Top 22 Epic Langkawi Must-See Sites You Won’t Regret!
Langkawi is a stunning island that attracts over 3 million visitors each year. There are plenty of things to do in Langkawi, thanks to the island’s beautiful landscape, historical sites, and unique activities. Langkawi is an ideal destination if you want to explore an exquisite island life with the spectacular mountainous landscape, crystal clear oceans, and get to know its friendly people. Before you start packing and looking for places to stay in Langkawi, here are some of the best spots to look out for.
1. Heaven on Earth – Paradise 101
This private island is located in Pantai Kok, near Telaga Harbour, and can be reached in a couple of minutes by boat or if you’re feeling a bit fancy, opt for a private cruise for a more luxurious experience. You’ll be able to relax on a peaceful beach and revitalize while taking in the natural beauty of your surroundings thanks to its well-reserved island.
Paradise 101 elevates the island experience to new heights and is selected as the top places to visit in Langkawi among tourists. There are numerous thrill-seeking activities available, ranging from zip lining to jet skiing, to fill your day with adventure. By night, savor first-class cuisine before heading to a private party on the island that will make you forget about the outside world.
2. Langkawi Sky Bridge
Located 2,300ft above sea level, the Sky Bridge is easily accessible by the Langkawi Cable Car. The climb begins near Pantai Kok, in the upper northwest corner of Langkawi Island, in the Oriental Village. A 410-foot-long curved pedestrian bridge over Mount Mat Cinchang is one of the island’s highlights.
3. Kayak Through the Mangrove Trees
The mangroves, collectively known as Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, cover around 100 square kilometers and are home to a diverse array of native flora and fauna. Experience kayaking above the pristine seas and watch the coral fish swim under you! The forest’s ambiance is surreal, making it the ideal location for seeing the plaits of tree roots and appreciating nature’s charms up close. We recommend getting a waterproof camera or a watertight case for your phone so you don’t miss out on capturing the breathtaking scenery during your adventure.
4. Hike Up Gunung Raya, the Island’s Highest Mountain
With an altitude of 881 meters, Gunung Raya is known as the highest mountain on the island and among the top things to do in Langkawi for outdoorsy people. You may either drive up to the top or go on a hike to get a better experience. If you prefer to drive, it will take roughly around 20-30 minutes to get to the top but if you are feeling a little adventurous and enjoy hiking, there is a trek where you can climb 4,287 stairs, which usually takes around 4-5 hours to reach to the top. If you have some spare time and don’t mind going through the ordeal, go ahead and trail through!
5. Island Hopping
Don’t miss out on the chance to go island hopping when you are in Langkawi! Pulau Dayang Bunting, known for its crystal-clear lake where you can enjoy water sports like kayaking or paddleboarding, and Pulau Singa Besar, a major wildlife refuge and reserve home to a variety of monkeys, eagles, and reptiles, are just a few of the islands you can visit. Not to be forgotten is Pulau Beras Basah, which, despite the lack of activity, is nevertheless one of Langkawi’s must-see islands.
6. Visit Mahsuri’s Tomb and Museum
Langkawi is rich with legendary stories from the past. Once there was an ethereal beauty known as Mahsuri. Others were envious of her because she was so beautiful. The village sentenced Mahsuri to death out of hatred and jealously. Langkawi had been cursed by Mahsuri for seven generations since then.
Mahsuri’s tomb and previous residence are located in the center of the site. Pay your respects to this lovely lady who met a tragic end as a result of an unjust society. Learn the full story in the museum around the premises. More information about her life can be found in the several galleries that house her items.
7. Eagle Square
Also known as Dataran Square, this is one of the essential sites to visit in Langkawi Island and one of the most easily recognized landmarks. This is one photo opportunity you will not want to miss, since it is surrounded by terraces, bridges, and lovely miniature fountains. Families and visitors can come to the area for a quiet morning or evening promenade or watch the ships arrive and depart from the harbor.
8. Visit Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise
The Langkawi Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise are not to be missed if you are an animal lover. 150 types of colourful birds, including flamingos and peacocks, live in the close-to-nature replica in the area. Raccoons, crocodiles, pelicans, and other animals can also be found in the park. This could be a nice activity to do with your family to teach your children about various types of animals.
9. The Famous Black Sand Beach
The beach is a mixture of black and white sand generated by a nearby hot spring’s trickling. Some residents, on the other hand, say it is the result of a centuries-old curse cast by a mermaid when a fisherman stole her ring. This intriguing beach is located southwest of Tanjung Rhu Beach and provides a tranquil escape from the island’s more popular locations – it should absolutely be on your list of things to do in Langkawi.
