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Island Hopping in Langkawi, Malaysia

Cook Islands, South Pacific

Photo: Chad Ehlers/Getty Images

This cluster of 99 islands off Malaysia’s northwestern coast is a relative neophyte when it comes to tourism. Most of the main island remains a nature-lover’s paradise, swathed in mangrove and tropical rain forests, and it was recently designated a unesco Geopark—the first in Southeast Asia.

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Destinations: Langkawi

Hotels (3)

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    Bon Ton Resort

    Much of Langkawi retains its traditional charm, on view in Pantai Cenang, a small village of formerly dilapidated Malay wooden houses. The property

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    Datai

    This luxury resort fronting a pristine cove was the first to put this Tanjung Rhu's tranquil sand and water on the map.

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    Four Seasons Langkawi

    This recent addition to the Jalan Tanjung Rhu area boasts a 40-acre wetland, where naturalists lead boat tours of the mangrove forests.

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    Langkawi Cable Car

    The cable car runs gondolas to the top of Mat Cincang, the island’s second-highest peak.

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