Langkawi is the largest of 99 islands (104 when the tide is low) and is nestled off the Northwest shores of Malaysia. The 297 square mile island offers charming villages, quiet inlets, and miles of white sand beaches to explore. If you’re looking to break away from busy city life, Langkawi is the place for you.
Once a haven for pirates, Langkawi is now known for its relaxed atmosphere where you can sip fruity drinks, snorkel or dive abundant reefs, explore sea caves or hike the massive rainforests. Here are SeriouslyTravel’s picks for things to do while on Langkawi.
Get lost in nature
For hiking and outdoor enthusiasts Langkawi offers amazing trails to explore.
Reaching more than 292 feet, Gunung Raya is Langkawi’s highest peak offering some of the most remarkable views of the island. It’s part of the Gunung Raya Forest Reserve, with an area of over 5000 hectares of unspoiled rainforest making it the largest nature reserve on Langkawi. From the top, guests can take in panoramic views of mainland Thailand and Malaysia.
Gunung Macincang is part of the UNESCO Global Geo Park and is the second highest peak on Langkawi. The rock formations are recognized as the oldest in Malaysia at an estimate age of 550 million years. The abundant wildlife and unspoiled views are worth the daylong hike.
One of Langkawi’s best-known attractions is the six-acre Underwater World. It’s Malaysia’s largest aquarium and boasts more than 4000 different species of marine and freshwater life. There are separate freshwater, saltwater, and tropical rainforest attractions, with each section offering guests plenty of opportunities to have their picture taken with the resident fishes. The aquarium is the go to attraction for families and is a great place to visit on an unplanned rainy day.
Soaking up the Sun
If you’re a sun worshiper Langkawi is the place for you. With it’s white, curving coastlines and sandy inlets; locals and tourists alike love the vast beaches.
Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah are the island’s most developed stretches and the place to be to enjoy trendy restaurants and bars. Pantai Kok, located 7.5 miles north of Cenang, boasts a beautiful bay surrounded by lush forested mountains with limestone caves. If you’re looking for a more upmarket affair the sandy strips of Tanjung Rhu and Datai Bay are more secluded and home to several 5-star accommodations.
Langkawi Cable Car
The Cable Car is the biggest tourist draw in Langkawi and a must see when visiting the island. At 2,592 feet above sea level the 20-minute journey to the second highest point in Langkawi provides spectacular views of jungle waterfalls and virgin rainforests. Along the way guests can disembark to observe 360 degree unobstructed views at three different stations. At the top a skywalk provides breathtaking landscapes. Word to the wise, if you’re afraid of heights this is NOT for you!
Where to sleep
Sunset Valley Holiday Houses is a unique, eco friendly resort centrally located 15 minutes from the airport. It’s bordered on three sides by lush, green rice paddies and mountains. The immaculate grounds are dotted with traditional Malaysian houses that have been meticulously restored to their original state. We spent four nights in the Garden House and were thrilled with our experience. The owners and staff were pleasant and extremely helpful with recommending restaurants, reputable tour guides, and transportation. They were happy to organize anything we needed without a service charge. The authentic décor adds to the overall feel and the modern facilities and generous size of each house guarantees a wonderful experience you won’t soon forget.
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