10. Soak in the Hot Springs at Air Hangat Village
Air Hangat, which translates to “Hot Water,” is a lovely town with numerous hot springs. The springs’ salt water is said to have medicinal qualities. Wash away your aches and pains in the hot water of the spring if you’re fatigued after the many walks and excursions to Langkawi. Rent a private open-air jacuzzi and explore the many springs available for an added bonus experience.
11. Zipline Over the Islands Oldest Rainforest
Soar across a canopy of rainforests and waterfalls, gliding through the lush trees while spotting wildlife along the way. Ziplining over the rainforest is the perfect way to see parts of Langkawi you would never get a chance to see. Take one of the 12 ziplines, all towering up to 200 meters, over Seven Wells Waterfall and through trees in the rainforest canopy.
12. Ride Langkawi’s Cable Car
Langkawi SkyCab is one of the island’s most popular tourist attractions, with it being the longest free span mono cable car in Malaysia. Floating over the jungle and climbing over 550 million years old rock, SkyCab provides a unique experience you will never forget. The bottom glass gondolas offer a bird’s-eye view over the natural beauty of the island.
13. Art in Paradise 3D Museum
The museum is split into themes and zones, each showcasing a different type of 3D art. Each piece of art has its own three-dimensional originality, ranging from castles to safaris and varied themes from Egyptian to Malaysian. If you enjoy art, exploring the 200 various art pieces on show in this museum can be a fun treasure hunt activity to do with your family and friends.
14. Beach Bumming
When it comes to beaches, this island has a variety of beaches to choose from. Tanjung Rhu Beach, a quiet beach ideal for those looking for a relaxing and private beach escape, is one of Langkawi’s greatest attractions. Water sports activities are among the top things to do on the island which makes Pantai Tengah one of the must-visit beaches for water sports fans, and not to forget Pantai Teluk Datai, which boasts a beautiful beach with a breath-taking view of the surrounding mountains and the azure blue sea.
15. Night Market Food Hunting
One of the best ways to get to know people is through their food. Fortunately, Langkawi offers a few excellent street food hotspots. Aside from restaurants, night markets are the best places to find traditional food. You may try famous delicacies like Nasi Lemak or Murtabak at Ulu Melaka Night Market, a variety of street cuisine at Kuah Town Night Market, or even deep-fried Cempedak, barbeques seafood, and more at Temonyong Night Market!
16. Duty-Free Shopping
Duty-free shopping is another must-visit places in Langkawi. Common items like wine, chocolates, and even kitchen wares may all be found at steep prices here! Bags, shoes, and perfumes are among the other popular items available. Nike, Adidas, and Pepero are just a handful of the brands that can be found in these duty-free places. Major towns like Pantai Cenang and Kuah are the greatest areas to find good deals.
17. Underwater World Langkawi
Underwater World Langkawi, located in the popular Pantai Cenang beach town, is home to over 500 species of sea creatures, including harbor seals, rockhopper penguins, seahorses, flamingos, and mandarin ducks. One of the highlights is a 15-meter underwater walkthrough tunnel where you can see sharks, enormous stingrays, and green turtles up close.
18. Pulau Payar Marine Park
Located 30 kilometers in the south of the island, is a popular snorkeling and diving destination. It takes around 45 minutes to get there from Kuah Jetty, and you can either take a catamaran or a speedboat. The Coral Garden, a hidden portion of Pulau Payar Marine Park packed with colourful corals, is one of the park’s outstanding features. Before entering the waters, anybody wishing to visit the park must first seek permission from the authorities (fishing is strictly prohibited).
19. Taman Lagenda Langkawi
Explore this folklore-themed park located next to the Kuah jetty by foot or hire a buggy to take you around it. The open-air ‘garden museum’ is located on the Kuah coastline and features 17 colourful sculptures illustrating Langkawi legends such as brave giants, magical birds, malevolent ogres, and lovely princesses.
20. Cool Off at Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
Its name refers to a collection of seven connected natural pools fed by seven independent waterfalls at Gunung Mat Cincang, which is located on the island’s western headlands. Visitors can take a refreshing plunge in the cool water or hike to the top of the waterfalls. Adventurers can face the 45-minute hike to the top of the waterfalls, which takes them past massive boulders and into seven pools, where they can see macaques, hornbills, and squirrels.
21. Crocodile Adventureland
Crocodile Adventureland is another top must-visit places in Langkawi among tourists if you’re looking for something different to do. Many unusual crocodile breeds can be found here, including Tomistoma, Siamese, Saltwater, and Guinea Crocodiles. For an unforgettable day with your family, participate in fun and interactive activities with the crocodiles in Adventureland’s Heart Stopping show.
22. A Lush of Greenery At Laman Padi Rice Garden
Visit the Laman Padi Rice Garden if you want to learn more about how rice is produced in Langkawi. A large expanse of lush, emerald-green rice fields can be seen here, as well as a museum that will take you through the process of how rice is produced and harvested.
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