Langkawi was named as one of UNESCO’s World Geoparks for its high regard of ecology, geology and the preservation of life. Bird watching and nature walking are perfect activities in this myth-laden island as one goes trekking in Langkawi. There are just so many sites to see that it is almost impossible to get yourself to leave the island with a feeling that you have not seen enough. In fact, some European tourists have not returned home and decided to be “permanent vacationers” in Langkawi.
There are basically two ways to trek around the island. One, go with a tour package or two, be adventurous by going on your own (or with friends) and creating your own route.
A must-experience trekking tour package is called canopy trekking or air trekking, which includes jungle trekking, climbing, rappelling, and gliding high above the ground using a set of cables. Obviously, if you put these all together, it means extreme sports, which may not be suitable for everyone. Get to see the Langkawi rainforest as you air hike or, as enthusiasts call it, engage in a “flying fox journey”. This fun and crazy way of moving about in the forests was pioneered by Jurgen Zimmerer, a German-born adventurer who now lives in Langkawi as a permanent vacationer.
The more common way of trekking is a tour package called Jungle Trekking. This is popular among naturalists, photographers and bird watchers. Trekkers of this kind take an easy walk into a quiet virgin forest to hear the morning chorus of birds and monkeys hiding within the thick rainforest. Often, the singing birds and monkeys show themselves to passersby. Since the rainforest could get confusing, it is required to have a guide who knows the forest like the back of his hand. Typically, the guide is also a naturalist who is capable of discussing the names of plants and trees and their medicinal properties. A package tour of this kind is very light and is suitable for the entire family.
If you decide to take neither of these packages and feel you would like to make your own path, you are moving in an exciting direction. Langkawi is teeming with unique and exciting sites. Anywhere you go is an adventure, so long as you follow warning signs and road regulations. It is also helpful and more enjoyable to involve a number of people on a group trek. Also, whenever you can, consult a guide or a local for directions, tips and suggestions to make sure you won’t lose your way. There have been incidences of missing persons and death in Langkawi, so it is best to be prepared and well informed.
The island is not dubbed the “Jewel of Kedah” for no reason. It is the treasure of Kedah, Malaysia for its many amazing sites. When going on a rented car, you can pass by so many tourist attractions and occasionally parking your car to go on foot for a closer look. Some of the exciting places you can visit are Seven Wells Waterfalls, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, the Cable Car ride that begins at Oriental Village, and Datai Bay. In whatever way you wish to do it, there is a guarantee that trekking in Langkawi has the potential to be one of the best experiences of your life.