Top Things to do in Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi, a Malaysian archipelago is known for its gorgeous beaches, wondrous limestone formations, forest parks and wildlife among others. It is an interesting place with spectacular natural wonders and plenty of things to do. The island is also great for a relaxing beach holiday with so much to offer. It’s an enjoyable destination in Malaysia year-round.
After staying in Penang for a few days, I went to Langkawi and explored some of the famous attractions in the island. I spent four days and went to some of its popular beaches, visited a waterfall, joined a mangrove tour and many more. To get around the island, it is best to rent a vehicle or a motorbike. But there are also taxis and Uber and Grab, which I had also found convenient.
In four days, here are the places I visited in Langkawi and some of the activities I did.
Langkawi Eagle Square
This is a popular spot featuring a huge sculpture of eagle perched over a scenic waterfront plaza. The statue is one of Langkawi’s most recognizable landmarks. The Eagle Square is nearby the Jetty Port. I dropped by this area on my first day when I arrived in Langkawi after the 3-hour ferry ride from Penang.
Langkawi SkyCab and SkyBridge
One of the reasons why I visited Langkawi is to experience the steepest cable car ride, SkyCab. It is one of the major activities in the island that takes visitors up to 708 meters above sea level. The cable car ride provides an aerial link from the base station at the Oriental Village to the second highest peak of Mt. Machinchang. This is also where Langkawi Sky Bridge is.
The cable car ride was enjoyable. During the journey, I had a fantastic view of the surrounding forest, Seven Wells waterfalls, as well as the sea. The view of the nearby islands is also breathtaking.
Reaching the top station, there is an inclinator called SkyGlide and a mountain track. These are access to the Langkawi SkyBridge. There’s an additional fee for SkyGlide so I chose to walk along the short trail going to the SkyBridge.
A 125-meter long suspended curved pedestrian bridge, Langkawi SkyBridge is another activity to add. It offers breathtaking views but I have to say, walking through the iconic bridge was scary as hell. It made me nervous. The bridge felt like was moving most especially when the wind blows. But overall, the SkyBridge was an incredible experience for me. The panoramic view is amazing.
3D Art Langkawi
Located within the vicinity of Oriental Village, I dropped by the 3D Art Langkawi after doing SkyCab and SkyBridge. Inside this interactive 3D museum there are elaborate paintings and murals offering optical illusions. The museum features nine different theme zones with several 3D interactive paintings and impressive artworks.
Seven Wells Waterfalls
Known locally as Telaga Tujuh, this attraction draws visitors because of its picturesque waterfall and several natural pools. The waterfalls is just a short journey from Oriental Village. I went here late afternoon. I walked for about 30 minutes but you can also take a cab but only up to the car park. There’s a service road with flight of steps that lead to the Seven Wells Waterfalls.
There are two ways to see Seven Wells Waterfalls. Tourists can go all the way to top or take the left turn along the service road to reach the bottom of the falls. I thought of doing both but I ended up only visiting the latter. Well I have to say that after a lot of activities I did that day, I didn’t have the energy anymore to go to the top of the falls. I just spent the rest of my day people watching and taking some photos.
Sunset Dinner Cruise
Another thing to experience in Langkawi is the Sunset Dinner Cruise. If you want a romantic night out or simply just a nice getaway to relax and watch the sunset aboard the cruise, this is a perfect activity to do. End the long day with this three-hour sailing across the sea with dinner, music and drinks on-board.
I joined the Sunset Dinner Cruise offered by Tropical Charters Langkawi. The company offers the tour daily from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Meet up place is at the marina behind Resorts World.
One of the first to experience its new solar-powered yacht, I felt very fortunate. It’s an elegant 42-foot catamaran that can accommodate up to 12 guests. It is fitted with style and comfort that let us enjoy a leisurely cruise with free flow bar and dinner buffet. Dinner was served around 6:00pm – and the food was great. They had barbeque, seafood, vegetables and chicken to name a few. Guests can eat as much as they want. The serving was enough for everyone on board.
Also as part of the cruise experience, a net was let down by the cruise where guests was able to take a dip in the warm evening waters of the Andaman Sea. It was like a salt water Jacuzzi. I would want to try it but I was so lazy to change clothes and go down. I just enjoyed the cruise with sumptuous food, nice music and some drinks while watching the sun down.
Island Hopping in Langkawi
Island hopping is another popular activity to experience in Langkawi. Several tour companies in Langkawi offers this kind of activity. It usually lasts for 4 hours, and already includes lunch. Tour can start either 9:00am or 2:00pm. The typical Langkawi Island Hopping tour stops at 3 main islands. These are Dayang Bunting Island, Beras Basah Island and Singa Besar Island.
Kilim Geo Park and Mangrove Tour
For an unforgettable experience in Langkawi, explore the southern part of the island with Kilim Geo Park and Mangrove Tour. Discover secluded coves and beaches by boat with this eco-friendly tour. The shared tour usually starts in the morning and ends before sunset.
Kilim Geoforest Park is a nature park with stunning geosites, mangroves, lagoons, caves, islands and flora and fauna. During the tour, visitors will be taken through the incredible mangrove forests and observe the wonders of the park’s marine ecosystem. There are also some scenic sites to explore. The tour usually includes lunch. It ends in Tanjung Rhu Beach, where guests can enjoy the beach for about half an hour before going back to the city.
Pantai Cenang Beach
Pantai Cenang is the most popular beach in Langkawi. It has a 2 kilometers long stretch of white sand great for swimming and sunbathing. The beach also offers fantastic sunset views.
This beach town also has large number cafes and restaurants, souvenir shops, and duty-free malls and retail outlets. This is where also the budget hotels and high-end resorts are. A popular beach to both tourists and locals, Pantai Cenang is also a famous jump off point for watersport activities in Langkawi.
These are just some of the top things to do in Langkawi. The island still has a lot of interesting sites and beautiful attractions to enjoy. Clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches, tropical rainforests and amazing wildlife, Langkawi is indeed an exciting place to visit in Malaysia.
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