Far away (by Langkawi standards) from the other popular tourist areas, at the north-west end of the main island, lies the secluded hideaway of Datai. Accommodation here is limited to just a couple of upscale, all-inclusive resorts situated along the waterfront. See how the other half holiday with private access to the beautiful beach, and luxurious amenities, such as jacuzzis, saunas, spas, and private swimming pools. Life in Datai largely revolves around the resorts. They organise exciting water and beach activities for guests, and most of the area’s bars and restaurants are located within the resorts. Aside from resort life, the scenery here is stunning, with gorgeous Tengkorak Beach, the magical 200-metre, three-tiered Temurun Waterfalls, and the lush rainforest that stretches along the mountain slopes all the way to the pristine coastline. Other worthwhile local attractions include the Crocodile Farm and the Ibrahim Hussein Museum & Cultural Foundation art gallery.
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.
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.