We’ve arrived in Langkawi – a group of 99 islands off the west coast of Malaysia.

Langkawi draws in tourists due to its duty free status but doesn’t feel nearly as touristy as Phuket. It appears to be the perfect balance – infrastructure (such as attractions and public ammenities) are in place but there are no crowds or heavily inflated prices. People are friendly and there are standard prices for taxis which makes getting around stress free.

We’re staying in Kuah which is the town centre on the main island (Palau Langkawi) although there isn’t much over this side of the island. Most restaurants are over on the western beach (Centang) but a taxi is only 24MYR (around $10NZD) to get there.

So far we’ve been to Underwater world, Eagle feeding, visited a couple of the smaller islands and I had the best lamb kebab of my life. Phil will post more about these shortly, you’ll probably have to use your imagination for details about that kebab though.