What To Do In Langkawi

You just arrive in Langkawi and are scratching your head... wondering what to do in Langkawi? You would be really surprised at the amount of things that you can actually do on the island. Langkawi is a very beautiful island, and trust me, you'll find your holiday is too short to explore every single thing that Langkawi has to offer.

1) Adventures

If you likes adventures, be sure not to pass the chance to exploring some of Langkawi cool caves such as Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories) and Gua Kelawar (Cave of Bats). Gua Cerita is located by the beach and can be reached by a 30 minute boat ride. Outside the wall, there are paintings that is believed were painted by the ancestors of the aborigines of Australia. Also on the walls of the cave there are also ancient inscriptions that resemble the holy verses of the Koran, although they are not legible enough to read.

Another cave is Gua Kelawar (Cave of Bats). This cave is located deep in the mangrove swamp near the Kilim River. It can be reached by having a boat ride through the mangrove swamp. The boat journey will takes about an hour, going through spectacular landscapes of hills and limestone cliffs before reaching the mangrove swamp. These unique limestone rock formations have been variously nicknamed the Temple of Borobodur, the Elephant Stone and the Hanging Gardens. To reach the cave, some navigation through the muddy, shallow river is required.

Apart from the three caves mentioned above, there are more caves that can be explored they are Gua Buaya, Gua Landak, Gua Balai, Gua Tok Sabong, Gua Langsiar (Cave of the Banshee), Gua Pasir Dagang, Gua Dangli and much more.

2) Bird Watching

There are lots of places for you to do some bird watching in Langkawi. The best place to do this family fun activity is at the Langkawi Bird Park, where you can see various types of birds and of course find some nice bird collectibles for souveniers.

Other than Langkawi Bird Park, you can also do bird watching at other places such as Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Intan Besar. You can find hornbills at Pantai Teluk Burau, while the virgin forests in Pulau Dayang Bunting is abundance with insect and bird life. Another haven for bird watchers is the Pulau Intan Besar where you will found a large bird population.

3) Duty Free Shopping

Langkawi was given the "Duty Free" status by the government of Malaysia, so you could shop all over Langkawi at Duty Free prices. Some of the most look after items are perfume, cameras, chocolates, watches, shoes, handicrafts, clothing's, electronics items, local souvenirs such as "Gamat", traveling bags and so many more.

There are many places where you can do your shopping. Langkawi Airport and the Jetty Point Complex (located adjourning the ferry terminal) are two among the best places to do your shopping.

Another good place for shopping is the center of Kuah Town along the Jalan Pandak Mayah area. Here you will find many shops selling variety of products both imported and local. Also at the Kuah area about 5 minutes drive from Pandak Mayah along the Langkawi Mall area and Trimula area, you will find more shops there to do your shopping.

There are also few more places for shoppers namely the Langkawi Fair Complex ( 5 minutes drives from Kuah Town or Jetty Point Complex), Langkawi Craft Cultural Complex located at Telok Yu ( 10 minutes drive from Tanjung Rhu area) where you can find thousands of local handicrafts from all over Malaysia and not forgetting the Oriental Village located at the Burau Bay area.

4) Eating Out

Most of the locals of Langkawi usually eats at hawker stalls that can be found all over Langkawi. If you are at the Kuah town, there are lots of hawker stalls that can be found such as at the main Kuah Road, opposite Kondo Istana Kuah and much more. You don't have to worry about eating out because where ever you are, you will not have the problem to find these stalls. There are lots of them.

If you still favor for fast food, there are two Kentucky Fried Chicken one at the Jettypoint and the other one at the Langkawi Mall. You can also find the McDonald's restaurant and Kenny Rogers Roasters at the Langkawi Fair.

5) Fun Beach Activities

There are so many ways that you can enjoy the pretty beaches. Walk, jog and swim on them. Bask and snooze under the sun. Get the perfect tan.

Sit under a coconut tree and enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze. Collect sea treasures washed up to the shore. Build majestic sand castles.

6) Golfing

Fancy enjoying your holiday with some golfing activities? Langkawi have some international standard golf courses with breath taking natural surroundings.

The Datai Bay Golf Club
Location : Datai Bay - North west Langkawi.
Number of Holes : 19 holes
Status : Public Course

Gunung Raya Golf Club
Location : East Langkawi
Number of Holes : 18 holes
Status : Public Course

Langkawi Golf Club
Location : South Langkawi
Number of Holes : 18 holes
Status : Club membership but open to public

7) Island Hopping

Island hopping is an activity that you shouldn't miss while in Langkawi. There are 3-4 smaller islands around the Langkawi main land that does not have accommodation facilities.

The first island is Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Maiden). It is so named because it is seen to resemble a pregnant woman lying on her back. This island is located about 17km from Kuah. This is also where the Gua Langsiar (Cave of the Banshee) is located.

