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Top things you can do in Langkawi

Jewel of Kedah is a treasure, discover its best…

Posted on 07 June 2018


 The ‘Jewel of Kedah’, Langkawi, is an archipelago (an extensive group of islands) of up to 99 islands located closely beside the state of Kedah.

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Langkawi is a popular tourist hotspot because of its amazingly stunning beaches and duty-free status. But many people who have yet to come to Langkawi beg the question: ‘What is there to do in Langkawi?’.

Well, here is our list of the top things you can do in Langkawi:

1. A day at the beach

It’s a simple idea but a day at the beach in Langkawi is a definite MUST! And who doesn’t love beautiful golden white sand and gorgeous sky-blue waters? With a day at the beach, you can appreciate Langkawi’s island paradise at its best. 

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We definitely recommend a visit to Tanjung Rhu, an island-wide favourite, and experience one of the finest beaches in all of the region. Boasting mind-blowing sand that is soft as silk and white as baby-powder, and crystal clear ocean-blue waters that gently waves and ripples; your day at Tanjung Rhu will certainly relax and soothe your very mind and soul.

Tanjung Rhu. Photo taken by: langkawitrips.

2. Langkawi Sky Bridge

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly like a bird and gaze upon the majestic beauty of some of mother nature’s best landscapes? Well - here’s your chance to experience just that! The Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125 metres long, curved pedestrian bridge that provides an exhilarating (and sometimes scary) view of the verdant Gunung Mat Cinang, Telaga Tujuh waterfalls and islets that surround Langkawi.

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Suspended in the air 700 metres above sea level, the view of nature’s grand and diverse natural composition on this Sky Bridge is truly something spectacular. The awesome feeling of cooling ocean breezes is also an experience that is spectacular, refreshing and uplifting.

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Remember to snap plenty of photos here and treasure these memories because we promise that the visuals here are simply that amazing (keep a good grip of your phone though - you do not want to go looking for it if you drop it by accident!).


3. Dataran Square (Eagle Square)

Located at the southeast corner of Langkawi Island, beautiful views of Kuah Bay can be enjoyed. The stunning views of the bay, miniature fountains, terraces and bridges makes this an ideal spot for people looking to capture calendar-worthy photos of your amazing time here at Langkawi.

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Set along the coastline, Dataran Square, also known as ‘Eagle Square’, is a striking 12 metre-tall sculpture of an eagle positioned to take flight and displayed atop an elevated platform. Asides from the iconic eagle sculpture, the coastline is perfect for watching ferries ply across the harbour in the evening and to experience that amazing ocean breezes while you’re at it.

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Top tip: be sure to plan your visit here during the morning or the evening to enjoy the atmosphere to its fullest, this is because the sun will be least intense during these hours.

4. Langkawi Cable Cars

Langkawi Cable Cars are extremely popular. And for good reason!

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Have your jacket prepared because it can get quite cold at the top! Relish in the cooling breezes while you are up in the 708m peak of the observatory deck. There are plenty of stalls that allow you to grab a bite and browse through clothing and souvenirs. So enjoy the journey up and breathe in the mountain-top fresh and chill air of Langkawi from the peak.

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5. Underwater World Langkawi 

Just along the vibrant Pantai Cenang beach town, Underwater World Langkawi sits, and it is a must-go! Located nearby Zon duty-free shopping centre, you can do your shopping after visiting this amazing exhibit.

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With over 500 species of sea creatures including the likes of the harbour seal, rockhopper penguins, seahorses, mandarin ducks, flamingos, the experience here at Underwter World Langkawi is easily some of the best of its kind in the entire country.

It is the largest aquarium in Malaysia and features a massive walkthrough underwater tunnel, that houses an extensive range of shark, giant stingrays and turtles. You will also be able to see some Amazonian arapaima, the world’s largest freshwater fish in the world!

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There is also a 3D theatre, an Educational Research Centre and a cafeteria. Be sure to watch a short fascinating movie about Michael, a prehistoric fish and his life before becoming a fossil.

6. Gunung Raya 

For nature-lovers everywhere, Gunung Raya features the highest peak in all of Langkawi and contains dense forest reserves with wildlife ranging from great hornbills to leaf monkeys and hawk eagles! Interestingly, locals believe that there had been a curse casted by a giant named Mat Raya that once lived on this island.

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Those that are looking for a quiet retreat, this is it. You can enjoy the excellent dense jungle while you observe from an eight storey viewing tower at the local resort based here. 

Additionally, for those that love jungle trekking, Gunung Raya offers some of the best experiences you can have in the country. For those inexperienced with this trekk or with jungle trekking in general, it is highly advisable to hire a guide or join a nature tour that will bring you around and help you enjoy your journey into the Gunung Raya at its fullest!

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(Please do not underestimate jungle trekking. Click here to read about the Essential tips for Rainforest Adventures)

7. Langkawi Wildlife and Bird Paradise

Perfect for families and animal lovers alike. Langkawi Wildlife and Bird Paradise is home to 2500 exotic birds from 150 different species. The park is fitted a walk-in aviary equipped with a 15 metre-tall manmade waterfall where 1500 birds freely roam about and interact with visitors.

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Keep an eye out for the epic feeding sessions for crocodiles, pelicans and hornbills between 11am and 4pm. Entry fee here is affordable and worth every penny at RM 39 for adults and RM22 for children (for MyKad holders, tickets cost only RM24 and RM16, respectively).

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8. Pulau Payar Marine Park

For snorkeling and diving, Pulau Payar Marine Park is unrivalled in Langkawi. With extraordinarily beautiful marine-life and tourist friendly facilities this is at the top of the list for islands that must be visited at Langkawi! 

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To get to Pulau Payar you could take a speedboat or a ferry that takes about 45 minutes to reach. Pulau Payar features a Coral Garden that is secluded and requires a permit from authorities to explore. The gorgeous and colourful coral is one of its kind. It is no wonder strict regulations have been enforced to preserve these stunning corals.

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Like royalty

Langkawi is a special, magical place to enjoy a one-of-a-kind island getaway. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can relax in luxury and unwind here, at the 'Jewel of Kedah', like royalty.

Speaking of luxuries, click here to find out the Best Places to Eat in Langkawi.

Visit Langkawi

So, what’s stopping you? Click here to visit Langkawi and to experience this island paradise and all its natural wonders.

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