15 Best Things To Do in Langkawi Island, Malaysia

by Aaditee Kulkarni Updated on 15 Oct 2018

Langkawi is a Malaysian archipelago island comprising of 99 islands that are surrounded by the Strait of Malacca. While the island is laden with rich flora and fauna, it’s the surrounding turquoise coloured sea that steals the show. Whether on a family trip, or a honeymoon, or just going solo, Langkawi is a hidden tropical gem that is electric, exciting, and stunningly picturesque.  

The best way to reach Langkawi is taking a ferry. Daily and regular services are available from the towns of Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. While this is an all-season destination, the best time to visit Langkawi is from mid-April until August and then from mid-November until mid-April. 

If you are looking for exciting things to do in Langkawi, this town will not disappoint you. Its range of touristy attractions, oh-so-lovely natural landscapes, plush shopping plazas, hippie bars, and sophisticated lounges will make you not want to leave. While the top Langkawi attractions like Langkawi Cable Car and Eagle Square are a must visit, there are many more unique places to visit in Langkawi that will appeal to every kind of a traveller.  

1. Walk along the Langkawi Sky Bridge

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Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125-metre (410 ft) suspended curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge in Malaysia that has featured in many movies and media. One of the most popular attractions in Langkawi, you will have to take a cable car ride to reach this place. The view from the top is absolutely splendid. As you walk along this bridge, you will be treated to exhilarating views of the Gunung Mat Cincang, Telaja Tujuh waterfalls, and several islets surrounding the island of  Langkawi. The bridge is sturdy with double steel railings and an enclosed wire mesh adding an extra protective layer. 

2. Unwind at the Pantai Cenang Beach Bars

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Pantai Cenang is the busiest beach town on Langkawi Island and is best known for its extensive collection of beach bars. Set on a long stretch of land, the many bars and lounges here are known to serve some of the best food and drink options on the island. Whatever you type - Asian-styled bars, Mediterranean-themed fine dine, or Irish bars, you will find them all here. Grab a cold beer, strike a conversation with a local, watch the sunset, listen to live music, or dance the night away. 

3. Climb up the highest peak in Langkawi – the Gunung Raya 

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The Gunung Raya is the highest mountain on the island of Langkawi with an altitude of 881 meters above the sea. This mountain is surrounded by lush and dense tropical forest. Of the two ways to reach this peak, the visitors can either rent a car to drive to the top or pull up your socks to hike through its trails. The trek is pretty soft as the gradient is not too steep. As you walk through the Gunung Raya Rainforest, you can see many indigenous plant and animal species that reside here. 

4. Spend an afternoon at the Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise

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The Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise is located in Kilim Area and is one of the top things to do with kids in Langkawi. The features a 5.5-acre of land area that has been designed with a theme of a tropical rainforest. Housing more than 150 different species of animals and birds from across the globe, this park has many enclosures and aviaries that would let you see the animals and birds in their most natural form. This park is fully covered, making this one of a kind in Asia. Animal and bird interaction is another attraction here. 

5. Enjoy a round of snorkelling and diving at Pulau Payar Marine Park

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The island of Langkawi is surrounded by the Andaman Sea with spectacular corals and some lovely marine life. The Pulau Payar Marine Park is a dedicated marine park that comprises of many islands. Located 30 kilometres south of the main island, this park can be reached by speed boat from the Kuah Jetty. The park itself has many diving and snorkelling sites featuring the widest range of coral reef species in the whole of Malaysia like Tubastrea Micrantha and Semi Precious Antipathes. 

6. Spend some time at the Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)

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You must have seen this image on almost every travel guide or brochure of Langkawi. One of the top attractions of Langkawi, this square is located in the Kuah Town. A massive 12-meter sculpture of a reddish-brown eagle dominates this square and can be attributed to the origin of Langkawi's name. In ancient Malay language Helang means Eagle and Kawi means reddish brown, hence the name Langkawi. The square covers the area of 19-acres and has many fun things to do, places to eat at, and shops where you can buy souvenirs. 

7. Take a ride on the Langkawi Cable Car

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A ride along the Langkawi Cable Car is inarguably one of the top things to do in Langkawi. Apart from the breath-taking views that it offers, this cable car will whiz you to a height of 708 meters in about 15 minutes along the steepest cable car gradient in the world. The ride starts at the Oriental Village located at the foothill of Mount Mat Cincang in Patai Kok, covering a total distance of 2.1 kilometres to reach its top station at Gunung Machinchang. 

