BEST THINGS TO DO IN LANGKAWI
Langkawi tourism started when the island was granted tax-free status back in 1987. The subsequent boom was incredible and now figures from Langkawi on most of the radar of every European travel agency. Most of the main attractions & great things to do in Langkawi are concentrated within the main island. The jungle of Langkawi offer endless days of bird-watching, trekking & thrilling immersion in the quiet surroundings of the verdant forest for those nature lover. Besides the jungle, there are also boat tours that take visitors to their favorite scuba diving & snorkeling hot spot around the island.
30 Best Things To Do in Langkawi
01 Langkawi Geopark
The Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark is one of the international geopark that covers almost the entire island of Langkawi, Kedah and is the 52nd UNESCO Global geopark in the world and the first in Southeast Asia. Comprising the entire 478 square kilometers of the main Langkawi Island and another 104 islands including 3 geoforest areas: Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest park. – Best thing to do in Langkawi for nature lovers.
02 Ayer Hangat Village
Ayer Hangat Village (Kampung Air Hangat) has a 4 acres of land about 18 km from the airport. There is a 3 tiers hot-spring and an 18 meter mural featuring the legend of the village. According to the local, water in these hot springs is said to have medicinal properties which rich in minerals like lithium, calcium & radium. In addition, there are also foot reflexology, a souvenir shop, restaurant & a batik center on the second floor of the building.
03 Durian Perangin Waterfall
Durian Perangin Waterfall, is located at the Northeast of Langkawi in Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. You’ll see a lovely hanging footbridge between lush greenery and rock formations as you climb up a short stairs from the entrance. Upon crossing the bridge, a clearly marked pathway will leads you all the way to the waterfall’s various levels. The main attraction of this Durian Waterfall is that it has 14 tiers waterfalls and a many unique rocks along the way. It is ideal for picnics with family and friends.
04 Galeria Perdana
Galleria Perdana, is a museum set up to showcase the gifts, souvenirs and awards received by Malaysia former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad and his wife, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah bt. Mohd. Ali from world leaders, statesmen as well as Malaysians during his tenure. The museum exhibits around 2000 of its 9000 collections and will always change from time to time. As such, if you come here at a different time, you might see a different collection from your previous visit.
05 Langkawi Wildlife Park
Langkawi Wildlife Park, is about 8 km from Ayer Hangat Village with an total area of five hectares. It has more than 2,500 birds from 150 species, the beauty and greenery of the park’s landscapes have attracted many domestic and foreign tourists. About 70% of the birds housed are imported from overseas including Africa, South America, Papua New Guinea, Belgium and Australia. Other animals such as kangaroo, rabbit, beetle, squirrel and ape are also available in this park making it even more attractive.
06 Black Sand Beach (Pantai Pasir Hitam)
Black Sand Beach, is situated 6 km away from Tanjung Rhu. The beach is formed by the combination of several minerals, such as tourmaline, ilmenite, zircon and with granite rocks making it black in color. Tourists are often fascinated by the sights of Black Sand Beach especially during the sunset. During low tide you can explore the beach further west and find very tranquil spots for relaxing. There are also many souvenir shops & seafood restaurants along the beach.
07 Langkawi Bird Watching
Bird Malaysia, is about 10 km from airport offers bird lovers the best places & time for bird-watching. In Langkawi there are over 230 bird species including residents and migratory birds. Approximately 30% are migratory birds that typically come from countries like China, Siberia, Manchuria and so on from October through April. Come to experience the rain-forest of Malaysia & spot the rare species of birds like the Jerdon’s Baza, Brown Winged Kingfishers, European Oriole and Plain Backed Sparrow.
08 Gunung Raya
Gunung Raya, is the tallest mountain on the island with 881 m height. There are many flora in this mountain which have medicinal properties. You could reach the top of the mountain by car (about 30 min) or climb through the staircase of 4287 steps (approximately 3.1 km). At the top of the mountain, tourists could see the spectacular panoramic view of the green surroundings of Langkawi, its surrounding islets and the Andaman Sea. – Best things to do in Langkawi for mountain hiker.
