Sunshine, soft sands, good food, and UNESCO-worthy sites — these are just some of the things Malaysia’s two most popular tourist-loving islands promise to deliver. So, it’s no surprise why both Langkawi and Penang have made it to the Top 10 in Asia’s Best Awards 2022 — Top 10 islands in Southeast Asia for 2022 according to Travel + Leisure.

Joining other stunning islands across our region, let this list serve as a little inso for your next escape (be it local or international). Here’s a list of the top 10:

  1. Phuket, Thailand
  2. Koh Samui, Thailand
  3. Bali, Indonesia
  4. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  5. Langkawi, Malaysia
  6. Lombok, Indonesia
  7. Palawan, Philippines
  8. Penang, Malaysia
  9. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
  10. Con Dao, Vietnam

Thanks to its collection of magnificent rock formations surrounded by ancient jungle, large caves with stalactites and stalagmites, sea caves and tunnels, as well as animals, Langkawi is the only location in Southeast Asia to be awarded the highly-coveted UNESCO Geopark classification.

In addition to the recent honour, CNN Travel ranked Penang as one of the 22 best places to visit earlier this year. It was also voted one of the 15 Best Islands in the World to Retire on by International Living in December last year.

Find out more about other ‘best titles’ in Malaysia, such as the best hotels or restaurants here.