Langkawi is brimming with tempting attractions that draw in visitors from all around the globe. From natural attractions like postcard-perfect beaches and magical waterfalls to museums, shopping centres, and landmarks, there is plenty to see.
Langkawi’s natural assets provide some of the best attractions, and no visit is complete without a day at the beach. Enjoy the lively atmosphere and thrilling water sports of Pantai Cenang Beach, or choose a more peaceful spot like Pantai Tengah or Tanjung Rhu. Beyond the beaches, there are captivating caves and breathtaking waterfalls dotted around. Head to Telaga Tujuh, Temurun, or Durian Perangin waterfalls.
Lovers of nature and wildlife will not be disappointed. Several wildlife parks offer exciting opportunities to meet and learn about an array of birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish from Malaysia and all over the world. Visit the marine park to swim alongside Langkawi’s native marine life.
There’s no shortage of places to shop on Langkawi, with plenty of malls and markets selling all kinds of imported goods and locally made souvenirs. Due to Langkawi's duty-free status, it’s easy to discover a bargain. Alternatively, soak up some culture at one of many fascinating museums, or uncover Langkawi’s history and secrets at a range of unique attractions.
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The Langkawi cable car starts its journey at the base station located on the foothill of Mount Machincang. The aptly named SkyCab will slowly lift you 700 meters above sea level as you enjoy a panoramic view of the mountain with dense green forest and waterfalls on one side, and the blue waters of Andaman Sea on the other. A small flight of stairs from the top station brings you to the viewing platforms where a 360-degree view of the world awaits. From here you can see peaks of the mountain range straining to be higher and higher. On a clear day the Andaman Sea shimmers blue and reveals islands as far as the eye can see. Parts of Indonesia and Thailand can also be seen from the bridge.
The adventure of Mount Machincang doesn’t end here. The SkyBridge of Langkawi is accessible from the top station. Take the SkyGlide to reach the SkyBridge in comfort or stretch your legs and walk 15 minutes through the short but steep mountain pass. This curved engineering marvel gives an unobstructed view of the horizon as the wind rushes passed your hair. Hanging one hundred meters above a dense green valley alongside the Andaman Sea, the SkyBridge lets you see the world through a bird’s eye. Touted as the longest curved suspension bridge in the world, this attraction should not be missed.
Start your day early to avoid a long queue at the SkyCab base station or just shell out 50 RM more to join the express queue. Don’t forget to pack your wide angle lens to capture the view of a lifetime.
Langkawi, the jewel of Kedah, derives its name from the red backed Eagle which rules the skies above the island. Legend has it that the ‘Lang’ comes from the Malay word ‘helang’, which means Eagle, and the ‘Kawi’ comes from the word meaning marble. The convocation of Eagles flying high in the sky and a land full of marble do lend some credibility to this legend.
Dataran Lang conveniently called as the Eagle Square, celebrates these majestic birds of Langkawi. It is an iconic statue located on the southern part of Pulau Langkawi, on the Kuah Jetty. The Eagle Square has an impressive 12 metre tall statue of a red backed Eagle standing on a blue star shaped platform. It is surrounded by forest covered mountains on one side and the open Andaman Sea on the other. With its wings spread, the Eagle of Dataran Lang looks ready to soar into the sky.
This sculpture acts as a guide to mariners and leads them to the Kuah harbour. Situated near the ferry terminal, the Eagle square has artistic water features, a small pond to do paddle boating, verdant green park to enjoy a picnic, and a perfect background for memorable pictures. In the night, the Eagle of Langkawi is lit up with glitzy lights giving it a whole new dimension. Dataran Lang gets a bit overheated in the sun and it is best to visit here during sunrise or sunset. There are plenty of eateries and souvenir shops around. You can also go to the Cenang night market or Langkawi fair mall after spending some time in the glory of the Eagle square.
Wat Koh Wanaram is a Buddhist temple founded by Thai Holy monk Luang Por Khun in the year 2014. Known as the lucky temple of Langkawi, this Wat is revered for its serenity, peace and architecture. A popular folklore also states that rubbing the belly of the laughing Buddha at this Wat brings prosperity, good fortune and wealth.
Here, you will find influences and teachings from the three schools of Buddhism, Theravada, The School of the Elders followed in Thailand and south eastern Asian countries, Mahayana, The Great Vehicle, followed in China and north Asian countries and Vajrayana, The way of the Diamond, followed predominantly in Tibet and Nepal. A golden statue of Buddha sits inside the temple under the painting of a sacred Fig tree. And, the walls feature art works that depicts the life and teachings of Buddha.
