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What to see, where to go and what to do in Langkawi Island


What tourists are saying about the attractions in Langkawi Island

“Langkawi Cable Car – Exotic views, must visit when in Langkawi”

This has some of the most exotic views that I have ever experienced in my life. Once you go on top, you get a 360 degree view, of this magnificent island.

Also you can see the different depths of the ocean (beach, slightly deeper, and deep ocean). You can also view around 25 – 30 islands surrounding Langkawi. Must see place.

But suggest that you take an umbrella while going there, as it is very hot and without any shade.

Visited November 2015

langkawi cable car

The cable car ride provides magnificent view of the natural wonder of the island.

“Langkawi Cable Car – Spectacular panoramic view!”

The views from all decks and the bridge are spectacular. The climb back up the steps to take the downward cable car requires some fitness, some steps are steep and we saw parents struggle with younger children.

Top tips are: go in the morning and when the visibility is good, wear trainers and buy an express pass. We were back lounging at the hotel pool within two hours.

There are lots of other things to do at the park if you want to hang around there for longer, but the cable car and sky bridge are the major reason to go.

Visited November 2015

langkawi cable car

You will be able to see the entire island when you ride the cable car.

“Kilim Karst Geoforest Park – Magnificent Eagles!”

Kilim Geoforest Park is nice place to see Batcave, Eagle feeding as well Mangrove forest. The most remarkable thing was the Eagle feeding.

Those Eagles are magnificent and majestic and the feeding process was very naturally arranged (we did not throw any food for the birds). In our opinion there is no need to buy tickets from vendors in Cenang (or other areas), since those are mainly middle mans.

If you use the vendor it is highly likely that there is boat full of people with you. As an alternative you can rent taxi for a day or less and just drive up to Kilim Jetty. In Kilim Jetty you can have a boat trip with fixed fee per person.

We saw main things with in an hour tour and we would not recommend longer than 2 hour tour, since you can see the main things within an hour anyways. We were there at 8:30 and we ended up having the whole boat just for the two of us.

Visited November 2015

kilim geoforest park

The Kilim Geoforest Park tour opens your eyes to the natural wonders of the island.

“Kilim Karst Geoforest Park – In the arms of nature”

This park is very carefully conserved and fantastically developed as tourist attraction. We took a boat ride of 2 hours costing (350 RM).

Boat was dedicate to our family of 4 but it can accommodate upto 8 people. It takes you through the river to bat cave first where you can walk through the cave and see bats as well as stalagmites and stalactites.

The bridge that is built around goes through mangroves. Second stop is fish farm where they show you various fishes and interesting demos of feeding ( will keep demos a secret, it’s fun watching ) and is informative.

Next you go through crocodile cave. It’s naturally formed cave but nothing exotic about it. Next stop is the area full of eagles where you see eagle feeding.

Beautiful eagles flying around and Langkawi actually is the name derived from that. In the end there is a Long ride into the Andaman sea where you see shoe island. All of this is covered in 2 hours. Still felt should have had more time, especially cruising around the area and in the sea 🙂 overall most recommended, should be part of your itinerary.

Visited November 2015

crocodile cave langkawi

The crocodile cave is part of the Kilim Geoforest Park tour.

“Tanjung Rhu Beach – most beautiful beach in Langkawi”

This place took my breath away. soft, white sand & light blue water on a sunny day… of course not as crystal clear or turquoise as the other islands..but more than I can ask for as Langkawi is only an hour flight away from KL, & I don’t need to take a ferry if flying in direct to the island.

I’ve been to Pantai Cenang & Datai Bay, but I think the beach is breathtaking here. I went to the private beach section at the Four Seasons, by buying cocktails at their restaurant. not the whole private stretch is available to outsiders though.

further down, pass the adult pool area is the public stretch of the beach – of course the landscaping is not as beautiful or well-maintained as the Four Seasons area but it was clean & hardly anyone was around, so there weren’t any day beds as well. come here if u like someplace quiet & private.

