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LANGKAWI SATUN FISHING THRU ANDAMAN 2024

The Langkawi Satun Fishing Thru Andaman 2024 fishing match, organized by LADA in collaboration with the Satun Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports, promises an exhilarating continuation of last year's successful event. Building upon the triumph of the Satun Langkawi Fishing Thru Andaman 2023, this competition is set to be the largest fishing event held in Langkawi Island, transcending international borders for an unmatched experience in angling.

Scheduled from the 17th to the 19th of May 2024, the competition will kick off at the Pak Bara Jetty and culminate at the Harbour Park Jetty in Langkawi. With applications open from the 5th of April to the 5th of May 2024, teams eager to participate can secure their spots within this timeframe.

The event welcomes fishing boats from both Malaysia and Thailand, with each country allocated 15 boats, totaling 30 teams, with seven members per team. This inclusive approach fosters camaraderie and friendly competition between neighboring nations, enhancing the spirit of sportsmanship and collaboration.

Beyond the thrill of the competition, participants can look forward to exploring the picturesque waters of the Andaman Sea, renowned for its rich marine biodiversity and scenic landscapes. As anglers cast their lines, they'll be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Langkawi's coastal vistas and the tranquil serenity of Satun's shores.

The Langkawi Satun Fishing Thru Andaman 2024 promises not only a test of angling prowess but also an opportunity for cultural exchange and mutual appreciation between Malaysia and Thailand. With anticipation building and excitement in the air, this event is poised to make waves in the world of competitive fishing, uniting enthusiasts from across borders in a celebration of the sport and the natural wonders of the Andaman Sea.


Check out what’s happening in Langkawi throughout the year!

17 - 19 May

Venue: Habour Park, Langkawi Island

Organiser Details:
Langkawi Development Authority
Tel:+604-9600600
Website : [email protected]

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Big step for Langkawi

The strategic collaboration between LADA and ITAKA aims to position Langkawi as a premier international tourist destination, offering unprecedented opportunities for tourism growth.

LADA unveils Sky Walk, signs strategic MoU at ITB Berlin 2024

Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and ITAKA Poland revealed a significant agreement at ITB Berlin 2024, held from March 5 to 7 in Berlin, Germany. This agreement is aimed at enhancing Langkawi's global reputation as an enticing destination for travellers worldwide.

The event featured the signing of a transformative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between LADA and ITAKA, demonstrating a mutual dedication to promoting charter flights from Poland to Langkawi. This strategic partnership seeks to establish Langkawi as a leading international tourist destination, providing unparalleled opportunities for tourism expansion.

“In essence, our collaborative efforts signify a shared commitment to shaping a vibrant future for tourism between Poland and Langkawi," remarked LADA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Haslina Abdul Hamid.

“The Langkawi Charter Flight Incentive Programme is more than an agreement; it's a blueprint for creating memorable travel experiences and driving sustained economic prosperity for both regions.”

The collaboration with ITAKA, a prominent Polish tour operator, guarantees direct flights from Warsaw to Langkawi, offering exciting opportunities for Polish travellers to discover the region's attractions.

The introduction of the Sky Walk enhances Langkawi's tourism offerings, providing visitors with stunning views of the Machinchang Cambrian Geo Forest. The Eagle’s Nest SkyWalk and SkyTrail provide adventurous experiences, allowing visitors to engage with the forest's biodiversity.

The simultaneous launch of the Sky Walk and the strategic MoU signifies a significant achievement for Langkawi's tourism sector. These initiatives are key elements of Langkawi's comprehensive strategy for 2024, aimed at enhancing Langkawi's global presence through various activities, exhibitions, and strategic partnerships.

Before these milestones, LADA also participated in the "Langkawi Seminar and Business to Business Workshop with Malaysian Product Owners" held in Amsterdam. This event, hosted at the Corendon Hotel Schiphol on March 1, saw LADA welcoming approximately 40 tourism agencies from Amsterdam. This effort plays a crucial role in positioning Langkawi as the premier destination for discerning travellers seeking unparalleled natural wonders and experiences.

Source : https://www.borneotalk.com/post/big-step-for-langkawi

Dato Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid, directeur LADA

Tijdens een informatieve workshop en seminar dat de Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) in samenwerking met Tourism Malaysia op 1 maart jl. organiseerde, sprak Travelution uitgebreid met de nieuwe CEO Dato Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid over verwachtingen en plannen voor 2024.

Waarom organiseert u dit jaar deze workshop in Nederland?