In the courtyard, there are colourful pagodas, eight stupas referring to the events in Buddha’s life, prayer wheels, the lucky statue of the laughing Buddha and a soothing Zen garden with Koi fish pond. The highlight of this Wat is a huge carving of Kuan-shi Yin on a marble hill. Hailed as the Goddess of mercy and dressed in a flowing white gown, she stands atop a lotus pedestal. She also holds a jar containing pure water in her left hand, and in the right, a willow branch. Path leading to the hill behind the statue of Kuan-shi Yin has caves which are used by monks to meditate. As per a local legend, one of these caves is also the home of a giant snake.
Located in Bukit Putih, on Jalan Ayer Hangat route 112, the temple is about ten minutes’ drive from Kuah town.
The Oriental Village is an open-air themed village complex designed to give visitors an all-inclusive experience all inone place. The village is designed around a central lake and various attractions are located close by. The sheer assortment of activities at the oriental village demands a whole day of exploring to enjoy them.
It is situated on the foot hills of Mount Mat Cincang and is the gateway to the Langkawi Cable Car and Sky Bridge. As a result, the village is a part of most of the tour packages and is always crowded. While a number of guests choose to head straight to the Cable Car ticket booth, there is a lot to do in the village itself.
Bargain your way to a good shopping spree at one of the many permanent stores and street kiosk selling clothes and souvenirs. Elephant and tiger exhibits are for animal aficionado who can ride on elephant back and join the feeding session. The Animal Farm exhibits smaller animals that would be of more interest to young children. The Art in Paradise museum, well known for showcasing over one hundred pieces of three-dimensional artwork, is also situated within the Oriental Village. Segway tours are available to zip around the village and even to venture into the forests of Mount Mat Cincang. Or, you can hop onto a quad bike for a more comfortable ride through the woods.
Several restaurants and food kiosk are present within the village to quench any intensity of hunger pangs that may arise.
Located in the luxurious Pantai Kok area of Langkawi, Telaga Harbor Park has come a long way since its beginnings as a sleepy fishing village, flourishing into the modern, sophisticated harbour township that it is today. The harbour itself is simply stunning and offers a fully-serviced marina for yachts and sailboats. Featuring Harbour Master, and Customs and Immigration offices, it is one of just two marinas in Langkawi that sailing yachts can clear in and out of. Within the marina, you will see a combination of passing and Langkawi-based sailing boats and yachts of all sizes. Why not book a sailing trip to soak up the breathtaking beauty and tranquillity of the area?
Telaga Harbor is also home to Perdana Quay, a modern shopping complex filled with boutique stores, mouth-watering restaurants, and a dreamy spa. There is a boardwalk along the waterfront, where you will discover an array of tempting restaurants serving delicious cuisines from various parts of the globe, as well as bars where you can enjoy drinks with a delightful ocean view. Most restaurants in this area open around 11am, with many staying open until after midnight. This is a perfect place to catch a sensational sunset, with the sailboats berthed against a gorgeous backdrop of striking mountains and lush forests.
Telaga Harbor is proud to host the annual Langkawi International Water Festival, a fun event held in April, featuring a wide range of exciting beach and water-based activities, races, and games, such as kayak races, fishing, and treasure hunts.
Take a trip to the uninhabited Dayang Bunting Island, Langkawi's second-largest island. Discover bushwalking tracks, unique native wildlife, limestone caves, and a refreshing freshwater lake. Dayang Bunting can be accessed easily via a 15-minute boat ride from Kuah Jetty. Book an island hopping tour to incorporate this stunning island into a day of exploring, or choose a private tour to allow yourself more time at this magical destination.
The name Pulau Dayang Bunting translates to ‘Isle of the Pregnant Maiden’, named because from a distance the hills resemble the silhouette of a pregnant lady. However, this also relates to the belief that barren women will fall pregnant after swimming in the freshwater lake that the island is best known for. To access the lake and uncover whether the legend is true, take a 15-minute hike from the jetty up a concrete stairway through the lush forest. This is a delightful and picturesque place to swim or hire a kayak or paddleboat, surrounded by rolling hills, limestone formations, and mangrove trees, although it has an average depth of ten metres with no shallow areas. Life jackets are available to hire from a nearby shop.
A boardwalk by the lake will lead you through the mangrove forest, where you can discover an abundance of intriguing limestone caves, waiting to be explored. Keep your eyes peeled as the forest is home to over 90 species of native birds such as hornbills, kingfishers, kites, and woodpeckers, and other wildlife such as monitor lizards, and monkeys.
