Langkawi Island, the jewel of Kedah. Source: livingnomads.com
Planning to travel to Langkawi? Well, it’s time to get adventurous and have fun on your Langkawi holiday!
If you are a huge fan of island holidays, then Langkawi Island may be a familiar name. Even if it doesn’t ring any bell in your mind, don’t worry – this Langkawi travel guide will walk you through the important details about the island so you have an idea on the things to do in Langkawi!
Being part of Kedah, Langkawi Island is a popular tourist destination due to the fact that it is a duty-free island – which means that you can get your alcohols, tobacco and quality chocolates all at a super cheap price. Not only that, the beautiful nature of rainforests, hills, waterfalls and beaches, plus the legend that surrounds this island add charm to this lovely place.
Langkawi tourist map. Source: www.theislanddrum.com
As mystical as the island can be, Langkawi Island Malaysia is worth visiting at least once to immerse yourself in its folklore and explore the many sites of interest it has to offer. So here you go, our list of 15 fun things to do in Langkawi begins!
1.Take the Langkawi Skycab & Walk Along Sky Bridge
The famous Langkawi Sky Bridge. Source: achitree.wordpress.com
This is a popular thing in Langkawi – a cable car ride! As scary as it looks, being one of the highest and steepest cable car rides in the world, the end of the 15-minute ride is rewarding though. You will be able to see for yourself a scenic overview of the island since the ride brings you to the top of a mountain on Langkawi called Gunung Mat Cincang.
Also, you can check out the 125-metre long Langkawi Sky Bridge built to be able to withstand 250 people at a time. This pedestrian bridge offers a wonderful view of the place as you stroll mid-air along it. There are a few viewing stations available if you prefer to stop and enjoy the scenery from 700 metres above sea level.
2.Visit The Mahsuri Tomb & Museum
Also known as Makam Mahsuri, this mausoleum is a must-visit in your Langkawi itinerary. Source: asianitinerary.com
Local legend has it that there was a beautiful lady called Mahsuri who lived on the island, married a warrior husband and later on, was accused of a crime of adultery when she was actually framed by her mother-in-law out of jealousy. Mahsuri was sentenced to death despite strongly pleading her innocence and upon this injustice, she cursed the entire island to not prosper for seven generations.
The curse seemed to be true according to unfortunate incidents described by the locals, and you can learn more about the tragedies that befall Mahsuri and the island here at the museum. This serves as a fun excursion, especially if you are into folklore and history!
3.Check Out Eagle Square
The iconic eagle statue at Eagle Square, also known as Dataran Lang. Source: diarisiketambatu.blogspot.com
This is one of the Langkawi tourist attractions that people usually wouldn’t miss when visiting the island. Also called Dataran Lang, Eagle Square features a 12-metre tall statue of an eagle about to take flight.
Eagle Square is situated at Kuah, a popular town of Langkawi and it is close to prominent places such as the Kuah Jetty, Taman Lagenda Dalam Langkawi, Jetty Point Mall, restaurants and duty-free stores. Because of its iconic landmark and great accessibility to other sites of interest, no wonder Eagle Square is always humming with visitors!
4.Tour Underwater World Langkawi
A peek at Underwater World Langkawi building. Source: premiumtravelog.com
Underwater World Langkawi is home to more than 500 marine species and is one of the most interesting attractions in Langkawi. You can view the different varieties of fish, turtles, stingrays, sharks and seahorses up close in the underwater tunnel that is the main highlight of this place. The tunnel stretches for about 15 metres long and with the transparent glass windows, you can admire the beautiful aquatic creatures from all angles.
Underwater World Langkawi is also part of the duty-free zones, namely Zon Shopping Paradise and Coco Valley. You can go into a shopping spree right after your tour in the aquarium – what an awesome way to complete an underwater adventure!
5.Climb to Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
Visitors taking a dip in the water at Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls. Source: backpackies.wordpress.com
One of the best places to visit in Langkawi is Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls! Also known as Seven Wells, this site of interest is one worth hiking up to enjoy the breathtaking scenery surrounding the area. Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls got its name due to the seven natural wells or pools that formed from seven different waterfalls coming from Gunung Mat Cincang.
Legend has it that the waterfalls are home to the fairies (this is an island full of legends after all). You could consider taking a refreshing dip in the waters and enjoy the calming nature after a tough climb to get there. However, do watch out for monkeys as they can be quite cheeky.
6.Go for SkyTrex Langkawi Adventure
Get your muscles and body going as you cross the challenging X-bridge at SkyTrex! Source: fortyfitfed.com
Perhaps a challenging outdoor adventure is your kind of activity? Then SkyTrex Langkawi Adventure may be just what you are looking for!
Challenge yourself to the various obstacles in the jungle environment such as travelling via Flying Fox, climbing up ladders, passing through spider web-like ropes and crossing the tough swivelly X-bridge. At SkyTrex, you will have the opportunity to climb, crawl and swing across obstacles while having plenty of sweaty fun at that.
Just make sure your body is up for some “fitness” session in the wild outdoors!
7.Play Water Sports at Langkawi Beaches
Parasailing is one of the popular water sports on Langkawi Island. Source: backpackies.wordpress.com
Water sports are a must when you visit Langkawi! The island has several beautiful beaches that you can go and enjoy the sun and the sand – Tanjung Rhu, Pantai Cenang, Burau Bay, Datai Bay and Pantai Kok are among the famous beaches there.
Go parasailing, jet-skiing, snorkelling, diving, swimming, riding on a banana boat or even renting a boat to yourself while you are there for a fun and exciting time! Alternatively, beaches such as Pantai Tengah provide a quieter, more peaceful yet equally awesome spot for you to get some pretty suntan and play beach ball with friends. Bunk in at hotel resorts along the beaches and dine at beachfront cafes to get more value out of your beach holidays.