“LADA heeft ervoor gekozen om dit jaar een workshop voor de Nederlandse reisbranche en pers te organiseren vanwege het grote belang van Nederland als een van de belangrijkste Europese markten voor Langkawi. Het bekleedt namelijk de tweede positie en is na het Verenigd Koninkrijk qua bezoekers aantallen het grootst. Ons primaire doel is om het bewustzijn over Langkawi te vergroten onder reisagenten en touroperators in Nederland. De workshop heeft ook ten doel een hernieuwd contact tot stand te brengent met onze Langkawi-stakeholders. We willen samenwerking bevorderen en verkopers aanmoedigen Langkawi op te nemen in hun reisadviezen en reisaanbod. Het uiteindelijke doel is om om Langkawi een top-of-mind bestemming te maken voor toeristen uit Nederland.”

Hoe gaat het met het toerisme in Langkawi in het algemeen en wat zijn de verwachtingen voor Nederland specifiek?

“Nederland ontwikkelde zich post corona in 2022 al tot de 7de topmarkt voor Langkawi. We verwelkomden destijds bijna15.000 toeristen met een totale toeristische opbrengst van ruim 2 miljoen euro. Andere West-Europese landen zoals Duitsland en Frankrijk droegen respectievelijk bij met 14.393 en 13.526 toeristen, de inkomsten vanuit deze landen kwam uit op EUR 1.938.606,51 en EUR 1.821.962,25. Ondertussen verzekerde Groot-Brittannië zich van een opmerkelijke positie in de top 3, trok 47.224 toeristen en genereerde maar liefst EUR 6.362.413,04 aan toeristische inkomsten voor onze bestemming.

Vervolgens laat de toeristische sector van Langkawi sinds het begin 2023 een robuuste groei zien, geheel in lijn met de wereldwijde opleving van het toerisme in de wereld. Onze bestemming verwelkomde een toestroom van 2,81 miljoen toeristen die in totaal circa 1.236.177.662 euro spendeerden, 48% daarvan gegeneerd door 1,36 miljoen internationale toeristen. Voortbouwend op dit momentum verwachten wij dat deze internationale toeristenaantallen dit jaar met circa 10% zullen toenemen. Mede als gevolg van vele B2B-initiatieven die we in 2023 hebben ingezet en nu ook in het eerste kwartaal van 2024 verder zullen uitvoeren. Ook van de Nederlandse markt specifiek hebben we hoge verwachtingen en denken dat we dit jaar de reeds positieve aantallen van 2023 ruim gaan overtreffen.”

Hoe staat het ervoor met de vliegverbindingen en bereikbaarheid ?

“Op dit moment zijn er uitstekende internationale routes naar Kuala Lumpur en vandaaruit heb je een legio aan mogelijkheden om met goed aansluitende doorvluchten Langkawi te bereiken. KLM biedt momenteel vijf wekelijkse vluchten van Amsterdam naar Kuala Lumpur, maar ook via Singapore en Dubai zijn dagelijkse vluchten mogelijk o.a. met Scoot Airlines, Air Asia (Singapore) en Flydubai (Dubai). Vanuit Kuala Lumpur worden de hele dag binnenlandse vluchten o.a. met Air Asia, MAS, Batik Air en Firefly naar Langkawi aangeboden dat op slechts een uur vliegen van KL ligt. Degenen die een rondreis maken en met een huurauto op pad zijn, rijden naar Kuala Kedah Jetty Terminal of Kuala Perlis Jetty Terminal om daar de veerboot naar Langkawi te nemen.”

 
 

Kunt u kort samenvatten hoe uw organisatie Langkawi internationaal gaat positioneren?

“Wat we op het mondiale podium graag onderstrepen is dat Langkawi uit 99 prachtige, betoverende eilanden bestaat met ongerepte stranden en verschillende natuurwonderen. We zien dit seminar maar ook de Europese beurzen als platform om Langkawi te positioneren als de ultieme bestemming voor reizigers die op zoek zijn prachtige natuur, bijzondere natuurwonderen, overheerlijke gastronomie en unieke ervaringen in een tropische paradijselijke setting."

Wat zijn op gebied van de hospitality sector in Langkawi de meest recente ontwikkelingen?