Dip your toes into soothing hot springs as you soak up wonderful views of the mountains that surround you. Located 14KM north of Kuah Town, Ayer Hangat is a modern cultural complex, and one of Langkawi's oldest attractions. The jewel of the attraction is the three-tiered hot springs. Natural salt water hot springs are extremely rare and are found in just three other countries around the world. The first tier is the furthest from the entrance and has the warmest water, stunning mountain views, and a gazebo roof cover. The water is rich in minerals, and it is said that it can heal a multitude of foot ailments such as skin diseases, aching joints, and gout.
Legend tells us that the hot springs were formed when two giants were fighting at a wedding, throwing pots, pans, and jugs at each other. A jug of boiling water fell into Air Hangat, creating the natural hot spring.
Originally the hot spring was the only attraction at Ayer Hangat, however, now the village features picturesque ponds and fountains, beautifully landscaped gardens, and soothing jacuzzis. Not to mention the mouth-watering restaurant serving delicious Malaysian, Thai, and Indonesian dishes, the stalls selling an array of excellent gifts and souvenirs, and an area for cultural shows, Malaysian dance, kickboxing, and more. Hire a private jacuzzi in an independent unit for yourself and up to seven others. Hot salt water from the springs is pumped into the jacuzzi, removing toxins from your body, and eliminating your fatigue.
Datai Bay is a long, scenic strip of land in the north-west corner of Langkawi’s main island. Tropical rainforest meets pristine white sand, facing out towards the glimmering Andaman Sea. For those who dream of luxurious accommodation, this is the place for you, boasting two of Langkawi’s most exclusive resorts. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to that level of elegance, Datai Bay can also be easily reached for a day trip from anywhere on the main island.
The beach here is picturesque and tranquil and is accessed by lush rainforest trails. It is reserved for patrons of the resorts, however, if you're not a guest you can book an exquisite meal or a relaxing massage in a beachside hut. The resorts also arrange exciting beach and water activities. The area is proud to be the home of one of the best golf courses in the country: Datai Bay Golf Course. Set against a mountainous backdrop with manicured lawns and a serene atmosphere, the course is adored by novices and pros alike.
The resorts arrange daily guided tours into the majestic mountains and spectacular rainforest that surround Datai Bay, and those who are not staying here can easily arrange their own hikes. Look out for a range of native wildlife including monkeys, peacocks, hornbills, and iguanas, and make your way to Temurun Waterfall, Langkawi’s largest waterfall.
Crocodile Adventureland and the Ibrahim Hussein Museum & Cultural Foundation art gallery are also close enough to visit on your trip to Datai Bay.
Located 25KM from Kuah Town at the western tip of Langkawi, Beras Basah Island provides a little slice of paradise for those who crave tranquillity and natural beauty. The stunning island is characterised by long stretches of pristine white sand lined with shady palms, meeting the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea, all set against a magnificent backdrop of spectacular mountains covered in lush rainforest.
Part of the irresistible charm of Beras Basah Island is that it remains relatively untouched and undeveloped; however, this means that you will not find any accommodation here. That said, it is very easy to reach for a day trip. Plenty of island hopping tours from the main island include around an hour at Beras Basah, and those who wish to stay for longer can opt to hire a speedboat and take it at their own pace. Due to the undeveloped nature of Beras Basah, facilities are limited, however, there are washrooms and several stalls selling a range of snacks and drinks.
One of the best things to do here is simply to embrace the serene atmosphere and relax. The idyllic sand is perfect for sunbathing, and the shallow, refreshing waters surrounding the island are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. For those who prefer to be more active, the rainforest and mountains offer tempting trekking opportunities, and the sea lends itself to a multitude of water activities. Although Beras Basah is uninhabited by people you may spot an array of wildlife, including monkeys and dolphins.
Located on the north eastern corner of Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu derives its name from the tall casuarina trees that line its shore. The word ‘Tanjung’ in Malay means a cape and ‘Rhu’ stands for Casuarina tree. This secluded beach has blue waters of the Andaman Sea, ivory white sand, and a mild, cool breeze. Tanjung Rhu has shallow waters for easy swimming, snorkelling or kayaking to explore the marine life of Langkawi. It is also a popular spot to watch the sunset, as dusk here is a display of vibrant shades of pink, orange, yellow and grey.
During low tide, it is even possible to walk across the sea, to the nearest island of Pulau Chabang. The beach is frequented by families, couples and those seeking solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the main island.
From the beach jetty, you can go on a boat tour to Kilim Geopark and Mangrove forests. Motor boats are also available for hire to visit the nearby islands with ancient limestone formations. Gua Cherita the caves of legend, can also be accessed from here. Although, Tanjung Rhu is a public beach, there are no toilets or changing rooms available, and only 450 meters of the beach is open to the public. The rest of the beach is shared by two luxury resorts the Tanjung Rhu resort and the Four Seasons. For a snack or a drink, it is best to bring your own or head to one of the restaurants inside the resorts.