8.Take a Kilim Karst Geoforest Park Mangrove Tour
A big name sign welcoming you to Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Source: udaindra.blogspot.com
Kilim Geoforest Park is one of the three geoparks that form the Langkawi Geopark. What makes this geopark stand out is its greyish limestone formations. You could charter a boat or kayak on Kilim River around the geopark to explore the wondrous mangrove biodiversities and sceneries around as Kilim Karst houses a large mangrove forest.
You could also spot some eagles soaring in the air at Eagle Point, which is one of the stops you will be at if you go on a mangrove tour. And if you happen to travel to Anak Tikus Island, a geosite of Kilim Karst, do keep your eyes peeled at some fascinating gastropod fossils on limestones!
9.Take a trip to Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise
The facade of Langkawi Bird Paradise. Source: www.ngtraveller.com
Not sure where to go especially when you travel to Langkawi with family? Visit the Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise then!
Langkawi Bird Paradise is house to more than 2,500 avian creatures such as parakeets, owls, hawks, canaries, hornbills, toucans, flamingos and ducks. You could interact with some of the birds there and go on a picture-taking spree in the aviary. The Wildlife Park section allows you to participate in feeding sessions for crocodiles, raccoons and pelicans apart from taking a look at other interesting wildlife creatures, perfect for kids and fauna-loving fans!
10.Explore Art in Paradise Langkawi 3D Museum
Time to charge into this 3D museum with your cameras ready! Source: travelwithbender.com
Art is art, and museum is museum. But when you fuse both together, you have a pretty interesting venue in the form of 3D museum, and in Langkawi, it’s called Art in Paradise!
Treat yourself to hours of cool, fun and creative photography as you explore more than 200 picturesque artworks that envelope the entire museum in and out. These artworks play on optical illusion so when you take your photos at certain angles, it will seem as though you are thrown into some intriguing three-dimensional scenes. Just remember to visit the place with your cameras (or phones) fully charged!
11.Tour Around Oriental Village
Your gateway to shopping, dining and riding spree is here at Oriental Village! Source: homeiswhereyourbagis.com
Located in the Burau Bay, Oriental Village is an artificially created village mall area on Langkawi Island. If you are looking to shop and eat till you drop, this largest outdoor lifestyle mall is the place to do so!
Apart from Langkawi Cable Car rides that is the popular highlight in Oriental Village, there are elephant rides, motor-cross rides, ATV trails plus SEGWAY tours available in and around the Village. You could also visit the Animal Farm, SkyDome and some galleries here such as the Tiger! Tiger! Gallery & Exhibit featuring a “live” tiger exhibit.
12.Check Out Taman Lagenda Langkawi
A look at Taman Lagenda Langkawi. Source: tony88.blog
Can’t get enough of mystical legends and folklore of the island? Perhaps Taman Lagenda Langkawi can satisfy your thirst for magical stories!
This theme park is filled with pretty (magical) sculptures and the entire place exists solely to educate the public about the myths and legends surrounding the island. Taman Lagenda Langkawi is more of an outdoor museum park with some sheltered spaces, and it’s one of the best places to visit in Langkawi for a fun, folklore-filled tour.
13.Visit the Pulau Payar Marine Park
Payar Marine Park Island, a site famous for its beautiful corals in Langkawi. Source: pumpkincheeks.com
One of the popular activities in Langkawi is to pay a visit to Pulau Payar Marine Park, a marine park in the vicinity of Langkawi Island well-known as a conservation site for marine life. The marine park covers one large island called Pulau Payar plus three isles called Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang, all which are uninhabited and strictly guarded to maintain their natural environments.
Pulau Payar Marine Park is a haven for snorkelers and divers as the marine park has a colourful variety of coral reefs and fishes worth exploring the waters for. Other than snorkelling and diving, you could also enjoy the sandy beaches as they are, watching sunsets and having barbeque nights there. Doesn’t that sound like a great dreamy island vacation?
14.Explore Laman Padi Rice Garden & Museum
The green paddy fields at Laman Padi Rice Garden & Museum. Source: backpackies.wordpress.com
Laman Padi Rice Garden is one of the few places in Malaysia where you can learn the history and cultivation of rice, the staple food of local Malaysians. This is also the place to go, especially when you are tired of brick and mortar shopping stores and wish to be closer to nature and all things green.
Laman Padi comprises of rice gardens and paddy fields, a rice museum gallery, herbal garden, restaurants and spas. You could arrange for a tour guide to bring you around and explain rice cultivation and different types of herbs, or walk on your own for a relaxing, nature-inspired getaway.
15.Relax in Air Hangat Village Hot Springs
A good place to relax your tired feet, at Air Hangat Village hot springs. Source: chienloveandpurple.blogspot.com
What better way to rest your tired feet from all the walking and touring than soaking in hot springs? And you can definitely do that in Air Hangat Village!
Air Hangat Village (literally translated as Hot Water Village) is located a short distance from Black Sand Beach of Langkawi, and is home to communal pools and private pools of hot spring waters. Hot springs are known to be good for improved blood circulation and getting rid of toxins from the body, which is why this spot is popular amongst the tourists!
You could also opt for a luxury spa and massage therapy services for further rejuvenating and calming experience.
Wonderful overview of Langkawi scenery. Source: www.wanderlustchloe.com
That’s a wrap on our top 15 fun things to do in Langkawi! We hope this article provides some insight into and ideas on the best things to do in Langkawi.
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