Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 island in the Andaman sea. It is roughly 30 km off the main cost of northwestern Malaysia. The main Island is a mixture of beautiful rice fields and jungle hills. Not only that but it’s a duty free island so stock up on chocolate whilst you can!
The island is perfect for any type of traveller but particularly those who would like to take some time off to relax, take in all the beautiful views and wildlife.
Days needed on the island: 4-7.
Cable Car & Sky Bridge
We had to put it in first as lets face it it’s the most popular activity to do in Langkawi. Ask any local for a recommendation of things to do and this will be it! All we’re going to say is it’s definitely worth all the hype so go check it out!
Top tip: Make sure you head there on a clear day as it was closed a few times because of the weather. Locals suggested heading there in the morning is best.
3D Museum In Oriental Village
This leads on from our previous recommendation as the ticket for the Cable car included entrance to the 3D art museum. Despite already visiting one of these in Thailand we still had just as much fun. If you’re travelling SE Asia you’re bound to come across one! It is as the name suggests a pretty big museum with lots of fun art that make great photo ops.
Seven Wells Waterfall and Natural Pools- FREE
This was actually the first thing we did in Langkawi and was the activity we loved the most. We’d recommend you go here at the start of your trip so you can go again if you want to. There are two parts to this visit, on day one we decided to head straight for the top of the waterfall to find the natural pools. For this you need to be physically fit as you’ll be climbing roughly 600 steps… trust me in the heat we felt like just heading back down a couple of times and we were both super sweaty by the time we reached the top but don’t worry we promise the view is worth it! Alongside the view don’t forget to have a go on the water slides the water has naturally carved into the rocks they are super fun!
The second stop is the bottom of the waterfall. We did this on a different day due to a thunderstorm. It could definitely all be done in one day if you’re short on time. The waterfall is much easier to access being only quarter of the way up the steps. This area was quite a bit busier probably due to that fact not everyone wants to walk up the steps. We still had just as fun in the few big pools. Plus it makes for some great Instagram photos!
Top Tip: Don’t forget your swimmers and a towel.
Unfortunately we only got to complete half a tour as after an hour into it we were hit with a storm. (Oh the joys of rainy season!) But what we did do of the tour we were really impressed! We can only imagine how amazing the rest would have been! The tour we took should have been 6 hours and included: Mangrove tour, Bat cave visit, Crocodile cave visit, Eagle feeding, Lunch of a floating restaurant, Fish farm, Fish feeding and a visit to the Andaman sea with stop off at private beach! It isn’t hard to find a tour as so many companies on the island offer it.
Cenang Beach- FREE
The most famous beach on the island and we can see why. Soft sand, gorgeous blue water and sunsets to die for. Not to mention the amount of activities you can do; everything from banana boating to parasailing. It’s a must see. (We even got to witness a proposal!)
Tanjung Rhu Beach- FREE
This is apparently the second best beach on the island, the views are pretty insane! But the day we went we practically had the place to ourselves- not that we are complaining! There are also some fab street food stalls to try out selling local foods and refreshing juices and shakes.
Top tip: The beach is very remote, if you visit make sure you have a taxi booked or drive yourself… We almost got very stuck!
If you love animals, Langkawi Wildlife Park is a place you MUST visit with over 150 species. Described as an interactive park, Langkawi Wildlife Park offers guests the opportunity to hand feed a wide variety of animals from guinea pigs to ostriches (mind your fingers.) An in-house guide service is also available for a very reasonable price of RM20 if you’d like a more in-depth visit. If you do plan on feeding the animals, animal feed is purchased from the ticketing counter for RM6 for 1 pack.
Eagle Square- FREE
Located in Kuah Town and next to the jetty, Eagle Square is one of the most iconic spots on the island. It features a 12 meter Eagle preparing to take flight and sits in a picturesque location with incredible views of the bay heading out to the sea with a mountainous background. Whilst there’s not a lot to do here once you’ve taken in the view, there are a handful of great restaurants nearby so it makes a great spot for lunch.
Durian Perangin Waterfall- FREE
Sited within Langkawi’s tallest mountain, Gunang Raya. Another pretty waterfall with an easier walk to the top. Not quite as spectacular as Seven Wells, but still worth a visit if you’re in the area. We didn’t have time to check it out but there are also Quad bike and horse riding tours at the bottom- if you get the chance to go let us know how it was!
Top tip: It is in a remote area, have a taxi booked or drive yourself.
Visit Outer space
Well not literally… but make a visit to JC space Capsule hotel! We initially only booked to stay here for 2 nights during our time in Langkawi but we loved it so much we had to stay one extra night! The capsules are surprisingly spacious (No pun intended!) and you don’t feel like you’re in such a small room. Bathrooms and pods were immaculate which is definitely a bonus and whilst we could have just got lucky we heard barely any noise from the other guests staying… always a bonus to have some peace especially if you have been staying in hostels for a little while!