Pasir Tengkorak beach, located on the northern coastline of Datai bay, is the most radiant beach in Langkawi. With its shallow water, soft sand, and dense green forests, this beach is a prominent picnic spot for locals and tourists alike.
Tengkorak beach is situated on the northern edge of of the Hutan Lipur Pasir Tengkorak forest, which starts only a few meters away from the beach. Under cool shade of the trees you will find picnic tables, toilets, shower rooms, beach front huts and rooms to make your prayers. The gentle waves on this beach allow easy swimming opportunities. A smaller extension of the Tengkorak beach can be accessed through a stony staircase. If you don’t particularly enjoy getting wet, then trek into the woodland nearby. The three-tier waterfall known as the Temurun waterfall is only a short drive away from here. The beach itself is easily accessible from the road Jalan Datai (Road #161).
Pasir Tengkorak is also known as the Sandy Skulls Beach. This eerie name has many legends associated with it, including stories of pirates and mariners whose bodies washed up on the shore after a storm in the Strait of Malacca. A more plausible theory states that the skulls found on the shores belonged to the prisoners who tried to escape from the island prison of Ko Tarutao in Thailand, which is on the north of Langkawi.
Troops of monkeys linger near the beach and it would be unwise to leave any bags of food unattended. If you decide to enter the water, watch out for the jelly fish bloom from January to June.
Pantai Tengah is where you can get all the kicks of Pantai Cenang, without having to mingle with the crowd of tourists. Located just beyond the southern tip of Pantai Cenang, Tengah beach is its continuation with a small rocky cliff standing between them. It is ideal for those who want to stay close to the action of the Cenang but want to avoid the associated hubbub.
The cyan coloured water and soft sand is equally inviting to spend your day on the beach. Thrill seekers can choose from water sport options such as banana boat rides, and para gliding. Boat tours to the Mangrove forest of the Kilim Karst Geopark starts from here. Tengah also provides island hopping tours and romantic sunset dinner cruises for loving explorers.
Several resorts line the beach side and provide entertainment and food to beach goers. Kids shouldn’t miss the Mini water theme park at the Aseanai beach resort. Health and wellness centres are also available with plenty to rejuvenate tired bodies and exhausted minds. Relish on Malaysian, Italian, Japanese or Indian cuisine at one of the many beach side restaurants or head to a local night club to finish the day.
Pantai Tengah has equal variety of accommodation options when compared with Pantai Cenang. Beach side resorts, rainforest retreats, and exclusive chalets are some examples of luxury accommodations in the vicinity. The food and handicraft markets can be accessed by a short drive from the beach. If you get bored of the solitude and wish to rub shoulders with strangers, Pantai Cenang is not too far away.
If you envision the island of Langkawi as a red-backed eagle, then Pantai Cenang beach would most certainly be its heart. Packed with water sport kiosks, ample number of lounge chairs and beach umbrellas, Pantai Cenang beach sets the bar high for tropical island holiday destinations. Also known as the Chenang beach, Pantai Cenang has a long white sandy shore, lined with tall coconut and palm trees. Tourists flock here to swim in the open sea and relax on lounge chair with a drink in their hand. Marine enthusiasts can go off shore for scuba diving and mingle with underwater sea life. Jet skiing or para sailing will give an adrenaline boost to those who crave an adventure. With some luck and a lot of caution it is also possible to walk to the nearby island of Pulao Rebak Kecil during low tide.
Plenty of luxurious and cosy restaurants are situated close by to satisfy the appetite built up from messing around on Cenang beach. A colourful sunset and live music at the beachside bars greets people as the night slowly approaches. The Cenang night market springs up as night falls and offers delicious local food at bargain prices. Shoppers should head to the nearby ZON and Cenang malls to load up on duty free products. Laman Padi Rice Museum and Underwater World Langkawi will provide several hours of entertainment to children and adults alike.
With so much to do, it is not surprising that numerous types of accommodation is available at Pantai Cenang. Five-star beach resorts, budget friendly bed and breakfasts, and backpacker hostels are all there for the choosing. With many options to stay, the heart of Langkawi has a place for everyone.
The descriptively named Black Sand Beach sports a patchwork of black and golden sand with pleasant scenery of the Andaman Sea and the green forest. It is home to a traditional fishing village and several small boats can be seen moored next to a wooden jetty in the early evening. An orange sun setting in the back drop of these boats provide a good moment to take candid pictures.
There are many theories about the origin of black sand on this beach. Intellectuals claim that the presence of unique minerals give rise to the black colour. On the other hand, the fantasy geeks argue that the black sand is a result of an intense war between a Roman prince and Garuda, the half man half eagle local being, who apparently kidnapped the prince’s fiancé. While the cause may be unknown, the phenomenon of black sand is there for all to theorise.
