Pulau Langkawi, Kedah (Credit: Aina Ghani, Tourism Malaysia)

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A cluster of 99 islands 45 minutes way from Kuala Kedah, this duty-free haven is a mystical one with much to explore. Pantai Cenang has evolved into a whole new exciting scene. Reggae bar is now known as 'Babylon', and nestled on the beach itself. Don't forget to get onto the cable car on Pantai Kok, unwind by the 7 well waterfalls and island hop to Pulau Payar, Pulau Singa Besar and Pulau Beras Basah.