Wow is Langkawi beautiful! I had the amazing opportunity to spend five days here in late February and early March. I was on an 11 day trip to Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen) to visit my Dad, and I’m so happy we made the pit stop here!
I flew Amsterdam to Singapore on KLM (12 hour flight) and then Air Asia from Singapore to Langkawi (1 hour flight). I’m going to admit I had MAJOR travel anxiety to fly with Air Asia. They’re a newer airline that is growing super fast and therefore means they don’t have the most experienced pilots – or the best safety history. Oh well, I guess I survived…
We spent our five nights at Ambong Ambong, which is probably one of the most friendly and comfortable hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying at. In fact, everyone on the island was SO friendly! It definitely was a highlight of the trip.
Ambong Ambong is located just a five minute walk from the beach but is built super steeply into a cliff. If you’re fit and don’t mind the exercise, it’s actually awesome. For those not as athletically inclined, they have on-demand cars to bring you up to your room.
One of the coolest things about the hotel? Free yoga 3x/week. That’s my type of vacation!
I LOVE hotel breakfasts, even if it has become more challenging since going plant based. I ate a lot of fruit, peanut butter toast, and black coffee here! But it still tastes so special maybe because I didn’t have to make it? 🙂
I ate/drank so many coconuts while there. Honestly probably the best treat of all! It’s expensive to get good coconut water in Amsterdam (meaning 100% coconut water with no added sugars), and don’t even think about finding good coconut meat. So, I definitely indulged on Langkawi! I’d often get at least two with dinner.
Another amazing thing about the island – I didn’t see one plastic straw the entire time I was there! Of course, there is still a lot of other plastic stuff – cling film, water bottles, utensils, but such a good step in the right direction. Langkawi felt like paradise, and I’d hate for over-tourism or waste/pollution to have a negative effect in the future.
Although I still had to work while visiting (we went Tuesday-Sunday), everything was definitely more relaxed! I called it “island style” 🙂 I lived in my tank tops and shorts and kept my beauty routine super low key – basically brushed teeth, brushed hair, sunscreen, my sunglasses, and then I was good to go! I spent most mornings exploring and at the beach and then worked in the afternoons when the sun was at its hottest.
One day we went to what I believe is one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island: Langkawi Sky Bridge. The view is INCREDIBLE – you can even see Thai islands! – but you have to go up a ridiculously steep cable car that certainly got my heart racing. It’s just rocks below you! But all in all, worth it for the amazing experience.
The only downside – decent vegan food was hard to come by. I had two highlight meals. One from a Dutch owned cafe actually! YamYam had the best smoothies, soups, and coffee with soy milk! Second, Bon Ton, a hotel + restaurant that had the most amazing selection of vegan options for dinner.
And too quickly, it was time to go…on another Air Asia flight to Kuala Lumpur where we then caught a flight to Hong Kong. I cannot wait to return to this beautiful, relaxing, and friendly island in Malaysia!