After some requests I decided to write a new post about the top things to do in Langkawi, Malaysia. This time for non-romantic people, or better saying “regular” tourists. And I’m gonna prove that this beautiful island is great fun for any kind of traveller.
Our last post was all about love and how Langkawi is The Perfect Romantic Destination for couples and honeymooners. After publishing it I realized that there are so many things to do in Langkawi that people who aren’t in love should enjoy too! So here is our Langkawi travel guide focusing on adventure, nature and water sports. Langkawi has so many attractions that you´ll need at least one week there to enjoy everything.
Before you enjoy the island you need to arrive there! How to get to Langkawi?
Langkawi is known as “The Jewel of Kedah”. It is an archipelago of 104 islands located in the Andaman Sea, 30 Km from the mainland coast of Malaysia. The main island is where all the hotels, resorts and attractions are. To get there you have two options: by flight or by boat. The easiest and most common way is via Kuala Lumpur. Please spare some days to explore Malaysia’s capital, “KL” offers so many attractions, from temples to rooftop bars. To help organizing your trip to Kuala Lumpur have a look at Expedia Malaysia’s travel guide.
» By Flight – International flights land at Kuala Lumpur and Penang Airports. From there you can take another flight to Langkawi, low-cost air companies have daily flights. 😉 To check the best rates we always use Skyscanner, if you have an open schedule this website is perfect to find the cheapest price!
» By Boat – You can reach Langkawi by boat from three different cities in Malaysia (Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Penang) and two cities in Thailand (Satun and Koh Lipe island). The timetables and fares you can check on the website of Naturally Langkawi.
Top Things to do in Langkawi!
Now that you arrived in Paradise, Let’s enjoy! Langkawi is perfect to enjoy by Water, Land and Air! Check this video out!
Here are all Langkawi attractions you must visit, and activities you must do! We had a blast there. One week of fun, adventure and stunning nature.
» Top Things to do in Langkawi on Water!
» Island Hopping Jet Ski Tour
This is one of the best attractions in Langkawi. OMG!! We had so much fun!! First we had some safety instruction and also practiced riding the jet ski on the shallow water. From Pantai Cenang beach we left for four hours tour around Langkawi. So many beautiful islets, clear sea and amazing rock formations. We got really close to some bizarre rocks, breathtaking!
We stopped by many islands and beaches, but two of them were impressive. Ask your guide to go to Pulau Dayang Bunting, this island is a protected area part of the Langkawi Geopark and it´s unbelievably amazing! In the middle of the sea, a huge lake of fresh water is hidden behind the mountains. Walk to the edge of the lake where few meters of millenarian rocks divide the seawater from the fresh water. After a long walk, a dive in the lake is a must!
Your jet ski itinerary must have a stop at the Pulau Beras Basah. White sand beach, crystal clear water, paradisiac view and some nasty monkey. Enjoy your time there, just be aware that those tiny cute creatures and smart thieves. 😀
For an amazing island hopping jet ski tour go to Mega Water Sports!
» Snorkeling at Pulau Payar Marine Park
It´s not new that we love snorkeling and swimming, so our list of top things to do in Langkawi for sure includes a day enjoying the sea life. The best spot for snorkeling and dive is the Pulau Payar island that is also a Marine Park.
What I like the most about this trip is that all the action happens in a floating platform, and if you are afraid of jumping in the deep-sea they have small platforms where you can sit on the water, watch the fishes and feel super safe. The sea is beautiful with so many fishes and corals to observe. There we saw a giant barracuda, two massive groupers and also swam with baby sharks! How cool!! The beach on the island is a natural reserve where the Blacktip Reef sharks leave their babies to grow.
To go to Pulau Payar you need to buy a ticket that includes the boat trip from Kuah Port to the Marine Park and the day use of their facilities there. Three companies offering the tour, we did with Langkawi Corals. The only down thing is that on high season the park gets packed. 🙁
» Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
From the salt water we go to fresh water. You must visit the Kilim Karst Geopark. I have to say that before we went there I was thinking it would be a boring morning just looking at some mangroves and eagles. However, when we started the tour I changed my mind completely. The Geoforest Park is stunning, you get together two amazing natural attractions of Langkawi: the river and the forest!
By boat we passed by the mangrove forest, then crossed a bat cave (I was freaking out, because I’m so afraid of bats), we saw amazing stalactites and rock formations that date back to 220 million years. Learned about medicinal trees, observed different types of monkeys and got amazed by the beautiful flight of the Langkawi Eagle!