8. Try premium wines, cocktails and cigars at The St. Regis Bar

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Located inside the posh St. Regis Langkawi, the St. Regis Bar is a perfect place to relax and unwind after a day full of sightseeing. The bar combines a unique mix of natural lighting combined and breath-taking view of the Andaman Sea to create an elegant nightlife venue. Its fossilize wooden bar is an attraction in itself, and with an extensive menu of carefully crafted food and drinks, get ready to spend an evening that with a luxurious vibe to it.  

9. Go street-shopping at Temoyong Night Market

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The Temoyong Night Market is held every Thursday night in Pantai Cenang. This country bazar has many local vendors who set up makeshift stalls and sell all kinds of local items food & snack items, fresh produce like fruits and veggies, fruit juices, traditional clothes, souvenirs & trinkets, handmade wallets & hand bags. The atmosphere at this market is quite friendly with many performers dancing, singing, or performing some kind of a stunt. 

10. Enjoy a relaxing massage at The Datai Spa at The Datai Langkawi

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Located inside the stunning property of The Datai Langkawi, the Datai Spa features open villas that are surrounded by a rainforest overlooking a stream. A great place to unwind and rejuvenate, this spa offers a range of treatments that are aimed at your overall well-being while also pampering you. This spa has won many awards and recognitions, thanks to its service par excellence! Some of the treatments that you can indulge in here at the spa are coconut milk foot soaks, hibiscus infused baths, exfoliating body scrubs, and a coconut milk rinse. 

11. Listen to a live pianist as you enjoy a nice meal at The Planter's at The Danna Langkawi

This classy restaurant overlooks the resort’s infinity pool and features an extensive menu of Mediterranean, European-inspired and Malaysian cuisine with speciality dishes that are vegetarian and gluten-free. The interiors of the restaurant are colonial-inspired, and the live pianist plays here in the evening, makes a visit to this restaurant a must-do in Langkawi. Falafel, Australian beef tenderloin, and sweet banana porridge are definitely worth trying. 

12. Explore the impressive Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum

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The Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum is a three-dimensional art museum that is located in Oriental Village. Most of the art works here feel like they are coming out of space giving it a very real feel. More than 100 such artworks are displayed at this museum that have been created by several Malay and Korean artists. This is also the second largest 3D museum in the world. 

13. Wander around the Laman Padi Langkawi Rice Garden & Museum

Locally Laman Padi means rice field. This is a vast open complex that comprises of number of rice fields, herb gardens, and a museum where you can learn everything about how the rice cultivation and harvesting is locally done. Rice being one of the primary export products of Malaysia, visit this place for a couple of hours and spend time amidst the lush greenery. 

14. Watch a sunset at one of the beaches

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Or you can beach-bum all day. Or enjoy many activities like swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, and so much more. Some of the best Langkawi beaches are Pantai Cenang Beach, Tengkorak Beach, Pantai Tengah Beach, Tanjung Rhu Beach, and Shark Bay Beach (Teluk Yu) among many others. 

15. Take a boat ride inside the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

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This 100 square kilometre nature reserve in Langkawi is a treasure trove that is full of indigenous flora & fauna, and stunning geological formations like rocks, caves, lagoons, and beaches. To come to this park, you will have to take a boat ride along the Kilim River. Along the way, you will have dense green mangroves on one side and gigantic limestone rocks on the other, making this one of the top things to do in Langkawi. Also, it is here that you can see many rare animals, birds, reptiles, and of course, plant species.

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  1. #1 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 5683 itineraries
    Langkawi Cable Car

    Tags: Bridge, Cable Car

    Address: Telaga Harbour Park, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    You can take a ride on this cable car from the base station located in the oriental village which lies at the foot of the Machincang mountain range. This modern-day gondola takes the visitors on a sce...Read more

  2. #2 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 3607 itineraries
    Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Cave, Forest, Park

    Address: Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Kilim karst geoforest park is a geological heritage park in Langkawi, Malaysia and is spread over the area of 100 square kilometres at the mouth of the Andaman Sea featuring many mangrove swamps,...Read more

  3. #3 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 2108 itineraries
    Langkawi Sky Bridge

    Tags: View Point, Bridge

    Address: Jalan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi, Kedah 07000

