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For a rip-roar­ing rain­for­est ad­ven­ture, look no fur­ther than Langkawi. The Malaysian ar­chi­pel­ago of­fers a host of jun­gle pur­suits, from canopy walks on Mt Gu­nung Raya to cy­cle trips ex­plor­ing ex­otic flora and fauna. If you’re into wildlife, bring binoc­u­lars to spy the mag­nif­i­cent trop­i­cal spec­i­mens. Kayak­ing through an­cient man­groves and leafy hikes are also pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. And let’s not for­get the is­land also boasts a num­ber of beau­ti­ful beaches, with water­front ho­tels such as the Mer­i­tus Pe­langi Beach Re­sort & Spa, a tran­quil re­treat rus­ti­cally de­signed like a tra­di­tional Malay vil­lage. Here, guests can en­joy nat­u­ral beauty, five-star restau­rants, sooth­ing spa treat­ments and more (mer­i­tusho­tels.com/pe­langi). WHERE TO STAY: The re­cent open­ing of the St Regis Langkawi her­alds the is­land’s first all-suite re­sort, with 85 lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed rooms and four pri­vate vil­las (streg­is­langkawi.com). The An­daman Langkawi is a five-star re­sort with an ecofriendly USP, host­ing a Marine Life Lab­o­ra­tory and Coral Nurs­ery within the ho­tel, tasked with re­plen­ish­ing the frag­ile reef that sur­rounds the is­land, and giv­ing vis­i­tors the chance to learn about the del­i­cate marine ecosys­tem (the­an­daman.com).

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