2 Malaysian Islands Penang + Langkawi Listed Among Top 10 Islands In Southeast Asia 2022
Penang and Langkawi have earned the Top 10 spot in the first ever Asia’s Best Awards 2022 – Top 10 Islands In Southeast Asia 2022
The list was published by Travel + Leisure, a resource for trip ideas, hotels, flight sales, city guides, and travel tips.
Langkawi came in at 5th place and Penang 8th.
Heading the list was Phuket, Thailand, while Koh Samui, Thailand, and Bali, Indonesia, came in second and third spots, respectively.
Top 10 Islands In Southeast Asia 2022
Penang Island, Malaysia
Earlier this year, Penang landed on CNN Travel’s list of 22 best destinations in 2022.
In December last year, Penang was named one of the 15 Best Islands in the World to Retire On by International Living, a website that covers global retirement or relocation opportunities.
Langkawi Island, Malaysia
Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands off the coast of Kedah in Malaysia, is an electrifying island recently awarded Asia’s Best Awards 2022 for being one of the Best Islands in Southeast Asia.
A tropical gem and a top attraction in Malaysia, Langkawi is known for its mangroves rich with flora and fauna, unique culinary scene, duty-free shopping outlets, and kid-friendly attractions.
Langkawi is the perfect destination for tourists seeking tranquillity and a transcendental experience that no other place can rival.
The island has much to offer tourists in search of its wild, pristine waterfalls, hot springs, and forest parks, the foremost reason it’s nicknamed “The Jewel of Kedah.”
Langkawi is the only site in Southeast Asia granted the highly coveted UNESCO Geopark status – thanks to its impressive rock formations surrounded by ancient jungle, vast caves with stalactites, stalagmites, sea caves, tunnels, and wildlife.
As the pioneering agency in Langkawi’s tourism development, Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) played a significant role in establishing Langkawi into the renowned world-class tourism destination, it is today.
Throughout the years, LADA’s commitment has never wavered, hoping to position the island as one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world.
Chief Executive Officer of LADA, Encik Nasaruddin Abdul Muttalib, expressed, “It has been an honor, and we take great pride in having attained this award as one of the best islands in Southeast Asia.
“The award is a testament to our continuous efforts and dedication, especially throughout the pandemic when tourist arrival on the island was at its lowest.
“While faced with many challenges, we remained optimistic and took it upon ourselves to ensure that the island showed resilience in its journey towards recovery and remained top of mind.
“As we progress into the year and with more travel restrictions loosened, we anticipate the arrival of more international travelers that could potentially revitalize the economy and spur the local community’s income.
“Our strategy for making this a reality is divided into four principal components: Leisure (International & Domestic), Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE), and Tourism Events.
“Our action plan ranges from promoting green, experiential, and responsible tourism to incentives including duty-free shopping and creating Instagram-worthy spots.
All to ensure that we can retain our position as one of the best islands in Southeast Asia.”
To add to this ecstatic news, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi was awarded the Best Beach or Upcountry Hotel in Malaysia in 2022.
There is no denying that a visit to Langkawi will most definitely offer an inexhaustible yet rewarding experience.
Blessed with warm weather all year round, the island makes for a fun destination for those looking to unwind or satiate their adventurous side with scuba diving or snorkeling.
Experience the beautiful countryside and landscape of paddy fields or island hopping.
Head up the thrilling cable car to Mount Machinchang or go jungle trekking in the rainforest to explore the rich flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.
Hurry now and plan your next holiday trip to Langkawi for a truly blissful and premium experience.
About Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)
The federal government set up Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) to plan, promote and implement development on the island of Langkawi.
It was officially established on 15 March 1990 under the Langkawi Development Authority Act 1990 (Act 423) and placed under the authority of the Ministry of Finance.
Through all their efforts, LADA is committed to continuously supporting the noble efforts of all parties in restoring the heyday of Langkawi’s tourism sector for the collective prosperity of the island and its dwellers.
Ultimately, the organization aims to position Langkawi as a world-renowned tourism destination.
For more information on LADA, please visit https://www.lada.gov.my/en/