“De laatste jaren zijn er een groot aantal nieuwe cafés, bars en restaurants opgedoken waarmee we de charme van Langkawi verder kunnen versterken. Sommige bieden de meest mooie en unieke vergezichten op het ongerepte strand of het omliggende Geo-gebied. Hier kunnen bezoekers kennis maken met onze unieke lokale culinaire specialiteiten. Dit jaar verwachten we tevens de opening van het Eagle Mansion restaurant in Kuah Langkawi een culinair juweeltje dat we dan aan ons rijke gastronomische aanbod kunnen toevoegen. Belangrijke ontwikkelingen op hotelgebied zijn onder meer de opening van Hilton Burau Bay, gepland voor 2025 (met veelbelovende luxe faciliteiten en accommodatie) en de opening, ook in 2025, van het Nautilus Resort, onderdeel van de Curio Collection by Hilton in Chenang Langkawi. Tot slot wil ik graag het Eco Adventure Park in Kuala Sungai Melaka Padang Matsirat en het Langkawi Agro Park van Bioalpha Holdings Berhad noemen. In deze parken kunnen geïnteresseerden o.a. meer leren over de producten van het eiland, natuurliefhebbers zullen er beslist hun hart ophalen. Het agropark heeft als doel een kennismaking te bieden met de teelt van lokale producten, alles op basis van duurzaamheid"

Welke belangrijke promotionele activiteiten staan nog op de planning?

"LADA zal deze week uiteraard op de ITB Berlijn (5 tot 7 maart) aanwezig zijn waar we het eiland samen met al onze lokale partners gaan promoten en waar essentiële partnerschappen besproken kunnen worden. Essentieel voor de groei van de toeristische sector is om de airconnectie te vergroten. LADA introduceert met trots het Langkawi Charter Flight Incentive Program waarmee we onze toewijding aan het ondersteunen en stimuleren van chartervluchten versterken. Ook in Nederland praten we met partijen waaronder Corendon. Na de ITB in Berlijn zullen we dit jaar verder aanwezig zijn op de MATKA in Finland en op de WTM in London."

Heeft u nog persoonlijke tips voor onze Nederlandse reizigers?

“Mijn persoonlijke tip voor iedere bezoekers die aan een betoverende reis naar Langkawi begint is on je goed voor te bereiden. Er is zoveel te zien dus weet vooraf wat je wilt bezoeken in de tijd die je op ons eiland hebt. Een aantal praktische tips: het tropische weer kan behoorlijk heet zijn, dus vergeet je zonnebrandcrème niet. Profiteer van de belastingvrije status van Langkawi, ga lekker winkelen, of het nu gaat om chocolaatjes, parfums of andere verleidelijke artikelen gaat, doe je voordeel. En hoewel contant geld handig is, accepteren de meeste plaatsen en vestigingen op het eiland e-wallets, creditcards en ook debet-kaarten.

Als je me vraagt wat je in ieder geval moet doen dan raad ik aan met een ontspannen wandeling langs het strand te beginnen, met als hoogtepunt de boeiende vuurshow in Chenang. Het betoverende schouwspel voegt echt dat vleugje magie toe aan een serene avond. Zorg dat je de onvergetelijke zonsondergang op het strand niet mist. Boek een dagcruise om het pittoreske landschap van Langkawi vanaf het water te verkennen en zorg natuurlijk dat je geniet van de diverse smaken van onze lokale keuken zoals Gulai Panas (hete curry), zeewier (Laktud), verrukkelijke zeevruchten, zeekomkommersoep en andere exotische en authentieke gerechten. Natuurlijk mag een bezoek aan het eeuwenoude regenwoud, dat al 550 miljoen jaar bloeit, niet ontbreken. Verken de wonderen zowel overdag als 's nachts. Met het Kilim Geoforest Park, Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park, Kubang Badak Bio Geo Trail Langkawi biedt Langkawi werkelijk een unieke mix van biodiversiteit en bijzondere natuurlijke wonderen. Mis verder de kans niet om iconische attracties te bezoeken, zoals de Sky Cab Langkawi en tal van andere boeiende locaties die het rijke culturele en natuurlijke erfgoed van Langkawi laten zien.

Maar bovenal kom met een positieve houding, laat je stress thuis, relax en geniet van de serene rust die je op ons prachtig eiland kunt vinden."

Source : https://www.travelution.expert/post/dato-haslina-binti-abdul-hamid-directeur

Langkawi’s Unesco-listed geopark: A must-visit ecological marvel

  A Unesco World Heritage Site, Langkawi's Global Geopark is not just a sanctuary of natural beauty but also a testament to our planet's ancient geological heritage. Home to some of the most stunning landscapes and seascapes in Malaysia, the Geopark invites eco-tourists to step into a world where nature's artistry is displayed in its full glory. THE GEOLOGICAL HERITAGE OF LANGKAWI Langkawi's Global Geopark is distinguished by its 550-million-year-old geological history, encapsulated in dramatic rock formations, mystical caves, and lush rainforests. It comprises three distinct areas: Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park, known for its ancient rock formations; Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, famous for its mangrove forests and limestone complexes; and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park, with its captivating lake and marble hills.
ECO-TOURISM ADVENTURES AWAIT
A tour of the mangrove ecosystem at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is one of several educational activities visitors can enjoy. - File pic credit (Langkawi Geopark)

