Langkawi leaves you spoilt for choice with the exciting array of activities on offer. Whether you're here for adventure or relaxation, there's something for everyone. Embrace the great outdoors with a plethora of different ways to explore, meet some native wildlife, or indulge in culture, shopping, and wellness.
Langkawi is home to pristine white sandy beaches, so be sure to sunbathe, swim, or take a walk along one of the popular or more secluded stretches. Make a splash with a number of thrilling water sports, from snorkelling and diving to jet skiing and parasailing. If you prefer more relaxing activities, go sailing around the islands or enjoy a luxury sunset cruise.
Hike to breathtaking mountain tops and enchanting waterfalls, or explore on horseback or by bicycle, segway or kayak. Appreciate Langkawi’s outstanding beauty from a different perspective with cable cars, zip lines, and the Sky Bridge.
Engage with crocodiles, birds, fish, and more at the Crocodile Farm, Underwater World, and the Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise. Learn about the history and culture of the area at various fascinating museums, or discover an even deeper level of relaxation at a spa. Don’t forget to save time for some duty-free shopping!
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The deep and tranquil waters around the island of Langkawi are home to umpteen species of fish, precious coral reefs and intriguing undersea rock formations. Diving in the warm Andaman Sea, is a pleasing way to explore the thriving aquatic ecosystem. With a tropical climate, this underwater activity can be carried out anytime during the year. However, the dry season from December to April, offers the best possible visibility. Langkawi is the only place on the west coast of Malaysia, where you can go scuba diving, and the archipelago has no shortage of dive sites to give you an incredible experience.
The Pulau Payar Marine Park is the most visited diving location in Langkawi. Made up of four smaller islands, it can be reached by tour boats from the Kuah jetty. Diving below the pier of the park centre is a good place for novice divers, as the water here is shallow and has coral with ample variety of sea life. Seasoned divers can go to Pulau Segantang, about twenty minutes on boat from Pulau Payar for deep sea wreck diving. Here, you can see diverse coral along with scorpion fish and schools of barracudas which are attracted by lustrous objects. If you go further into the open sea, you can bump into grey manta rays and enormous whale sharks. A trip to the marine park usually lasts a day, however if you have limited time in Langkawi, then White Coral Corner near Pantai Cenang is a good option too. Here, you can see soft coral and anemones with clown fish, pipefish, and bamboo sharks.
There are many operators in Langkawi offering various diving programs, scuba certifications and tours for all skill levels. When diving be mindful of preserving this fragile marine ecosystem and do not damage the reef or feed the fish by yourself.
No adventure is complete without a good splash of water, and the island of Langkawi ensures plenty of big splashes for the adventurous. Water sports is one of the main attractions of Langkawi and tourist flock to the beaches to strap on their life vests and jump in the sea for hair raising and stomach-churning rides. The tropical climate of Langkawi never gets too cold to stay away from getting wet. If rain dampens your outdoor enthusiasm, then avoid the rainy season from September to November.
Jet skis for hire are available on Pentai Cenang, Tanjung Rhu beach and the Burau bay beach. Hourly Jet Ski hires are good for heading into the sea for an adrenalin fueled adventure of your own choosing. Alternatively, use them as a means to go on a water safari tour, including Island hopping. For a more peaceful approach, rent kayaks and go for a four-hour mangrove tour, navigating through the Kilim river.
If you want pure old-fashioned fun, gather your friends and jump on a banana boat and go for a roller coaster ride on the waves of the open sea. Once you have accumulated enough courage, soar above the waters and choose the parasailing adventure to get high and just slightly dry. Another newly introduced water sport in Langkawi is Wake boarding. Moderate skill is required to stay on top of the board as a motor boat pulls you across the sea. Make sure to choose a licensed water sports operator to avoid nasty surprises.
The water of the Andaman Sea is sure to seduce everyone in trying at least one water sport during their stay in Langkawi.
