Langkawi Gay Travel
Gay travelers will feel right at home in the Malaysian paradise of Langkawi. A relaxed island catering to an international crowd, Langkawi gay travel is easy! Get the best local experience with help from wolfyy.
The Gay Travel Experience: Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi is the top gay travel beach destination in Malaysia. The island is popular with gay travelers because there is enough tourism on the island for locals and other travelers to be more comfortable with homosexuality.
My conversations with local Malaysians provided some insight into what their values and preferences. Not in a position to sell me anything, I listened carefully to everything these guys had to say.
I sat down at an Indian restaurant one mid-afternoon while it was empty. The man hanging at the front gave me a little bit of everything to try from the vats. I wasn’t sure what some of it was, so I asked him.
A second man with whom I paid my dinner bill at another restaurant questioned why I would fly from Langkawi to another island when I could enjoy a boat ride. I was bit skeptical of this, since some ferries are jam packed. Nevertheless, I listened.
The next day I booked a ferry to Koh Lipe, Thailand instead of a flight to Krabi. Definitely a more relaxed experience than going through an airport. He was right.
One last waiter I had was so friendly and outgoing, he made me laugh. I also had the suspicion he was gay, although I could always be wrong.
I honestly wanted to ask indirectly, but because being gay is not well-accepted in Malaysia, he may not have been able to be honest with me even if he was gay.
Gay Life in Malaysia: My Thoughts
This experience is an example of how the societal norm of repressing the LGBT community in Malaysia affects their ability to freely express themselves.
I didn’t feel totally comfortable announcing my sexuality to everyone I meet here because it’s technically illegal.
Is Langkawi, Malaysia Safe for Gay People?
Gay Langkawi: Where to Stay
I stayed in the Cenang Beach area, which is known for the clear waters, watersport activities and beachfront bars. I couldn’t have been happier here.
Kuah is where the ferries arrive in Langkawi. This area will have the cheapest accommodations, but there is not much going on here. Most travelers pass through Kuah to their resort destination.
Langkawi Experiences for the Gay Traveler
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Langkawi Skybridge and Cable Car
Take a taxi with the Grab taxi application destined for the Langkawi Cable Car. Purchase the ticket about a day in advance to reserve a place. Early mornings or before sunset are the best times to avoid lines.
Right next to Thirstday is another small bar that puts chairs and candles out after dark. I sat here one night basking in the cool ocean breeze, sinking my feet into the cool sand.
Langkawi Gay Travel Tips
Langkawi is known for the plentiful duty-free shops on the island. Know that they exist along the beaches, not only in the airport and ferry terminal. If you’re staying in Cenang Beach, they are located south of Chenang Walk.
Since it’s only a short boat ride away, you must visit Koh Lipe. It’s my favorite island on earth! Read the Koh Lipe Gay Travel Guide.
Gay Life in Malaysia
Unfortunately, Malaysia offers zero rights to the gay community. Malaysia has gone so far as to advise diplomats not to bring any LGBT counterparts and even ban any depiction of homosexuality in the media.
Keep in mind, while these laws are horrendous and archaic, there are millions of kind-hearted souls living in Malaysia. The actions and opinions of the government do not reflect on all the citizens of the country.