Visitors can delve into the heart of conservation with a variety of eco-tourism activities. Take a mangrove tour in Kilim Karst Geoforest Park to witness the complex ecosystem at work or hop onto a cable car ride to the peak of Gunung Machinchang for a breathtaking panoramic view of the archipelago. For the more adventurous souls, the thrill of island-hopping awaits, offering a chance to discover secluded beaches and secret coves. Kayaking through the ancient waterways reveals the hidden wonders of the Geopark, while guided treks through the rainforest offer an intimate encounter with the diverse flora and fauna. UNDERSTANDING THE EARTH'S NARRATIVE  
The Asian fairy bluebird is one of several bird species that can be encountered at the geopark. - File pic credit (Wikipedia)

The Geopark is more than just a hub for adventure—it is an open-air museum showcasing the earth's evolutionary story. Educational visits to Langkawi's Geopark provide valuable insights into the geological processes that have shaped our world, highlighting the importance of preserving such natural treasures. A COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY Langkawi's Geopark embodies a commitment to sustainable tourism, ensuring that its natural wonders are preserved for future generations. The local community is deeply involved in the Geopark's operations, and visitors are encouraged to respect the delicate balance of these ecosystems.
Sumber : https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2024/02/1012865/langkawis-unesco-listed-geopark-must-visit-ecological-marvel

LTdL 2024 kembali ke Langkawi

  Kuala Lumpur: Selepas mengesahkan tarikh perlumbaan Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2024 29 September hingga 6 Oktober di media sosial semalam, satu lagi khabar gembira buat peminat berbasikal ialah saingan tahun ini bakal kembali diadakan di pulau legenda, Langkawi.
Perkara itu disahkan Ketua Pegawai Operasi (COO) LTdL 2024, Emir Abd Jalal bahawa perlumbaan berstatus ProSeries (2.Pro) akan bermula di Langkawi dan bakal dijadikan peringkat pertama perlumbaan. "Bagi peringkat sekarang kita masih lagi mengadakan tinjauan laluan untuk di bahagian semenanjung dengan terdapat beberapa pilihan. Bagaimanapun, kita tidak boleh mengumumkan sekarang negeri yang bakal dilalui oleh pelumba selepas memulakan perlumbaan di Langkawi," katanya. Ujarnya, setakat ini dalam peringkat cadangan terdapat dua pilihan untuk laluan bagi saingan 2024 dan hanya boleh mengesahkan perlumbaan akan bermula dari bahagian utara semenanjung. "Dari segi bilangan peringkat perlumbaan memang kalau boleh hendak ditambah tapi berbalik kepada kos. Begitu juga dengan perlumbaan klasik atau 1.1, jika diadakan ia akan membabitkan nilai jumlah hadiah kemenangan yang baharu. "Cuma kita mengharapkan tahun ini lebih baik berbanding tahun lalu, bersempena dengan ulang tahun ke-50 Petronas iaitu penaja yang mengikat kontrak selama tiga tahun bermula tahun lalu," kata Emir. Tambahnya, perlumbaan mesti dianjurkan lebih luar biasa berikutan signifikasi nombor ulang tahun berkenaan dan mereka sedang berusaha agar sambutan kali ini lebih besar. Ditanya mengenai perkembangan lain, Emir juga mengesahkan mereka sudah mula mengadakan perbincangan dengan pasukan berstatus WorldTeam dan ProTour untuk dijemput menyertai perlumbaan edisi ke-28 itu. "InsyaAllah kami dalam proses mendapatkan pasukan bakal mengambil bahagian dan cuba mendapatkan tambahan dari WorldTeam. Kemungkinan besar EF Education-Easypost akan datang untuk mempertahankan kejuaraan (Jersi Kuning dan pasukan keseluruhan). Begitu juga dengan Astana Qazaqstan Team hadir seperti tahun lalu." Ditanya mengenai kehadiran Malaysia Pro Cycling (MPC), Emir berkata, mereka selaku penganjur juga mengharapkan pasukan baharu berstatus benua itu dapat mengambil bahagian pada edisi kali ini. "Kami tidak pasti bagaimana urusan mereka dengan Kesatuan Berbasikal Duni (UCI) tetapi harapan kami agar ada dua pasukan benua dari Malaysia (termasuk Terengganu Cycling Team). "Kita berharap MPC dapat menguruskan status mereka secepat mungkin agar boleh bersaing dan pelumba negara mampu menghadirkan sedikit cabaran buat jaguh luar negara," katanya.
Sumber : https://www.hmetro.com.my/arena/lain/2024/01/1053342/ltdl-2024-kembali-ke-langkawi

Langkawi Hosts the 20th Edition of the Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2024

Langkawi, Malaysia, is once again hosting the Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2024, marking a significant milestone as the event celebrates its 20th edition. Scheduled from January 15th to 20th, the regatta is set to position Malaysia, and particularly Langkawi, as a premier sailing destination in Southeast Asia. This year’s RLIR, held at the prestigious Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, guarantees a thrilling contest with 33 boats and over 250 participants from around the globe. The event draws teams from Malaysia, Thailand, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, and Vietnam, showcasing a diverse and international fleet.

The Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) will see competition in 7 classes – Racing, IRC1, IRC2, Multihull, Sports Boats, Club Class and Ocean Rover/White Sail. The winners of each class will be awarded the following prestigious trophies, namely: the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy (Racing class), LADA-IRC Challenge Trophy (IRC 1 class), RLIR-IRC 2 Challenge Trophy (IRC 2 class), the Commodore’s Challenge Cup (Club class), the Langkawi Sports Trophy (Sports Boat class) and Malaysia Multihull Challenge Cup (Multihull class).

A unique aspect of the RLIR is the Tunku Abdullah Sportsmanship Award, recognizing the team that exemplifies exceptional sportsmanship both on water and land. This award highlights the regatta’s commitment to fostering a spirit of fair play and camaraderie among participants. The RLIR 2024 is not just a sporting event; it’s a significant contributor to sports tourism in Malaysia. By attracting sailing enthusiasts and spectators from across the world, the regatta boosts local tourism and highlights Langkawi’s natural beauty and sailing conditions. The event’s success is attributed to its strong partnerships and sponsors, including the Belt and Road Regatta (BRR), Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the Kedah State Government, and several corporate sponsors. These collaborations underscore the event’s importance in the international sailing calendar. Media coverage by partners are Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), TRAXXfm, HOMME, Sea Yachting, and Digital Vision Advertising (DVA). Supported by the Malaysia Sailing Association (MSA), World Sailing, and the Aseanarean Bluewater Alliance, the RLIR 2024 is more than a competition; it’s a celebration of sailing, sportsmanship, and international unity. As the regatta sails into its 20th edition, it continues to enhance Malaysia’s reputation in the world of sailing and sports tourism.

For more information, kindly visit www.langkawiregatta.com.

Source : https://ftnnews.com/travel-news/sports/langkawi-hosts-the-20th-edition-of-the-royal-langkawi-international-regatta-2024/

Travel + Leisure Readers’ 25 Favorite Islands in the World of 2023

Looking for an unforgettable island getaway? Here, the top 25 islands in the world, as part of our annual "World’s Best Awards" survey for 2023.

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Island vacations can be a blissful combination of thrilling adventures, sun-kissed beaches, and vibrant cultures. Some islands offer adventure and water activities, others offer a tranquil escape. But the best islands are a marriage of the two.

How Voting Works

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Nearly 165,000 T+L readers completed the 2023 survey, an increase of nearly 25 percent over pre-pandemic voting levels. A total of more than 685,000 votes were cast across over 8,500 unique properties (hotels, cities, cruise lines, etc.).

Islands were specifically rated on the criteria below:

  • Natural attractions/beaches
  • Activities/sights
  • Restaurants/food
  • People/friendliness
  • Value

For each characteristic, respondents could choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are averages of these responses.

What Readers Loved

The top three favorites are iconic island getaways: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Islands, The Maldives, and Indonesia’s Bali. Greece, which has more than 6,000 islands and islets, has three winners on the list: Paros (No. 11); Rhodes and the Dodecanese (No. 19); and Santorini (No. 25). Portugal had two (Madeira at No. 4 and the Azores at No. 17) and Thailand had two in the top 10 (No. 5 Phuket and No. 7 Koh Samui.)

Read on to discover why Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Islands claimed the No. 1 spot and which other islands were crowned the world’s best.

The Full List

  1. Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia

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The Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches for 1,400 miles off Australia’s northeastern coast, is home to the world’s largest collection of coral reefs – almost 3,000 in all. It’s also home to a group of roughly 900 islands that T+L readers have voted their favorite in the world. A T+L reader who has more than once stayed on Hamilton Island said, “The physical beauty of the area is without equal. Just love the island and the people of Australia.

Reader Score: 96.11

The physical beauty of the area is without equal.

— T+L Reader

  1. Maldives

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The Maldives is made up of 1,192 islands — and only 200 of those are currently inhabited. Home to about 3 percent of the planet’s reefs, the Maldives is also known for its clear emerald waters, luxurious overwater bungalows, and providing travelers with an isolated retreat. According to a T+L reader, it’s “heaven on Earth.” The best time to visit is the dry season, which typically runs from November through April.

