Places to visit in Langkawi - Ultimate Travel Guide

The Best of Langkawi: An Ultimate Guide

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Langkawi, the jewel of Kedah, is promoted as the ninth most beautiful island in the world. Located in the north of Malaysia, Langkawi is a bunch of 99 islands, and not all have people living there. It’s closer to Thailand than the mainland of Malaysia. Most of the folks you’ll meet here are Malays. This guide covers everything you need to know about Langkawi, including the best spots to check out for a great time.

An Ultimate Guide to Langkawi

How To Reach?

We’ve got another blog that explains how to get to Langkawi Island. It breaks down the prices and the top ways to reach this awesome place. Check out the blog for the full scoop!

Best Time to Visit Langkawi

In Langkawi, you’ll find two seasons: summer and monsoon. The dry season runs from December to May, while the rainy season is from June to November. August, September, and October usually see more rain.

You can visit Langkawi at any time of year, and the prime time is from November to March. During these months, there’s more sunshine and less rain, perfect for exploring the island.

Network Connectivity 

The internet connection is reliable in Langkawi. We used Hotlink and had no issues during our stay. However, we experienced some signal interruptions while crossing the ferry from the mainland to Langkawi Island.

Commuting Around

There’s no public transport on the island, so you’ll need to use Grab. While Grab rides can be costly for sightseeing, renting a bike or car is a more convenient option to explore Langkawi, especially considering its size.

Where To Stay?


Langkawi offers a range of accommodations, from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious resorts. You can pick based on your preferences and budget. While many foreigners prefer staying near Cenang Beach, options are spread throughout the island for those seeking a less touristy vibe. Here are some recommendations:

Where To Eat?

You’ll find various dining options on the island, offering Indian, Chinese, Malay, and Western cuisines. Popular global food chains like KFC, Subway, and Domino’s have outlets in different parts of Langkawi. Plus, there are 7-Eleven stores available as well.

Tax-Free Island

Langkawi is entirely duty-free, which makes alcohol more affordable. However, drinking and driving can result in a hefty fine of RM 10,000, posing risks to yourself and others. Remember, only one bottle of alcohol is permitted when leaving the island.

Languages Spoken

Most people in Langkawi are Malay, so the Malay language is commonly spoken. Additionally, many residents can communicate in English.

10 Best Things to do in Langkawi Island

1. Explore Offbeat Beaches

Pentai Tengah Beach, Langkawi

Nestled amidst water from every direction, Langkawi boasts stunning beaches with white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Instead of the crowded Cenang Beach, discover some hidden gems for a quieter experience. You can relax under the shade of trees, read a book, or simply unwind by the shore. Here are a few lesser-known but equally beautiful beaches in Langkawi.

  • Pentai Tengah
  • Pantai Serama
  • Public Gardens Teluk Yu
  • Tanjung Rhu Beach
  • Sandy Skulls Beach

2. Eat Local Foods at Night markets

In Langkawi, the night markets happen every day but not in the same place. They take place at different places across the island, as mentioned below. These markets come alive after 5 PM and continue until around 10 PM. Stroll around the market to find local foods, drinks, and clothes.

  • Sunday – Padang Maksirat
  • Monday – Ulu Melaka
  • Tuesday – Kedawang
  • Wednesday & Saturday – Kuah
  • Thursday – Temoyong
  • Friday – Ayer Hangat

3. Watch Eagles at the Eagle Square

Eagles from Eagle Square, Langkawi

Langkawi gets its name from the red-beaked sea eagle. Dominating the island’s skies, the Malay word ‘Lang’ translates to eagle, and ‘Kawi’ is reddish brown or marble brown. The Eagle Square, or Dataran Lang, is a significant landmark in Langkawi, with a large eagle greeting you and gushing fountains around it. Keep an eye out for eagles soaring nearby. You can also visit Legenda Park, a recreational park that is located close by.

