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Things to do in  Langkawi

Welcome to Langkawi

Sitting beside the Malaysia-Thailand border off northeast Malaysia, tropical archipelago Langkawi serves as a tranquil escape from the metropolitan thrum of Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Get acquainted with ‘the Jewel of Kedah’ on boat or Jet Ski tours, which reveal mangrove forests, eagles, and the area’s 100-plus islands—few of which are inhabited. Don’t miss out on the SkyBridge, reachable by a cable car ride that glides thousands of feet over jungle and ocean. Sunset cocktails on Chenang Beach are the perfect way to end a day in paradise.

Top 10 attractions in Langkawi

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Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

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The second-largest island in Langkawi archipelago, Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting) and its surrounding lake are enshrouded in folklore. Visit the lake where legend says a celestial princess placed her baby after his death (the waters are thought to aid in conceiving). Try snorkeling, bird-watching, and cave exploring too.More
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Langkawi Sky Bridge

Langkawi Sky Bridge

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A unique structure with spectacular views of Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved suspension bridge on Mt. Machinchang. The 410-foot-long (125-meter-long) span hangs from a single pylon, 328 feet (100 meters) above the ground, offering excellent views of the jungle-covered mountains below and the Andaman Sea beyond.More
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Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)

Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)

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Dataran Lang, or Eagle Square in English, is a square on Langkawi near the port where ferries sail in and out. It is the first sight visitors to this Malaysian island will see when they arrive by boat. In the square is a giant statue of an eagle poised to take flight. The eagle is almost 40 feet tall. The reddish-brown eagle was built as a symbol of the island since, according to folklore, Langkawi’s name came from two Malay words, Helang which means “eagle” and Kawi which means “reddish brown.” It is one of Langkawi's most recognizable sights.Eagle Square is about 19 acres large and has covered terraces, small ponds, fountains, footbridges, shops, and cafes. The square also has covered pavilions where events are held. Nearby you'll also find several duty-free shops. The square offers gorgeous views of Kuah Bay that leads into the sea and the surrounding mountains. From the square, you can also watch the ferries crossing the bay. After dark, the square and the eagle are illuminated with lights.More
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Mahsuri's Tomb (Makam Mahsuri)

Mahsuri's Tomb (Makam Mahsuri)

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A young woman who died around 1819, Mahsuri is an important figure in Langkawi, and though it was only built in the 1950s, Mahsuri’s Tomb (Kota Mahsuri) is one of the island’s more meaningful tourist attractions. Besides the tomb, there’s a museum, a handicrafts shop, a theater, food outlets, a re-created traditional house, and a well believed to be magical.More
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Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

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Formally known as Langkawi SkyCab, the Langkawi Cable Car takes riders high above the Langkawi rain forest on Mt. Mat Cincang (Gunung Mat Cincang) for a panoramic view of the surrounding islands and sea. It boasts Malaysia’s longest free span mono-cable car—at 3,117 feet (950 meters)—and is among the steepest on the planet.More
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Atma Alam Batik Art Village

Atma Alam Batik Art Village

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Atma Alam Batik Art Village is a batik center located in Padang Matsirat, Malaysia on the island of Langkawi. Batik is a traditional wax-dyed cloth technique and an ancient art form. The center is owned by Aza Osman, an oil painter, and Roshadah Yusof, a batik artist. They designed the art village primarily to attract tourists and to promote the art of batik and showcase the creative art of batik in Langkawi. Atma Alam Batik Art Village has been recognized by the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage of Malaysia.The batik art village building covers half an acre and consists of a batik workshop, a batik showroom, an art gallery, a batik gallery, and a handicraft display. It offers high quality and affordable local products, such as wall hangings, garments, and handbags. More expensive items for sale include collections of original canvas oil paintings and batik paintings by local artists. The batik art village also offers classes where you can learn to turn white fabric into batik art. There is also a cafe where you can get coffee, cold drinks, and snacks.More
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Oriental Village Langkawi

Oriental Village Langkawi

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Oriental Village Langkawi is the home of Langkawi Cable Car (SkyCab), which transports you 2,326 feet (709 meters) to the SkyBridge at the summit of Mt. Mat Cincang. Located at the bottom of the mountain, this open-air complex features souvenir and retail outlets, galleries, rides, health spas, a hotel, and a huge lake at its center.More
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Pulau Payar Marine Park

Pulau Payar Marine Park

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Set between Penang and Langkawi, Pulau Payar Marine Park offers probably the best diving and snorkeling on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. The four islands that make up the park are a marine protected area, meaning there’s a rich range of coral reef and fish life, from angelfish and clownfish to blacktip reef sharks.More
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Tanjung Rhu