Reader Score: 95.68

  1. Bali, Indonesia

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From the bustling streets of Ubud and the trendy beach clubs of Seminyak to the serene retreats of the north shore, there’s something for everyone on Bali. Also called the "Island of the Gods,” Bali is renowned for its world-class resorts, luxury spas, and wellness retreats. The island is deeply rooted in spirituality and tradition, so visitors can also immerse themselves in the island's culture, whether it be exploring ancient Hindu temples, participating in a melukat ceremony, or witnessing a traditional dance performance.

Reader Score: 94.40

  1. Madeira, Portugal

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Travelers are treated to idyllic scenery at every turn on the Portuguese island of Madeira, whether they’re hiking alongside the famous levadas (irrigation channels), exploring the enchanting Laurissilva Forest, or simply taking in the panoramic vistas from Pico do Areeiro. One T+L reader said, “The diversity of the island, from rocky beaches to fogged-in mountains, has something for everyone.” And no visit would be complete without indulging in the fortified wine and the fresh seafood for which the island is famous.

Reader Score: 94.33

  1. Phuket, Thailand

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Known as the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea,” this tropical paradise offers stunning white-sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and boundless adventures. Travelers can relax and soak up the sun on its world-famous beaches or do more outdoorsy things like snorkeling around vibrant coral reefs and exploring the hidden coves. Phuket, known for its nightlife, is a two-hour boat ride from the nearby Phi Phi Islands. Among the many hotels, an honorable mention goes to Amanpuri, which readers voted their third favorite resort in Southeast Asia this year.

Reader Score: 94.21

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  1. Skye and the Hebrides, Scotland

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The archipelago, off the western coast of Scotland, offers white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and ancient ruins. Skye, known as the "Misty Isle," boasts dramatic cliffs, majestic mountains, and picturesque lochs. One T+L reader said the islands are “nature at its best.” Whisky enthusiasts can embark on a distillery tour to savor the renowned Scottish spirits, while music lovers can sit in on a cèilidh — a sort of Gaelic jam session – at one of the local pubs

Reader Score: 94.13

  1. Koh Samui, Thailand

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Tucked away in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui has it all: idyllic beaches, culture, and luxurious retreats. You can unwind on popular beaches like Chaweng and Lamai, or explore the island’s spiritual traditions at Wat Plai Laem or the Big Buddha Temple. And for a glimpse into the local lifestyle, there’s no better place than the bustling night markets. According to one T+L reader, Koh Samui is “the most beautiful and paradisiacal island on the planet.” As for where to stay, Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort readers favorite resorts in Southeast Asia.

Reader Score: 93.89

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  1. Dominica

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When it comes to untouched landscapes in the Caribbean, Dominica — nicknamed the “Nature Island” — stands apart from other islands. Its lush landscape includes volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls, and black sand beaches. Where to stay? Secret Bay in Portsmouth secured the No. 1 spot for Best Hotel in the Caribbean this year, too.

ReaderScore: 93.66

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  1. Langkawi, Malaysia

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One of Malaysia’s most popular islands, Langkawi has something for everyone: beaches, a great food scene, diving spots, and vibey nightlife. Visitors can take the SkyCab to the top of Gunung Machinchang, where they’ll be rewarded with dramatic 360-degree views; visit Pantai Pasir Hitam, the island’s black sand beach; or experience the impressive Seven Wells Waterfall.

Reader Score: 93.65

  1. Boracay, Philippines

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More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines, and Boracay still manages to stand apart from the rest. The tiny island — just 4.5 miles long — is known as “the island that never sleeps” for its parties and nightlife. One T+L reader called the island “the best leisure vacation destination.”

Reader Score: 92.94

  1. Paros, Greece

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Nestled in the heart of the Cyclades, Paros offers a perfect blend of picturesque landscapes, idyllic beaches, enchanting whitewashed villages, and rich cultural heritage. It’s also a hit with history buffs, as it has ancient ruins like the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Venetian Castle. Mix in pristine sandy shores, delicious Greek cuisine, and vibrant nightlife, and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the best islands to visit.

Reader Score: 92.47

  1. Fiji Islands, Fiji

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Tucked away in the crystal-clear waters of the South Pacific, these islands boast lush tropical landscapes and vibrant coral reefs. Fiji is a slice of paradise for all, but especially so for those who enjoy cliff jumping, zip lining, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Beyond its beaches, travelers can immerse themselves in the local culture by visiting crafts markets and participating in traditional kava ceremonies.