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    One of the iconic structures of Langkawi, this Sky Bridge is a recently set up attraction that draws a lot of travelers here. This is a suspended bridge, built on the surmounting top of Machinchang mo...Read more

  4. #4 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 1951 itineraries
    Art In Paradise Langkawi

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07100 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Art In Paradise is the largest 3D museum in Malaysia and the second-largest in the world! Live your dream as you face a blue Whale, take a  ride on Aladdin’s magic carpet, face a scary Eagl...Read more

  5. #5 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 3322 itineraries
    Tanjung Rhu

    Tags: Walking Area, Nature

    Address: Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Known as one of the best shore lines of Langkawi, Tanjjun Rhu has crystal clear waters and powder-fine sand. The jungle offers a great corridor and the environment is serene of a peaceful walk or a ca...Read more

  6. #6 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 3756 itineraries
    Langkawi Wildlife Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Park

    Address: Lot 1485, Kampung Belanga Pecan, Jalan Kisap, 07000 Kuah, Malaysia

    Timings: 08:30 am - 07:30 pm Details

    Enjoy new exposures to some amazing, fun, and close interactions with the animals by touching them, feeding them and looking at some of the unique species. With a grand variety of Macaws, Flamingos, r...Read more

  7. #7 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 4287 itineraries
    Cenang Beach

    Tags: Beach, Walking Area

    Address: Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Pantai Cenang – Langkawi’s main vein – may not be as rowdy as the Las Vegas strip but it is Malaysia’s most developed west-coast beach; its shores are a gorgeous mix of white s...Read more

  8. #8 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 589 itineraries
    Seven Wells Waterfall

    Tags: View Point, Waterfall, Hiking Trail, Nature

    Address: Mukim Padang Matsirat,, Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Telaga Tujuh Waterfall forms 7 pools of water where you will often find trekkers and nature-lovers swimming. During the rainy season, the waterfall is at its best and when combined with the hike t...Read more

  9. #9 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 3404 itineraries
    Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

    Tags: Waterfall, Nature

    Address: Telaga Harbour Park, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It is considered as Langkawi Island’s most beautiful natural attraction and is named after the seven connected natural pools that are watered by seven different waterfalls in Mount Mat Cincang. ...Read more

  10. #10 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 438 itineraries
    Dayang Bunting Island

    Tags: Island

    Address: Pulau Dayang Bunting, Kedah, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Dayang Bunting Island is shaped like a reclined lady and it is believed that anyone who swims in its fresh-water lake will be blessed with fertility. The ride from Kuah Jetty to reach the island t...Read more

  11. #11 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 513 itineraries
    Tengah Beach

    Tags: Beach, Walking Area, Leisure

    Address: 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Pantai Tengah is the longest beach in Langkawi and is loved for its sea of modern resorts that line it. The vast number of spas available here are easy on the wallet and are perfect to get a much need...Read more

  12. #12 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 3174 itineraries
    Underwater World

    Tags: Aquarium, Tunnel, Bird Watching

    Address: Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Spread over 6.2 acres on a alluring beach of Patai Cenang, Underwater world Langkawi, also known as UWL is a huge freshwater aquarium in Asia. It is a home to 4000 varieties of fish and different 500 ...Read more

  13. #13 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 2526 itineraries
    Dataran Lang

    Tags: Bridge, Square, Fountain, Sculpture

    Address: Kuah Jetty, Kedah, 07000 Langkawi, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is one of the most popular man made attraction on the islands and is also called as eagle square. It includes a large eagle sculpture posed to take a flight and is 12 meter in height. Due to its ...Read more

  14. #14 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 1761 itineraries
    Beras Basah Island

    Tags: Outdoors, Island, Mountain, Water Sport

    Address: Langkawi, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A part of the island hoping tour in Langkawi, the specialty of this island is its snorkelling! Ideal for a half-day trip and picnics! The Island is known for its pristine beauty spread across shores a...Read more

  15. #15 of 87 Things To Do in Langkawi Island
    - Used in 499 itineraries
    Gunung Machinchang

    Tags: Mountain, View Point, Adventure, Cable Car

    Address: Gunung Raya, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Gunung Mat Cincang is the second highest mountain in Langkawi- standing tall at 850m high. The famous cable car is nestled in the Gunung Mat Cincang that is used to reach the Sky-bridge. It is fabled ...Read more

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