The beach remains quiet, non-polluted and restful throughout the year with pleasant winds blowing from the sea. It does house a few local stalls that serve Langkawi’s favourite - mee gulung but nothing more that may obstruct its warm ambience. Adding to the exclusivity are luxury hotels that surround this beach in huge numbers.
The high-end properties contribute in keeping the beach secluded, thus preserving its beauty. Rows of fragmentary limestone crags border the beach, further adding to its mesmerising beauty. The beach is easy to reach and has gained popularity because of its inhabitants like Four Seasons Resorts and Tanjung Rhu Resort. On a visit here, travellers are sure to understand why Tanjung Rhu beach is known as one of the best shorelines in Langkawi.
Highlights: The beach has small stalls and shops that are run by the local women. These women sell the local dress materials, clothes and accessories. Ideal for fishing, the beach was popular as a fishing village.
Location: Located on the Jalan Teluk Yu road the Black Sand Beach is present on the northern shoreline of Langkawi. About 20kms from Kuah Town it is situated in close proximity to the Shark Bay Beach.
Price: Entry is free
Best Time: Open 24 hours, Black Sand Beach can be visited at any hour of the day. Take note that the stalls and the shops here usually close by sunset.
Highlights: Taman Lagenda Langkawi is a 50-hectare compound with a total of about 17 colourful sculptures that bring forth legends including legends of heroic giants, mythical birds, evil ogres and beautiful princesses. It also has four manmade lakes and a narrow strip of beach with walking trails for the joggers.
Location: Taman Lagenda Langkawi is situated besides the Kuah jetty and is about 400m from the jetty. It is located within the walking distance of several of the island’s duty-free stores in Kuah. Here you can get chocolates and alcohol at good bargains.
Price Range: Free
Best Time: Daily, 9am to 7pm
Whether a history aficionado or a political wizard, Galeria Perdana has everything to suit your penchant. The Museum is a massive treasure trove of gifts and souvenirs received by the distinguished Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad during his official tenure.
The massive building houses everything from exotic jewellery pieces to antique cars and artefacts gifted by the distinguished statesman of the world to Mahathir.The most notable feature of Galeria Perdana is its campus spreading over an area of 5.3 square kilometres and consisting of three interconnected two storied buildings.
It has a landscaped garden dotted with many shrubs Herbs and local trees providing green escapade to the visitors of the museum.There are over 9000 exhibits in the galleries of the museum among which only 2000 are displayed at a time in rotation giving you a chance to see different collections every time you visit the museum.
There are different sections of the museum dedicated to collections of copper, silver, brass, porcelain, glass, crystal, tapestries and wooden knives, daggers and ceremonial swords.The section of car houses of vintage Roadster and a Pontiac Catalina belonging to the 1950s.
The intricate artwork at the interior dome of the museum and the hanging chandeliers will simply Blow Your Mind off. In short Galeria Perdana museum is a pride of Malaysia which upholds the country's cultural, artistic and aesthetic heritage to the world.
Officially labelled as Langkawi SkyCab, the Langkawi Cable Car is one of the best things which Malaysia has to offer and it doesn’t fail to fascinate the visitors. People don’t miss out on a ride on the Langkawi cable car because of its spectacular location and many other things which it has in its vicinity.
This cable car has one of the stunning views of the Machinchang mountain range in the backdrop. It is 2150 meters long and reaches up to 680 meters offering a scenic view of the treetops of dense rainforest. The 15 minutes exhilarating cable car ride is filled with adventure and gives a chance to take a glimpse of the surreal view of the age-old rock formations and dense forests.
The Langkawi Cable car has three stations - Base station, Middle Station, Top Station, The base station is the location where the journey on the cable car starts and ends which is located at the Oriental Village in the North West of Langkawi Island. From this point, the cable cars run at 1700m to the middle station.