Visited July 2015

tanjung rhu beach langkawi

The idyllic Tanjung Rhu Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Langkawi Island.

“Cenang Beach – Gorgeous view, nice sunset and tons of activities to do!”

Had seafood dinner nearby then finally saw the entrance to the beach.

Mind you, the roadside restaurants and hotels covered the whole beach that one wonders if there was any beach around!

Caught the sunset just in time and well, it was surreal. Good romantic spot, or those water junkies!

“Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls – Breathtaking scenery and amzing waterfalls”

Not for the feint hearted as there is quite a steep walk to get there. Amazing views and wonderful swimming spots or just cool off in the waterfall.

Take water with you, food available at base of waterfall entrance.

telaga tujuh waterfalls langkawi

The Seven Wells Waterfall is a must visit tourist attraction in Langkawi Island.

“Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls – Fantastic and unique place”

Talaga Waterfalls is also known as Seven Wells. It is nicely organized place for swimming and the views are also very nice.

We would recommend to go early in the morning and go straight up the hill via stairs to upper water falls. The hike took us 30min. There you can swim also in small ponds and slide in natural water slides, those are very fun and refreshing!

The biggest slide has a whirl in the end of the slide, which you must take in count when you slide in. It is nothing scary, but with less fit and/or alert people it would be good idea to have another person waiting in the end of the slide to help you to get out of the whirl

We were there at 8:30 at the morning and had the whole upper level ponds for us for 1 hour. On the way down to lower level we actually spotted wild Great Hornbills, which was super fantastic bonus.

Visited November 2015

Source: Tripadvisor – Things to do in Langkawi

About Langkawi Island

Langkawi is the largest of a multitude of islands that lie off the coast of Kedah state, in the far northwest of Peninsular Malaysia.

The island comprises a jeweled setting of 99 islands. Langkawi is a versatile holiday destination with world-class infrastructure and facilities – a modern international airport, excellent roads, state-of-the-art marinas, budget hotels to award-winning luxurious resort, superb golf courses and a host of recreational activities.

Langkawi Map

Langkawi Map.

Visitors arriving by sea will disembark at the jetty in the main town of Kuah. Located southeast of the island, the town houses many hotels and shopping centers.

A large prominent statue of an eagle, situated at the popular Eagle Square is visible from afar when approaching the island. According to the local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from the eagle or helang.

What’s so special about Langkawi Island

Langkawi’s idyllic beaches are perfect settings for a fun-filled vacation. Tanjung Rhu Beach, 22km north of Kuah, is fringed by casuarinas from which the beach gets its name.

A perfect place for a picnic, this wide sandy beach offers unmatched pristine tranquility. The sunset here at dusk, in a blaze of orange and red is truly a spectacular sight.

sky bridge langkawi

The Sky bridge is one of the most visited attractions in Langkawi Island.

On the western coastline of Langkawi, lie the beaches of Datai, Kok, Burau Bay and Tengah.

Enjoy a round of golf at the 18-hole course at Datai Bay and tee off against Langkawi’s scenic backdrop.

Those who wish to spend their day at Burau Bay can enjoy horseback riding while visitors to Tengah Beach can hire a boat and go island hopping.

sky bridge langkawi

The Sky bridge is one of the most visited attractions in Langkawi Island.

Lots and lots of amazing beach paradise!

Kok Beach is the location of Telaga Harbor Park, a marina-cum-resort with ample facilities.

Cenang Beach is only 3km from the Langkawi International Airport and is the most developed of the beach areas housing several luxury class hotels and dozens of budget chalets and restaurants.

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A tree house at Chenang Beach in Langkawi Island.

There are plenty of water sports available on this popular beach providing fun and excitement for all.

First-class accommodations in modern hotels or comfortable chalets are available around the island. Restaurant outlets in the hotels and outdoors serve a variety of local and international fare with live music and an energetic ambience.

