From the busy and lively Pantai Cenang on the western shore to the more secluded Tanjung Rhu on the northern shore, Langkawi has a lot of beautiful, white sandy beaches, where you can relax and sun bathe or take part in the many activities and water sports offered by the seaside.
Suspended above the spectacular Langkawi rainforest, the Langkawi Sky Bridge offers its visitors a breathtaking view over the Mat Chinchang mountain range and the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls. This curved pedestrian bridge is over 125 metres long and has two platforms to enjoy the panorama. The bridge is only accessible via the Langkawi Sky Cab and can accommodate up to 250 people at the same time.
The Langkawi Sky Cab is a great way to explore the nature and wildlife of the island. Located within the Oriental Village in northwestern Langkawi, this cable car will take you to the top of Gunung Mat Chinchang, where the Sky Bridge is found. It is composed of three stations, Base, Middle and Top station for a total length of 2.2 km. Alongside the standard gondolas, it is possible (at an extra charge) to get a luxurious VIP gondola or a glass-bottom one, with a spectacular view unfolding right beneath your feet.
Eagle Square (Dataran Lang) is located in Kuah, the major city of the archipelago. Its most important feature is the giant statue of an eagle (hence the name Eagle Square). It is said in local folklore that the name of the archipelago comes from the Malay words 'helang' (shortened to 'lang'), meaning 'eagle' and 'kawi', meaning reddish-brown.
This aquarium is located in Pantai Cenang, and is a great way to have fun and enjoy oneself when you are tired of the beach. The Underwater World Langkawi offers its visitors a wide variety of marine species, housed in several tanks with different ecosystems, ranging from tropical to temperate to sub-antarctic, with even tunnel-tanks for a unique view of sea life and its many wonders.
Located in Pulau Payar and the three surrounding islands, 30 km south of Pulau Langkawi, this marine park is a heaven for those who love snorkelling, because of its uncontaminated waters and abundant sea life. Of particular interest is the Coral Garden, a section of the park characterised by beautiful and colourful coral formations. The Park can only be visited as part of a tour, which can be booked in Langkawi. The boat trip takes around 45 minutes.
With an area of 5.5 acres, this park houses over 150 different species from all over the world, from macaws to crocodiles to peacocks and raccoons. The park can be explored through covered walkways, which makes it enjoyable even during heavy rainfall, and children can have fun and feed the animals during the feeding sessions.
A beautiful waterfall, the highest in Langkawi. Surrounded by the forest on the slopes of Gunung Mat Chinchang, it's a good spot for a picnic, but beware of monkeys, as they can get aggressive if you disturb them. It is recommended to visit during rainy season, as the waterfall is reduced to a trickle throughout the dry months.
The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is the biggest of the three geoforest parks in Langkawi. Its main features are the mangrove forests and the karstic caves spread throughout the coastline. Take a boat or a kayak and explore the Kilim River, find fossils in Fossil Island or take a look at the 500 million year old limestone cliffs that make this park so unique.
This quiet and elegant restaurant offers an original blend of local cuisine and western culinary tradition, under the guidance of Executive Chef Gaetan Biesuz. The delicious food is coupled with a perfect dining area facing the sunset, which adds a romantic touch to the already pleasant atmosphere.
Deep inside the jungle, housed in a traditional Malay stilt hut, this Malay and Indian restaurant offers its guests an unforgettable culinary experience, with generous portions of tasty food in a comfortable alfresco setting. The menu includes traditional Malay dishes like beef rendang (spiced curry beef cubes) and ikan bakar (grilled fish), as well as Indian recipes such as papadum (crispy, round-shaped flat bread).
Jala Restaurant specialises in seafood, be it local Malaysian or western-style. The fish is fresh, being delivered every day by local fishermen, and the setting is rather characteristic, with a sand-filled floor and wooden construction that directly faces Teluk Datai beach.
The Pavilion is an open-air Thai restaurant located in a stilt house that overlooks the rainforest. It serves traditional Thai dishes such as tom yam goong and pad thai in a nice and friendly environment. The restaurant also hosts cooking classes for those guests who want to learn how these delicious dishes are prepared.