The next comes the middle station which is situated at an elevation of 650m above sea level. Passengers take a halt here to capture the surreal view of the mountains before riding the cable car again to complete the last 450m stretch to the Top Station. The last and the best part of the Langkawi cable car is the top station which is the highest point of the Langkawi Cable car which is located at an elevation of 708 m above the sea level.
There are twin view platforms where one can stand and enjoy the cool breeze and also witness the incredible 360-degree panoramic view over Langkawi.Know more about the Langkawi Cable Car and have an enthralling ride along with admiring the panoramic view of the place.
Skytrial Jungle Trek is a jungle as well as mountain trekking route where you have a rendezvous with nature. During this trip, trekkers will get to explore Langkawi's mystic rainforest. You will trek from the forest up to the mountain called Gunung Machinchang that is the oldest mountain range in Malaysia. This tour attracts many trekking lovers every year due to the adventure it offers. After completing the trekking course trekkers are presented with the remarkable picture of Langkawi. An experienced nature expert guide will be with you throughout the trip to unravel all the secrets behind this incredible forest.
The basic trip for this geo forest park begins at Oriental Village with the Cable Car ride that will drop you at the middle station. During this ride you will enjoy the mesmerizing aura of the surrounding dense jungle. Further, you will trail the sky bridge, proceeding up to the top station, i.e. mountain peak. But if you want to make it more thrilling you can ditch the cable ride and start the hiking trail right from the village itself to all the way on the summit.
However, this option is apt for expert and physically fit trekkers. Verdant forest, Andaman sea landscape, and roaring cliffs surrounding all around the trekking course will act as the rewards for your rough trekking journey. The trekking at Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park is no doubt a dream come true for nature and trekking lovers alike.
Also known as Taman Buaya, the crocodile farm is nestled on the north western side of the island, and is spread over an area of 20 acres. Half of this area is accessible to tourists, and the other half is forbidden, as croc farming takes place there. The park is best known for the majestic flora and fauna of Malaysia that you get to experience here.
The farm is surrounded by lush green forests and rolling green hills act as a backdrop. If you want to see the largest collection of Malaysian saltwater crocodiles – this is the place to be at. More than a thousand crocodiles of all sizes and species reside at this park, and you can even find alligators here.
Although many crocs in the farm are imported, there are many that are bred and reproduced within the farm. The farm is divided into many sections that are formed by ponds that have been lined with concrete. Each of the sections has a placard that will give you important information about the type of crocs or alligators living in it.
The very first section when you enter the park is the juvenile section where baby crocs are kept. The babies are cute and you can even buy pellets to feed them. Species Pond is where both crocs and alligators are kept. The placard at this section explains how the two are different. Other sections at the farm are – Hooking Pond, Show Pond, and the Bridge Pond.
The farm is a great place to learn about the habitat, lifespan and other aspects of these animals. It is quite exciting to feed them and watch them interacting with the trainers. You can also catch one of the stunt shows, if you want.
If there is a piece of heaven anywhere on earth it is at Langkawi. The picturesque archipelago is made up of around 104 islands among which only 99 are visible during high tide. Surrounded by the emerald water of the Andaman Sea and fringed by coconut groves, the shimmering beaches of Langkawi Islands offer a perfect escapade to vacationers. The mixed topography of the “Jewel of Kedah” comprises cascading waterfalls, dense rainforests, meandering creeks and a tropical climate round the year.
Langkawi also has excellent adventure sports facilities apart from its treasure trove of hidden gems dotted across the island. During the festival time the beaches are flocked by locals and tourists who want to soak into the electrifying vibe of the place along with cocktails. Some of the most alluring activities in Langkawi Island are cable car ride, wildlife expedition, paragliding, snorkelling, skiing and swimming.
On a boat ride you can visit the nearby Islands and see the most highlighted attractions viz. Museums, aquariums, craft villages and traditional markets from where you can collect souvenirs and knick-knacks.There are deluxe and budget resorts in Langkawi where you can enjoy a blissful escapade. There are bars and restaurants where you can savour local dishes along with Chinese, Thai, Indian platters and cocktails.
