitable, revisited.
We enjoyed our 14 nights in Langkawi; its unfortunate the issues experienced at our hotel tarnished our holiday, therefore, I doubt we’ll return to Langkawi, this maybe the result of our hotel experience, however, I'd like to thank each and everyone, especially Langkawi DEs for your help and advice, creating a memorable experience with our holiday