Tanjung Rhu

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Tanjung Rhu has one of Langkawi’s most celebrated shorelines—and for good reason. Flanked by limestone cliffs jutting out into the Andaman Sea, the beach at Tanjung Rhu is breathtakingly attractive; the sand is as soft and white as any Thai island, its waters are crystal-clear and it affords some incredible views across the other Langkawi islands.The beach is not the only draw for many visitors to Tanjung Rhu however, with many people heading further inland behind the shoreline and into Tanjung Rhu Village—home to some of Malaysia's most fascinating and diverse wildlife and natural landscape.Tanjung Rhu Village is a place where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of Mother Nature. Monkeys, kingfishers and huge monitor lizards gather to greet visitors along the river banks, while eagles soar overhead. Elsewhere, the village’s fish farm restaurant serves up fresh seafood straight from the ocean.More
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Langkawi Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah)

Langkawi Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah)

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Sitting to the west of Langkawi’s archipelago of paradise islands, Langkawi Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah) is an idyllic haven, with pristine beaches flanked by a verdant forested inland. Fully conforming to the tranquil Andaman Island ideal, a trip to the shores of Beras Basah is a popular activity for those visiting Pulau Langkawi.Pulau Beras Basah (literal translation: “Island of Wet Rice”) benefits from remaining non-commercial, yet is still easily accessible from the main island of Langkawi. Despite the daytrippers, it retains its laid-back paradise island ambience with ease. With not much to do but relax then, Beras Basah Island is the ideal place to sunbathe or take a dip in the island’s inviting waters, where swimmers and snorkelers are said to spot schools of playful dolphins from time to time.More

Trip ideas

Island Hopping Tours in Langkawi

Island Hopping Tours in Langkawi

How to Spend 2 Days in Langkawi

How to Spend 2 Days in Langkawi

How to Spend 3 Days in Langkawi

How to Spend 3 Days in Langkawi

Top activities in Langkawi

Langkawi Sunset Dinner Cruise

Langkawi Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Langkawi Private Day Tour

Langkawi Private Day Tour

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Private Langkawi Fishing Safari

Private Langkawi Fishing Safari

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Recent reviews from experiences in Langkawi

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Wonderful
yjyjahn, Aug. 2018
Mangrove Forest Kayaking Tour from Langkawi
We were lucky enough to see a dolphin too.
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Best thing we did in Langkawi, Our...
achraf s, Apr. 2016
Langkawi Archipelago Jet Ski Tour Including Dayang Bunting Island
The 5 of us did the 4 hour tour around the islands, visited the geopark, and went to see the eagles feeding.
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We had a great time. The cable car was...
Jeff, Feb. 2008
Langkawi Cable Car/Skycab at Oriental Village
The cable car was a bit scary as there is only one support between the top and bottom - so it rises and falls as the cars go over the supports.
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Fabulous half day exploration of the Kilim Geoforest
Alison_B, Mar. 2020
Half-Day Mangrove Safari Boat Tour in Langkawi
Visit a bat cave / mangrove area , then onto a river tour to see eagles and fish farm.
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My mother and I were picked up from...
Annabelle P, Mar. 2017
Langkawi Cable Car/Skycab at Oriental Village
He also made recommendations for other activities for us to do in Langkawi and even drove us to Langkawi Geopark where we did a river cruise-and arranged for a taxi to take us back to our hotel afterwards.
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My experience at Langkawi on the...
Mr SC C, Jul. 2013
Private Transfer: Langkawi International Airport to Langkawi Hotel
I will certainly like to visit Langkawi in the future.
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Fantastic driver for hotel pick up...
Nadine T, Mar. 2012
Langkawi Cable Car/Skycab at Oriental Village
The cable car ride was great, fantastic to see a different aspect of the island.

A local’s pocket guide to Langkawi

Lara Sanchez

Lara is a Viator product designer who spends her vacation time leading group trips around the world. Malaysia is one of the latest additions to her catalogue of trips designed to connect with local culture.

The first thing you should do in Langkawi is...

head to the beach. I like Cenang Beach, with its many restaurants and bars. Book lunch at Putumayo and have a cocktail at Thirstday.

A perfect Saturday in Langkawi...

is spent on a boat sailing along the mangroves in the Kilim river. If you’re not afraid of bats, don’t miss the Bat Cave.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

snorkeling in Pulau Payar Marine Park. There's corals and unbelievable wildlife even in the shallows near the beach. Oh, and tons of friendly sharks.

To discover the "real" Langkawi...

go for a walk further away from the beaches. The island is still very rural with villages and paddy fields, where farmers work with their water buffaloes.

For the best view of the city...

head to the Sky Bridge to get fantastic views of the whole island. Time your visit with sunset but beware of the monkeys—they’re not very friendly.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Langkawi is not an active destination. There's lot of things to do, from island hopping, snorkeling, and scuba diving to kayaking and golf.

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