Also known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is a popular getaway destination in Malaysia, perfect for a vacation with family or friends! Made up of 99 islands on the northwestern coast of Malaysia, this sunny tropical paradise is a charming spot for an exciting getaway. Whether you're looking for a relaxed holiday or an adventurous trip, you'll find something for you in Langkawi.
Jungle-clad hills, sandy beaches, duty-free chocolate, and swaying coconut trees are just some of the things to look forward to here. Keep reading for our complete guide to a perfect vacation in Langkawi!
Best Time To Visit Langkawi
Unlike most other islands in Malaysia where weather is greatly affected by the monsoon season, Langkawi has a stable climate throughout the year. Temperatures here are fairly consistent and it doesn't rain much (though it's good to note that the rainy season falls between March - November), making it perfect for a vacation all-year-round.
The best time to visit is during the dry season between December and February when it rarely rains, but do also note that these are the most popular months of the island, so it may get a bit more crowded as opposed to other months of the year!
Getting To Langkawi
You can get to Langkawi by air or by sea! Most people take a flight into Langkawi International Airport and then hop on a private transfer to their hotel. Alternatively, you can also drive up to Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis, or Penang and head over via a ferry. Ferries also run between two destinations in Thailand - Koh Lipe and Satun.
Things To Do In Langkawi
1. Spend Time By The Beach
Langkawi is home to amazing stretches of beautiful beaches! Slap on some sunscreen, put on your sunglasses, and spend a day basking in the sun. The most popular beaches in Langkawi are Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, though you can also head to the less-touristy stretches such as Tanjung Rhu Beach if you're looking for something more relaxing and laid-back.
2. Ride The Famous Langkawi SkyCab
Did you know that the Langkawi Cable Car is on the Malaysia Book of Records for being 'The Longest Free Span Mono-Cable'? Hop on the cable car and marvel at spectacular views of mountains, valleys, and the sea right beneath your feet. The cable car leads up to the magnificent Langkawi Sky Bridge located 2,300ft above sea level. This bridge is amongst the longest curved pedestrian bridges in the world and offers 360° panoramic views of the island.
#KlookTip: Get your discounted combo tickets on Klook, inclusive of tickets for the Langkawi SkyCab Cable Car, SkyDome, Skyrex, and admission to 3D Art Langkawi. You can also opt for an express lane ticket, or glass bottom gondola if you're feeling brave!
3. Catch A Sunset Onboard A Cruise
This is definitely an experience you have to add to your itinerary! Catch a breathtaking sunset over the tranquil Andaman Sea while enjoying dinner aboard a yacht. Be sure to pack your swimming attire for a dip in the jacuzzi net to cool it off after a satisfying feast.
#KlookTip: Book this popular experience on Klook at a discounted rate, inclusive of an English speaking guide, a set meal, and insurance. You can also opt for the package that comes with a hotel transfer.
4. Go Island Hopping
Island hopping is a must-do fun activity when in Langkawi! Hop on a speedboat and explore unique islands blessed with crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. Our favourite spots to explore include the Beras Basah Island (Wet Rice Island), Pulau Dayung Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), and Pulau Singa Besar, where you can witness magnificent eagles feeding right before your eyes.
#KlookTip: Book your tour on Klook inclusive of hotel transfers and a professional English-speaking guide. You can enjoy a wide variety of activities including paddle boarding, swimming, and eagle watching on this fun tour!
Book a private island adventure and spend an unforgettable day at Paradise 101, a picturesque private island where you can enjoy tons of water activities including kayaking, banana boat ride, ziplining, and more. You'll also get access to Paradise 101's inflatable Aqua Park and OMG Bar when you book your exclusive pass on Klook.
5. Visit The Langkawi Underwater World
The Langkawi Underwater World is one of the largest aquariums in Malaysia! It's home to 4,000 different aquatic species and is almost six acres big. Our favourite part of the space is the gigantic, 15 meter-long tunnel where you can get up-close and personal with sharks, giant stingrays, groupers, and turtles. You can also befriend adorable penguins at the Penguinarium here!
#KlookTip: Skip-the-queue with direct entry admission tickets from Klook! Tickets are discounted, open-dated, and you can enter directly with your mobile or printed voucher - easy-peasy.
