The holidays we cherish the most are the ones filled with happy moments without the burden of financial concerns. From exploring underwater world of the Andaman sea to conquering the oldest mountains in Malaysia, the island of Langkawi has a host of interesting activities for a memorable holiday without breaking your wallet. Below is a list of free activities to make the best of your trip to Langkawi.
1. Visit the beaches:
This has to be the top pick of any activity list on Langkawi because the beaches here are simply breath-taking. Take a morning dip in the deep blue sea and then relax thorough the afternoon by sunbathing at one of its sandy shores. Langkawi beaches are some of the most gorgeous in the whole of Malaysia, and there are quite a few options to choose from.
2. Get to the waterfalls:
Langkawi is known for its earthly beauty and the waterfalls here are a true depiction of nature’s magic. The Telaga Tujuh waterfall, also known as the Seven Wells waterfall, is the most visited waterfall on the island. It has a number of cascades which are fed from waters from a single mountain. Locals believe that this place is home to the fairies and a hike to the top is the best way to enjoy the home of imaginary beings. The Temurun waterfall is at its best in the rainy season. Located on the norther side of Mt. Machincang, the Temurun fall is surrounded by forest filled with birds and butterflies.
3. Stroll around the night markets:
Night markets are a wonderful place to experience the real and traditional Langkawi. Here you will find colourful streets lined with food stalls selling local delicacies. Besides mouth-watering food you can also shop for cheap electronics, clothing, trinkets and souvenirs. These markets are held daily, at different places on the island. However, the ones in Kuah and Pantai Cenang are the most popular.
4. Climb or drive up to Gunung Raya:
Mt Gunung Raya is one of the two oldest mountains of Langkawi. A drive up to the top of this mountain will take you through windy forest roads and scenic views. You can also ride a bike or climb 4200 steps to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view.
5. Take a picture at the Eagle Square:
The Eagle Square, locally called Dataran Lang, is an iconic landmark of Langkawi situated at the Kuah Jetty. This giant statute of a red backed eagle is the first to greet the visitors entering Langkawi through waterways. The sculpture, facing the vast Andaman Sea with mountains towering behind it creates a photogenic background for its visitors.
6. Wat Koh Wanaram:
Known as the lucky temple of Langkawi, Wat Koh Wanaram is a Buddhist temple just ten minutes’ drive from the Kuah town. Greatly influenced by the teachings of the three schools of Buddhism, the temple has vibrant pagodas, stupas, and prayer wheels depicting various stages of Gautam Buddha’s life. The entire compound is an architectural delight and features a massive yet delicate statute of the goddess of mercy Kuan yin shi carved on a marble hill.
7. Visit Atma Alam Batik village:
This place is believed to be the birthplace of Langkawi’s batik culture and craft. The Atma Alam Batik Village has an art gallery showcasing handmade batik art creations by local artists, showrooms selling exquisite batik products, and workshops for visitors interested in learning the craft.
8. Taman Lagenda Park:
Also known as the park of legends, the Taman Lagenda park highlights the myths and legends of Langkawi. It is a relaxing green space with sculptures depicting the lores of ancient Langkawi, including the curse of Mahsuri, the battle between Mount Mat Cincang and Mount Gunung Raya and the legend of the pregnant maiden.
9. Al Hana Mosque:
Not far from the Eagle Square, you will find the famous Al-Hana Mosque radiating with a calming energy. Here you will find Muslim motifs from Uzbekistan incorporated into Malayan architecture. Prayers can be offered on any day of the week, but Friday is the busiest of them all. Entrance is free, however, do make sure to dress respectfully and leave your shoes outside the prayer hall when visiting.
10. Laman Padi Rice Museum:
The Laman Padi Rice Museum is an interactive paddy field cultivating various variety of rice. Here you can experience the art of growing rice in a traditional way. You can not only watch the farmers cultivate rice, but also participate in the process. Also, you can treat yourselves with local cuisines served in the middle of the lush greenery at the in-house café.