Langkawi Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to do in Langkawi, Malaysia

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Langkawi tourist attractions and best things to do in Langkawi, Malaysia

This is among the popular tourist beach destination in Malaysia which offers stunning landscapes, expansive parks, exciting nightlife, pristine golden beaches, iconic and historical structures and so much more. The archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea is known as the Jewel of Kedah and this is due to its rich tourism and numerous exciting places that you can visit. You will surely enjoy your stay here. There are many things to do in Langkawi from the family-friendly tourist spots to nature and beach lovers attractions, you will surely love this holiday haven in Malaysia.

Best Things to do in Langkawi Malaysia
Best Things to do in Langkawi Malaysia

Top 15 things to do in Langkawi

Explore Dataran Lang

Dataran Lang Eagle Square in Langkawi
Dataran Lang Eagle Square in Langkawi

This is also known as the eagle square and it is one of the top places that you should visit while you are in Langkawi. You will see a 12m tall sculpture of an eagle with its wings wide open displayed on top of the elevated platform in Kuah. There are many other attractions that you can see while you are here like the Kuah Jetty and Taman Lagenda and there are also many restaurants which are just five minutes’ walk from there. You can also come here in the evening to relax and watch the ferries ply across the harbor.

Go on Mangrove Safari

Mangrove Safari
Mangrove Safari

You will have some memorable experiences and sights on the safari to Kilim Nature Park. The park covers 100 sq km and it features a stunning mixture of green mangrove jungles, isolated white beaches, and blue lagoons. You will also see a unique marine ecosystem of the park which consists of flora and fauna while you are cruising down the serene and winding river. You can also visit another scenic view where you will get to see limestone rocks which bulge out of the floor of the mangrove seabed and swamp. You can also explore the bat cave and fish farming in the open sea, you will surely be spoilt with an option at this park.

Have a scary walk in the sky

Langkawi sky bridge
Langkawi sky bridge

Langkawi sky bridge is a 124m long curved pedestrian bridge which offers a thrilling and terrifying but also a mind-blowing aerial view of tourist attractions in Langkawi. This is one of the things that you should do while you are in Langkawi. The bridge is 700 m above the sea level and this allows you to see several islets of Langkawi as you relax and enjoy the cool breeze. You can only get to the bridge through the cable car and the bridge can accommodate up to 250 people at a time.

Go on a cable car ride over the Island

Langkawi Cable Car photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas via Wikipedia CC
Langkawi Cable Car By Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas or alternatively © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas, CC BY-SA 3.0

This is the top things to do in Langkawi as you will find a load of tourist queueing for a long time just try this out. The cable car will take you through an amazing 15 minutes’ ride to the top of Mt Mat Cincang. The highlight of the ride is the aerial views of the rainforests, waterfalls, islets and some other places you can visit in Langkawi. You can take pictures and have fun from the observatory deck.

Hike to the highest peak in Langkawi

Gunung Raya photo via Tripadvisor
Gunung Raya photo via Tripadvisor

Gunung Raya is the highest peak in Langkawi with an altitude of 881m. You will have a panoramic and mind-blowing view of the island from the mountain peak. The popular thing to do is to hike to the peak of the rainforests. The highlight of the trip is that you will see different animals like leaf monkeys, macaque monkeys, flying foxes, white-bellied eagles, great hornbills, mountain hawk eagles and numerous species of birds and animals in the hill forest.

Visit the famous 3D Gallery

Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum
Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum

At the Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum, you will see three-dimensional art and optical illusions which are creative and fascinating. There are over 100 interactive art pieces and the gallery claims to be the second largest 3D museum in the world. You will have fun while taking pictures of yourself in impossible situations and there are some impressive works of art here also.

Visit the Oriental Village

Oriental Village Langkawi photo via FB Page
Oriental Village Langkawi photo via FB Page

This is a themed outdoor shopping complex which offers souvenirs, galleries, clothes, food, and entertainment, your kids will surely have a fun time and won’t want to leave here. The highlight of the tour is that you can roll around in an inflatable ball on water and you can let the kids have massive fun while zip-lining across the pond. You can spend the entire day here having fun alone.