6. Jungle Trekking
If you're a nature lover, embark on a jungle trekking adventure and explore the beautiful rain forest that's home to exotic tropical flora and fauna. These hiking tours are perfect for people of all ages, including children. You may come across gentle creatures such as flying lemurs, mouse deer, and civets on your adventure through a rain forest that dates back 500 million years!
7. Try Ziplining
Itching for an adrenaline rush? Fly over Langkawi's beautiful rainforest on a thrilling zipline adventure! You can choose to ride a zipline over a lush jungle canopy, or one that swings over a spectacular waterfall (we personally love the waterfall option!). To level-up your adventure, opt for the special 3-in-1 experience that comes with a waterfall adventure, Malay gastronomic experience, and a fun swim at the waterfalls.
8. Snorkelling And Diving
Don't leave Langkawi without spending time in the water! Langkawi's crystal clear waters are great to snorkel and dive in - you'll come across exotic coral reefs and marine life like moray eels, clown fish, and baby reef sharks on your adventure.
Here are some great snorkelling spots across the island:
- Pulau Payar Marine Park
- Tanjung Rhu Beach
- Langkawi Coral
- Datai Bay Beach
- Pulau Beras Basah
- Pulau Timun
9. ATV Adventure
If you're looking for an adventurous way to explore the island, hop on an ATV for an adrenaline-pumped journey that you will never forget. Explore the countryside of Langkawi including paddy fields, a traditional village, waterfalls, and a rubber plantation from aboard an ATV. The experience is a lot of fun, but be sure to bring along a cap to protect yourself from getting sunburnt, slap on enough sunscreen, and put on some good shoes to thoroughly enjoy the experience!
10. Splash Out Water Theme Park
This one's a great activity if you're travelling with children! Splash Out is Langkawi's famous water theme park with tons of fun rides and attractions for both the young and the young-at-heart. Ride 5-food waves at the Wild Water, plunge down twisting water slides, and catch a barrelful of water at the Big Splash Kingdom. You can easily spend a half a day here going through the thrilling rides.
11. Shop For Duty-Free Gifts
Langkawi has been Malaysia's popular duty-free island since 1987! Travellers often leave with bags full of duty-free chocolate, tobacco, cosmetics, and alcohol. The island is dotted with huge duty-free shopping centers, mostly located in Kuah Town or along Pantai Cenang. Be sure to allocate extra space in your luggage so you can bring home your souvenirs and gifts!
Where To Stay In Langkawi
As Langkawi is one of Malaysia's top travel destinations, there are tons of accommodation options dotted across the island, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly homestay or hostel, or a luxury hotel with a private beach. Most hotels are located close to Kuah city, though there are also some secluded options. If you're looking for an easily accessible accommodation located in a strategic location, consider getting a place either in Kuah city or by the popular Pantai Cenang.
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Getting Around Langkawi
As there is no public transport on Langkawi, you'll have to plan your transport around the island accordingly. Thankfully Langkawi is a compact island that's not too difficult to get around, we suggest renting a car, motorbike, a private charter, or embarking on day tours for convenience. Grab is also widely available on the island, so don't worry if you need a short ride! You can also rent a bicycle, or get around with a taxi (do note that the cabs in Langkawi use a fixed rate system and not a meter though - so even a short ride may cost up to RM15).
Best ways to get around Langkawi:
Don't forget to also book your airport transfer for a convenient pick up from Langkawi International Airport right upon touchdown.
Other Travel Tips
1. Pre-Book Your Tickets And Activities
Save some bucks by pre-booking discounted passes to attractions and activities in Langkawi such as Splash Out Water Theme Park, the Langkawi SkyCab, or an island hopping tour. Not only you can enjoy discounts, you'll also be able to earn Klook Credits for extra savings off your next adventure, and discover fun things to do on our site! Check out our full list of offerings here.
2. What To Eat In Langkawi
Seafood is the specialty of Langkawi, and you can enjoy a wide range of local delicacies including authentic Malay and Chinese cuisine on the island. You can find popular restaurants serving relatively cheap fresh seafood in tourist-friendly areas like Kuah, Pantai Cenang, and Pantai Tengah.
There are also a lot of cute beachfront cafes where you can enjoy drinks (or cocktails) and catch a beautiful sunset. Some of our recommended spots to chill at include the Yellow Beach Cafe, The Cliff Restaurant & Bar, and The Nest Rooftop.
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