Top Things To Do In Langkawi, Malaysia

My first time in Langkawi was in 2011, when I first stepped into Malaysia. I instantly fell in LOVE. I think Langkawi is what made me fall hard for Malaysia. I can’t really describe the feeling but it felt something like magic.
I have been here twice and both the times I have done different things and these are memories that will truly be cherished forever. I will share some of them with you.
I stayed at this hotel by the beach and both the times I stayed at the same place as it was super convenient; near shops and restaurants and right by the Pantai Cenang beach!

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Shop Duty Free
Langkawi is the only place in Malaysia where you can shop duty free. Everything is unbelievably cheap, including alcohol and cigarettes. Given that Malaysia is an Islamic country, it is the only place in Malaysia where you can drink alcohol freely. It is indeed their domestic holiday destination.
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Langkawi Eagle Square

Island Hopping

My first activity in Langkawi was the island hopping tour. This is something I did on my own and it was so refreshing. This is why I encourage everyone to explore at least one place on their own.
Learn to love your own company and you will need nothing more in life. You will never feel lonely.
This island hopping tour holds a significant amount of value to my life as it gave me the chance to really focus on an unknown place without knowing anyone or having any technology (for the first time – I’ve done it tons since!). It made me appreciate nature, Langkawi and just the Earth overall.
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Sunset by the beach
This tour takes you to a lake where they throw fish as eagles come and pick em from water within a split of a second. It’s pretty amazing. Langkawi is known to have many eagles.
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Eagles!
Then we went to the “pregnant” lake. Yes, that’s exactly what they call it! Apparently this is a myth, that if a woman is infertile or having difficulty being pregnant then swimming in this lake will make them fertile. Not sure if this actually works. Let me know if it did for you!
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Pregnant Lake
Next stop is this beaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaautiful island where you will see nothing but blue water. You can also see fish from the bridge, without even having to snorkel.

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Sight seeing

If you rent a car for the day, the driver will actually take you on a tour around the big island. There are some secluded beaches which are very gorgeous. They will also take you to this park and from there you can go to the skybridge.
Skybridge
The cable car will take you 702 m above sea level. When you get to the top, you won’t believe your eyes. It feels like a painting when you look around. It’s indescribable.
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View from the cable car
The Seven Falls
The driver will also take you to the “seven falls” where you can go walk on a trail that leads to the waterfalls. Along the way you will see many monkeys. Those monkeys are everywhere in Asia, really. Very cheeky but very cute.

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Cute lil cheeky monkeys

Activities

The last time I visited Langkawi, I went paragliding and this was the highlight of my trip. I must admit, I was so scared that I prayed the entire time I was up in the sky. BUT, it was THE most amazing and exhilarating feeling EVER. The boat was pulling me and the parachute kept going higher and higher. I was above the sun, looking over the sunset. It was beautiful. Feeling the breeze, flying above the sea, looking over the seashore and the sun on the other side. It was breathtaking. I would do it over and over again.
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Having the time of my life, paragliding over the sunset.

At night though, I loved being at the beach. Since there isn’t much traffic there at this time, you can hear the silence, the winds and the waves of the sea. To top it off, you can feel the lukewarm water touching your skin while you sit on the soft sand.
And there you have it!
Tip
Ohhh and a little tip if you are ever in Asia! There are ways of getting to Langkawi from the Thai islands. Koh Phi Phi is an amazing island and you can certainly take the ferry from there. I prefer getting to Langkawi from Thailand and then making your way to Kuala Lumpur, if you are planning on traveling that part of the world. It is much more preferable than going to Langkawi from KL and then back. Trust me, you will save yourself a journey and a half!
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View from the skybridge

A beautiful sunset in Langkawi can be viewed here:

Surfer’s Paradise in Gold Coast, Queensland

A Short Drive from Byron Bay!

The drive is only about 2 hours away from Byron Bay. Gold Coast is a complete contrast to Byron. It has huge corporations, big buildings and is an actual city. Of course there are many beaches but the feeling is quite different. Instead of mountains by the coast, you’ll see very tall buildings.