Reader Score: 92.29

  1. Golden Isles, Georgia

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The Golden Isles in Georgia — encompassing Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, and Sea Island — is a captivating destination with pristine beaches, natural beauty, and rich history. Jekyll Island, once a private retreat for America's wealthiest families, offers a glimpse into the opulent Gilded Age with its historic mansions. Little St. Simons Island is a secluded paradise, providing an exclusive escape for nature enthusiasts, with its diverse ecosystems and unspoiled beaches. Meanwhile, Sea Island is known for its luxurious resorts and offers world-class amenities, including golf courses, spas, and fine dining experiences. St. Simons Island is home to a charming coastal village with a stunning lighthouse and a vibrant arts scene.

Reader Score: 92.15

  1. Moorea, French Polynesia

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Known as the “Magical Island,” Moorea is an unforgettable tropical getaway. It has hiking trails through its tropical forests with panoramic viewpoints, like Mount Rotui, and secluded waterfalls. The island's rich Polynesian culture can be experienced through traditional dance performances and visits to local markets. One T+L reader raved that it’s one of their favorite islands of all time.

Reader Score: 92.15

  1. Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Pristine beaches and picturesque sunsets are a guarantee in Zanzibar. Travelers can also visit one of the many local spice farms to learn about the role that cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon played in the island's history. Whether you’re walking through the historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or trying to spot the Zanzibar red colobus monkeys at the Jozani Forest Reserve, Zanzibar offers travelers an experience that merges relaxation, adventure, and history.

Reader Score: 91.53

  1. The Seychelles

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The Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is known for its powdery white-sand beaches. The islands also boast lush tropical forests and nature reserves, such as Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where rare Coco de Mer palms can be found. Hikers can follow trails to breathtaking viewpoints, cascading waterfalls, and hidden coves. Seychelles is also home to unique flora and fauna, including giant tortoises, rare birds, and exotic plant species.

Reader Score: 91.47

  1. The Azores, Portugal

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The Azores are a hidden gem in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that some call the “Hawaii of Europe.” The archipelago comprises nine lush volcanic islands, each offering a unique experience. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy São Miguel's picturesque lakes, waterfalls, and forests. Hiking trails lead to breathtaking viewpoints, such as the Sete Cidades crater, where visitors can marvel at the contrasting colors of the twin lakes. The local cuisine is also a highlight, with fresh seafood like rockfish and barracuda, São Jorge cheese, and sweet pastries like filhóses to tantalize the taste buds.

Reader Score: 90.92

  1. Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

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Known as the "Pearl of the Pacific," Bora Bora is a dreamy destination with turquoise lagoons and iconic overwater bungalows. It comes as no surprise that the island's crystal-clear waters offer world-class snorkeling and diving experiences, but there’s a variety of other thrilling activities, like Jet Skiing, parasailing, and helicopter tours. Local guides can arrange workshops that teach visitors about Polynesian traditions, dance, and cuisine. A T+L reader called the island "otherworldly," while another said it's an "amazing location for anyone."

Reader Score: 90.80

  1. Rhodes and the Dodecanese, Greece

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Rhodes, known as the "Island of the Knights," is steeped in history, with its medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing ancient ruins, fortified walls, and grandiose architecture. Beyond history, Rhodes offers stunning beaches, like those in Faliraki and Lindos. Travelers can also venture to the other Dodecanese islands, each with its own unique charm.

Reader Score: 90.67

  1. Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Mackinac Island is unique in that cars and trucks are banned, so residents and visitors rely on horse-drawn carriages and bicycles for transportation. Its historic downtown has cozy cafes, quaint shops, and plenty of well-preserved Colonial, Georgian, and Greek Revival architecture. One T+L reader sums up the destination perfectly: “there’s no place like it.” (Mackinac is home to three of T+L readers' 10 favorite midwest resorts: Hotel Iroquois, Island House Hotel, and Grand Hotel.)

Reader Score: 90.67

  1. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

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The Galápagos Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, are famed for their extraordinary biodiversity. Exploring the islands offers up-close encounters with remarkable creatures (think giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies) in their natural habitats. Visiting the Galápagos also gives travelers a chance to gain a deeper understanding of evolution and the fragility of ecosystems through educational programs and guided tours.

Reader Score. 90.60

  1. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

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Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia offer travelers a unique Mediterranean experience. Hvar, known as the "Queen of the Dalmatian Islands," has lavender fields, vineyards, and magnificently clear waters. Visitors can explore the charming old town of Hvar, which has picturesque squares, historic buildings, and a medieval fortress offering panoramic views of the harbor and the Adriatic Sea. Hvar's vibrant nightlife scene is also a draw, with trendy beach clubs and bars energizing the evenings.

