20 Best Things to do in Langkawi
Langkawi being an archipelago of 150 islands distributes a good number of adventurous activities in the sky and land. But it is always water which makes the tour of Langkawi marvelous though the eagle's eye view of the island is beyond imagination. The tourists will get confused with the options for different activities which are quite breathtaking. Parasailing, Jet Ski, wakeboarding, cruising, snorkeling, Scuba diving etc are just a few from a long list of exhilarating activities available on the island.

Moreover, a remarkable sight of the whole island will be possible while you indulge in a cable car ride. In addition, Langkawi is famous for its mangrove forests and waterfalls; they intensify the alluring beauty of the island completely. Along with these activities, if you try indulging in golfing, horse riding etc, the entire tour jumps into another level of excitement.


Here are some Bets Things to do in Langkawi:

01

Mangrove Safari

Mangrove Safari

The mangrove safari, also known as Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is nestled at the northeastern tip of Langkawi and is full of sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, lush green trees. It is just a 10 minutes drive from Tanjung Rhu beach and thus, is a good option for families; especially those with kids. During the months of September to March, which form the migratory season, tourists can spot different species of birds here.

Some of them being - white-bellied fish eagles, kite eagles, and kingfishers. For the other months, the wildlife is not bad either and comprises of creatures like monitor lizards and tree climbing crabs. Most of the safari tours here introduce tourists to everything mentioned above; and much more.

Location:
3 kilometres from Tanjung Rhu Beach towards the northeast

Timings:
8 am to 5 pm

Entry Fees:
RM 200 to 500 for a tour guide plus a boat ride.

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Parasailing, Langkawi

Parasailing, Langkawi
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Malaysia is one of the most-sought after destinations of adventure water sports activities. Though almost all beach resorts provide parasailing tours for their guests, this is best enjoyed in Langkawi Island.

Highlights – It is better to choose authorised tour operators for parasailing, because one may have to go through lots of risks when choosing illegal operators. Two to three people can travel in one ride and the ride usually takes ten minutes. The thrill that you get when you are lifted close to 500feet above sea level and when you land back safely on to the boat cannot be described in words.

Location– Langkawi Island.

Timing – One parasailing trip takes around 30 minutes to complete. 2 to 3 people are lifted at a time.

Price – RM80 per person on the beach for 3km; RM180 per person on the boat for 8km.
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Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving
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Andaman Sea comprises of crystal clear green water with the warmth of right temperature thus making it a worthy locale for scuba diving. Langkawi scuba diving can be a breathtaking experience for life. Non swimmers can also relish this sport as there are plenty of introductory diving options for them conducted by experienced scuba instructors. Each new comer in scuba diving is under the guidance of expert supervision and furthermore is given one to one classes underwater for better security.

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Highlights: Best visibility of coral reefs, rock formations and incredible marine lives upto 150 feet (45 meters). Temperate water throughout the year; large number of marine animals, white shark, larger reef fishes and Manta string rays being a common acquaintance under water.
Best Season: November to April for better visibility.
Best Location: Palau Payar Marine Park, 30 km from Langkawi
Courses offered: PADI certification from beginner to master level, classes conducted in several languages including Japanese and Russian.
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Snorkeling

Snorkeling
The right water temperature and stunning beaches with crystal clear Andaman Sea as beach water, imagine how exhilarating snorkeling can be? Snorkeling in Langkawi Island is a family sport and can be enjoyed by any person of any age limit. Langkawi has many shallow coral making it an ideal place for snorkeling. Getting to the main island won’t be a problem as many speed boats and catamaran facilities are available for transportation.

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Highlights: Shark feeding; sun bathing; perfect temperature (29 degree to 35 degree). Finish a snorkeling session and engulf into an amazing view of the surrounding landscape; picnic, BBQ and camping allowed, lots of eateries stalls, BBQs and Gazebos for the tourists.

Best season: November to MarchBest snorkeling.