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Surfer’s Paradise

Surfer’s Paradise

Surfer’s Paradise is quite a busy place with lots of backpackers, restaurants, bars, clubs, casinos, and they have entertainment like Ripley’s Believe it or not. This place sort of reminded me of Niagara Falls Canadian side, except that it’s way smaller than that. There’s the main street which consists of all your shopping, restaurants, bars and then you have the main beach for relaxation.

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Broadbeach

The atmosphere of Gold Coast is pretty lively. I have been to Broadbeach which is about an hour of bus ride from Surfer’s. This beach I found was nicer. It’s quite long and away from the party scene. I think I enjoyed Surfer’s beach more on my second day. It was nice to just sit under the sun. The water was not so cold yet just enough to cool me off.

It’s a nice place for a weekend getaway!

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Cairns, Queensland

I started the year of 2015 by flying to Cairns early in the morning and what an amazing start! Cairns is very up north along the coast of Queensland. It has very hot temperature and this is usually a gateway to the great barrier reefs. 

 

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One thing I’ve learnt from this trip is to stay away from Flight Centre, because their deals will rip you off. It’s best to just do your own bookings because you save quite a lot. I went with a couple of friends and didn’t really look through this but you live and you learn, right? 
I was there for 2-3 days. It was a short trip but fun! Cairns is really hot, especially in the summer time. The heat is actually exhausting there. It’s true that I would rather have hot than cold any day! Cairns is a small town. The downtown side of it is quite lively since many tourists go there. Unfortunately Cairns doesn’t have any beaches except for this man made pool area called the Esplanade. This is where most people go to cool off and there’s even a DJ that plays music. I would rather prefer a beach but sadly Cairns lacks this. What I noticed in town was that there are more flying foxes (bats) than people. Holy hell, they are just everywhere! I find them cute because their faces are like foxes, hence the name. They are quite noisy during the day, when they are hanging by the trees since this is their bed time. The ones in Cairns were much bigger than the ones in New South Wales. You can’t miss them, they have literally taken over the entire town! I miss flying foxes though… You can’t find them in Ontario. 

 

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Flying foxes hanging from the trees

Food

 
The restaurants there are also quite expensive but the food is amazing. They have everything you want; lobster,  kangaroos, crocodile… Yes crocodile! Very Australian. I have only tried kangaroo and it’s actually not as bad as the thought of it.

 

Nightlife

 

Cairns also has a nightlife which consists of a few clubs. It has a nice atmosphere. You can still hangout by the pool at the Esplanade. There are some bars along the street as well. It gets kind of crazy in the night time.

 

Beaches

 

The nearest beach is Palm Cove beach. If you’re not driving, your best bet is to take the public bus which takes about an hour. I assure you this journey will be worth it. Palm Cove is such a nice beach with beautiful scenery. You will notice danger signs for crocodiles in water and so they recommend that you swim within this huge net that they put up. It is quite scary and I haven’t heard of any mishaps but I can imagine it won’t be a fun experience to be attacked by crocodiles. Many people also go fishing by Palm Cove. 

 

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Palm Cove Beach

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Great Barrier Reef

 
I did a day trip to the great barrier reefs from Cairns. They took us to a pontoon which was in the middle of the ocean. This was not good for me since I get so much anxiety from big waves. The currents, I felt, were strong and there was no shore to go to. Since I fear drowning in water, this was not good!!! I always feel safer when I see the shore or a beach to go back to. This had just the pontoon and once you leave the pontoon, the water is quite deep and the currents are quite strong so you can feel the force. I tried to snorkel near the pontoon but sadly enough didn’t get to go far. I wish to overcome this fear one day, although it seems quite impossible at the moment. There was an underwater observatory also, where I spent most of time. The things you see underwater – it’s a whole another world down there and it’s so colourful and beautiful! 

