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18 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:

  • 01Langkawi Cable Car

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    Enjoy one of the major attractions of Langkawi Island that is popularly known as Lagkawi Cable Car or Sky Cab. Take a ride on the top of Mount Chinchang and relish the breathtaking views around. Also, take pleasure of the Oriental Village shopping zone built against the mountain backdrop around a beautiful lake. After reaching the Oriental Village, one can have a bird’s eye view of Mount Mat Chinchang Hill by cable car and ascend Langkawi. Rejoice the cool and gentle breeze of the highlands and then shop at the village along with savouring different cuisines for lunch at various outlets.
     

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     Highlights: It is only 30 minutes away from Kuah town and 15 minutes drive from the Langkawi International Airport. It is located north of Telaga Harbour, Pantai Kok and north-west of the Langkawi International  Airport. Departs from a few selected Langkawi hotels at 9am and returns to original point.
  • 02Mangrove Safari

    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.

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     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.
  • 03Parasailing

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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.
  • 04Scuba 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.
  • 05Snorkeling

    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.
  • 06Jet 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
  • 07Wakeboarding

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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.



    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.



  • 08ATV

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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.

     



    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.
  • 09Cruising

    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.



    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)
  • 10ISLAND 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.

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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
  • 11Golfing

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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)

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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
  • 12Horse 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.



    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

  • 13Langkawi Sky Bridge

    Hold your breath because Langkawi Sky Bridge is the longest (410 feet) free span bridge in the world, suspended from an altitude of 82 meter by a single Pylon and is 2, 300 feet above the ground. Unlike any other straight bridge, the sky bridge is curved so as to give the tourists a better and more spectacular perspective of the view below - a total blood thumping expedition. The bridge was first constructed in the ground and was then lifted by air through helicopters to its final pylon.



     Highlight: View of unclaimed and unexplored parts of the island, the tropical jungles and the pristine mountain Mat Cincang. Yes, it is definitely a photographer’s delight. To reach the skybridge you will have to board a cable car from the cliff. On the way to the top, you will witness the second largest peak, Telaga Tuluj.

     Location: Ascent from Oriental Village near Pantai Kok

     Price: RM 5.00 for adults and RM 3.00 for children
  • 14Underwater World Langkawi

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    Langkawi’s underwater world is one of the beautiful aquariums in the whole of Asia and is the largest marine freshwater aquaria in South East Asia. It was incorporated in the year 1995 and since then, it has been growing popularity. Today, it is not only referred to as a marine world entertainment, but rather, people come here as a form of education and knowledge tour.



    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
  • 15Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

    One of the most beautiful natural formations of Langkawi, Telaga Tujuh is an awe inspiring view to observe. According to the island’s myth, the waterfall had captivated the hearts of fairies and hence they transformed it their bathing place. Therefore, it is believed that the waterfall and its springs have several healing powers and medicinal value. You can either hike up to the Gunung Mat Cinang or use a cable car to reach the place.



    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)
  • 16SKYTREX ADVENTURE

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    This is one of a kind life time experience accessible only at Langkawi, Malaysia. It is a forest adventure set in the Malaysian rainforest of the Mount Gunung Mat Cinang. SkyTrex is an aerial quest where you get to cross from tree to tree through swings, glides, slides, ropes and other quirky aerial obstacles to reach your destination. It not only is a tremendous physical activity but also is an awesome way to engage in some exciting fun.

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    Highlights: Different adrenalin pumping circuit activities such as island adventure, treasure hunting, little legend adventure etc set in various parks of this adventure land. There are three parks enclosed here; Langkawi, Melaka and Shah Alam. The management is planning furthermore to launch more new thrilling sports in the future. Now, you can also book your tickets well in advance.

     Difficulty level: Beginners to Expert games

     Price: Starts at RM 45

     Location: Jalan Teluk Yu, Kampung Kok

     Time: 9 am to 6 pm
  • 17Natural Salt Water Jacuzzi, Air Hangat Village

    Ayer Hanghat Village is a multifaceted set in the north of Kuah Town. But what makes it world famous is its three tier natural salt water hot spring wells (one of the three in the world). In the past, it was just a hot salt water spring for the tourists; now the management has actually converted it into a recreational center, with Jacuzzis, fountains and small ponds filled with pumped natural spring water. There is nothing more enriching than embracing the raw nature; hence this place is must for all tourists.

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    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)
  • 18Pulau Payar Marine Park

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    If you want to relax with your family, away from the chaos and monotonous life of the city, in a serene climate where everything is beautiful and inundated with unclaimed nature, then you should definitely consider Pulau Payar Marine Park in Langkawi. The park is a collection of smaller islands, Palau Payar being the main. What fascinates the tourists is the world which lies underwater. Lovely sea fishes, corals, and other sea animals can be observed from the marine park.

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    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