A storm rolls in over Datai bay
Some of southeast Asia’s most pristine coastline can be found in the northwestern corner of Langkawi, an area cordoned off to general public by dense and ancient rainforests, and high end resorts. The jewel in the crown here is the magnificent Datai bay, a coral-filled wineglass shaped cove lined by soft white sands, backed by lush forests and fronted by craggy limestone islands. Considering the diversity of the terrain, one can also find a huge range of air-, land- and water-based flora and fauna, making Teluk Datai a paradise for not just beach bums, but wildlife enthusiasts as well. For better or worse, access to the place remains largely limited to guests of the two high end resorts that line its shores, meaning that the beach is virtually all yours should you choose to burn a decent sized hole in your pockets (though that too is well worth it).