Whether you’re an underwater enthusiast, a budding adventurer or a nature lover, Langkawi, Malaysia, has something to offer for everyone! This holiday destination is the tropical paradise thanks to its crystal blue waters, white sand and lucious terrain.
With so many interesting and exciting things to do in Langkawi, you can enjoy the relaxation and discovery of culture differences at ease, without having to break the bank. Here is a list of the top 10 free things to do in Langkawi to keep you on your toes!
1. Visit the Night Market
Langkawi night markets are a great way to experience some fresh authentic local cuisine. Recommended by both locals and tourists, the lively buzz of stalls, market holders and sizzling produce is not one to be missed! Held in a different place each night, the ones to look out for are the markets in Kuah and Pantai Cenang as these are the largest and most popular for tourists. In order to beat the crowd, we recommend arriving just before sunset and try bringing your own cup or bowl if you wish to tantalise your taste buds with the street food on offer! If you haven’t got one, The Kasbah traveler’s cafe located not far from the Pantai Cenang night market offers reusable containers for you to help yourself to.
2. Take A Stroll Across Pantai Cenang
As one of the most popular beaches in Langkawi, Pantai is a go to tourist destination for any visitor of the island. Surrounded by an abundance of local restaurants, bars and eateries, this stunning beach spot is perfect for families wishing to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the island soaking up the sun. For those seeking a more adventurous afternoon, the beach is also popular for its watersports including jet skiing, banana boating, kayaking, canoeing and parasailing.
3. Explore Lagenda Park
Otherwise known as the park of legends, Lagenda Park is a beautiful stretch of terrain that is dedicated to the myths and pre-historic era of the island. This area of Langkawi’s is perfect for those looking for a recreational and relaxing space to spend their afternoons. Throughout the park you will find 17 beautiful sculptures as well as a map of Langkawi and it’s 99 surrounding islands on a rock towards the entrance to the park.
4. Escape To Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
One of the most beautiful and majestic spots in Langkawi is the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls. This stunning natural formation located in the northwest corner of the Island and is made up of a series of natural pools. Fed from seven different waterfalls these formations are sourced from one singular mountain, Mount Mag Cincang. Locals have dubbed have the site as the land of the fairies thanks to its mystical and enhancing landscape. Whilst here, you can enjoy the sights from the two viewing points or taking a dip in the waters.
5. Grab A Photo At Eagle Square
Otherwise known as Dataran Square, this beautiful spot is an unmissable attraction of the Langkawi island and one of the most easily recognisable landmarks. Thanks to its impressive architecture and landscape, the square is designed in the shape of an eagle in the formation of a 12-metre-tall statue. Surrounded by terraces, bridges, scenic miniature fountains, this is one photo opportunity that you will not want to miss. Families and visitors can come and enjoy a relaxing morning or evening stroll around the square or watch the ferries come and leave from the harbour.
6. Go Snorkelling at Payar Island
If you want to explore the mystical wonders of the underwater world, we recommended taking a dip in the waters surrounding Payar Island. Here, you will be able to dive into the deepest depths of the islands corals, complete with shipwrecks and colourful creatures whilst enjoying the tropical waters of the Andaman Sea. If snorkelling isn’t your thing then you can still check the marine life out from the observation chamber.
7. Catch Some Malaysian Rays
If you’re looking for the quintessential holiday relaxation spot then you cannot beat an afternoon sunbathing on one of Langkawi’s beautiful beaches. The island is famous for having some of the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia and with so many to choose from, you are spoilt for choice! A popular spot for tourists is Pantai Cenang, however, if you are looking for a more secluded spot then we recommend Pantai Tengah Beach.
8. Watch The Sunset/Sunrise
It’s no secret that Langkawi has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and with that comes some astonishing sunsets and sunrises. Some of the best places to witness these astonishing views are along Telaga Harbour Boardwalk or Pantai Kok. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not pitch up a BBQ on Pantai Cenang and enjoy the views whilst sipping on a cold one.
9. Explore Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beach is another popular spot amongst locals and tourists. Despite its name, the beach is actually a mix of black and white sand, formed through the trickling of a nearby hot spring. However, some locals believe it to be the result of of a centuries-old curse laid by a mermaid when a fisherman stole her ring. This fascinating beach is located southwest of Tanjung Rhu Beach and offers a peaceful retreat from the island’s often crowded areas.
10. Have a Picnic On Tanjung Rhu Beach
If Black Sand Beach isn’t for you, try walking up to Tanjung Rhu Beach where you will be pleasantly surprised with the tranquil setting and private location. This beach is perfect for those wishing for some time away from the bustling tourist lifestyle and an equally as beautiful spot to pitch up a picnic with your loved ones.