You can find all the information about the Geoforest park in on the official website.
» Top Things to do in Langkawi on Land!
This is the perfect place to go after lunch. It´s a paradise of trees and you can pick your own fruit for a delicious and fresh dessert. There you will learn about the fruits and veggies they grow in the island, the technologies they use to produce better without using chemicals. It´s not a boring tour at all, apart from tasting some delicious tropical fruits we also had some “fruit fun” with Mardi ´s guides. A giant star fruit and the jackfruit man were some of the jokes on the tasty & funny menu!
This beautiful building keeps many secrets of Langkawi. At the museum, you can discover the history and culture of the island. On the other rooms, hand-made creations show the abilities Langkawi people have, and all the nature materials the island supply to them. That´s the place to buy gifts, souvenirs and also develop your own artistic skills. We tried the traditional batik painting and discovered that our painting techniques will not pay our bills, better stick with the travel blog business. 😉
Now hold on your breath and don’t look down, we choose two unmissable things to do in Langkawi in the Air. Even if you are afraid of heights (as Rob is, although he doesn’t like to tell people about it) you must try them! Promise me!!
» Top Thing to do in Langkawi in the Air
This is the best view-point in the entire island. The cable car in Langkawi has two stops with a privileged view, and the trip to the top is really smooth. You go up to 950 meters above the sea level and you feel like floating in the air! When you are on the top of the mountain walk to the Skybridge and be delighted by the view from the both sides of the island!
The only problem with the sky bridge (apart from the fear of heights) is that the site is still on construction and the way to the bridge is a long, long and steep walk. I consider myself fit and even though it was a tough way for me. Some people just gave up of going to the bridge in the middle of the way. I’m sure more few months this will be sorted out.
This is one of the coolest things to do in Langkawi! Seriously, I thought it would be a nice to fly with a parachute but I didn’t expect it would be so amazing, safe and fun! I have no idea how high we went, I remember looking down and see a tiny little boat pulling us! No words to describe the feeling. I lost track of time up there, and when they started pulling us down I remember thinking to myself: “How much would cost to have a parasailing boat equipment just for me??”
Our parasailing adventure took off from Tanjung Rhu beach. We flew with Naam Adventure and it was a superb experience.
Now that we already explore Langkawi by water, land and air it´s time to feel up our stomach. Food is definitely one of the top things to do in Langkawi. On our last post [Langkawi the Perfect Romantic Getaway] I suggested some nice restaurants to go. Here we are gonna talk about local food, some unique dishes that you must eat while visiting Langkawi.
Are you hungry? Where to eat in Langkawi
Our food tour will start with the traditional Malaysian noodle soup: Laksa! The best way to try it is to stop on one of the food stalls beautifully set in front of the sea at Kuala Muda Road (just beside the airport). Go for dinner and enjoy the sunset + good food!
For lunchtime, I recommend you to eat at the Kilim Karst Geopark. Start your tour around 9 am, and you will be free to enjoy lunch at one of the floating restaurants on the river. You can see the fish farm and taste fresh delicious seafood. Yummy!!
If you are looking for some foodporn action the Night Market is the place to go. Arrive early, at 6pm the grills and fry pans are already sizzling. From fried chicken to coconut pancakes, sweet juices and fresh veggies, for sure you will find something to fill up your stomach with flavours and happiness.
Some delights of the food market you can check on our video, we explored the Night Market with some local friends. Awesome! 😉
Hotels in Langkawi! Best Places to Rest & Relax!
I was so excited to talk about these attractions and the top things to do in Langkawi that I almost forgot to write about accommodation. After so many activities you will need a comfy place to rest and also enjoy the beautiful beaches. On our previous post, we recommended three incredible hotels in Langkawi (Berjaya Resort – Four Seasons – Gemalai Village). And of course they are not only for romantic getaways, single travelers and families are more than welcome there.
BOOK YOUR HOTEL IN LANGKAWI
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa – Rooms from USD 202/night
Ombak Villa Langkawi – Rooms from USD 121/night
The Danna Langkawi Hotel – Rooms from USD 263/night
Hotel Asia Langkawi -Rooms from USD 25/night
For more options of hotels, resorts and budget accommodation in Langkawi, I suggest you to have a look at Booking.com and Agoda. All our hotels in Langkawi were book through these websites and we had an amazing experience!
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