Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands and 2 more man made islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by the beautiful Andaman sea, as well as the uniqueness of Langkawi’s Geo Park status, the island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad limestone and sandstone hills…
The island is especially recognised for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities and interesting places and activities you really have to explore and try…
Here are my top 10 places to be at and to explore…
1. Megawatersports Jetski Fun Ride
This is personally my 3rd time on the tour but it is just as exhilarating and as exciting as ever…
Tour 2 is the Dayang Bunting Tour, also Megawatersports’ most popular tour… On this trip you will visit 8 exciting stops, for a good mix of activities with something for everyone….
One of the stops would be at the Island of the Dayang Bunting (Pregnant Maiden), the second largest island within the Langkawi archipelago and where you can find largest fresh water lake in Malaysia!!!
The Dayang Bunting Lake is a strange phenomenon as it is separated from the sea by just a very thin ridge of limestone… Legend claims that the lake bestows fertility upon barren women.
The outline of hills and rocky outcrops of the island resembles the shape of a pregnant maiden lying on her back….
You will be given about 45mins to 1 hour to explore the Dayang Bunting Island which includes jungle trekking, kayaking, paddle boats and swimming in the lake….
I just love this tour as your guide will bring you to some of the best and even seemingly mystical/magical places of the Langkawi islands where you can enjoy the breathtaking surroundings. It is safe and totally exciting racing the jet ski on the open seas as well under the watchful eyes of the guide/tour leader and it gives you an adrenaline rush maneuvering it on choppy waters…
At the end of the trip, I am just exhausted yet happy and thrilled… So despite the price being a little pricey for locals, I have to say it is well worth every cent and the experience is actually priceless!!
Website – www.megawatersports.com
Address – Pantai Cenang, Jalan Pantai Chenang, Mukim, 07000 Langkawi
2. Tropical Charters Sunset Cruise
Nothing’s more perfect than ending your day on a tropical island then by going ln a lovely cruise, sailing across the sea and watching smaller islands go by while enjoying the evening briney breeze…
Tropical Charters’ Langkawi Sunset Cruise package is available every day of the week and is just priced at RM150 per person!!!
Tropical Charters’ Langkawi Sunset Cruise package will bring you to the open seas where you can party with your besties or laze on the deck with your soft drinks or beer (for non muslims) while witnessing the evening skies change colours…
For those wanting to get wet or soak in the sea… a net will be let down by the cruise for you to take a dip in the warm evening waters of the Andaman Sea. The salt water jacuzzi can be pretty fun and make you imagine bein a mermaid or well.. Just anything you wanna be… As you immerse yourself in the water..
Once you are done with the salt water jacuzzi, indulge in the barbecue dinner spread prepared Tropical Charters amazing crew members… shrimps, chicken satays, beef, salads and many more; you will be spoilt for choice!
Then watch the magnificent show of colours nature has prepared for the evening before the yacht sails back to the jetty…
Address – 5, Sunmall Complex, Jalan Telok Baru, Pantai Tengah
3. Sky Cab Panorama Langkawi
The Langkawi Skycab is one of the steepest cable car ride on earth and takes visitors up 708m above sea level to Langkawi’s second highest peak of Mt. Machinchang, where you can enjoy some of the most breathtaking views… Even on your ride up the mountain, you can enjoy lovely scenic views of the hillside flora, glimpses of the 7 wells waterfall and some occasional glimpses of birds….
