Langkawi, also known as the Jewel of Kedah, is made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. Langkawi prides itself with their beautiful beaches and breath-taking scenery. Every year, tourists would swarm the place to get a taste of island living. However, Langkawi has so much more to offer. The island is a great holiday opportunity not only because of its gorgeous beaches but also for their dense rainforests, waterfalls, lush mangroves, boat trips, cable car-riding, duty-free shopping and many more! With that said, Langkawi is a must-visit for your next vacation. To help you out with your planning, here are some of the best things you can do in Langkawi.
1. Langkawi Sky Bridge
Walking on the Sky Bridge is an exhilarating experience. The bridge is a 125-metre-long curved pedestrian bridge that offers a view of Gunung Mat Cincang, Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls and several small islands in Langkawi. By walking across the beautifully constructed bridge, you’ll be able to see a panoramic view of the ocean and jungles. If you’re planning to visit Langkawi, you could give the Sky Bridge a try and take in that fresh air and a breath-taking view from above.
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Address : Jalan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi, Kedah 07000
Operation Hours : 10 am to 8 pm (daily)
2. Langkawi Cable Car Ride
Langkawi Cable Car, also known as Langkawi SkyCab, takes visitors on a 15-minute-ride to the top of Gunung Mat Cincang. From there, visitors will have an aerial view of lush rainforests, islets and waterfalls. The peak stands at the height of 708 meters, and there is also an observatory deck at the summit where visitors can see across Sumatra and neighbouring Indonesia. Afterwards, visitors can pay a little extra to go for the Sky Bridge.
Address : Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Operation Hours : 9 am to 6 pm (Weekdays), 12 pm to 6 pm (Wednesdays), 9 am to 7 pm (Friday to Sunday)
3. A Visit to Eagle Square and Duty-Free Shopping
When planning your visit to Langkawi, you wouldn’t want to miss this iconic destination! At Eagle Square, there is a 12-metre-tall statue of an eagle ready to take flight. The square is in Kuah, which is the main town on the island. The monument is also close to other attractions as well such as the Taman Lagenda Langkawi. There are scenic bridges, restaurants and cafes around that area. Not only that, but the square is also within walking distance to some of the best duty-free shops in Langkawi and the Jetty Point Mall. Tourists often purchase alcohol and chocolates here because of its lower price.
Address : Persiaran Putera Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Operation Hours : Open 24 hours (daily)
4. Underwater World Langkawi
Located in the town of Pantai Cenang, the Underwater World of Langkawi is also a fascinating tourist attraction. The aquarium here is a great place to visit, especially for families with children. This aquarium houses more than 500 species of sea creatures including seahorses, seals, penguins, flamingos and ducks. The highlight of this aquarium is the underwater tunnel that visitors can go through to observe the marine creatures from a closer angle. Can you imagine yourself being so close to touching these floating stingrays, sharks and turtles gliding above you? Another good news about this aquarium is that it is near to The Zon Shopping Paradise and Coco Valley, the two main spots on the island for duty-free shopping!
For more info on ticket purchase, head to their website here.
Address : Jalan Pantai Chenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Operation Hours : 10 am to 6 pm (daily)
5. Water Activities at Pantai Cenang
Pantai Cenang is one of the most famous and busiest beaches in Langkawi. Located just 10-minutes drive away from Langkawi International Airport, this is a popular holiday destination among locals and foreigners because of what it has to offer. At Pantai Cenang, you can find a diverse mix of restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, duty-free shops, music bars and exciting beach activities! If you would like to experience some outdoor fun, Pantai Cenang offers a wide variety of water activities. For example, you could go for jet skiing, paragliding, snorkelling, swimming, water skiing, and banana boat rides. On top of that, you could also end your fruitful day by watching the breath-taking sunset here.
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Address : Pantai Cenang, 07000 Kedah.
6. Island Hopping
As mentioned, Langkawi is made up of many different islands in the Andaman Sea. With that said, visitors can also go on a boat tour which will let you island-hop around. A couple of famous islands you could get started with are the Pulau Dayang Bunting or known as the Pregnant Maiden island, and the Pulau Singa Besar (Big Lion Island). What’s interesting about the Pulau Dayang Bunting, is that it is part of UNESCO World Heritage Geoparks! You don’t have to be inside the boat all day too because you could also swim or do paddle-boating as you visit these islands. With that said, there are many island-hopping packages available for you to choose from where you can compare the prices or decide which island you want to visit. You can either join an organized tour or rent a boat from Kyah Jetty or the Tanjung Rhu Jetty.
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7. Visit the Night Markets
The night markets here in Langkawi operate every day at different locations such as Pantai Cenang, Kuah and Padang Matsirat. Their shops open towards sunset where locals and tourists would visit for some cheap, and delicious Malaysian food. Some local favourites that you can find at the night markets are nasi lemak, satay, laksa and Malay kuih-muih! Visitors who plan their visit to Langkawi shouldn’t miss this night-life experience.
Here is a list of night markets available every day in different locations :
Monday – Ulu Melaka Night Market
Tuesday – Kedawang Night Market
Wednesday – Kuah Town Night Market
Thursday – Bohor Temoyong Night Market
Friday – Ayer Hangat Night Market
Saturday – Kuah Town Night Market
Sunday – Padang Matsirat Night Market
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8. Mangrove Tour at Kilim Geoforest Park
Located at the east-side of Langkawi Island, Kilim Geoforest Park is home to a mangrove forest and ancient gigantic limestone rocks formed around 500 million years back, rising from the river bed. These mangroves are an essential part of Langkawi’s ecosystem as they serve as a habitat to many different kinds of creatures. The primary way to explore the beauty of this Geoforest Park is by hopping on a boat ride to Kilim River. As visitors sail along the river, you can expect a pristine mangrove forest, towering limestone rock formation, and different kinds of animals such as exotic birds, mud crabs, monkeys, monitor lizards, fishes, otters and so on.
Known as the first geopark in the Southeast Asia region, the Kilim Geoforest Park is worth your visit if you want to experience breath-taking landscapes and nature reserves.
For more info, news and pictures about the Kilim Geoforest Park, you can check out their website here.
Address : 07000 Kedah, Langkawi, Kampung Kilim, Mukim
Operation Hours : 9 am to 5 pm (daily)
Are you ready to plan your next holiday to Langkawi? We hope these tips are useful to you and you will have a blast appreciating the beautiful nature and activities Langkawi has to offer!
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