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Langkawi

Things to see and do

Beach

  • Beaches
    4 stars

    Langkawi has its fair share of wonderful beaches. All of the following are easily reached independently or take an island hopper boat to explore the smaller offshore island beaches scattered throughout the archipelago. Don't forget that Langkawi is big, so if your planned day at the beach is ... read more

  • Pantai Cenang
    3.5 stars

    Thanks to development, the new part of Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang looks absolutely nothing like it did just five years ago ... read more

  • Pantai Tengah
    3.5 stars

    Tengeh Beach is Langkawi's lesser known, more backpackerish beach which is located just to the south of the far better known Cenang Beach. ... read more

  • Tanjung Rhu
    4 stars

    Tanjung Rhu beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and amazingly is one of the most undeveloped. This coral sand beach stretches from the end of Black Sand Beach to the east were it meets the river estuary that leads to the small boat harbour where you can hire boats for mangrove ... read more

  • Northwest Langkawi to Datai Bay
    3.5 stars

    The north side of Gunung Mat Cincang falls to the sea to form this area on the northwest side of Langkawi where you'll find some great little strips of sand to relax on. ... read more

  • Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black Sand Beach)
    3 stars

    Translated into Black Sandy Beach the local fishermen once told the story how a mermaid turned the sand black at this place after getting angry at a fisherman, who didn't keep true to his word. In reality it is a geological phenomenon found only here, explained by a certain mix of black minerals ... read more

  • Pantai Pasir Tengkorak (Skull Sand Beach)
    4 stars

    This tranquil beach is the first beach that you see on the road that lead to Datai Bay on the Northwest corner of the island. There is a park like setting with toilets shaded pavilions and tall trees that provide shade from the beach where the Andaman Sea meets the island. This is a popular beach ... read more

  • Pantai Kok
    3.5 stars

    On the west side of Langkawi stretching between Telaga Harbour and the Mutiara Burau Bay Resort is Panti Kok (Kok Beach). ... read more

  • Watersports in Langkawi
    3.5 stars

    Tropical islands tend to embrace water sports and Langkawi is no different. ... read more

Natural Attraction - General

  • Panoramic Cable Car
    4.5 stars

    On the top of every visitors list, and deservedly so, is the Panoramic Cable Car and Sky Bridge. Set in western Langkawi, the Cable Car takes you to the top of Gunung Mat Cincang, the second highest mountain in Langkawi at 700 metres above sea level. From the summit you can enjoy a bird’s eye ... read more

  • Gunung Mat Raya
    4 stars

    Gunung Raya is the highest peak in Langkawi at over 800 metres above sea level. Thickly forested and dense with tropical overgrowths make it excellent for guided jungle trekking and bird watching. A drivable paved road leads up to the peak where a MEASAT Satellite Control Centre is stationed as ... read more

  • Langkawi Geopark
    4 stars

    Considered by many as the birthplace of Malaysia, Langkawi's 99 islands are home to a particular set of geological formations that encompass the UNESCO-protected Langkawi Geopark. The more than 90 documented areas of geological diversity within the archipelago are grouped together to form three ... read more

  • Waterfalls
    3.5 stars

    Several waterfalls and clear, cool pools are tucked away within Langkawi’s rainforest, but Seven Wells is undoubtedly the largest and most popular. ... read more

  • Jungle Treks
    3.5 stars

    On an island amass with mountainous rainforest and dense jungles, trekking can be a fascinating glimpse into the rainforest ecosystem and its inhabitants. It's highly recommended to go with a knowledgeable guide from a reputable company, not only for the educational factor but for safety as well. ... read more

  • Mangrove trips
    4.5 stars

    If you've grown bored of the beach, a tour through the inlets and estuaries of Langkawi's protected mangroves is a fun and peaceful way to spend a day. Tours last around five to six hours and are offered both by kayak or mangrove boat. A typical day includes a slow and steady cruise through the ... read more

  • Langkawi's Interior
    3.5 stars

    Most visitors and travellers to Langkawi spend the majority of their time near one of the coastal areas or beaches, say Pantai Cenang or Pantai Tengah. ... read more

  • Ayer Hangat Hot Springs
    3.5 stars

    Langkawi’s Ayer Hangat Village is home to therapeutic hot springs lying just north of Kuah on Jalan Ayer Hangat and makes for an interesting trip The origin of the Ayer Hangat Hot Springs is traced to the base of Gunung Mat Raya and a volcanic eruption, some million years ago. The naturally ... read more

Hiking, walking tours and itineraries

  • What to do on a rainy day
    3.5 stars

    Langkawi still offers plenty of attractions when the weather turns rainy. Here's a few things to do that will keep you both dry and entertained. If you find yourself stuck with nothing to do on a rainy day, here are some suggestions for keeping you entertained and dry in Langkawi. Underwater ... read more

Boat trips

  • Island Hopping
    4 stars

    A not-to-be missed Langkawi tour is Island Hopping. The standard 'group' trip is dirt-cheap and a super value at the across the board price of 25 ringgit. Most agents can arrange these trips, but some may add commission, so feel free to shop around. This 3-4 hour boat trip includes hotel pick-up ... read more

  • Tuba Island Tour
    3.5 stars

    This six-hour day tour is an interesting look at life on undeveloped Tuba Island, 15 minutes from Kuah Town, Langkawi. It is almost like stepping back to the Langkawi of days gone by. It includes kampung visits, a bit of jungle trekking, a visit to a bat filled cave and a delicious home cooked ... read more

  • Snorkelling and Dive Trips
    4 stars

    Although prices and trips here may vary throughout the year the usual starting price for a snorkelling trip is about RM160 per person. 2 tank dive starts at about RM350 per person. This trip takes you to Pulau Payar Marine Park, some 19 km oabout a one-hour boat ride from Langkawi, set in the clear ... read more