Highlights: The water fall also has 7 absolutely gorgeous pools and hence the name Seven Wells Waterfalls is derived from this. There are few food jaunts for refreshments, namely ‘The loaf’, ‘Eagle Fruit juice and Snacks’ and ‘Dropstone café’. The waterfall is surrounded by frondescence of sintuk and local lime plants.
Location: Gunung Mat Cinang
Hours taken: 3 – 5 hours including transportation. (5 hours if you decide to take a dip)
Location: Dataran Lang is located besides the welcoming views of Kuah Bay in the southeast corner of Pulau Langkawi.
Highlights: The sight of Eagle Square greets the visitors to the island by way of a ferry ride. It is a massive 12 meter tall statue situated on the most recognizable monument of the island. Certainly the best place to view the ferries ply across the harbor.
Best Time: Eagle Square is open 24 hours however the best time to visit the place is certainly early in the morning or late in the evening when sun is at its best.
Highlights: Batu Hampar Beach does not have any public facilities like shower or toilets however, since it is exclusively used by the Sheraton hotel guests, they enjoy the access to the hotel amenities including beach chairs, towels, umbrellas and even washrooms located adjacent to the beach. Chairs and umbrellas are also found here.
Location: Situated in the Pantai Kok area in a place known as the Teluk Nibong. Batu Hampar Beach on the western coastline of Langkawi, lies in front of the hotel Sherataon Langkawi Beach Resort.
Price: There is no entry fee to go to this beach.
Best Time: Batu Hampar Beach is a public beach hence you’ll find it open 24 hours of the day.
Highlights: One of the main attractions of the Park is the artificial waterfall on top of a limestone hill.
Location: The Park is located only 5 KM away from Ipoh town and 3.6 KM from the Ipoh railway station.
Timing: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm
Price: Boat ride fee is RM 3 for adults and RM 1.5 for children and senior citizens.
Highlights: There are 10 free attractions included in the aquarium for the tourists namely: The tropical forest, Freshwater, Marine life, Temperate, African penguins and more. You can also feed African Penguins, Rockopper Penguins, Furseals and Tunnel Tank in the Aquarium. The best way to get connected with nature, understand the underwater life and realize their importance in the eco system - That’s all about Langkawi Underwater World.
Location: Zon Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Price: Starts from $10
Best Season: Throughout the year
Timings: 10 am to 6pm
Location: Pantai Tengah Beach is located just near the southern road bend of Pantai Cenang. It is believed to be the continuation of the much popular Pantai Cenang.
Highlights: If the truth be told, there is not much of sightseeing here but that of course is a case with most of the islands here in Langkawi. Despite that, it is a great place to unwind and relax. Spas are in abundance here and you can actually find a tour operator who’ll guide you across the island. Shopping outlets may be sparse but the nightlife scene is something that speaks of the vibrancy of the place.
Best Time: Open daily but definitely a must visit during the night hours.
Highlights – At the base of the mountain, there are traces of ancient (century-old) Buddhist and Hindu temples, reverberating a sense of divinity that cannot be explained in words.
Facts – The trekking trails of this mountain are quite dangerous. There have been various cases of missing people reported in the past. Merbok to Yan trail is the most used route by people coming here. The complete trip may take anywhere between 9 and 10 hours for experienced hikers.
Timings – Any time during the year.
Fee – No need to get any permit.
Highlights: Submerge yourself in a beautiful experience; relax and rejuvenate your mind and body in Air Hangat Village. The place also entertains the tourists with cultural shows, gift and souvenir shops, Malaysian dance and Batik painting.
Location: Jalan Air Hanghat
Price: Free Best Season: All year long
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm (last entry 5 pm)
Highlights: Food is the highlight of the place since it is exceptionally delicious. Nasi Kerabu is one of the most popular dishes here.
Location: Ayer Hangat Friday Night Market is located in close proximity to the Tanjung Rhu Beach, on Jalan Tanjung Rhu.
