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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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