Location: Palau Payar Marine park; it has 4 exotic islands – Payar, Kaca, Segantang and Lembu, away from the habitation that shelters best of marine lives such as rabbitfish, butterflyfish, Moorish idols and lot more.
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Jet Ski

Jet Ski
Jet skiing can really be an adrenalin rush game and water babies can genuinely enjoy this outrageously fun water sport in Langkawi. You can opt for different types of Jet Ski option, packages ranging from 1 hour ride to 4 hours ride. Langkawi jet skiing rides takes you through more than 20 islands in the Andaman Sea through the green emerald crystal clear water.

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 Highlights: Packages includes swimming in the fresh water lake of pregnant maiden island and snorkeling, drop at beaches of your choice for rejuvenation and refreshments; visit up to 20 islands (4 hours ride); observe some breathtaking views of the Malay islands; ride to the coastal mangrove forests nearby, bird watching (eagles and seagulls) at Singa Besar island.

Best Location for Jet Ski: Pantai Cenang Beach.
 
Price: starts at RM 400

Additional inclusion: A guide for instruction and supervision and Jet Ski gears and equipments. 

Best Season: November to April
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Wakeboarding

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Wakeboarding is fun if you know the skill. The right amount of pressure, speed and balance is required for a smooth ride. It is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing. Langkawi island waters are perfect to carry out this sport. Children as young as 8 years can carry out wakeboarding. Additionally, Langkawi wakeboarding has gained recent popularity because of the island beaches and the water of the Andaman Sea.

Wakeboarding

Highlights: Andaman Sea provides you the ultimate opportunity for this fun sport due its perfect surge of the water in the sea. Plus, crystal clear water surface is an added advantage to observe fishes and corals while you traverse the water surface. The surrounding landscapes and the temperature poses the right accompany simultaneously.

Best Location: Pantai Tengah.

Inclusions : Wakeboard, Guide for supervision and water gear

Best Season: Dry Season November to April

Difficulty level: Moderate.



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Cruising

Cruising
Where there is sea, a vast number of islands and a temperate climate, there is Cruising. If you decide to visit Langkawi, do not miss out the Langkawi Cruises. They can add extra color to you already vibrant Malay Trip. Most of the cruises are in the form of Daily Packages on Luxury Yacht.

Cruising

Highlights: Preferences include Family and romantic cruise. There are two kinds of Cruise, Day and Sunset cruise. Both have different tour plans and prices. Day tour includes jungle trekking, buffet lunch, and hidden lagoon and cave exploration. Night Cruise is comprised of exotic BBQ and bar set, view of the magnificent sun set and lot more. Langkawi cruises also have options for private cruises customized for the tourist’s preferences.

Duration: Day Cruise: 10 am onwards (6 hours) Night Cruise: 5 pm to 8 pm

Location: Langkawi Main Island

Price: starts from RM 250 (depends on the tourism company)
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ISLAND HOPPING

ISLAND HOPPING
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Former World War II strategy, now a vigorous and enthusiastic touring activity, Island hopping is a combination of Cruising and stop over at various islands instead of directly arriving at the final destination in one go. Langkawi is perfect for Island Hopping as it is the dwelling of more than 99 smaller islands. The tour is operated by most of the island’s hotels, travels and tourisms stalls. Island hopping is meant for group of family as well.

ISLAND HOPPING
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Highlights: One of the cheapest boat tours in Langkawi, island hopping takes you to three main spots of the main islands that includes eagle feeding, swimming, kayaking, boating, snorkeling, boating and sunbathing and lot other refreshing activities.

Best Location: Pantai Tengah and Pantai Cenang

Price: starts at RM 45 per person and RM 300 (8 persons)

Hours: Standard touring time usually starts at 9 am and takes up to 4 hours
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Banana Boat

Banana Boat
People who pick Langkawi as the destination for vacations are usually a fan of blue waters, beaches and the tropical climate that are the highlights of the place. Some of the islands here offer unparalleled experience of marine life and exceptionally great opportunities for boating in the fresh water lakes. Banana Boat is used for the exploring of the fresh water lakes that are surrounded by the beautiful mountains.

Location: The boats depart from a couple of ferry jetties such as the Awana Porto Malai Terminal at the southern end of Pantai Tengah.