09 Crocodile Adventureland
Crocodile Adventureland is one of the main tourist attractions on this legendary island. See over 1,000 crocodiles and alligators as you explore the farm’s different facilities and take in the stunning sight of the trainers interacting with the massive crocodiles. Witness a boxing match of man vs crocodile, or take a ride in a rickshaw drawn by a crocodile. If you are brave enough, you can embrace these crocodiles & take photos with them. Don’t worry, these are just young & tame crocodile.
10 Temurun Waterfall (Air Terjun Temurun)
Temurun Waterfall, located in the Machinchang Forest Reserve near Teluk Datai. The Temurun River has an attractive waterfall of 30 meters tall which is the tallest waterfall in Langkawi, and the surrounding area is suitable for swimming & picnicking. The local authority also provides amenities like public shower room, barbecue area, jungle trekking & sightseeing package for tourists. This is definitely a the best place to relax & enjoy peaceful environment.
11 Pasir Tengkorak Beach (Skull Beach)
Pasir Tengkorak, is situated at the North of the island next to Teluk Datai. It is less well known to tourists because of its remote location, but in fact this small beach is very beautiful with crystal clear water and fine white sand. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is ideal for swimming. At the end of the beach, there are also interesting rock formations. Remember to bring your own water & food as there is no restaurant along the beach, just merely some stalls selling fruits.
12 Air Terjun Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells Waterfall)
Seven Wells Waterfall, at the Northwest of the island about 14 km from the airport. This waterfall is named after the seven natural pools along its path. Legend has it that the fairies used to go down to bathe and frolic in the pools. Telaga Tujuh boasts 2 viewing areas. The lower area is at the waterfall base and there are the 7 pools in the upper area.
You can bathe in the pools and even slide down the slick rock between them. You have to climb 638 steps (which takes about 45 min) to get to the 7 pools which can get very slippery when it’s wet. There is also a jungle trekking course available at the site that will take you up to 2 mountains, along a path of about 2,500 m.
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14 Langkawi 3D Art in Paradise – Best Thing To Do in Langkawi with Families
3D Art in Paradise, is one of the latest attractions located in Oriental Village next to Langkawi Skybridge cable car. The 3-storey museum with total area of about 2,000 square meters showcases more than 200 3D paintings that created by some Korean artists and several talented local artists. The museum is divided into 9 different zones: Interactive Zones 1 and 2, Malaysia Zone, Aquarium Zone, Classic Zone, Main Hall Zone, Fantasy Zone, Safari Zone and Optical Illusion Zone.
15 Langkawi Cable Car & Skybridge
Langkawi Cable Car & Skybridge, is is one of the major attractions on the island. The cable car provides an aerial link from to the top of Gunung Matchinchang and walk across the 660-m high Sky Bridge for a stunning view of islands & islets of Thailand and Langkawi. The overall length of this cable car is about 2.2 km (1.4 mi), with a travel time of about 15 minutes from base to top. It doesn’t operate in poor weather & slso doesn’t run during the regular maintenance days, so please check before you go.
Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125-metre (410 ft) length curved shape pedestrian cable-stayed bridge where the bridge deck is located 660 metres (2,170 ft) above sea level at the peak of Gunung Matchinchang. At the top of the mountain there are two circular viewing platforms which are both a short walk up the stairs from the top station and provide 360 ° views. The top station is 708 m above sea level and temperature is about 5 °C cooler than the lowlands.
16 Oriental Village
Oriental Village, situated at the foothills of Gunung Matchincang. This is an unique Asian-themed village with various activities like an exotic snake charmer, jugglers, silat shows, traditional music, demonstrations of kite flying, palmistry and portrait drawing. Tourists can take an elephant ride, horse ride at Langkawi Horses Equestrian Centre, a duck tour or rent a Segway to scoot around the picturesque Oriental Village. There are also many souvenir shops, galleries & restaurants of Japanese, Korean and Western cuisine.
17 Paradise 101 Langkawi
Paradise 101, is a very samll island South of Pantai Kok. Most tourists will come to enjoy the thrill and fun of the moment by spending time at Paradise 101 Langkawi. As the name suggests, this island is definitely a haven for anyone who wants to experience the real fun while on holiday in Langkawi. Tourists can find almost all kinds of water sports activities like banana boat, kayak, parasailing, jet ski, sightseeing boat tour, sunset views cruise & many more all in one place.