Food prices: Food is budget friendly and the street food prices prevail. The nasi kerabu will cost you about 5 MYR ($1.37)
Best Time: The market starts at about 5 pm on Friday and goes on till late in the night.
Highlights: Lined with an exquisite modern marina it is further surrounded by verdant jungle and the front of it is a beautiful bay surrounded by limestone hills. It is a home to a string of shops, restaurants and bars. Besides this, there is a post office, petrol station and a bank for your easy access. Besides this, there are several other recreational attractions such as the cable-car ride to the peak of Mat Cincang Mountain and the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.
Location: Situated on the western part of the island it is about 12km north of Pantai Cenang.
Best Time: Those who enjoy quieter holiday destination, this is the place to be. Open Daily.
Highlights – This is one of the upmarket beaches in Malaysia as you will find tourists from Asia and abroad in large numbers, especially during weekends and school holidays. Apt for water sports activities like swimming, parasailing, jet skiing, para-motoring, banana rides etc. To cater to the tourists, many foods stalls are put up all over the shores. While swimming, watch out for jellyfishes.
Location - Langkawi.
Timings – Beach can be visited all through the year.
Price – depends on the activity of your choice.
Highlights – The trekking trails are mostly sloping; hence people with ample mountain hiking experience should take up hiking here. Though it is not one of those easy trails, it is definitely far easier than Cameron Highlands.
Facts – It takes around 5 hours to go up and 3 hours to come down this trip. Permits need to be obtained from Jabatan Hutan Kluang in advance for this. There are lots of places where one can sit and relax.
Timings – December – January is the best, as the climate is cold, but pleasant.
Fee – Permit costs RM150 per group, however big or small the group is; Hiking guide costs around RM140 for a group of 25 people maximum.
Highlights – This hill doesn’t look like a perfect hiking spot; it looks more like a picnic spot with people coming in huge crowds especially during the weekends. Kids play merrily in the playgrounds located at the base of this hill, while adults enjoy peaceful banter amidst the sounds of various local food stalls set up here.
Facts – It takes just around one hour to get to the peak of this hill. The place is located easily from Singapore within 2 hours.
Timings – Period between November and March is the best.
Fee – No admission charges and no permits are required to get to its peak.
Highlights: The locals believe that the mountain Gunung Raya is a cursed form of the giant known as the Mat Raya who resided in this island.
What to see?: In order to reach the top of Gunung Raya one has to go past the 30 minute long scenic drive. This ride will have several lookout points along the way. The peak of the mountain is a humongous granite formation that brings forth a spectacular view of the verdant surrounding of the Langkawi. One can even see the Andaman Sea and the neighbouring islets during the ride.
Best Time: It is open daily but the months of November and March is said to be ideal as the skies are relatively clear with little to no rainfall.
Location: The beach is just a 10-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport.
Highlights: Pantai Cenang Beach is an exceptionally popular holiday destination for families. It has some of the best kid-friendly attractions such as Underwater World Langkawi, Rice Garden Museum, and Kiki Club at Meritus Pelangi Resort & Spa. Courtesy its clear waters as well as the white sands, the beach is also a great place for sunbathing. You can also practice water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing.
Best Time: Open daily
Highlights: The Rebak Island is an incredibly calm and secluded place that makes for a perfect romantic gateway. It has an exceptionally beautiful marina and is the only fully equipped marina in the entire country.
Best Time: Open daily so you can visit the beach anytime of the day.
Location: Situated in the Datai area, the Tengkorak Beach is easily accessible from the road Jalan Datai (Rd #161) in northern Langkawi. This road will go all the way to the Datai Resort. You can easily get a taxi to help you reach the place. About 3 km from the Crocodile Farm, it is located just before Andaman Resort.
Highlights: It is one of the few beaches in Langkawi that has shower rooms and toilets. You can also find picnic tables in the park land and there are shaded gazebos along the beach.
Price: Entry to the beach is absolutely free
Best Time: Being a public beach, it is open 24 hours a day.