Museums

  • Galeria Perdana
    3.5 stars

    The Galleria Perdana has over 2,500 items exhibited and an amazing hand painted ceiling. The 'gifts' on display were given to former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir, from other world leaders during his years as Prime Minister. Items range from hand-carved Malaysian architecture to motor ... read more

  • Muzium Laman Padi (rice museum)
    3.5 stars

    The Laman Padi Museum opened in 1999 as an exhibition centre for local artefacts, charts, photographs and rice planting tools. The indoor museum dioramas show the stages of rice farming from planting to harvesting. This agricultural park offers a view of some colourful landscape as well as a ... read more

  • Kompleks Kraf Langkawi
    4 stars

    There are displays of handmade and historical items from the 13 states of Malaysia; from a pre-industrial revolution sugar cane press to hand-made bird traps of intricate design and all are well displayed along with information plaques in English. They also provide free guided tours for more ... read more

  • Agro Technical Park
    3.5 stars

    The Agro Technology Park was developed in 1990 as an information centre for the agriculture industry, as well as a lure for eco-tourism. The Technical Park is a great information resource on local agriculture and tropical fruits, with guided tours given by knowledgeable staff as well as a ... read more

Markets

  • Wet markets
    3.5 stars

    The wet markets are best visited in the early morning or in the evening after 17:00. Most of the vendors close for mid-day. There are two major wet markets in Langkawi, one is located in Pandang Matsirat on Jalan Kuala Teriang just west of the town centre. It's down on the left just after ... read more

  • Night markets
    4 stars

    There is a night market somewhere on Langkawi every night of the week. The night markets are local tradition and they start bustling at around 5pm and stay busy past sunset. The night markets all vary and are a popular place for locals to wander, sample the street food and shop for fruits and ... read more

General Activites

  • Langkawi photo essay
    3.5 stars

    After four action-packed days in Langkawi on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia I’ve had my assumptions about the island shattered — in a good way. ... read more

  • Langkawi sunset spots
    4 stars

    Watching the sun setting beyond Langkawi archipelago’s horizons is an evening holiday ritual for many a traveller, with a variety of locations to choose from. Here are a few great places to catch the end-of-the-day light show in Langkawi. In Kuah town, Charlie’s Place at the Royal Langkawi ... read more

  • Picnics in Langkawi
    3.5 stars

    Picnicking in Malaysia is a common sight due to the popularity of take-away meals and plenty of places to set up and munch. Here are some popular options -- so grab your meal bungkus and snare a spot. Seaside picnics: What started out as a locale to watch planes take off and land, the strip of ... read more

  • Langkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Foundation
    3.5 stars

    Western animal lovers are often shocked and dismayed at the treatment of animals they might come across in Southeast Asia ... read more

  • Sports in Langkawi
    3.5 stars

    If you’d like to tackle something a bit more Southeast Asian, several yoga retreats are available locally, but Langkawi Yoga also has three seaside classes a week ... read more

  • Langkawi Duty Free
    3.5 stars

    One of the first things that you’ll likely notice when you arrive in Langkawi is the inexpensive beer and beachside cocktails compared to elsewhere in Malaysia. ... read more

  • Hair Salons in Langkawi
    3.5 stars

    Been on the road for a while before your arrival in Langkawi and feeling the after-affects of dusty trails in Laos or beach swimming in Bali? ... read more

  • Kuah
    3.5 stars

    Kuah is the largest town in Langkawi and the hub of the island’s commerce and politics. It’s in transition, as is most of the island, away from an island-based economy towards one focused heavily on tourism, meaning you’ll see plenty of old and new juxtap ... read more

Cooking classes

  • Ambong Ambong
    3.5 stars

    Cooking classes in Langkawi are generally limited to the occasional resort and hotel recreational activity and non-guests are often allowed to participate for a not-so-small fee ... read more

Festivals and events

  • Christmas in Langkawi
    3.5 stars

    Christmas in Langkawi is usually marked by the annual Pondok Keladi Christmas Charity Bazaar, an event that initially emerged in the season of giving to become these days the local ringer-in of the holiday season. ... read more

  • Ramadan in Langkawi
    3.5 stars

    For the casual traveller to Langkawi during Ramadan, daily life continues much as usual and the month-long ritual has minimal impact on non-Muslim visitors. Ramadan on Langkawi in 2014 begins at sunrise on June 28 or 29 and ends at sunset July 27, with th ... read more

Zoo

  • Langkawi Wildlife Park (formerly Langkawi Bird Paradise)
    3 stars

    The Langkawi Wildlife Park is home to over 150 species of exotic birds, including hornbills, peacocks and flamingos. There are quite a variety of monkeys and various reptiles as well as a small heard of mouse deer and ostriches. There are plenty of opportunities to hand feed most of the animals ... read more

  • Buffalo park
    3 stars

    With the advent of modern machinery, Langkawi's water buffaloes have been relieved from their roles as beasts of burden and field ploughers. But they're still a common sight grazing in the padi fields, cooling down in muddy watering holes or meandering down the road. Over 100 murrah and water ... read more

  • Underwater World Langkawi
    3 stars

    Underwater World has more than 100 specially designed tanks and over 500 species of animals and sea creatures. The aquarium is divided into sections - tropical rainforest, temperate and sub-Antarctic (where the penguins live), temperate, fresh water and coral. There is also a walk-through ... read more

Day trips

  • Langkawi for nature lovers
    4 stars

    Langkawi offers a wide array of fantastic activities for nature lovers. Here are a few of the best ways to indulge your inner eco-tourist on the island. Nature enthusiasts should put visiting the mangroves at Kilim Karst Geopark Forest by boat or kayak on the top of their green list. While ... read more


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