18 Laman Padi (Rice Garden)
Laman Padi, is a rice field with nice landscaping a vast museum near Pantai Cenang. It provides the information to tourists to learn more about the cultivation & the production process of rice. You can also get involved in the process of planting and watering the rice with the help of the farmers there. Remember to bring more clothes because in this activity you have to go through muddy areas and be ‘friend’ with the buffalo or bull.
19 Underwater World
Underwater World, at the end of Pantai Cenang is an indoor aquarium with about 60,000 square feet has more than 4,000 aquatic animals that include more than 500 fish species and many other underwater organisms. It is one of the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia region. The aquarium houses many different zones that suit the habitat or species of marine or aquatic life like River Ecosystem, Sub-Antarctic, Hexagonal Tank (placing whitefish), Venomous & Poisonous zones and many more.
20 Mangrove River Tour
21 Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri’s Tomb)
Mahsuri’s Tomb, is the grave of the legendary Mahsuri binti Pandak Mayah. According to the legend, Mahsuri was a Langkawi Island-born girl who has been accused and murdered for allegedly dating a poet named Deramang when her husband Wan Derus left Langkawi to fight against the Siamese army. Mahsuri’s blood was said to be white as evidence that she was innocent and defamed. Before she was killed, she swore that Langkawi Island would not be fertile and peaceful until the seventh descendants.
22 Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple, built with donations and sponsorship funds, the RM8 million temple exhibits classic architectural designs such as those seen at heritage temples in China and Taiwan. This is one of the biggest temples for the Mazu (Sea Goddess) in Southeast Asia. The impressive roof with vivid phoenix and dragon sculptures can be seen from far & you can find almost any kind of Buddhist statue in this temple. Most of the tourists usually will give a few Ringgit donation when they visit the temple.
23 Splash Out Langkawi – Kuah Town Area
Splash Out Langkawi, is right in the middle of Kuah Town about 17 km from airport. A newly open the first & only water-themed park in Langkawi that offers 12 different attractions that will bring you to a world of fun. Some of the attractions include Wild Water (wave pool), Sprinkle Island (splash water), River of Life (floating pool for a more relaxing atmosphere), Ragin’ Racers (steep slopes at 50km/h), Poseidon’s Revenge, Splash -Tacular, Perfect Storm, Shipwreck Falls and more. Other amenities like restaurants, cafes, kiosks, toilets & lockers are also available.
24 Taman Lagenda (Legenda Park)
Legenda Park, within 2km from Splash Out Langkawi has a total area of about 50 acres. This is an interesting place to visit if you want to dive into the mythical stories & history of Langkawi. There are all kinds of monuments or sculptures in the park & each of them depicting Langkawi’s legends or myths. There are also 4 man-made lakes in the compound, a 20-foot tall view deck, as well as a narrow beach strip and walking trails that make it a popular location for local joggers.
25 Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)
Dataran Lang, also known as Eagle Square is a popular & famous landmark of Langkawi. There is a 12 meter height statue depicting the eagle from which Langkawi got its name. According to locals, the island where the name originated, “Lang” is the abbreviation of “Helang” (Hawk) and “kawi” means the red war in the days of the ancient Malay. This giant eagle is located just next to the Kuah jetty where you can witness the awesome views around Kuah Bay. – Best thing to in Langkawi for photo session.
26 Langkawi Water Sports
27 Pulau Dayang Bunting
Pulau Dayang Bunting, the 2nd largest island at the South of Langkawi. It is approximately 18 km or about 15 minutes by boat from the Kuah jetty, Langkawi. Among the interesting places here are the Dayang Bunting Lake and Langsuir Cave. Langsuir Cave is located in the middle of the journey to Dayang Bunting Lake, it is the result of erosion of ocean waves for millions of years. In the middle of the island there is a freshwater lake with a size of almost 3 football fields. A jetty was built on the banks of the island for the tourist boats.
28 Pulau Payar Marine Park
Pulau Payar Marine Park, is an uninhabited island, it is a destination for tourists from all over the world for jungle trekking, bird watching, scuba diving and snorkeling. This is the best place to swim freely with the fish around you. For your information, the island has 4 different beaches that you can choose from as an underwater exploration location. All of these beaches are with calm water where you to enjoy your snorkeling & scuba diving without any worry. – Best thing to do in Langkawi for snorkeler & scuba diver.