We took the regular cable car up but came down in a glass bottom gondola… If you are brave enough, give it a try… You will have a dazzling view of the forest and the mountain right underneath your feet since the cable car floor is transparent…
The SkyBridge is a curved pedestrian bridge built atop Mt. Machinchang at height about 700m above sea level… It is accessible from the Top Station via the Sky Glide or by some stairs…
The bridge is suspended from a 82m high single pylon and hangs at about 100m above the ground. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique view of the surrounding area…
At the moment, Panorama Langkawi /Langkawi Skycab is also offering a delicious cup of teh tarik at the SkyBistro for every puchase of tickets…
Website – http://www.panoramalangkawi.com/
Address – Jalan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, 07000 Langkawi
4. Kubang Badak Biogeotrail
I have to say I love history and glimpses of historical places, artifacts and nature… So this new biogeo trail piqued my interest…
As most of us know, Langkawi UNESCO is now a Global Geopark and it comprises of 99 islands of the archipelago, with three designated geoforest parks – Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park (4,274 ha), Kilim Karst Geoforest Park (4,354 ha), Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park (8,261 ha) and a recently designated biogeotrail – the Kubang Badak BioGeoTrail (50 ha)…
The Kampung Kubang Badak is a unique tidal river estuary ecosystem full of geological diversity, pristine mangroves and a distinctive cultural history with the early settlement of the Thai community…and we were lucky to have en Othman Ayeb as our tour guide pointing out interesting sights and spots from the Kubang Badak jetty, Kampung Siam, old Charcoal Kilns at Bukit Manora, Pinang Cave filled with thousands of bats and which is also the oldest cave in Malaysia, Tanjung Mendidih, Pulau Jemuruk and Pulau Dangli….
(will share more in another individual post later)
Website – http://www.instagram.com/kubangbadak
Address – Jeti Kubang Badak, 07000 Langkawi
5. Kompleks Kraf Langkawi
The Kompleks Kraf Langkawi, showcases and sells exquisite handicraft and artwork from Malaysian craftsmen and artists….
The Kompleks Kraf Langkawi is quite a distance from Cenang Beach since it is located near the northern shoreline of the island…
It is however a huge complex and displays and sells varieties of intricate art & craft items reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Malaysia….
Among some of the very popular traditional Malaysian items available here for sale are also Mengkuang and Pandan leaves that has been woven into traditional delicate designs; Forest based products like wood carved items including frames, pen stands, flowers, models of eagle and lot more; Ceramics like pottery items that come with unique Malaysian designs; Basket of rattans (created from stems of palms); Batik printed T-shirts and other dress materials. The silk batik clothes are fairly expensive; Songket pouches; beautiful accessories, batik painting experience and also henna /mehndi designs …
Website – https://www.kraftangan.gov.my/kompleks-kraf/kompleks-kraf-langkawi/
Address – Kompleks Kraf Langkawi, Jalan Teluk Yu, Mukim Bohor, 07000 Langkawi
6. Crocodile Adventureland
Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi is located on the road to Teluk Datai Bay, about 20 minutes’ drive from Langkawi International Airport.
Undoubtedly, this is one of my must visit places in Pulau Langkawi, as personally this is the most beautiful and cleanest crocodile farm in Malaysia… This place has the largest collection of crocodilians with more then 3000 crocodiles from the young to more mature specimens such as Tomistoma, Siamese, Guinea and Saltwater crocodile (Buaya Tembaga).
It is also a home to the most fearsome and one of the world’s biggest crocodile in captivity, the “Bujang Basar”, a whopping 1000 kilograms saltwater crocodile… As well as the superhero of the crocodile show, “Bujang Lang” (slightly smaller then Bujang Basar)
There is just sooo many activities here for all ages that are both fun and informative such as crocodile fishing, jumping crocodile show, crocodylus interpretation and education show with a monster crocodile, juvenile crocodile feeding and on-site photography session with their coolest juvenile crocodile, Lola..
Be sure to take the private tour and let one of Crocodile Adventureland professional tour guides bring you through the park to learn about crocodiles, their behavior and how they are taken care of….
Naturally, do not forget to visit the World’s Largest Sarcosuchus Dinosaur, the Jurassic Croc…
Website – http://www.crocodileadventureland.com/
Address – Mukim Air Hangat, Jalan Datai, Kampung Kubang Badak, 07000 Langkawi
7. Underwater World Langkawi
Underwater World Langkawi is divided into three main sections, which is the Tropical Rainforest & River Ecosystem, Temperate & Sub-Antarctic and Marine Section…..
