LANGKAWI, Sept 17 ― Every once in a while, one should treat themselves to a well-deserved holiday.
After all, a change of scenery and exploring new places can be exciting.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has put a halt on such travels due to the movement control orders.
Recently, the government decided to reopen Langkawi island to travellers beginning yesterday.
This travel bubble is a pilot project with entry being by sea and air.
Only those who are fully-vaccinated and have negative Covid-19 tests are allowed to enter Langkawi.
For Malay Mail’s Shafwan Zaidon, the trip was the first for him for over a year, having visited Langkawi just before travel restrictions were reinstated.
His observation was that there were more travellers last year.
Shops this time around were already open now including in places like the popular Cenang beach.
The beach, which was empty, now has tourists getting their field of sun, sand and sea.
As for Shafwan, although the holiday is a well-deserved break, he and others are taking the necessary precautions such as wearing face masks.
It is estimated that about 400,000 visitors will descend upon Langkawi in the next three-and-a-half months.
Here are snapshots by Shafwan of the first day of Langkawi reopening.