The black sand beach has toilet facilities and a play park for kids, but water here is not ideal for swimming when compared to other beaches in Langkawi. It is good for a stopover when cruising on the Jalan Teluk Yu (Road #113) towards more popular attractions. A picnic would be perfect, as several food and drink stalls here serve local dishes such as Langkawi special Mee Gulung and Asam Laksa. Souvenirs stalls will also attract your attention if you are fond of traditional handicrafts. Frequent visitors to this beach have noticed that the amount of black sand has reduced over the decade and its cause is equally unknown. Therefore, it would be wise to experience this rare anomaly before it is lost forever.
The Shark Bay beach, also known as Teluk Yu where ‘Teluk’ is a Malay word for Bay and ‘Yu’ for Shark, is located next to the Black Sand beach. Although it has golden white sand, it is considered to be an extension of the Black Sand beach. The Shark Bay beach lacks any real sharks too, and the presence of a few stone sharks gives rise to its name. Its shore is about 200 meters long and is surprisingly uncrowded. Shark bay is good for a picnic or a stroll to dip your feet in the calm water. Circular rock formations on the shore also provide interesting photo opportunities. A carpark situated on the western part, connects with a promenade that runs parallel to the beach. The promenade has plenty of seats under shade and palm trees to relax for a while. Food stalls and a seaside restaurant are available in the neighbourhood if you crave a dose of local cuisine and snacks.
A cement factory located in the proximity is a cause for the reducing popularity of Teluk Yu. Nevertheless, the beach is clean and has soft golden sand with water which is excellent for swimming. The Langkawi Craft complex is only couple of minutes away, and the beach is great for a stopover when going to Pantai Pasir Tengkorak on the west coast.
Embrace the beautiful and serene side of Langkawi at Pantai Kok Public Beach. Located on the west coastline of Langkawi’s main island, Pantai Kok Beach can be reached by driving along Jalan Pantai Kok road, and walking or driving through a park full of trees and bushes along naturally formed trails. After approximately 100 metres, you will emerge to a clean, beautiful curved stretch of pristine white sand and crystal clear blue water. Aside from two luxury resorts that are tucked away, there are no accommodations, shops, or restaurants to distract you from the spectacular natural beauty that surrounds you. This is a secluded, peaceful beach; however it is a popular place for local families to enjoy a picnic on weekends and public holidays, so it can get fairly busy. Despite this, it’s a perfect place to relax and unwind on the sand with a stunning view of the bay or enjoy a refreshing swim in the inviting Andaman Sea. The trees that line the sand offer shady refuge from the sun.
There are no facilities, shops, or restaurants, so bring with you everything that you will need including a picnic lunch, or take a short drive to the delicious restaurants at Perdana Quay when your stomachs begin to rumble. Although Pantai Kok Beach may lack the vibrant, lively atmosphere, and array of beach bars and water sports that some of Langkawi’s other beaches thrive upon, it is ideal for those who crave quiet tranquillity in a naturally picturesque location.
Located between Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, the Langkawi Underwater World is a popular attraction among young families and animal lovers. It is an excellent place to take a break from the beach or to escape a rainy or hot day. Underwater World Langkawi spans across almost six football fields, and is one of the biggest aquariums in Malaysia. Thriving under its roof is a diverse collection of aquatic animals and plants. Going way beyond just displaying these beautiful creatures, the Underwater World also educates its visitors on the value of vulnerable sea life that remains hidden from us. Several species of tropical birds and small wild animals are also a part of this park.
The largest species of freshwater fish, the Arapaima from Amazonian rainforest, greets the visitors as they enter the building. The aquarium is divided into the Freshwater zone, Sub-Antarctic zone, Tropical Rainforest zone and the Temperate zone. The Penguinarium, in the Sub-Antarctic section is the highlight of the Underwater World. It is the leading facility in Malaysia for breeding jumpy Rockhopper penguins in captivity. Marmosets, the smallest species of monkeys in the world, play hide and seek in the rainforest section. Another key attraction is a long see-through tunnel under a large tank of water with various species of sharks, spotted moray eel, flaunty sea horses, and the endangered sea turtles. You can even get up-close and handfeed turtles and koi fish in the pond area. Time your excursions inside the aquarium to coincide with shows and feeding sessions to get the most out of your trip. The facility also has a café to relax and a souvenir shop to buy precious keepsakes.
The name Kilim Karst Geoforest Park hides so much more than its name suggests. Thick mangroves teeming with wildlife and birds, vertical limestone hills, open sea boat rides, and enchanting caves are part of the boat trips that venture into this Geopark. With so much to see anything short of a day is not enough to explore all of its attractions.
