Stages of light (Langkawi, Malaysia)

Langkawi is probably visited mostly because of the beaches. Once you’ve arrived, you might have some second thoughts about your choice of holiday location. The reality of things is: It makes all the difference whether you come in summer or winter, in the morning or evening, when the sky is clear or cloudy… One’s really got to remember that Langkawi is not the Maledives!

Those pictures for example are about 24 hours apart…
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What it all comes down to, at least speaking from my experiences, is what light you’ve got. I feel like the water is generally more turquoise in the winter months, as in summer/ rainy season the water is more boisterous. Still, it’s possible to have a very photogenic beach at any time of the year…if the weather plays along.

Morning sun

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Afternoon

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Golden hour

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Nighttime

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Clearly, the minutes just before sunset seem the most magestical. To enjoy those the best way possible, I’d recommend “Pantai Cenang” in the west of the island. That’s also where “Pelangi Beach Resort” is located, a luxury hotel with beach access and the perfect location to watch the sun set.

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I didn’t stay there this trip, it wasn’t quite in our budget. However, the fact that obviously little has changed in the last ten years (when I last stayed there) speaks for the quality of the hotel. Even though my brother called it pathetic, I’ve got to admit taking a shortcut through the hotel  area to the beach, indulging in reminiscences. I constantly got reminded of my eight year old self, lying at the beach as a mermaid, having the time of my life.

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So even though it wasn’t clear sky and turquoise water 24/7 , I’m happy having come back. Who knows, maybe and hopefully, the next visit will be in less than ten years time.

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