Located at the Four Seasons resort in Tanjung Rhu, this Malay restaurant serves traditional dishes in a nice, Malaysian-style setting with an open-air dining room. The menu includes meat, fish and vegetarian dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients, such as braised beef tenderloin, grilled Andaman sea bass and wok-fried green beans.
The St. Regis Bar is a sophisticated club with a refined and characteristic decor, and an ample selection of wines and cocktails. The bar has beautiful carvings on the walls and fossil wood tables that, together with dance performances and live music, make this place unique and intriguing.
Marrakesh Musicteque Club & Lounge has the biggest dance floor in Langkawi, with a capacity of over 200 people. This nightclub hosts many events with a variety of music from house to hip hop to rock, and even live bands. The interior is nicely decorated in a lively Middle-Eastern style.
Night markets are held every day in different locations throughout Langkawi island. In the various stalls along the streets you will find cheap items such as bags, watches, t-shirts, DVDs, as well as local street food. Not only are night markets a great opportunity to explore the local culture, they are also a great way to taste the local cuisine without hurting your wallet. The most important night markets are found in Kuah every Wednesday and Friday, and in Padang Matsirat every Sunday.
The Oriental Village is an open-air shopping complex and themed tourist site located on the western side of Langkawi island. It hosts several attractions, including animal exhibits, museums, souvenir shops and a lake in the centre. Here you will also find ticket booths for the Sky Cab and Sky Bridge.
If you love fine art and beautiful handcrafted items, then this place is absolutely worth a visit. Atma Alam specialises in the production of batik, a traditional wax-resist textile dyeing, and sells beautifully decorated clothes, bags, scarfs and other handmade souvenirs such as oil paintings. They also offer classes where you can learn the art and paint your own batik.
CinnamOn's Gift is a nice little gift shop and bar in Pantai Cenang, where you can buy local handcrafted items, jewellery and souvenirs as well as wine and cocktails. With affordable prices and a wide range of items to choose from, including various types of necklaces, bracelets and colourful batik, this place has the right souvenir to bring home after your holiday in Langkawi.
Travellers need a passport or an internationally recognised travel document in order to enter Malaysia. The documents must be valid for more than six months from the date of departure. Furthermore, certain nationals require a visa, while others are granted one upon arrival (VOA - Visa on arrival). Visit the following website to check whether you require a visa or not: www.evisamalaysia.com/visa-requirements
Malaysia is hot and humid year-round, with average temperatures ranging from 24°C to 34°C. The Langkawi archipelago, and the west coast in general, experience monsoon weather from April to November, with the period from September to November being the rainiest. Most tourists prefer to visit the islands during the dry season, roughly between January and March, because of the sunny days and clear sky. For this reason, prices are generally higher in this period and the main beaches and attractions are packed with tourists. Mid season (April-August) is a good deal, as most resorts and shops offer discounts and the place is quieter, while the climate is still enjoyable. The period between September and November is generally avoided because it's rainy season, but do keep in mind that you can still get sunny hours and good weather, and that the temperatures don't go much lower than 27-28°C.
The Langkawi International Airport is the main hub in the archipelago, and the preferred way to get to Langkawi. From here it is possible to take a taxi or rent a car. You can find taxi counters near the exit where you can buy coupons (taxi fares are fixed depending on the destination), as well as local and international car rental companies such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
Since there is no public transportation in Langkawi, taxi is the best solution for moving around. Taxis don't have meters but rather have fixed fares that vary depending on the destination. You can buy coupons at the airport and take the taxi outside the terminal. Langkawi Airport Taxi Phone center : +60 4955 1800
Langkawi is well provided for in terms of medical facilities and pharmacies. The oldest pharmacy on the island is Joe's Pharmacy in Kuah, but you can find others in the main tourist areas as well. Joe's Pharmacy: 111, Main Road, Kuah, Langkawi Tel.: +60 04 9660180 [email protected]