Gorgeous beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, bizarre rock formations and jungles with a wide variety of wildlife are just a few of the reasons why you should visit Langkawi.
Langkawi, also known as the Jewel of Kedah has been on my bucketlist forever. I never made it to the island until now, so I was really psyched when I received an invitation from Naturally Langkawi to visit the island and do some fun activities.
With an archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is a tropical paradise surrounded by white beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, bizarre rock formations and jungles with a wide variety of wildlife.
On top of all that, Langkawi is a duty-free island, which means tobacco and booze are ridiculously cheap there.
The best time to visit the island is between December and March, it’s dry season and temperatures are around 30°C or more. It can get quite hot, but there is always a nice breeze in Langkawi.
HOW TO GET TO LANGKAWI
The easiest is via plane. From Kuala Lumpur it’s a 1 hour flight. There are several airlines for this route, AirAsia, Malindo Air, Firefly and Malaysia Airlines. If you visit Penang, the island south of Langkawi, you can also fly over to Langkawi with AirAsia or Firefly. Flights can be as cheap as $10, no joke.
WHERE TO STAY IN LANGKAWI
My personal favorite places to stay in Langkawi are:
Langkawi Lagoon By Ombak Villa: featuring private beach area, very clean, great food, friendly and helpful staff. Very relaxing, just sit on the beach and have a couple of beer and enjoy with your mate.
Royale Chenang Resort: I like everything about this hotel, from cleanliness, friendly staff, great location, and the best breakfast. We were very satisfying with this place.
Langkawi Lagoon Resort: The staff were extremely helpful and polite. The food was excellent, and the view of the private beach was the highlight of the place.
So, let’s get this started! Here is a list of my favorites things to do in Langkawi… Enjoy!
01 | LANGKAWI SKYCAB
Take a ride with Langkawi’s popular cable car and enjoy the scenic view over the island. But be aware: the ride is not for the faint hearted, this is one of steepest cable car ropes in the world! I was a bit scared, but of course it’s absolutely safe! Once you reach the top of Machincang mountain, you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the islands and the flora around, it’s absolutely stunning!
Tickets for the SkyCab cost MYR35 (US$10) for adults and RM25 (US$7.5) for children. Avoid weekends, it can get quite crowded. More info here: Panorama Langkawi SkyCab. Please book using Klook link for discount.
02 | STREET FOOD AT THE NIGHT MARKETS
I got addicted to the night markets in Langkawi. The food is super delicious and relatively cheap!! There is no better place to try local foods, and it won’t hurt your budget!
You can find grilled chicken or seafood, fresh juices, homemade ice tea, fresh fruits, salads, satay, samosas and many different sweets such as cookies, pancakes… The list is endless. Go there and eat, I promise you’ll love it!
The night bazar happens daily from 7-10PM, but it changes its location every night. The weekly locations are as following: Monday at Ulu Melaka, Tuesday at Kedawang, Wednesday at Kuah Town, Thursday in Pantai Cenang, Friday at Air Hangat, Saturday again at Kuah Town and Sunday at Padang Matsirat.
03 | JETSKI ISLAND HOPPING
Hands down, this was my favorite activity in Langkawi! For a half day (4 hours) we were exploring the archipelago of Langkawi. The ride is breathtaking, bizarre rock formations paired with white beaches. We did some stops for exploring the islands, jungle trekking and having a swim in a fresh water lake.
Price for the jetski island hopping starts from MYR500 (US$150) – I know it sounds a lot but believe me, it was so much fun to ride a jetski and get crazy in the open sea. I would definitely do it again!
More info here: Mega Water Sports. Please use klook link for discount.
04 | SKYTREX ADVENTURE
If you have too much energy, you will love this! Skytrex is a newly opened outdoor adventure park where you can climb, swing, crawl or glide through the jungle. It’s a lot of fun and excitement, but also physically challenging if you’re not the fittest person (speaking of myself, haha)…
Needless to say, my favorite was the zipline downhill.
Entrance fee starts from MYR45 (US$13) – Book online, it’s cheaper! A big thanks to the fantastic staff of Skytrex, they couldn’t be more friendly and helpful! More info here: Skytrex Adventure.
05 | KILIM KARST GEOFOREST PARK
Take a boat and explore the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, an area of more than 100km², that features a breathtaking landscape of limestone formations, mangrove forests, caves and beaches.
The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is ranked as Langkawi’s #01 Attraction on Tripadvisor, you can’t leave the island without seeing this natural wonder!
More info here: Langkawi Geopark.
06 | LANGKAWI’S SEAFOOD
Every time I’m traveling to a place that’s near the sea, it’s a must for me to eat seafood! Langkawi’s cuisine was over the top and I enjoyed some of my most delicious meals there. The image above is taken at a place called Hole In The Wall – a floating restaurant and fish farm inside Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. They offer a wide range of seafood, lobsters, crabs, squid, sea bass, red snapper… You name it, you get it!
Alternatively, here is a list of the best seafood restaurants in Langkawi.
07 | PARASAILING
Another favorite of mine: Parasailing and enjoying the beautiful view of Tanjung Rhu, one of the best beaches in Langkawi (more on beaches in #09). Loved this activity, frankly, I could do that for hours but unfortunately after 10 minutes I had to go down.
One day, I will get my own boat and then I will do parasailing all day. Until then I keep staring at this image… The fun starts from MYR245 (US$70), more info here: Naam Adventure. please book with klook link for greater discount.
08 | WANDER ALONG THE RICE PADDIES
If you’re a city person, you’ll probably be amazed by this. I really loved wandering along the rice fields in Pantai Cenang, taking images of the picturesque scenery.
There is a rice museum, too (and it’s free)! It’s more like an outdoor museum, a great place to learn about rice cultivation. If you get tired, have a rest at the little restaurant next to the museum, and enjoy the stunning surroundings.
09 | THE BEACHES
Langkawi offers some pretty lovely beaches with white powder sand and emerald waters. However I have to admit that the sea is not crystal clear in Langkawi. But the beaches are definitely good enough for a relaxed afternoon picnic, some beach bumming or just watching the sunset. These three were my favorites:
- Tanjung Rhu at the northern tip of Langkawi is probably the most picturesque beach on the island, surrounded by bizarre limestones.
- Pantai Cenang is the most popular beach in the touristic center of the island, at the south-western tip of Langkawi. If you walk towards west, you’ll find some grass to lay on. The area in front of Meritus Pelangi Resort is a nice spot to catch the sunset… (photo above).
- Tengah Beach further south is a relaxed alternative to Pantai Cenang. A quiet beach without the crowds. The beach is 15-20 minutes walk from Pantai Cenang.
10 | 3D MUSEUM ART IN PARADISE
If you love art and selfies, you will lose yourself in this place. Actually it’s hard to capture the giant 3D paintings while taking selfies, make sure to bring a friend or at least a tripod!
The museum features places such as the gondolas in Venice, the pyramids in Egypt, safaris and rainforests, surf spots and loads of fantasy landscapes. A great place for a fun afternoon!
Entrance fee is MYR38 (US$11). If you plan to visit the Skycab (#01) as well, they sell cheaper combination tickets. More info and images here: Art in Paradise