Location: Pebble Beach is situated at the north western end of Langkawi in Datai area. Situated right opposite to the Temurun waterfalls on the north shore, you can reach the beach from the Jalan Datai (road #161). You’ll have to pass through the steep natural trail that passes through a forested area for about 50 yards to the beach and is covered by trees.
Highlights: There is a make shift open-air restaurant called 3-Tiga that is situated on the trail that leads you down to the beach.
Best Time: Open 24 hours a day.
Highlights - The trekking trails in Gunung Nuang are quite stressful and tedious; therefore prior experience in mountain hiking is mandatory when people come here.
Fact – The trail starts from Pangsoon village at a height of 200m above sea level and the trails are accompanied by dense forests and river crossings. One has to then cross the tough terrains of Camp Lolo and Camp Pengasih to finally reach the peak. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to get to the top and about 4 hours downhill.
Timings – All through the year.
Fee – RM1 towards registration at the jungle forest.
Highlights – One of the most challenging and tough trekking trails in the world, Only suitable for experts in mountain hiking.
Facts – There are 3 tough trekking trails here .They are – a) Sungai Relau to Gunung Tahan and back to Sungai Relau b) Sungai Relau to Gunung Tahan and to Kuala Tahan c)Kuala Tahan to Gunung Tahan and back to Sungai Relau. As trekking trails are quite arduous, people coming here for hiking should furnish relevant medical and fitness certificates.
Timings – June to September.
Fee – RM100 towards permit charges
Highlights – It is always visited along with yet another peak of Titiwatsa, Mount Korbu, which is the 2nd tallest peak in Peninsular Malaysia at a height of 7162feet. Only professional mountain hikers can visit these peaks as it takes around 4 to 5 days to make a return trip here. Completing this trip is considered to be rare, as it is replete with many challenging hurdles.
Facts – Kinta Dam and Blue Valley Dam are two points through which you can start hiking to these peaks. One can get lost easily here as there are no clear marks. Hence, using the services of a professional guide becomes mandatory.
Timings – Late January to March.
Fee – Permit required if hiking is done from Kinta Dam. Total fee for two peaks – RM205 at the maximum per person
Highlights – Excellent species of medicinal flora found here in plenty. It is one of the most humid areas in Malaysia.
Facts – Trekking trails on Mount Gagau are quite straightforward and simple when compared to the adjacent peak of Mount Tahan. It takes only one day for the two-way trekking trip from Camp Gagau to Gunung Gagau. One can enjoy the rich flora and fauna at the Taman Negara National Park while coming here. Currently the area is closed for tourists to enable better wildlife preservation. Only the local Batik tribal community people are allowed in this mountain area.
Timings – March to September, where you can visit the nearby areas in this mountain and enjoy boat rides.
Fee – Not applicable, as tourists are not allowed currently.
Highlights: Enjoy the beauty of nature underwater via the undersea marine chambers; if you want to learn a new sport then there are aplenty opportunities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, wakeboarding and lot more. Everything is taught under professional guidance. Learn Scuba Diving and other diving course with certification.
How to reach: Palau Payar is 30 km from Langkawi Island and can be reached by Catamaran or Speed boat.
Best Season: November to April
Location: Located at the Datai area at the north western end of Langkawi, you can reach here via a taxi or a rental car along the road Jalan Datai (#161). From the Pantai Cenang, it is about a 45 minutes drive to reach the Datai beach.