 

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If you have this phobia as I do, I would recommend you stop over the “Green island” or there are a few islands within the great barrier reef where they take you to snorkel or dive. When they say “Great barrier reef” they mean the middle of the ocean. I prefer the islands because you can at least kind of walk around and explore, then also get to snorkel in shallow water. Well, this really depends on your preference but if you are anything like me then you would prefer the islands rather than the pontoon. 

 

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Stopover at this island before the Great Barrier Reef (Pontoon)
 

Bondi To Coogee Coastal Walk

This walk is absolutely the best!

Coogee Beach

Let’s start from Coogee. It has a little park and a BBQ area. If you want to have a BBQ you completely and totally can. It is a public BBQ but really easy to use, electronic ones. The beach has volleyball nets and it is quite a nice and relaxing beach.

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Coogee Beach

When you go up the hill and to the cliffs you will have a completely different scenery. They do have danger signs and discourage you to go over the fence. I was obviously a badass and had to go to the edge to take a picture or two!

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Sitting on top of the Coogee cliffs

Gordon’s Bay

The next spot along the coast is Gordon’s Bay. This is my absolute favourite spot! It’s the tiniest beach and has a lot of different underwater creatures that can be seen upon snorkeling. I just like sitting by the rocks and enjoying the view and the blue water. I specifically like this spot because it’s not crowded with people. If you ever want to get away from everything and just clear your head, this would be the best spot for it.

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Gordon’s Bay

When you go up the hill, there’s a spot from which you will have the best view of Gordon’s Bay. You will have to hop the fence for this and be very careful when you do this. Once I saw a huge lizard but it wasn’t aggressive. If you do come across anything, just stay calm and do NOT react. They will leave you alone. You can sit on the cliff and enjoy the view from there. Just be very careful of not falling!

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Sitting on top of the cliffs above Gordon’s Bay
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Looking over Gordon’s Bay

Clovelly Beach

Moving along, next is Clovelly beach. This place is popular for swimmers and there is a Surf Life Saving Club there. There’s also a little beach with shallow water, mainly for kids to swim there. It’s right next to a tiny grassy park. Oh and I almost forgot! There’s a huge graveyard on your way there from Coogee. It’s actually quite beautiful. Take a look below.

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Graveyard by the Coast

Tamarama

After Clovelly comes Tamarama. This is where the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition takes place every summer. It is something to check out while you’re there. I like Tamarama because it’s not as crowded as Bronte or Bondi. There’s also a little park which I think is more appropriate for families. Bronte, however, has a bigger park and a beach. A great spot to watch the surfers from!

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Sculptures by the Sea at Tamarama beach

Bronte

Bronte is just a 15 min walk to Bondi. Along the way, you will come across a viewpoint where you’ll have breathtaking views of Bondi and on the other side you can see Bronte. There is also a dog park if you want to take your dog for a walk, or to play with the other dogs there. Those dogs are quite lucky I tell you.

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Bronte beach

Bondi Beach

Of course then we have Bondi ahead of us. There is a swimming pool right before you enter Bondi, called the Bondi Icebergs. Quite a popular place to be. Bondi beach is often crowded with people everywhere. Sometimes I’ve had a hard time finding a place to just sit. It is also a host to “Sculptures by the Sea” exhibition. They have over a 100 pieces of art every year just at Bondi.

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Between Bronte to Bondi

Bondi also has a nice bar/restaurant right by the beach. It’s a great place to hang out after you have completed your entire walk! Likewise, if you want to end your walk at Coogee you can stop by at the Pavilion. It’s always nice to reward yourself with a refreshing drink!

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Finally arrived in Bondi

Camping on the beach

Camping at Kings Beach in Broken Head was the most amazing experience ever.

A lot of tourists in Byron Bay don’t know this but only a 15 min drive from town is the most magical place on earth. This road is called Seven Miles Road in Broken Head. It’s a hill along the coast and has about 8-9 national parks.  They are all very gorgeous. It can be steep hiking down but totally worth it.

My first time camping there and I absolutely loved it to pieces. Would do it over and over again. The weather was perfect for it. The moon so bright you could see everything. Sky full of stars. Star gazing and falling asleep to the   sound of the ocean was simply magnificent.

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