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Things to do in Langkawi

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 15 attractions in Langkawi

Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

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

Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

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

Langkawi Sky Bridge

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

Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)

So-called because of the 40-foot (12-meter at its center, Eagle Square (Dataran Lang sits beside Langkawi’s main port and is, therefore, the first thing you’re likely to see if arriving at the island by boat. The star-shaped square is home to several ponds, fountains, cafes, and plenty of duty-free shops that sell alcohol and souvenirs.More

Oriental Village Langkawi

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

Langkawi Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah)

One of Langkawi’s southern islands, uninhabited Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah is known for white-sand beaches and blue waters: Travelers rarely venture into its forested interior. Activities on offer run from banana boat rides to parasailing, as well as snorkeling, while there are simple snacks for sale.More

Tanjung Rhu

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

Atma Alam Batik Art Village

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

Singa Besar Island (Pulau Singa Besar)

Located at the southwest tip of Langkawi, Singa Besar Island (Pulau Singa Besar) is nestled between Beras Basah Island and Dayang Bunting Island. Singa Besar Island is home to over 1500 acres of dense rainforest, swaying palm trees, pure white sandy beaches, and some fascinating limestone formations.Literally meaning "Big Lion Island", this undeveloped Langkawi island remains refreshingly untouched by humans and as such features no basic amenities or constructions whatsoever. Instead, Singa Besar Island is a natural haven for a variety of flora and a range of wildlife, from mouse deer and macaques to monkeys and eagles – the latter of which are a huge attraction on the island come their feeding time.The gentle, clear waters surrounding Pulau Singa Besar are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, with some unique species of fish and coral making for a fascinating underwater experience. However, many visitors choose to spend their time on Singa Besar simply lazing on the island’s soft sandy beaches and gazing out to those craggy limestone formations in the distance.More

Mahsuri's Tomb (Makam Mahsuri)

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

Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi (Langkawi Crocodile Farm)

Formerly known as the Langkawi Crocodile Farm (Taman Buaya, Crocodile Adventureland is dedicated to all things crocodilian. Around 4,000 crocs from six different species laze in pools around the grounds, springing into life for feedings and stunt shows, while the Jurassic Croc area boasts a huge, animated prehistoric crocodile.More

Langkawi Craft Complex (Kompleks Kraf Langkawi)

Thanks to Langkawi’s status as a Duty Free Port, shopping in the city is popular and inexpensive. Established in 1966, the Langkawi Craft Complex (Kompleks Kraf Langkawi) specializes in traditional Malayan handcrafted items — things like hand-dyed batiks, silver jewelry, ceramics and woven tote bags.The complex often hosts craft demonstrations and cultural performances. A series of on-site exhibitions cover topics like traditional wedding ceremonies, Islamic heritage and local legends.More

Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall)

One of Langkawi’s top natural attractions, Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall) is a scenic series of rock pools set atop a towering waterfall in the middle of the jungle. The waterfall itself drops around 295 feet (90 meters) through the forest, while monkeys add local color even when water is short. Sweeping views stretch across the island.More

Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang)

Reached by the Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab, 2,323-foot (708-meter Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Cincang stands second only to Mt. Raya (Gunung Raya. The Langkawi Sky Bridge winds its way between two of its peaks, while hiking trails ramble through its forested slopes, home to the Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park.More

Underwater World Langkawi

Larger than you’d expect for an island Langkawi’s size, Underwater World Langkawi is a Pantai Cenang landmark thanks to its striking frontage. With freshwater and ocean aquariums, it’s home to everything from penguins and sea lions to lionfish, catfish, sharks, and turtles—and even a tropical rain forest aviary packed with birds.More
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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.

People Also Ask

What is Langkawi known for?

Malaysia’s favorite vacation island, Langkawi is known for beaches, jungle, waterfalls, island-hopping, and duty-free shopping. Beaches include bustling Cenang Beach, Tanjung Rhu, with white sand and limestone cliffs, and Datai Bay Beach, which is reserved for the resorts that occupy it. Mt. Machinchang is a popular rain-forest destination.

Which country is Langkawi in?

Langkawi island is in Malaysia. The main island of the Langkawi archipelago, a cluster of 100-or-so isles and islets, it sits in the Straits of Malacca in peninsular Malaysia’s far north. However, Langkawi is so close to the Thai border that Koh Tarutao, just 6 miles (10 kilometers) further north, is in Thailand.

What is there to do in Langkawi?

The Langkawi Cable Car and Langkawi Sky Bridge offer dramatic rain-forest views. Watersports include Jet Ski, kayaking, snorkeling, banana boats, wakeboarding, and stand-up paddleboarding. Jungle options run from all-terrain vehicle (ATV) adventures through to waterfall hikes and mangrove cruises. Island-hopping around the archipelago is also popular.

Is Langkawi expensive?

No: Langkawi is not much more expensive than Kuala Lumpur or Penang. You can spend big bucks on super-luxe resorts or a few dollars on a hostel, although limited public transport adds costs. Alcohol is cheaper than elsewhere in Malaysia but tours and tourist attractions are generally priced higher.

How many days do I need in Langkawi?

Langkawi’s main attractions are natural and take time to explore, while the beaches invite lounging: it’s better to take a week and enjoy the pace of island life than race through a packed schedule. Besides the cable car, Sky Bridge, and beaches, popular attractions include off-shore islands and the Seven Wells Waterfall.

Is Langkawi safe?

Yes. It is rare for travelers to experience violent crime in Malaysia and Langkawi is no exception. Macaques can be aggressive and seize both food and valuables: do not feed wildlife and keep room doors and baggage tightly closed. As elsewhere in Malaysia, LGBTQ travelers should avoid public displays of affection.


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