Highlights: True that there are not too many tourist attractions in this quarter of Langkawi Island however, you can make your way to the Ibrahim Hussein Foundation Museum and the Langkawi Crocodile Farm that are definitely in the close proximity to the Datai Bay. You can also reach these attractions from Kuah and Pantai Kok. Several European visitors can be found here who visit the beach that brings forth breathtaking views.
|The Mangrove Safari of Langkawi offers some memorable experiences and sights on this safari to the Kilim Nature Park. Spread over an area of 100 sq km it features a marvelous mixture of green mangrove jungles, blue lagoons, and isolated white beaches. Cruising down the serene and winding river, you will find the wonders of the unique marine ecosystem of the park consisting of flora and fauna and other natural inhabitants like Bogak Tree, Monitor Lizards, Macaques, Tree Crabs, and Brown Eagles.|
Another scenic view is offered by adorable and unique formations of limestone rocks bulging out of the floor of the mangrove seabed and swamp. These amazing wonders of nature have been given as fascinating names as they are. These include the Hanging Gardens, Temple of Borobodur, and the Elephant Stone. Also, explore the fish farming in the open sea and the Bat Cave (Gua Kelawar). Prices are charged depending upon the hours one takes the ride.
Highlights: Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise is also known as the Taman Burung Langkawi or Langkawi Wildlife Park. This 10,000 sqm complex has some 1,500 birds that fly freely here. This is known to be the first fully covered Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise is the whole of Asia. It has a 15 m manmade waterfall.
Location: Situated about ten minutes from Kuah, it is at the foothills of Gunung Raya. This is said to be a key stopover for a number of tours of the Pulau Langkawi which is the key island here as well as the indoor park.
Best Time: 08:30 – 18:00. It is a popular spot especially during the rainy days.
Highlights: Kilim Karst Geoforest Park has a huge variety of wildlife ranging from the otters and monitor lizards to macaques and tree crabs that carefully hide beneath the thick mangroves.
Location: Situated along the northeast tip of Langkawi Island it is 3 kilometres northeast of Tanjung Rhu Beach and is a minor five-minute drive from the beach.
Price Range: The most ideal way to explore this landscape is via a riverboat cruise along Kilim River. It will cost RM200 – RM500 for a boat and tour guide.
Best Time: The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is open daily however the migratory seasons from September to March is said to be ideal. During this time you can come across birdlife of varying species, including kingfishers, white-bellied fish eagles and kite eagles.
Highlights: Besides the tomb there is a reconstruction of a traditional Malay house i.e. a theatre and a ‘diorama museum.’ Here you can come across some of the Mahsuri’s jewellery as well as the weapons that were used to kill her. There are also some food outlets and well at the Tomb. It is believed that this is well that blesses the people who dip their hands into it.
Location: When you reach the town, there will be a signpost of about 10 km that will further direct you to Makam Mahsuri. It is situated about 17 km from Langkawi International Airport so you can easily reach it within 20 minutes.
Best Time: 08:00 – 18:00
Location: It can be reached with a 20-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport and is situated next to the iconic Langkawi Cable Car in The Oriental Village, Burau Bay.
Highlights: This unique attraction is a triple storey building that has an exhibition space that covers 2,000 square metres. It is divided into nine interactive zones including optical illusion, aquatic, safari, fantasy, classic, castles, landscapes, Egyptian, and Malaysian zones. The museum houses over 200 beautiful and meticulous artworks.
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
Price Range: For the foreign visitors the entrance fee is RM28 for children and RM38 for adults. The locals with the MyKad identifications will have to pay RM20 for children and RM30 for adults.
Highlights: The beach is about 200 meters long and is ideal for swimming.
Location: The Shark Bay Beach is situated on the road Jalan Teluk Yu. It is located opposite to the Cultural Craft Complex and is on the northern shoreline of Langkawi. Situated about 21kms from Kuah Town and 24kms from the airport, you can reach the beach via a taxi or a rental car.
Price: No entry fee
Best Time: Being a public beach, it is accessible 24 hours.
Highlights: If you park your car at the main road, the first tier of the waterfall is just a short distance away i.e. a tiny 5 minutes walk. This paved walk way is pretty romantic and is an ideal place for going with your loved ones.
Location: Temurun Waterfall is located in the Datai Bay area in the north western end of the island and on the road Jalan Datai. It is situated about 42kms from Kuah Town.
Entry: Entry is free.
Best Time: You can visit Temurun Waterfall anytime during the day time.