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Tengah Beach in Langkawi Island.

Visit secret and hidden islands in Langkawi

Go snorkeling and diving in the Payar Marine Park, 19 nautical miles south of Langkawi.

Segantang Island, Kaca Island and Lembu Island are other islands that make up the Payar Marine Park. For those shy of the sea, hop into a glass-bottomed boat and watch the underwater world below.

Payar Marine Park

Baby sharks at the Payar Marine Park.

Speedboats or catamarans shuttle visitors from Langkawi to the Payar Marine Park within an hour.

Attractions for all from children, adults to senior citizens

Langkawi offers a back-to-nature experience for all. From waterfalls to mysterious cave, visitors will discover that Langkawi is more than a beach lovers’ paradise.

There are a host of themed attractions in Langkawi providing excitement for young and old travelers alike.

Come and discover the variety of aquatic life at the Underwater World Langkawi.

paddy fields langkawi

Paddy fields are common in Langkawi island.

This largest public aquarium in the country features stingrays, sharks, moray, eels and green turtles together with exotic fishes and sea plants.

There are also interesting handicraft centers and souvenir shops located around the island offering items such as batik outfits and silverware. Cultural performances and batik workshops can be enjoyed at these centers.

With an attractive range of duty-free goods to choose from in Langkawi, shopping here is a real treat.

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Pasir Tengkorak beach in Langkawi.

From pewter and perfumes to liquor and leather, the attractive prices make shopping irresistible!

Getting to Langkawi

By Road

Visitors traveling by road have to drive to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis, the main take-off points by ferry to Langkawi.

Getting to Langkawi Map

Getting to Langkawi Map.

The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kedah takes about six hours while Kuala Perlis is another hour away.

If you are driving from Penang, the journey takes only about one and half hour to Kuala Kedah through the North-South Expressway.

By Air

Malaysia Airlines provides direct air services from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Langkawi. The budget carrier AirAsia operates from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi.

By Rail
Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) or Malayan Railway provides economical and comfortable rail services from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Star in Kedah and Arau in Perlis. From these points, take a taxi or bus to Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis for your ferry to Langkawi.

By Sea

Express ferries provide regular services daily to Langkawi from both Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. The journey takes about 1 hour 15minutes and 45 minutes respectively.

From the ferry from Penang to Langkawi takes about 2 hours 30 minutes. You can also go to the Payar Marine Park from Penang by ferry without stopping at Langkawi.

pantai pasir hitam langkawi

The Black Sand Beach in Langkawi.

Langkawi is also a stopover for Star Cruise, one of the largest luxury cruise lines in the world.

Best rates for hotels in Langkawi Island

Recommended attractions in Langkawi Island

  • Underwater World Langkawi – Located in Pantai Cenang, around 30 minutes drive from Kuah Town, Langkawi, the Underwater World Langkawi is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquaria in South East Asia. Not only that, it had won numerous awards since its opening in 2005, including “Malaysia Best Man Made Tourist Attraction”.
  • Pulau Payar Marine Park – The thriving marine life and vegetation here makes for an exciting snorkelling and diving experience. Visitors can also choose to feed baby sharks or take a swim by the beach.
  • Awana Porto Malai Langkawi – Looking for a place to stay at Langkawi Island? The Awana Porto Malai Langkawi Resort is highly recommended. Find out here the rates, attractions, location and available pictures.
  • Pantai Cenang, Kok, Tengah, Datai and Burau Bay – These beautiful beaches cater for sun-worshippers, beach combers and even adrenaline junkies as they can choose from several water sports available.
  • Tasik Dayang Bunting – Soak up the tranquil atmosphere at the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden, the largest freshwater lake in Langkawi.
  • Wang Buloh Caves Pulau Tuba – DURING the Japanese Invasion some 70 years ago, the villagers of Pulau Tuba in Langkawi escaped persecution and death when they found sanctuary in the caves of Wang Buloh.

Photo credits: Andrew Lawson, chem7.

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