Go for a walk under the ocean

Underwater World Langkawi
Underwater World Langkawi

This is one of the things you should do in Langkawi, the underwater world gives you the opportunity to walk under the water. The underwater world is a 15m walkthrough underwater tunnel where you will enjoy the view of sharks, green turtles, and giant stingrays up close. This tourist attraction is a home to 500 species of sea creatures like the rockhopper penguins, harbor seals, mandarin ducks, seahorses, and flamingos. You should ensure you visit this magnificent tourist location before you leave or after you arrive as it is only 15 minutes’ drive from the Langkawi international airport.

Go Island Hopping

Island hopping in Langkawi
Island hopping in Langkawi

Island hopping excursion is one of the top things to do in Langkawi as there are underdeveloped neighboring islands where you can go for a full day or half day tour. This is hotspots for tourist who loves exploring caves and birdwatchers. The highlight of the trip is the unforgettable visit to the Bat Cave where you will find humongous fruit bats. You can also watch as some companies throw a chicken in the air to feed the Eagles to add a little excitement.

Explore the Taman Legenda

Taman Legenda Langkawi photo by Hzh via Wikipedia CC
Taman Legenda Langkawi photo by Hzh via Wikipedia CC

Taman Legenda is a beautiful folklore themed park and your trip to Langkawi is incomplete without a visit here. You can explore the beautifully landscaped open-air ‘garden museum’ on foot or in a buggy. You will see 17 colorful sculptures which depict the local legends. The highlight of Taman Legenda is you will hear the tales of the heroic giants, beautiful princesses, mythical birds, and even the evil ogres. You can also go for people watching as this is a popular joggers’ park for the locals.

Try out local delicacies in the night markets

Malaysian Street Food
Malaysian Street Food

The night markets are a hotspot for both the locals and the tourists. This is another way to try out the local delights without the need to go to a restaurant for dinner and the foods at night markets are also cheap. This is another nice place to go people watching. The night market is held in a different place each night and the markets in Kuah and Pantai Cenang are the most popular and largest as they are easy to locate. You should also try to come a little before the sunset so as to beat the crowds.

Visit the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Telaga Tujuh Waterfall by Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi via Flickr CC
Telaga Tujuh Waterfall by Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi via Flickr CC

This is a sight to behold and it is often called the home of the fairies. This is called the seven wells waterfalls as a result of the seven natural pools that are fed by seven separate waterfalls in Gunung Mat Cincang. You can take a dip in the cool waters and if you are an adventurer, you can take the steep climb to the top of the waterfalls through the seven pools and past the big and slippery rocks.

Rice Paddy
Rice Paddy

Learn about rice cultivation at Laman Padi Rice Garden

You can reach the Laman Padi Rice Garden by foot and it is north of Pantai Cenang. You will enjoy the spacious and serene landscape, and the small gallery is surrounded by pleasant rice terraces and there are places that you can sit to take in the stunning view. The highlight of the rice garden is that you can stroll around unguided or you can participate in a planting workshop.

Go snorkeling at Payar Island

Payar Island photo by Shmunmun via Wikipedia CC
Payar Island By Shmunmun assumed Wikipedia CC

The area close to Payar Island has been a marine park since 1985 and the corals are in fairly good condition. Old boats were sunk along with tires and other objects which helps to form an artificial reef that is thriving. The highlight of the Island is snorkeling day trips and you can sail to the island by catamaran. Another way to have fun with your family at this island is to see the underwater observation chamber and covered deck.

Beaches in Langkawi
Beaches in Langkawi

Go on a road trip around the island

If you are a sucker for a road trip, then here is another way to have fun at this island. There are big enough paved roads on this island and you can rent a scooter and drive around the island. There are well-maintained roads that have stunning scenery once you are away from the clog of Kuah and the Pantai Cenang.

Duty Free Shopping
Duty Free Shopping

Go for duty-free shopping

On Langkawi island, you will enjoy the duty-free status and this is also to shopping purchases. You can buy heavy kitchenware which are the most popular items for sale and if you are not interested in that, you will still leave with new suitcases as you can go on a shopping spree buying clothing, chocolate, cosmetics, and some other items. There are many stores where you can buy things ranging from convenience stores to shopping malls and the most popular spot is Zon.

Langkawi offers a good mix of indoor and outdoor activities and you will have a hard time coming up with itineraries as the island has plenty of attractions for you to visit.

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On the northwestern coast of Malaysia, you’ll find Langkawi, a serene archipelago of 99 islands. Boasting of white sandy shores, rich flora, and fauna, and bargain shopping, Langkawi is a certified paradise away from the city.

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