Fun on two wheels, Langkawi Bicycle Tour

Langkawi Bicycle Tour with sunset
Langkawi Bicycle Tour with sunset

The main island of Langkawi is about 25 – 30 km across, making it a perfect size for a Langkawi bicycle tour adventure. Most of Langkawi’s attractions are near coasts or low-lying rice fields, accessible by comfortable bike rides. Two-thirds of the island is covered with forests and hills for a quick detour into the arms of nature. But if a gruelling trek is what turns your wheels, then conquering the highest mountain in Langkawi, Gunung Raya, is sure to make your cycling dream come true. Roads and cycling trails in Langkawi are well-maintained and frequently used, making it easy for riders of all skill levels to pedal away. 

Exploring the Island: Nature Tours

Langkawi is about being one with nature by exploring forests, coasts, and scenic hills. If you seek a glimpse of Langkawi’s true form, nature-oriented bicycle tours offer a unique perspective away from crowds. Pedal through paddy fields and rubber and coconut plantations while listening to unseen birds chirping. Or, admire the traditional wooden houses as you cycle through rural villages in Langkawi. Nature-oriented tours often take the coastal routes with panoramas of the ocean framed by palm trees. Frequent stops at local markets allow you to refresh on tropical fruits and interact with local vendors.

For a touch of adventure, look for tours that include cycling through a section of the Langkawi rainforest. The dense canopy provides a welcome respite from the sun of the coast and brings you closer to the wildlife of Langkawi. In the rainforest, you can also stop at a local waterfall, which is quite the scene after a rainy day.

We recommend the following tour company:

Dev’s Adventure Tours
Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Tel: +60 (0)19 4949193

Fax: +60 (0)4 9554892
e-mail: [email protected]

Sportsman riding a bicycle in Langkawi
Sportsman riding a bicycle in Langkawi

Conquering the Island: Challenge Tours

Experienced cyclists should look forward to the leg-burning climbs of the Langkawi mountain bicycle tour. Challenge tours are sure to push your limits and reward you with breathtaking landscapes served with the satisfaction of conquering the Island.

The crown of Langkawi, Mount Raya (Gunung Raya) stands at an impressive 887 m tall and has steep inclines. The gradient averages around 7-10% for stretches exceeding 5 km. Muscles will be working overtime as you make your way up the mountain. At the summit you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the Andaman sea dotted with small islands on the horizon.

Another popular challenge is to circle the main island of Langkawi on an 81 km ride. The Langkawi round island route sticks close to the coasts with a moderate elevation of 60 meters at the highest point.

There are few guided challenge tours available and renting bikes from local shops and planning your own day is the best option.

Experiencing the Island: A Culinary and Cultural Tour

Cycling tours are as much about the food as they are about exploring the island. Most of the guided tours include stops at local eateries for refuelling fresh Malaysian cuisine. Sample fresh seafood caught at fishing stations, savor a traditional nasi lemak (coconut rice), or enjoy tropical fruits like durian or mangosteen.

Plan your own route by renting a bike and exploring the island’s cultural heritage. Visit points of interest at your own pace and interact with locals showcasing their traditional crafts.

Planning Your Langkawi Cycling Tour

Langkawi offers cycling tour options to suit different preferences and fitness levels. Here are some of the key factors to consider when planning your adventure:

  • Fitness Level: Be honest about your cycling experience and don’t plan what you can’t pedal. Nature tours are perfect for beginners or families, while challenging treks are for experienced cyclists.
  • Tour Duration: Most tours are half-day excursions, but full day tours are also available. Choose a duration that fits your schedule and allows you to explore the island without getting overwhelmed.
  • Time of the Year: Langkawi’s weather is hot and humid year-round. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to get going on the bicycle. The rainy season (May to September) can be unpredictable, so be prepared for occasional showers.

Essential Gear:

  • Comfortable bike: Mountain and road bikes are available for rent through tour guides and bike shops.
  • Helmet: Helmets are mandatory for all cyclists in Langkawi and are provided with bike rental.
  • Sunscreen: The Malaysian sun is strong. Protect yourself from sunburn with a good coat.
  • Water bottle/sports drink: Stay hydrated throughout your ride.
  • Comfortable clothing: Choose breathable, moisture-wicking clothing to stay dry and cool.

Cycling is a sustainable way to explore Langkawi and reduces the environmental impact of tourism. Preplanned tours and renting a bike to explore at your own pace are both great options to choose from. The diverse terrain of Langkawi, with coastal roads, stretches of rice paddy, and green hills, make it a natural theme park for cyclists to enjoy their day at all thrill levels.

If you are an avid adventure seeker and would like to keep reading, try Langkawi Hiking Trails.