  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timings: Open 24*7
  • Parking: Available

4. Watch the Sunset from the Highest Peak of Langkawi

View from Gunung Raya, the highest peak in Langkawi

Gunung Raya, standing at 881 meters above sea level, is Langkawi’s highest peak. You can drive or trek to the top, where a breathtaking panoramic island view awaits. Admire the coastline, beaches, settlements, and forests, made more glorious during sunset. Don’t miss the D’Coconut Hill Resort nearby, offering fantastic views from its viewing tower for a fee of RM 10.

  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timings: Open 24*7
  • Parking: Available at the hilltop

5. Ride on a Cable Car

Skycab gondola ride, Langkawi

From the foothills of the Machincang mountain, you will be taken up about 708 m by the cable car system or the Gondola called SkyCab. This SkyCab can accommodate about 6 people at a time, and the journey takes about a quarter of an hour. This is one of the longest free-span mono cable cars that offers a 360° view of the island.

Apart from the SkyCab, you can explore additional attractions, including the 3D Art Museum, Sky Bridge, Sky Glide, Oriental Village Lake, Sky Bistro, 6D Cinemotion, Sky Rex, Sky Dome, VR Universal, and Machinchang Petland. The base offers convenient services such as 7-Eleven, currency exchange, restrooms, ATMs, and ample visitor parking.

  • Entry Fee: Multiple combo packages are available. The prices are cheaper in Klook, which can be redeemed at the ticket counter. If you purchase the ticket online, you’ll also skip the normal line.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM – 6 PM on all days

6. Hop Between Surrounding Islands

Pulau Beras Basah Island
Pulau Beras Basah Island

From Langkawi, you can rent a boat to discover nearby islands. Popular ones include Pulau Rebak Besar, Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Tuba (linked by a bridge from Pulau Dayang Bunting), Pulau Singa Besar, and Pulau Beras Basah. Take your time to explore the attractions on these islands. Alternatively, you can join a half-day group tour on a speedboat from Langkawi to visit some of these islands.

7. Explore the Waterfalls

Exploring Langkawi’s waterfalls is a must, and it’s free to enter, with parking available. Water levels may decrease during the dry season from December to May, so bring snacks, especially if you have children, available at the base shops.

Temurun Waterfalls in Langkawi, Malaysia
Temurun Waterfalls

The Temurun Waterfall is a cascading three-tier waterfall that can be reached after a short hike. Telaga Tujuh Waterfall boasts seven levels, accessible after a 15-minute walk upstairs. Durian Perangin Waterfall, located in the northeast, is also cascading and can be reached by a short 15-minute hike.

8. Visit the Light House

Perdena Quay Lighthouse

Near the Telega Harbor Marina, where ferries depart for Koh Lipe in Thailand, stands the Perdana Quay Lighthouse. Built during British rule, it’s a charming old structure. While you can’t climb to the top, the area has a great vibe, especially during sunset. The view of the orange hues is simply breathtaking.

9. Indulge in Water Sports

The most popular Cenang Beach is a hub for water sports activities on the island. A 30-minute Jet Ski ride costs RM 350, banana boat rides cost RM 200 per boat, and parasailing costs RM 550 for two people. Keep in mind that the prices mentioned are for reference only and might change depending on demand and season. 

The Underwater World at Langkawi is an interesting activity that the kids would love. This experience is split into various sections like river ecosystem, tropical rainforest, sub-Antarctic section, and venomous and poisonous section, to name a few. It helps to learn about the underwater ecosystem. Other adventure activities on the island include Splash Out Langkawi, a water theme park.

  • Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Cost: RM 43 for MyKad-holding adults, RM 33 for MyKad senior citizens and children greater than 3 years old, RM 53 for foreign adults, and RM 43 for foreign children and senior citizens. The price is lower for Langkawi residents.

10. Tour the Mangroves

Kilim Geoforest Park

Langkawi is truly remarkable with its diverse offerings, including mangroves. Embark on a mangrove tour from the Tanjung Rhu Mangrove jetty or the Kilim River tourism jetty. The voyage through the dense mangrove forest in the Kilim Geoforest Park is one of a kind and lasts about 3 or 4 hours. Explore the bat and crocodile caves, interact with monkeys and eagles, snorkel at Dangli Island, visit Pasir Panjang Beach, and enjoy lunch at a floating restaurant.

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