The second island is Pulau Singa Besar (Island of the Big Lion). Do not fear with its name because there are no lions here but houses a wildlife sanctuary and very unusual flora. This island lies between Pulau Beras Basah and Pulau Dayang Bunting. Its jagged mountain can be seen from Pantai Cenang. The rocks here are extremely old and they are over 500 million years.

The third island is Pulau Beras Basah (Island of the Wet Rice). On this island, you will found some of the best beaches with beautiful crystal-clear waters. Its an ideal picnic spot and a good place to swim. It is peace and it is a perfect place to clear of your mind from pressure.

Another island is Pulau Tuba. Here you can see old fashion fishing village. It is an interesting view to see the fishermen using traditional fishing methods.

8) Night Market - "Pasar Malam"

If you come to this island just for leisuring, there's lots of places for you to do so. The most attractive place that you can go is of course the night market or better known as "Pasar Malam". Night market is a place where hawkers sells lots of goodies especially things for everyday home use and a variety of delicious local foods. It usually opens from 5.30 pm until 10.00 pm. Each day, it will opens at different locations. The schedule are as the following.

Sunday - Padang Matsirat
Monday - Ulu Melaka
Tuesday - Kedawang
Wednesday - Kuah
Friday - Air Hangat
Saturday - Kuah

Exploring night markets in Langkawi is pure adventure, and of course you can take home whatever you hunt or bargain down. The variety of bargain items you can find at the night markets is endless, ranging from quality electronics to traditional arts and crafts.

9) Night Driving Range

Kuala Melaka River Park

Located on the banks of the Melaka River in Padang Matsirat - near the Airport and Langkawi Lagoon Resort. This place has scenic view with padi fields, Melaka River and Mount Matcincang as the background. Open between 8am to 10pm daily.

10) Other Water Activities

There are a lot waters activities that can you enjoy while in Langkawi such as water-skiing, jet-skiinga and wind-surfing. The most favourite place is Pantai Cenang as it provide all the water activities equipments needed.

11) Resort Hopping

Resort Hopping? Yeah, you're right. It's not included in any tour itinerary but hey... it's fun. Just hire a car or a motorcyle, grab a map and hop to all the beautiful resorts in Langkawi. You'll have a wonderful moment looking at the different type of the resorts building, their unique facilities and of course, their beautiful surroundings.

Don't forget to have a good look at the resorts' pools - as some of them are so lovely that you'll not be able to resist taking a snap or two.

12) Snorkeling

The best place that you can snorkel is at Pulau Payar Marine Park. Pulau Payar is a very beautiful island with lots of beautiful coral reefs. The reefs are home to countless of coral forms and marine organisms some of which are exclusive to this area. Pulau Payar is gazetted as a marine park by the Government of Malaysia and is considered as one of the most beautiful marine parks in the region.

13) Swimming

There are a lot of places that you can go for swimming. The most popular and recommended place that you should go is Tanjung Rhu Beach. It is the Langkawi's best 'coastline' and has long stretches of sandy, white beaches bordered by shady, casuarina trees.

Located along the western coastline of Langkawi and about 25km from Kuah town, there are Pantai Kok and Pantai Teluk Burau - the loveliest Langkawi beaches and a very good spot for swimming.

14) Sight Seeing

If you want to do some sight seeing, there are lots of places in Langkawi that are very popular. The first one of course Dataran Lang (Eagle Square). Here, lies a big structure of an eagle that trying to launch to the sky from rocks below it. It resembles the origin of the name Langkawi. After that you can go to Lagenda Park. It is located next to the Eagle Square and it has many interesting sights.

Galeria Perdana is also an interesting place to be visit. It is a gallery that shows the gifts and items belonging to the Prime Minister of Malaysia Y.A.B. Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. For those who doesn't afraid of heights, you can try taking a cable car ride across two mountains that is Gunung Raya and Gunung Matcincang. It is the Langkawi cable car and known as Langcarview.

There is also a Batik Gallery in Langkawi that called Atma Alam. Batik is a material that are used for clothing. Your trip in Langkawi will not be complete without going to the Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri's Mausoleum) because Mahsuri is the main legend of Langkawi. Here you can also visit the traditional Malay house and also enjoy the Malay music and foods.

15) Spas and Massage

Most of the major hotels and resort provides various packages of health treatments emphasises the use of natural products. Just relax and pamper yourself during your holiday here with choices of traditional treatments.


  • The Datai
  • The Andaman
  • Berjaya Beach And Spa Resort
  • Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort
  • Casa Del Mar
  • Kampung Tok Senik
  • The City Bayview
  • Sheraton Perdana Resort
  • Rebak Marina
  • Tanjung Rhu Resort

16) Yachting

For those who would like to spend their time on yachting, they will have the chance to do so at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. There you will be able to cruise around the island of Langkawi.

There is another place that is popular among tourist that is Rebak Marina. This marina is situated in Pulau Rebak. It is one of the international class marina.


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