More than 100 square kilometres of mangroves surrounding the Kilim river forms the core of Kilim Geopark. It is best to experience the park by hiring private boat or Jet Ski tours with a knowledgeable guide. Plenty of group tours are also available for budget travellers. The boat trip will take you on a journey to meet the monkeys and pythons living in the mangroves, the red backed sea eagles flying in the sky and the fruit bats hanging in caves. The 500 million years old limestone cliffs which surrounds the Kilim river, gives a glimpse of the time when life was just beginning to evolve on our planet. Caves within the Geopark have huge limestone pillars called stalagmites and stalactites which are an example of nature’s creativity.
Most tours also include a trip to the fishing farm where you can hand feed and see sting rays, horse shoe crabs, groupers and archerfish. The floating restaurant on the Kilim river serves as a good spot to hand feed fishyourself. It is easy to get sunburnt during the trip, so pack sufficient shade equipment and sunscreen. A spare bottle of water is also advised to stay hydrated.
The Seven Wells waterfall, also known as Telaga Tujuh, gets its name from seven cascades which feed seven fresh water pools. It is situated next to the oriental village near the base of Mount Machincang in Langkawi. As per a local legend, the seven wells of Telaga Tujuh are bathing pools of the fairies, and they give its water a mystical healing capacity.
The top of the waterfall is accessible by a steep climb of 600 steps which takes close to one hour with considerable effort. A dip in one of the pools at the top is the classic way to lose the heat and sweat generated from the climb. The flowing water has created an irresistible natural slide for entering the pool. If you don’t prefer to get wet, the view from the top of the falls is quite magnificent and worth the climb. For a less strenuous approach, visit the base of the falls for an equally beautiful scene and bathe in the lowest of the seven pools. There are hardly any facilities near the waterfall and it is best to bring ample drinking water and refreshments for the climb.
The wet season from September to December, when there is plenty of water, is the best time to visit Telaga Tujuh. However, during this season the rocky surface around the fall can be very slippery. Hence, one must be extremely careful when walking on slopes or near the edge of the cliff. Also, monkeys around this waterfall are especially opportunistic. Be wary of them as they might try to snatch your bags expecting to find some food.
The Langkawi Wildlife Park, previously known as Bird Paradise, is a zoo which houses many species of birds and animals. Established in the year 2002, at Jalan Ayer Hangat, it spreads over five acres of land. The park is roofed from entry to exit which makes it excellent for days with less than ideal weather.
The zoo hosts about 150 types of small animals and birds from Russia, Africa and Australia which are divided into several sections. The most interesting part of this park is a walk-in aviary with a manmade cascade, where about 1500 birds live and fly around. Some birds are very friendly and will happily perch on your hand if you have some birdfeed. Large flightless birds such as the Cassowary, Emu and Peacocks are also nearby. The Reptile and Mammal section will let you embrace giant pythons and see cute Saharan desert Fennec foxes. The Reptile Section also has prehistoric crocodiles, docile iguanas and turtles. The Birds of Prey section has brahminy kites and white bellied eagles. The eagle feeding show is a popular attraction and should not be missed. If you are feeling gutsy enough, then these raptorial birds can also perch on your hands. In the primate section, you can feed tiny vervets, long tailed macaques, and a number of other colourful birds by buying a variety food bag at the entrance.
The tour ends with a souvenir shop where chocolates, perfumes, colourful batik prints are available at duty free rates. The crystal gallery near Aviary section also sells glittering crystal jewelleries and souvenirs.
Crocodiles are reptilian relics of the past that survived the mass extinction event 65 million years ago, and have continued to belly crawl on our planet ever since. These mysterious creatures are distant cousins of dinosaurs and have roamed the planet long before humans existed. Today they can be seen from close at the Langkawi Crocodile Adventure Land.
Established in 1993, the Crocodile Adventure Land is considered to be the biggest crocodile farm in Malaysia. Locally known as Taman Buaya Langkawi, it is home to thousands of crocodiles from various species. Here, you can see the smallest of the dwarf crocodiles to the salt water giants weighing up to 1 tonne. Professional guides will educate you on their natural habitat and behaviours. The park organises multiple shows which will bring you within whisker’s distance to the crocodiles. You can either feed the hatchlings yourself or watch the keepers feed them from far. Adult crocodiles will reveal their surprising jumping abilities and follow the commands of their keepers who reward them with food for every trick done right. Refuel yourself by eating a delicious plate of spicy and fragrant Nasi Lemak, traditional Malaysian dish at the Croc cafe. You can also buy crocodile souvenirs and luxurious leather products which are sold under the brand name of Porosus at the store.
