From April through November, some scattered showers can be expected on Langkawi, with the heaviest rains generally occurring in September and October. While one part of the island is getting a good soaking, however, another area may be enjoying a gorgeous sunny day. If you find yourself stuck with nothing to do on a rainy day, here are some suggestions for keeping you entertained and dry.
Think you’ve seen one aquarium you’ve seen them all? Underwater World Langkawi in Pantai Cenang (T: (04) 955 6100; www.underwaterworldlangkawi.com.my/) has more than 100 specially designed tanks housing more than 500 species of animals and sea creatures, some of which are seen from a walk-through underwater tunnel. This is the only place in Malaysia where rockhopper penguins have been successfully bred in captivity. Open daily, entry fee is 40 ringgit for adults and 30 ringgit for children 12 and under.
In the same complex as the aquarium are several duty-free shopping venues, as well as Teratai Reflexology (T: (04) 955 1822 / (04) 955 1228; open daily 13:00-22:00), where you can get real-deal reflexology and massages at very reasonable rates. If the wet just won’t go away, their mani-pedi is pretty fine too.
Across the island towards Tanjung Rhu is the Langkawi Kraft Komplex (Teluk Yu, Mukim Bohor; T: (04) 959 1913; www.kraftangan.gov.my). It covers a sizeable portion of 32 acres of land and the main building itself is a bit of a maze, so grab the free map on entry. The complex houses three museums on the heritage, culture and wedding practices of the 13 states of Malaysia. The exhibits are diverse and informative and you’ll come across local craftspeople demonstrating glass-blowing, weaving, carving, paper-making and batik. Open daily, no entrance fee and free guided tours.
The Galeria Perdana (Kilim Mukim Air Hangat; T: (04) 959 1498; open daily 08:30–17:30) has more than 2,500 items exhibited in addition to an amazing hand-painted ceiling. The ‘gifts’ on display were given to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad from other world leaders. The Galeria is housed in several Malay-style buildings surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens as well as a few other gifts that couldn’t quite fit inside the building. Open daily, adults 10 ringgit and children 4 ringgit. Plenty of local eateries can be found in the area, but those seeking some good old-fashioned Western fare should head towards Tanjung Rhu beach and dive into a plate of fish and chips at Scarborough Fish and Chips (Lot 1388, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Mukin Ayer Hangat; T: (01) 2 352 2236
Open Tues-Sun 11:00–21:00). They also have cold beer and free WiFi.
Looking for an indoor exercise option? In Kuah, Heartbeat Yoga & Fitness (Jalan Persiaran Putera, Kuah; T: (04) 966 9119; www.heartbeatfitnessyoga.com) is located at the Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall. They offer day passes for 48 ringgit inclusive of all the classes, ranging from yoga and Pilates to ‘combat’ fitness. They also have free WiFi. For a relatively inexpensive cuppa or a glass of chardonnay between mall meandering, Arts Cafe on the ground floor has an enticing menu of Asian fusion as well as plenty of colourful art to admire and also available for purchase.