Reader Score: 90.20

  1. Sicily, Italy

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Steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty, Sicily is a must-visit destination. Not only is it home to rich historical sites (like the Greek Theatre of Syracuse, the Villa Romana del Casale, and the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento), but it also has stunning nature, between Mount Etna and the beaches overlooking the crystal-clear Mediterranean. The island’s culinary scene is equally exciting: visitors can sample delicious street food like panelle and crocchè, and indulge in local dishes like pasta alla Norma.

Reader Score: 90.13

  1. Anguilla

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Anguilla, a British territory in the Caribbean, is a secluded getaway with 33 beaches. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla and Frangipani Beach Resort both ranked as two of the best resorts in the region. Hike to the top of Crocus Hill for views, go on a self-guided walking tour of the Anguilla Heritage Trail, and don’t forget to try a Johnny Cake — a staple in Anguilla's local cuisine.

Reader Score: 90.10

  1. Santorini, Greece

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Often touted as one of the most romantic islands in the world, Santorini is known for its whitewashed buildings with blue domes. Overlooking the Aegean Sea, the volcanic island is home to several picturesque villages like Oia, Fira, and Imerovigli. One T+L reader raved that the island has “beautiful sunsets” and “wonderful views,” plus excellent food and friendly locals.

Reader Score: 89.51

 

Source : https://www.travelandleisure.com/best-islands-in-the-world-2023-7551678

Langkawi cannot be compared to Haadyai – both have different attractions, say tourism players

Haadyai is a regional destination, while Langkawi is regarded as an international one.

Tourism on Langkawi caters to all market segments, say tourism players - The Vibes, January 3, 2024


By Ian McIntyre

 

TOURISM players in Langkawi do not want the island resort to be compared with southern Thailand's biggest city of Haadyai since both places of interest have varying attractions when it comes to tourism.

Haadyai is by most accounts, a regional mid-range destination just like Johor is to Singaporeans, said Tropical Charters Sdn Bhd owner Datuk Issac Alexander.

The operator of a cruise charter service here said Singapore does not complain if many of their citizens flock to Johor, especially over the Christmas - New Year festive period.

“This is similar to how some 140,000 Malaysians visited Thailand over the seven-day year-end period … Why should there be any concerns?” asked Alexander.

He said Haadyai for the longest time, was always a frequent destination for Malaysians since the 1970s.

Haadyai is a regional destination, and can maintain a cost-competitive advantage whereas Langkawi is regarded as an international one, Alexander said.

"Hence it is unfair to compare Langkawi with Haadyai. Both have different attractions and both can complement each other," said Alexander.

Haadyai is mostly about street shopping, food and entertainment whereas Langkawi is about beaches, eco-tourism, geo - parks and recreation besides its duty-free shopping.

He was responding to reports questioning tourism players if something could be done, as Malaysians are flocking to Haadyai instead of Langkawi.

Alexander said contrary to some reports, Langkawi enjoyed brisk business during the year-end festive period with some holidaymakers extending their stay there.

But the arrival figures would pale in comparison to the likes of Haadyai and Phuket (Langkawi's main competitor) because the latter had teething issues over the tides, which was caused by extreme sediments accumulation at the base of the Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah ferry terminals, said Alexander.

He added that this was further complicated as airlines could not find ways to lower the airfare and increase flights to Langkawi due to the irregular demand load factors.

Given time, Alexander said that Langkawi can compete with Haadyai over the number of tourists but it is pointless to compare both destinations.

"They are not in the same leisure market. Langkawi has more five-star properties compared to Haadyai."

Tourism Langkawi coordinator Ahmad Pishol Isahak said that tourism on the island resort caters to all market segments but although it may not be wise to compare, Langkawi can emulate Haadyai in some ways.

Firstly, Pishol said that the private sector there was united, so likewise in Langkawi, the entire field of travel trade members need to be on the same page.

"Unfortunately, the private sector in Langkawi is riddled with cliques with some five associations jostling to see who can best represent the industry."

Secondly, Pishol said that packaging is important, as it can drive down costs.

"Now, there is even a free tut-tut service from the border checkpoints into Haadyai."

Langkawi can do more with its connectivity points, Pishol said, adding that Penang Port Sdn Bhd must also assist by allowing the revival of the sea route between Penang and Langkawi to resume after it was suspended for the past three years.

Having better accessibility to a destination strengthens its tourism clout, said Pishol.

He added that the private sector in Langkawi must find ways to drive down costs, especially in hospitality charges and vehicle rental, as well as food.

"Langkawi is a one-stop tourism destination. It caters from budget to up-market travellers. We must cater for all and we must package it as a must-see destination."

There is also a need to animate the attractions in Langkawi, so more local tourists will find it appealing enough to come, he added - The Vibes, January 4, 2024.

 

Source : https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/100560/langkawi-cannot-be-compared-to-haadyai-both-have-different-attractions-say-tourism-players