A member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species, the Crocodile Adventure Land is not a conservation facility. The primary reason for its existence is to sustainably farm crocodiles for their leather and meat. Therefore, this facility may not suit the taste of animal lovers and conservationists.
The beauty of Temurun waterfall peaks in the rainy season, when cascading water descends more than 30 meters into a wide pool at the base of this waterfall. Swimming in the cold water of the pool surrounded by primeval rocks will make you forget the convoluted life of the modern world. The presence of thick overgrown forest on the surrounding rocks makes it even more pristine. Temurun often competes neck and neck with Telaga Tujuh in the list of otherworldly waterfalls in Langkawi, and is thoroughly worth seeing on your trip to this tropical island.
The Temurun waterfall is situated on the northern face of Mount Machincang. Bottom tiers of this fall can be easily accessed with a short hike through the rainforest from the carpark which is just off the main road (161). If you are lucky, you will also be able to spot different species of tropical birds and butterflies on your way to the waterfall. The visit to Temurun fall is recommended to be combined with a trip to attractions near the Datai beach area owing to their proximity.
Be careful to stow away your bags before jumping in the pool to prevent prying hands of long tailed macaque monkeys looking for food. The pool at the base of the fall is deep and amateur swimmers should stay in shallow water near the edges. The waterfall reduces to a trickle during dry season or after a long dry spell, in which case it can be skipped for more attractive destinations.
Durian Perangin waterfall is situated on the north eastern part of Langkawi and doesn’t smell or taste like Durian at all. The name is a result of the tall durian trees that grow in the forests near the waterfall. Durian Perangin is a multi-tiered waterfall and each cascade makes a freshwater pool at its base. It is slanted towards the northern part of Gunung Raya, the highest mountain peak in Langkawi. The waterfall is surrounded by intriguing rock formations and dense forest. The water of Durian Perangin is cool and refreshing which makes it a popular spot among locals for picnics or a quiet day away.
The hike to the very top of the waterfall is a strenuous undertaking. However, with a little bit of determination it is surely doable. Once you are at the crest, a scenic view of the valley and the coast awaits you. Expert climbers can proceed to the peak of Gunung Raya, which is about 5 km away from here. The parkland is well maintained, and has plenty of places to relax. You will also find bridges running over streams of water and pools. The best time to visit the Durian Perangin waterfall is the rainy season between September to October. Although the pools may still hold enough water to swim, water supply during the dry season is not more than a trickle. Facilities at the base of the waterfall include a small carpark, toilet, various food stalls and souvenir shops. Well placed gazebos during the trek will invite you to rest and have a picnic with the green and sunlit nature alive with tropical birds and small animals.
The lake of the pregnant maiden is situated on the second largest island of the Langkawi archipelago called Dayang Bunting. Also known as Tasik Dayang Bunting, the lake derives its name from the legend of Mambang Sari, an ethereal princess who lost her infant child within a week after giving birth. Mourning the loss of her baby boy, she laid his celestial remains in the lake with a belief that the child would rest in peace. The grieving princess then blessed the waters of the lake with the power to increase fertility of all those who swim and drink water from it. This folklore brings many tourists who are eager to take a dip in the water with the hope of being blessed with a child.
Swimming in the lake is the most popular activity here. However, if procreation is not on your agenda then hire a paddle boat or kayak and venture deeper into the lake for better scenery, or just enjoy a lakeside picnic with panoramic views. This fresh water lake sits precariously close to the sea and is only separated by a small strip of land. It is surrounded by lush green cliffs as if they are protecting the lake making it appear even more mystical. A wooden path through the mangroves goes halfway around the lake to the point where the narrow piece of land separates it from the sea.
A visit to the lake of the pregnant maiden is part of most island-hopping tours making it easily accessible. Hence, the lake gets crowded during the high season from December to September and loses its serene appeal to some degree. Every now and then, monkeys that live in the nearby forests are also a nuisance, as they will grab any bags that are left unattended in search of food.
Pulau Payar Marine Park, located 35 km south west of Langkawi, consists of four islands called Pulau Payar, Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu, and Pulau Segantang. It is the only diving and snorkelling site on the western coast of Malaysia. The park is about an hour away from the Kuah Jetty, and can only be reached by a tour boat.
