( CNN) Ten minutes ago, I learned how to start a jet ski.

Setting off on a four-hour expedition through the stunning Langkawi archipelago — a cluster of more than 100 islands — there’s no one else around, aside from a few fellow riders.

The waves rise and fall, forested islands bob above the horizon and tropical birds swoop overhead.

60-Second Vacation: Kota Kinabalu

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