Thaipusam is a grand Hindu celebration of the victory of Lord Subramaniam (also known as Lord Murugan) over the demon Surapadman. In Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, Hindu devotees take a 15-km-long walk from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in the city’s Chinatown to Batu Caves on the outskirts of the city on the eve of Thaipusam. Some come to fulfill their vows, others seek blessings or offer thanks to the lord and other deities, and they all do it in ways that astonish onlookers.
If you are looking for a romantic getaway on the idyllic island of Langkawi, Malaysia, then Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa has a room for you. Just 10 minutes from Langkawi International Airport, this luxurious five-star resort along the popular belt of Cenang Beach – the island’s main vein – has been around for more than two decades, making it one of the first resorts in Langkawi.
Words: Adli Syahril
There’s something wonderfully decadent about holidaying on a private island, and you’ll certainly be spoiled rotten when you visit Vivanta by Taj, Rebak Island Langkawi – the only resort on this beautiful island. Just about seven minutes by speedboat from Port Cenang on the main island of Langkawi, Rebak Island is a lush 390 acre paradise cupped by the warm Andaman Sea, with a coastline of secluded beaches and stunning rock formations, and a verdant forest that’s millions of years old.
Words: Beverly Rodrigues
The horizon appeared hazy as the boat left Terengganu’s Merang Jetty. Halfway through the 45-minute ride, the island of Lang Tengah came into view. Around a rocky bend emerged Sari Pacifica Lang Tengah Resort & Spa’s private jetty, with wooden planks stretching out into turquoise waters so clear that I could see the fish below. Few sights are more welcoming than swaying palms on a white beach, and Lang Tengah instantly had me in a picture-perfect embrace.
Words: Abby Yao
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