Healing, peace and harmony are the virtues that define a vacation at Langkawi with the purpose of rejuvenating the mind and body. The island is dotted with wellness centres which are either independent or associated with a resort. All wellness centres provide multiple massage options to suit all body and skin types. The traditional Malay massage is good for treating deep tissue muscle injuries and chronic illnesses. Indian Ayurveda holistic treatment is useful for improving the sleep quality and reducing stress. Chinese foot reflexology aims at treating specific ailments by activating pressure points in the feet. Thai massages incorporate yoga stretches to achieve a rejuvenated and relaxed sensation throughout the body. Apart from rejuvenating the body, the wellness centres offer several treatments to achieve flawlessly beautiful skin. Body wraps, scrubs and facials are some the many treatment options. The spas of Langkawi pride in using organic herbs and oils, some of which are sourced from the island itself.
A typical spa treatment and massage will cost anywhere between RM 100 – 200. The complete package will cost significantly more especially at high end spas. For an upscale pampering, the Geo spa at the four Seasons resort is a good option. The award-winning Raja and Ratu (King and Queen) package will enhance the romantic connection with your partner. The V integrated wellness centre at the Andaman resort is another luxury spa with unmatched views. Rumah Holistic and Ishan Malaysian are independent boutique spas set in natural environment surrounded by hills and forests. Besides these gems, there are several other good spas in Langkawi and irrespective of where you are, there will be a spa nearby to unwind and relax.
Majestic mountains, luxuriant rainforests and boundless oceans, are the setting for some of the best golf clubs in Malaysia. The island of Langkawi features three of these premier golf courses that put this tiny tropical island on the golf map of the world. Designed by expert international architects and major championship winners, the scenic courses of the golf clubs in Langkawi are considered some of the most beautiful in all of Asia. Patrons can swing and putt here in all seasons, but December to April is the busiest when elites of the golfing world descend onto Langkawi. Turning up empty handed is enough to tee off at any of the golf clubs as they all offer rental equipment along with carts and plenty of refreshments.
Set within the dramatic hinterlands of Langkawi, the ELS golf club Teluk Datai is an 18 hole course snuggled between the jungles of Mat Chincang and the shorelines of the Andaman Sea. The ELS golf club is equipped with a grass covered driving range and a putting practice area. GPS installed buggies are also available for hire.
The Gunung Raya Golf Resort is a prominent golf club set next to mount Gunung Raya, the tallest mountain in Langkawi. It is an 18 hole, 72 par course, with all the modern facilities including an elegant club café with unspoiled views of the mountain.
Another alternative is the 99 East Golf club handily located near the Kuah town. This nine-hole course has a traditional Malaysian touch in the form of rice terraces which run along the borders. It will also add nine more holes to the course by the end of 2019 to become a full-scale golf course.
Pre-booking is recommended regardless of which golf club you plan to visit, especially in the peak season when the courses tend to be over crowded.
The waters around Langkawi offer impressive and clear sailing conditions to explore the ninety-nine islands of the archipelago and beyond. The Strait of Malacca does not experience any major cyclones during the wet or dry seasons producing sailing conditions all year round. However, the weather from December to April is ideal, when the island receives golden sunshine during the day, and the evening reveals a mosaic of colours in the sky. September to October is also good if you are an experienced sailor and are not concerned with the occasional thunderstorms.
Historically, Langkawi has been home to the fishermen and mariners. During the seven generation of Mahasuri’s curse, the island was favoured by sea pirates. It was also invaded by the Siamese in 1821, and was a British territory until 1957. All these local history and legends add further flavour to a sailing trip to this archipelago. To make your sailing trip a comfortable one, the island has a host of good marinas with modern facilities including accommodation, easy customs clearance, and yacht maintenance services. The Royal Langkawi Yacht Club in Kuah is the most popular marina on the island. It also organises the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, a big annual yachting event, which attracts sailors from all corners of the world.
Lively with popular restaurants and dockside pubs, the Telaga Harbour marina is preferred by those who like to berth near the busyness of a harbour town.
The marina on Pulau Rebak offer dry berths for halting yachts in a tranquil setting away from the bustle of the main island.
If you are an experienced sailor in need of a boat or a landlubber craving an unforgettable sailing experience, then head to the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club to hire a vessel.
Either with your own crew or with one available for hire, anyone can enjoy a holiday at sea in Langkawi.