Highlights: Banana boating can be done so as to reach the secluded islands on the beach or for having lunch or dinner in the floating restaurants. Definitely the most popular activity in Langkawi, Banana boating is the top favorite of all tourists.

Price: Banana boating usually operates on sharing basis and the rates are applied on person basis.

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ATV

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ATV
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ATV is very popular sports in Langkawi. The whole of Malaysia itself is a place for fun and adventure. Holidaying there is equal to an exploratory trip. All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) sport is an activity where you can self drive a motor car/bike that works on all kind of terrains – from rough patches, hilly roads to desserts. Langkawi ATV treks are made for adrenalin junkies who are fascinated by thrills and ecstasies. This sport is also known as Quad Bike.

 
ATV

Highlights: Two people per ATV,accompanied by a guide in the front, you will be taken to some earthy and exotic locations of Langkawi such as Lubbock Semilang, waterfalls and fish ponds, gorgeous valleys, field of paddy, Buffalo park, Kampung village etc.
  
Location: Langkawi.

Price: Starts from RM 50. 

Best Season: November to April. 

Inclusion: A guide, Bike Gears and food and refreshments.

Difficulty level: Beginner to Expert rides available.
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Golfing

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Golfing
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Langkawi is known for its Golf courses; they are the best in the entire Malaysian country. There are three Golf Courses in Langkawi which are collective known as Golf Club Datai Bay. The 99 East Golf Club is amidst rainforest landscapes and descends to rice terraces and orchards and has two brooks. (18 holes)

Golfing
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Highlights: Gunung Raya Golf resort is set in the foot hills of the Celebration Mountain, Gunung Raya.It is 300 acres in area and is set in rubber plantation of Langkawi. (18 holes) The Els Club Teruk immediately grabbed the place of one of the premium Golf destinations in word after its inauguration in 1992. The golf resort has won many awards for its extravagant raw beauty as landscape. It is set by the Andaman Sea and is 8, 000 acres in area. (195 golf set and 18 holes)

Location: All three clubs are in 1 hour perimeter from the Langkawi Airport.
 
Facilities: Include restaurants and special amenities for members.

Open at: Everyday
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Horse Riding

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Horse Riding
Horse riding can be a beautiful experience if you know the skill to maneuver a horse. Riding a horse is equal to a prestigious accomplishment. Langkawi can proffer you one of the best outdoor activities in the form of horse riding. You can either choose to ride through the wilderness of the Langkawi Island or at the beach side or through the valleys of cute villages.

Horse Riding

Highlights: Imagine yourself as a glorious warrior trotting or contouring a stallion along the treaded paths of rainforests, mountain terrains and wide pastures, and by the sea side, at the beach. A guide is provided for both beginners and experienced riders for safety measures. Choose from various rides options such as Fun ride, beach ride, jungle rides and mountain terrain rides.

Popular operator: Island Horses

Location: Mount Mat Cincang foothills, seven wells waterfalls

Price: starts at RM50 per person

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Langkawi Sky Bridge

Langkawi Sky Bridge

A ride on a cable car takes tourists to Langkawi Sky Bridge - a true highlight of the region, elevated at a height of 2300 feet above sea level. From the top of this bridge, the mesmerising views of the rainforest along with the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls make sure to leave visitors spellbound.

It attracts nature lovers, photographers, and adventure enthusiasts alike. Here, tourists can also indulge in some shopping at the number of stalls that sell souvenirs, toys, drinks, and snacks. The bridge certainly is one of the top places to visit in Langkawi.

Location:
At the end of the cable car, alan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi, Kedah

Timings:
10 am to 10 pm

Entry Fee:
 RM 118.58 per adult.

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Underwater World

Underwater World
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One of the most popular tourist attractions in Langkawi - the underwater world spread across six acres introduces tourists to over 200 species of marine life and fishes. These include rockhopper, harbour seals, giant rays, penguins, sharks, and the unusual Amazonian arapaima, which is the largest freshwater fish discovered in the world.

