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Published: Friday February 7, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday February 7, 2014 MYT 7:18:17 AM

Langkawi's beaches captivate

IN THIS week’s Star Online poll, we asked what your top three favourite islands for a holiday in Malaysia were.

Langkawi beat Penang in the poll by a slim margin (Langkawi got 20% of the votes while Penang got a respectable 19%).

Langkawi’s choice of pristine beaches made it a clear winner. Netizen Mohd Yusuf Ismail posted on Facebook that the island’s many beaches were splendid.

He marvelled at its popular white beaches – Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Burau Bay, Pantai Kok, and Datai Bay.

Pantai Cenang has a reputation for being lively, with restaurants and bars offering a range of local, Western and fusion cuisines.

Langkawi also has the unique Pantai Pasir Hitam beach with its dark sand, an effect from the dark mineral content from nearby hot springs.

After you’ve had your fill of beaches in Langkawi, you can just hop onto the cable car for a panoramic view of the entire main island.

As an added bonus, another netizen Cheah Mun Kit pointed out in a Facebook post that Langkawi’s dutyfree goods were another pull factor for the island.

Penang had its fair share of fans too. Zaid Zahari said Penang had diverse attractions, as it is an island with a city, offering both urban and beach experiences.

“I just love driving up the coast of the entire island. There’s so much to see,” he said.

Penang, which was set up as a trading port in 1786, has a rich history to it.

Popular sites include George-town’s colonial architecture, the Batu Ferringhi beach, jetties and a butterfly farm that counts international dignitaries among its visitors.

Sunset at Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Sunset at Pantai Cenang, Langkawi

Former British prime minister Tony Blair and his wife visited the butterfly farm when they were holidaying in Penang in 2008,

Besides the tourist sites, food is also a major pull in Penang. Renowned travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has listed Penang as the top culinary spot for 2014.

Char kuay teow, hokkien mee, and asam laksa are some of the favourites. “It’s a food heaven,” posted Joe Harun. “Nasi kandar is my favourite,” added Zaid.

Redang came in third with a total of 13% of the votes, beating Tioman by 2%. Yusuf said the island was serene while netizen Faris Waris added it was a great diving spot.

Respondents from 39 countries participated in the poll, with the Top 5 being Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, United States and Hong Kong.

The votes for the poll numbered more than 3,000.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Central Region, langkawi, penang

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