A hassle-free peek at the marine life is possible by visiting the undersea observation deck at the main platform area. The water here is shallow, and just beneath the surface you will see a colourful metropolis of corals and endangered fish. The coral in Pulau Payar Marine sanctuary are of both hard and soft variety and provide shelter to a large variety of fish. The waters of the marine park are rich with plankton that sustain fish of all sizes. Big eye jacks, puffers and black tipped reef sharks are easily spotted from the platform. To get intimate with the fish, snorkel a bit towards the sea and swim with butterfly fish, damselfish, groupers, parrotfish and angelfish. Shark feeding session in the afternoon is also a good opportunity to get close to shark pups. Head to Pulau Kaca to get away from the crowd and swim near artificial reefs made of sunken trawlers. A diversified array of fish including the mangrove snappers live here. Another popular site for shipwreck diving is Pulau Segantang, about 13 kilometres from Pulau Payar. Here, you can see moray eels, scorpion fish and lion fish.
The average visibility on a clear day is about 30-40 feet, but poor visibility can be an issue during monsoon season when the water gets murky. Coral bleaching has been an issue in the recent years due to the increase in tourism and the rising temperature of the sea water. Therefore, when you are here, please be respectful of the vulnerable marine life and avoid throwing trash or food into the water.
The limestone rich landscape of Langkawi is dotted with several caves (Gua) spread across the island. Some of them have legendary stories attached to it, others are hidden deep in the forests and a few are only accessible by boat. But all the caves of Langkawi have the potential to captivate visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty.
Bat cave or Gua Kelawar in the Kilim Geopark, is inarguably the most well-known cave in Langkawi. Inhabited by thousands of fruit bats, the cave offers a rare glimpse of resting place of the only flying mammals on our planet. The Kilim river also skirts along the Crocodile cave, which is no longer a habitat of crocodiles, but is still an extraordinary spectacle of nature’s creativity. During low tide, the tour boats can even pass through the cave and you can see limestone structures.
The Porcupine cave also known as Gua Landak is probably the most visited cave of Langkawi. It is located close to the Kuah town and is easily accessible by road. Besides the occasional porcupine, the cave is famous for intricate limestone stalactite and stalagmites.
The cave of legends, locally known as Gua Cerita, has elaborate legends associated with it, and even more elaborate formations of limestone structures. According to one of the folklores, Garuda used this two-tier cave to imprison the princess of China to prevent her marriage with the prince of Rome. The prince however found his fiancée and was able to marry her eventually. This cave sits next to the seashore and is accessible by a boat from Tanjung Rhu.
Several other equally mystical caves lurk in the hinterlands of Langkawi, which always await the arrival of the daring and curious adventurers.
If you want to experience the most breathtaking views that Langkawi has to offer, look no further than the incredible Mount Machinchang, home of the iconic cable car ride and infamous Sky Bridge. Standing tall at 850-metres, it is the second-highest peak in Langkawi, and it is also south-east Asia’s oldest rock formation, formed around 550 million years ago. The sights from the top are nothing short of spectacular, with panoramic views of the stunning island and turquoise sea, stretching as far as the mainland and all the way to southwest Thailand on a clear day.
The cable car ride to the top begins at the Oriental Village near Pantai Kok. Enjoy sensational views of the lush rainforest and magnificent Seven Wells Waterfalls as you ascend. The final stop is the Sky Bridge, and you will also see several stalls selling souvenirs, snacks, and drinks when you disembark. The steel bridge is suspended from a single pylon, however, it is perfectly safe and the views are unforgettable.
An alternative to the cable car is trekking right to the highest point of the mountain. This takes approximately three hours and is only suitable for fit and experienced trekkers. The mountain is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Geopark, and the steep yet scenic hike passes some beautiful rock formations, as well as an abundance of flora and fauna, and Seven Wells Waterfall which offers a perfect place to stop and cool down. A food stall at the top provides much-needed refreshment.
Standing at 881 metres high, Gunung Raya is Langkawi’s tallest mountain, located at the centre of the main island. Legend tells us that the mountain is the cursed form a giant named Mat Raya, who lived in Langkawi. Visit the lovely Gunung Raya Golf Course at the base, or make your way up to the top. The dense rainforest which covers the mountain is bursting with native flora and fauna, providing beautiful scenery whether you choose to drive or trek to the peak. The winding drive through the lush rainforest is via a good tarmac road and takes approximately 30 minutes. The gradient isn’t too steep. Stop off at the various lookouts along the way for delightful views. Trekkers can opt to take a guided tour or make their own way. Look out for an array of wildlife including leaf monkeys, macaque monkeys, flying foxes, squirrels, mountain eagles, and hornbills along the way.
The peak is a granite formation, home to a resort, a small park, a museum, and a watch tower. Enjoy panoramic views of the whole island and the turquoise Andaman Sea. The resort houses some tempting restaurants and a blissful spa and also owns the watch tower, however, it is open to the public. There is an admission fee for the tower; however, it's worth taking the elevator to the top for the breathtaking 360-degree views, stretching as far as Thailand on a clear day. Sip on complimentary Chinese tea as you soak up the sensational views.