Moreover, the educational research centre, three-dimensional theatre and various sections of the park-Temperate, tropical rainforest and sub - Antarctic have also grabbed the attention of visitors alike. These interesting and thoughtful attractions make Underwater World one of the best places to see in Langkawi.

Location:
Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang

Timings:
9:30 am to 6:30 pm from Monday to Friday and 9:30 am to 10:30 pm on weekends

Entry Fee:
 RM 36.65.

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Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

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Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, commonly known as seven wells waterfalls, referring to a series of seven natural pools connected to each other in Mount Mat Cincang are one of the best places to visit in Langkawi. The flora surrounded around the pools makes the space stunning and magical - like in fairy tales! Lime plants and Sintuk - a unique type of foliage grows abundantly in the region.

It is a great spot for families to spend some quality time at, taking a dip into the natural pools as well as for hiking enthusiasts to climb the steep hills around the region.

Location:
Gunung Mat Cincang, Kuah

Timing: NA

Entry Fee: NA.

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Skytrex Adventure

Skytrex Adventure
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Regarded as the best forest adventure park, skytrex adventure is where every adventure enthusiast must go for flying, gliding, swinging and even dangling! Here, enthusiasts set out to tackle aerial obstacles that are suspended above the dense and lush rainforest of Malaysia.

The outdoor recreational activities at Skytrex can be enjoyed by all age groups; as all the activities are performed under expert supervision with all safety measures taken well care of. The company promotes responsible tourism and strives to encourage a sense of forest conservation in their functioning.

Location:
Jalan Teluk Yu, Kampung Kok, Kedah

Timings:
9 am to 6 pm on all days

Entry Fees:
Starts at RM 90.08 per person.

17

Air Hangat Village

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Air Hangat Village

Air Hangat village is a beautiful blend of modernity and culture of Langkawi. It is complex with hot water spring wells that stand to be one of the many other interesting Langkawi tourist places. These hot water spring wells are not like any other wells. They are natural saltwater spring wells that are rare and unique not just in Langkawi but across the globe and are found only in three other countries.

Along with this attraction, the village complex also has ponds, jacuzzis where salt water are pumped up, fountains, culture shows, gardens and a number of markets that sell souvenirs, and locally made items.

Location:
16 Jalan Air Hangat, Mukim Air Hangat

Timings:
9 am to 5 pm on all days

Entry Fees:
RM 50 for adults and free for children below the age of 12 years.

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Pulau Payar Marine Park

Pulau Payar Marine Park
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On the list of places to visit in Langkawi, Pulau Payar marine life makes its name well deservingly. The marine park has and continues to attract snorkeling and diving enthusiasts from all over the world who are keen on discovering Langkawi’s underwater life. The park comprises of four islands - Pulau Payar, Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu, and Pulau Senangtang; Pulau Payar being the largest one.

The best part is that none of these islands remains inhabited and is preserved by the fisheries department of Kedah, who make sure the pristine condition of these islands are maintained. Tourists here can avail a variety of facilities like barbeque pits, gazebos, picnic tables and lots more.

Location:
30 Kilometers south of Langkawi.

Timing: NA

Entry Fee: Starting from RM 
391.69.

19

Datai Bay

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Datai Bay
Datai Langkawi houses some of the Langkawi Island’s most swanky and exquisite resorts i.e. The Datai and The Andaman. If you are staying here during your trip to Langkawi, there is no other place to visit besides this.

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.

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Langkawi Cable Car

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Langkawi Cable Car
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Langkawi Cable car is also known as the Sky Cab claims to be the steepest cable car ride in the world; that takes visitors at a height of 708 meters up in the sky, above the sea level. The cable car carries passengers to Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest peak and thus is considered as one of the must-visit places to see in Langkawi.

On a visit here, tourists are advised to carry a jacket as the elevation in height invites chilled winds. The views from the top of this peak make getting onto this ride absolutely worth it and memorable.

Location:
Jalan Telaga Tujuh, Kedah

Timings:
9:30 am to 7 pm on all days

Entry fee:
RM 35 to 50 - depends upon the package one chooses.

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