Naturally, my favorite section to be chilling in would be the Temperate Section where I could spend hours watching the playful South American Fur Seal and African Penguins frolicking around, as well as at the Sub-Antarctic Section where the cute Rockhopper Penguins, cannot seem to stop swimming when in the water….
These penguins, also known as “rockies”, are the smallest of the crested penguins and they are just adorable..
Another of my favorite place to be is the Tunnel Tank where I am just amazed at the magnificent giants of the ocean…. The Giant Stingrays, Giant Trevally, Giant Groupers, Olive Ridley Turtle and other giant schooling fishes….
Website – https://www.underwaterworldlangkawi.com/
Address – Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi
8. Langkawi Wildlife Park
The Langkawi Wildlife Park hae to be my most favourite wildlife place in the entire Malaysia… I cannot help it… This wildlife park, located in Kilim area covering an area of 5.5 acres of land area is just a dream come true for animal lovers….
There are over 150 different species of animals and birds from different parts of the world including South East Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, Russia and of course from Malaysia.
The Langkawi Wildlife Park is a fully covered wildlife park and it allows close interaction with the birds and animals….
There are feeding sessions with various animals and birds. The visitors can actually hand feed most of the birds and animals here, under the watchful eyes of the park keepers. This activity makes the entire visit here exciting for kids and animal lovers.
You can buy assorted food bags at a small price (RM6 per bag) that contains food for animals and birds.
There are boards next to each exhibit clearly stating what food is allowed for a bird or an animal, but there are also watchful keepers around to correct you if you are wrong…
Website – https://langkawiwildlifepark.com/
Address – Lot 1485, Kampung Belanga Pecah, Jalan Ayer Hangat, 07000 Langkawi
9. Paradise 101
Paradise 101 is Langkawi’s number one eco-friendly private day-resort island, built on the man made island number 101(thus the name)…
Whether you want to spend the day relaxing, enjoying some fantastic water sports activities or even spend the evening celebrating someone’s birthday or someone’s anniversary or a proposal or such, Paradise 101 caters for all, there are plenty of private cabanas overlooking the Andaman Sea, complete with butler services. Each unit is fitted with different sized loungers/lounge bed, pillows etc.
Paradise 101 is located near Telaga Harbour at Pantai Kok in Langkawi, and the island is accessible via boat shuttle which just take minutes….
There is an inflatable waterpark, there are banana boats, jet skis, ziplines and also well instaworthy “birdnests” or photo friendly places to take as many photos as you like…
Enjoy the beach and swimming, there is a generous changing area for you once you are done equipped with towels and such….
Currently, Paradise 101 is having their Jom Lepak Chill at Paradise 101 from just as little as RM30 per person!!! And that my dear is an amazing bargain if you do not know….
Website – https://www.paradise101.com/
Address – Paradise 101 Langkawi, 07000 Langkawi
10. Laman Padi
Laman means field and Padi stands for rice in Malay. So Laman Padi essentially means rice field. This vast open complex comprises of number of rice fields, herb gardens and galleries or museums where the process and evolution of rice cultivation & harvesting in Langkawi is exhibited.
So if you like agro tourism, lush greenery and want to spend some time with the nature, this will be a great place to visit and spend couple of hours or even more… But what I enjoy here is actually dining at Kerisik Restaurant…
You can choose to relax and dine in the middle of paddy fields in little thatched huts or well, eat at the main restaurant (too normal) . We chose to eat at the hut as the ambience kind of reminded me of Bali (who needs Bali when we can have the same experience back home here..hehehe) The food is served jn a sharing platter and is pretty delicious…
I would really recommend at least one experience dining here when in Langkawi, since Kedah happens to also be the rice bowl of Malaysia…
Website – https://m.facebook.com/lamanpadilangkawiofficial/
Address – Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi