Known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi has been on many travelers’ bucket list for long. It is a cluster of 104 small islands but all of them are uninhabited except Pulau Langkawi. A beautiful island that lures with the with beautiful scenery and exciting activities. The list of best things to do in Langkawi includes a range of adventurous water sports and romantic sunset cruises, among other attractions that keep the spirit of this island alive.
If you’ve not made it to the island yet, you need to know what interesting things this little island has to offer other than its untouched Mangrove forests and natural beauty.
Adventurous water sports you must try in Langkawi
1. Sky Cab Ride at Sky Bridge
Sky Cab or Cable Car ride is one of the best things to do in Langkawi for a fulfilling vacation. The 1245 meter long, gigantic, and mesmeric sky bridge is at an altitude of 2300 feet. This is an enthralling ride of 15 minutes that takes up to Mount Mat Cincang offering fascinating views of the island, valleys, and sea.
Awarded as ‘World’s Most Spectacular Pedestrian Bridge’, this curved bridge can only be accessed via sky cab top station and can only accommodate 250 people at the max.
What’s special: Enchanting views of Telaga Tujuh Waterfall, Malaysian rainforest, and Gunung Mat Cincang.
- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Wednesday: 12:00 Noon to 7:00 pm
- Friday and Saturday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
Entry fee: INR 450/person for normal tickets and INR 1337/person for express tickets
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2. Jet skiing and island hopping
Touring around beautiful islands and lush green limestone outcrops on the sea on a jet ski is amongst the best things to do in Langkawi. Swimming, kayaking, and sunbathing on various scenic islands like Pulau Beras Basah, Pulau Dayang Bunting, and Pulau Singa Besar are exciting to the core.
What’s special: Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Geoparks on the islands, cruising in solar boat, and eagle-feeding
Opening hours: Starts at 9:00 am
Jet skiing charges: INR 5,250/person
3. Mangrove tour in Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
Spread across 100 square kms, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is a stunning natural habitat populated with plush mangrove trees, rare to endangered fauna, and exotic limestone formations. Many tour operators in Langkawi organize amazing mangrove tours in this biosphere reserve.
Ferry or motor boats from Kilim Jetty or the Tanjung Rhu bay take you to this forest through Kilim River offering astounding view of limestone caves, pillars, and wildlife like crocodiles, mud crabs, monitor lizards etc. Once the tour is over, do not miss to enjoy the lip smacking seafood lunch at one of the floating restaurants.
What’s special: Floating Fish Farm to feed stingray, Fossil Island to spot various unique fossils and Gua Langsir or Hidden cave
Opening hours: Starts at 9:15 am
Tour charges: Average cost is INR 1700/person
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4. Parasailing at Tanjung Rhu Beach
One can enjoy thrilling parasailing at Tanjung Rhu Beach, located at the northern part of island. This superb 10-minute adventure is loaded with unmatched fun and excitement that allures all thrill loving souls. Parasailing is amongst the most exciting and fun activities in Langkawi for watersports’ lovers.
Opening hours: 8:00 am
Entry fee: INR 3930/person for 10 minutes
5. Deep Sea Diving in Pulau Payar Marine Park
Deep sea diving at Palau Payar Marine Park is one of the best things to do in Langkawi for adventure junkies. Comprising of islands of Payar, Lembu, Kaca, and Segantang—this marine biodiversity reserve is a diving and snorkeling centre as well. One can reach the park by a speedboat or a catamaran from Kuah jetty in 30-45 minutes. Moreover, camping and day picnic are also allowed here and BBq pits, picnic tables, and gazebos are available on rent.
What’s special: Spectacular Coral Garden to spot beautiful corals and marine animals
Opening hours: Round the clock
Entry fee: INR 5800/person
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6. Take a tour to 3D Museum Art in Paradise
Langkawi’s Art in Paradise is the second largest 3D museum in the world located close to Burau Bay. It’s a three-story building divided into nine zones, including optical illusion, classic, aquatic, landscapes, safari, fantasy, castles, Egyptian, and Malaysian zones. The museum houses more than 200 incredible artworks, all of them are hand-painted by 23 most popular Korean artists with the help of local artists.
What’s special: 3D painting of Kuala Lumpur skyline with stunning images of Petronas Tower, KL Tower, and Abdul Samad Building
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry fee: INR 550/person for adults and INR 400/person for kids
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7. Explore the unique Rice Museum of Langkawi
Established in 1999, Rice Museum or Laman Padi is a sprawling complex comprising of lush green rice estates, rice villages, and herb gardens. It also has photos, tools, and other items related to the history of paddy cultivation. Explore this museum with a guide to understand the various processes of growing paddy and different varieties of rice. The most interesting part is the ‘garden of variety’ where you can experience rice cultivation all by yourself.
What’s special: Paddy Gallery overlooking multi-level paddy fields, floating rice garden, and Laman Ria (in-house restaurant serving authentic Malay cuisine)
Opening hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry: Free entry
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8. Hot water spring bath at Air Hangat Village
Famed for multi-tier hot water spring and well—Air Hangat Village is a cultural complex visited by tourists and locals for its water’s therapeutic properties. Natural salt water Jacuzzi and spa soothes your muscles and the mineral components of the water help in healing feet ache and skin allergies. A revitalizing salt water bath is one of the best things to do in Langkawi for families and couples alike.
What’s special: Relaxing foot bath in a private Jacuzzi room
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry fee: INR 75/person for public open air Jacuzzis
9. A romantic dinner on Sunset Dinner Cruise
Wondering what to do in Langkawi at night? Plan for an enchanting cruise in the crystal blue Andaman Sea and enjoy the most photogenic sunset over a glass o and dinner. This post afternoon tour starts from Porto Malai Jetty in a luxury yacht, sailing by the marine limestone cliffs and scenic islands. Chilling in a lounge chair on the deck of a yacht and enjoying the beautiful sunset is one of the best things to do in Langkawi, in an evening.
What’s special: For the ultimate feel good, pamper yourself in seawater Jacuzzi net on the side on the side of the boat
Opening hours: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Entry fee: The cruise is organised by many tour operators. Prices vary between INR 1700/person to INR 4200/person
10. Take a tour to the Night Markets of Langkawi at the end of the day
Night market is one of the iconic places in Langkawi. Locally known as Pasar Malam, these are street markets with small shops selling fresh produce, cooked seafood, clothes, and knick knacks such as watches, sunglasses, wallets, handbags, and paintings. Exploring these bustling local bazaars is one of the most fun things to do in Langkawi for family.
What’s special: Wide options of local delicacies like grilled seafood, green mango salad, nasi ayam (chicken rice), nasi lemak (fried noodles) and pisang goreng (fried bananas)
Opening hours: Starts from 5:00 pm till late night
We hope this list of top 10 things to do in Langkawi excites you to explore the compelling the island. Have we missed anything interesting? Let us know in the comment section below.
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