One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Langkawi is to share the journey with a four-legged companion. Equestrian tours are one way to explore the hidden forests and valleys unspoiled by tourism. The thoroughbred horses of Langkawi radiate a sense of strength and elegance that will make any rider feel regal. You can ride on the sandy beaches, or through the villages, or venture deep into the wild forests of Mount Mat Cincang to appreciate the scenery from a vantage point.
Island Horses, the biggest equestrian centre in Langkawi offer services to riders of all experience levels. Beginners and children can take riding lessons or just relax on horseback as a guide leads the equine with a rope and takes you on a heartwarming excursion. Experienced riders have more options at their disposal. The Kampong tour explores the traditional Malaysian village and passes through paddy fields and rubber plantations. Jungle and beach rides offer a good balance of trotting through the rainforests of Mount Mat Cincang and cantering on the Pantai Kok beach, the tour also passes through the Seven Wells Waterfall. For a true wilderness experience, choose the half day jungle and mountain trail and venture into the depth of the rainforest to become one with the animals and plants of Langkawi.
Riding equipment such as saddles, helmets, and horse tacks are all supplied by the operator. Comfortable clothing and covered shoes are all you will need to join the horseback club.
The Langkawi Horse Show is another way of getting close to these noble animals as daring riders show off their skills with their spirited and thoroughbred companions. The show is held at Pardana stables every Saturday evening and tickets are available online.
The main island of Langkawi has an area of over 470 square km and two third of it is covered with rainforests. Mount Mat Cincang and Gunung Raya dominate the eastern and western half of the Island. The virgin rainforest and towering mountains make Langkawi an excellent trekking destination.
Gunung Raya is the taller of the two mountains with its peak situated 880 meters above sea level. However, trekking Gunung Raya is the easier of the two, due to the 4287 steps built for trekking. The steps start at a park near the Lubok Semilung Recreational Park. The starting point is marked by a large blue board with details of the trek. Fit and experienced trekkers can complete the hike in 2-3 hours. Monkeys and hornbill birds can be spotted by lucky travellers, but a variety of exotic insects will greet everyone. The trail is easy to follow due to the steps and makes it difficult to get lost.
Trekking to the top of Mount Matcincang is a different affair even though it is a tiny bit smaller than Gunung Raya. The Seven Hills Waterfall is the starting point for this trail that passes through well worn paths, rocky outcrops and bridges. The trail is not well marked, and it is possible to lose the way. Joining a trekking group is advisable to avoid getting lost and the moral support for the challenging trek. The summit has several ridges instead of a single peak that gives multiple views of mountains and the archipelago. Pack your bathing suit to cool off in the Seven Wells pool on the way down.
The weather in Langkawi is very humid and carrying extra water is important to stay hydrated during the climb. Insect repellents are essential to avoid the onslaught pesky insects looking for their next meal.
The shallow, sunlit waters surrounding the islands of Langkawi provide optimum conditions to explore the vibrant coral reefs and wide array of exotic marine life that lie below. There are plenty of shops where you can buy or rent snorkeling gear to discover this exciting underwater world. Book a snorkel tour to the coral reefs or simply swim from the beach.
Langkawi’s main island has several beaches, such as Datai Bay, which offer beach snorkeling opportunities. However, some of the smaller islands boast better visibility. Take a short boat ride from Tanjung Rhu Beach to nearby Pulau Chabang or Pulau Dangli, both small islands with excellent visibility and a wide variety of fish. Pulau Beras Basah is another island with fantastic snorkeling, which is included in island hopping tours. For more options head to Pulau Timun or Bumbon Besar.
Located 30KM south of the main island, Pulau Payar Marine Park is deemed the best place to snorkel in Langkawi, as it is home to a diverse range of colourful marine life. The marine park compromises four islands, from which beach snorkeling is possible, with some fish in the shallow waters. However, the further you venture from the shore, the more you will see. Look out for butterflyfish, rabbitfish, pink anemonefish, and black-tipped baby sharks, to name just a few of the species that live here. Tours can also take you to reef sites with larger species of fish including barracuda, groupers, snapper, moray eels, as well as plenty of beautiful corals.
Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or simply looking for a form of transport, the stunning scenery of Langkawi lends itself perfectly to exploring on two wheels. Bicycle hire is available for those who prefer to create their own itinerary and pedal through paradise at their own pace. Alternatively, several companies in Langkawi offer bicycle tours. These tours generally last for approximately half a day and are a fantastic way to explore the main island and meet like-minded travellers. An experienced local guide will also provide a fascinating insight into the regions that you venture through. Tours are generally focused on exploring leisurely rather than racing, so they are suitable for cyclists of various levels, although Langkawi’s terrain varies from flat to somewhat difficult, and you will cover plenty of ground in just a few hours.
Different tours will take you to different places, so choose carefully. Some focus on visiting the tourist hotspots, from the most popular and lively areas to the most celebrated tourist attractions. Meanwhile, others focus on the remarkable scenery, and smaller, more remote locations, which are less visited by tourists. Glide past lush rainforests, expansive paddy fields, and glittering rivers, and stop at small villages and local markets.
The scenic cycling routes of Langkawi make up a large portion of the route of Le Tour de Langkawi, Asia’s largest race, enjoyed by cyclists from all around the globe. Langkawi is also proud to host Ironman Malaysia, regarded as one of the most challenging Ironman circuits in the world.
Langkawi’s rich diversity of ecosystems and habitats gives rise to an equally diverse range of birds, making it an essential destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers. There are more than 230 bird species in Langkawi, with 70% being residents and 30% being migratory birds that come between October-April. Amongst these species are various species of hornbills, kingfishers, woodpeckers, and sunbirds, and many birds of prey including several different types of eagles. Some of the rarest birds found here include mountain hawk eagles, Jerdon's baza, and brown winged kingfishers.
So where can you find these birds? Different species are found in the rainforest, wetlands, mangroves, and other habitats. The dense rainforests on Langkawi’s main island as well as some of the smaller islands are home to plenty of birds, including eagles, woodpeckers, hornbills, sunbirds, and many more. Make your way to the summit of Gunung Raya, Langkawi’s highest peak, to see mountain birds such as Great Hornbills and Wreathed Hornbills. Visit the swamps and river of the Kilim area to spot various types of birds, including several types of eagles and kingfishers. Alternatively look for swallows, herons, and more, around wetlands and ponds, or spot kingfishers, sparrows, and herons around paddy fields.
It isn't necessary to book a Birdwatching tour to spot birds; however, tour guides know exactly where to go and what to look for to see rare birds. Various tours are available, including popular boat trips to the geopark water area to watch brown eagles swoop down from the sky to feed.
Take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Mat Chinchang for breathtaking views of Langkawi and visit the Oriental Village which is a shopping zone built around a beautiful lake against the scenic mountain backdrop.
Duty-free shopping to traditional handicrafts, Langkawi holds many places of interest for the adventurous. Theres simply so much to see and do in Langkawi that it certainly warrants a return trip! Below are some popular destinations for you to choose from. Visit Atma Alam to Learn About Traditional Batik Printing, Visit Cenang Beach and Its Gargantuan Aquarium Complex, Check Out the Great Eagle at Eagle Square, Embark on a Duty-Free Shopping Spree, Laman Padi Langkawi & Mahsuris Tomb
learn about traditional art and culture.
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• Enjoy Langkawi's scenery without having to worry about traffic or maps
• Travel to Langkawi knowing that a punctual and safe trip to your destination awaits you Enjoy a private/sic transfer from
• Langkawi International Airport to Langkawi Hotel.Begin your trip in a safe, convenient, and easy way in a private vehicle. Skip the long cab lines and head straight toward your destination in Langkawi.The transfer length is around 30-55 minutes and is available year-round, 24-hours a day.
• Enjoy Langkawi's scenery without having to worry about traffic or maps
• Travel to Langkawi knowing that a punctual and safe trip to your destination awaits you Enjoy a private transfer from Langkawi Hotels to Langkawi International Airport.
• Begin your trip in a safe, convenient, and easy way in a private vehicle. Skip the long cab lines and head straight toward your destination in Langkawi.The transfer length is around 30-55 minutes and is available year-round, 24-hours a day.