Los Angeles Times

Head to Langkawi, Malaysia for sands, jungles, and local color

The Langkawi Islands, off Malaysia's west coast, offer glorious strands of white sand backed by deep green palm trees, good restaurants, and great hotels, in a setting that still harks back to the old Southeast Asia. Sacrifice some beach time to ride the cable car to the top of Mount Gunung Mat Cincang, and then walk across the steel bridge to a neighboring mountaintop, enjoying great sea and island views, as well as the rainforest canopy below.Gavin Hellier