As the home to so many historical attractions, exciting activities and beaches, some of which have been voted the best in the world, Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s best-known islands and a must-see for any first-time visitor. In a country rich in culture, landscapes and natural parks, there are hundreds of sights to see and do before you leave the island, so check out our ultimate list of the top 30 things to do in Langkawi below:
1. Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
One of Langkawi’s most famous attractions is the magnificent Telage Tujuh Waterfalls, located towards the western headlands. The natural setting attracts a number of visitors each year, all in hope of catching a glimpse of the series of seven connected natural pools fed by the waterfalls. Whilst there, you can enjoy a dip in the water or, if you’re brave enough, adventurists can undertake the 45-minute steep climb to the top of the falls. This is the perfect setting for those hoping to indulge in Langkawi’s more natural landscapes.
2. Take A Ride On the Langkawi Cable Car
If you’re looking to explore the more scenic sights of Langkawi, then the Langkawi Cable Car ride is perfect! The 15-minute ride takes place on top of Mount Mat Cincang and offers breathtaking views of Langkawi’s rainforests, islets, and waterfalls. If this isn’t enough, before reaching the 708 metre-tall peak, there are several stops along the way where you can get out and take in the views, and of course, take those all-important snaps!
3. Watersport Adventure
As well as the natural landscapes, Langkawi is also home to some of the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping activities, that will leave a lasting memory on any budding adventurist. The most popular destination is our very own Naam Sports, located at Paradise 101. Here, you can choose from an array of activities including, parasailing, banana boating, a jet ski discovery tour and even a private snorkelling guide. Whatever you’re looking for, this is one experience that should not be missed!
4. Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise
This magnificent and tranquil experience is perfect for families and animal lovers, providing exciting and memorable experiences that showcase some of Langkawi’s greatest nature sights and wildlife. The Langkawi Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise is home to over 2,500 exotic birds spread across 150 species, including owls, eagles, canaries, toucans and flamingos. The park also hosts the chance to feed other exciting creatures such as racoons, crocodiles, pelicans, and hornbills.
5. Visit Langkawi Sky Bridge
Langkawi Sky Bridge is a magnificent 125 metre-long curved structure that offers the chance to oversee the breathtaking views of the island, including Gunung Mat Cincang, the Telaja Tujuh waterfalls, and several of its surrounding islands. This pedestrian bridge holds two viewing platforms, and is only accessible via the final station of the Langkawi Cable Car Ride, making it the perfect day trip for those wishing to explore the more scenic views of the island.
6. Zip Lining
Looking for Langkawi’s hottest zip lining experience? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! When visiting Paradise 101, this is one experience that should not be missed! Strap in and speed across the island, taking in the stunning views that we have to offer of Langkawi and the Andaman Sea. Available for both kids and adults, this is the perfect choice for adventurous thrill seekers!
7. Go Snorkelling at Pulau Payar Marine Park
Why not jump into the deep end and head over to Pulau Payar Marine Park, a popular spot for snorkelling and diving. Its Coral Garden allows you the chance to seclude yourself in the colourful wonders of the underwater bay and explore beneath. If freediving isn’t your style then no need to worry, there are plenty of tour groups at the park that you can join onto, which usually offer an inclusive look at the coral, including private snorkelling gear and beverages.
8. Kayaking Tour
Across the island, there are numerous opportunities and tour houses that will allow you to hire your own kayak or canoes, which are a perfect way to explore the island’s beautifully tranquil scenery. Whether you chose to private hire or be part of a guided tour, this is one activity that will allow you to experience Langkawi’s hidden paradises.
9. Visit The Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D Museum
Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum is home to some of the most incredible illusion art that, when photographed, will fool any enthusiast! Located next to Langkawi’s Oriental Village, it is dubbed as the largest 3D art museum in Malaysia and second in the world, featuring more than 200 impressive artworks.
10. Take An Evening Dinner Cruise
For the more romantic types, an evening dinner cruise is the ultimate way to relax and enjoy the wonders of the island with the ones you love. Here at Paradise 101, we offer a magical course Evening Dinner Cruise, where you will get the opportunity to stand on deck with a drink in hand and enjoy the magnificent sunset over Langkawi’s hills. This is a perfect mesmerising experience like no other, allowing you to appreciate the island’s natural beauty and leisure at its finest.
11. Taman Lagenda Langkawi
Looking for the ultimate day out with the kids? Taman Lagenda Langkawi is a must see folklore-themed park that features an open-air ‘garden museum’, mythical birds, evil ogres and beautiful princesses. Be prepared to immerse yourself in this enchanting attraction and with beautiful landscapes and picnic areas, it is bound to leave a smile on everyone’s faces!
12. Climb Gunung Raya
Located at Jalan Air Hangat, Langkawi and with an incredible altitude of 881 metres, Gunung Raya is dubbed as the highest peak in Langkawi. Those brave enough to attempt the climb will be able to see some of its incredible rainforest tenants, including Leaf Monkeys, Flying Foxes, Macaque Monkeys, Squirrels and Mountain Hawk Eagles. This is the perfect choice for any hiking enthusiasts, but be warned, the climb can be fairly challenging so make sure to bring along a guide to help you along the way.
13. Feast yourself at a Beach Restaurant
In the mood for food? Langkawi is lucky enough to be home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, so why not take it a step further and enjoy a luxurious evening dinner or relaxing lunch at one of the islands unique beach restaurants. With plenty to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice in cuisine, setting and hospitality.
14. Visit Underwaterworld
Harbouring more than 500 species of sea creatures, Underwaterworld is the ultimate marine life experience for all the family! Home to some of the world’s most loved animals including harbour seals, rockhopper penguins, seahorses and even flamingos, this is one of Langkawi’s most loved attractions! Whilst there, you can also take a trip down its incredible 15-metre walkthrough underwater tunnel, where you can get close-up with the sharks, giant stingrays, and even green turtles!
15. Explore Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
Spanning across almost 100 square kilometres, Langkawi’s Geoforest Park is one of the most magnificent scenic landscapes on the island. Featuring mangrove forests, lagoons, beaches, river tours and a floating restaurant, it is a must see for those wishing to experience this beautiful setting and cultures of the island.
16. Langkawi Night Market
Speaking of culture, those wishing to experience Langkawi at it’s finest should visit their daily night markets, located at Pantai Cenang, Kuah, and Padang Matsirat. This lively affair is home to Langkawi’s famous local street vendors, selling produce such as clothes, food, jewellery and paintings.
17. Take A Stroll On One Of Its Beaches
As already noted, Langkawi is famous for its beautiful beaches so be sure to check out some of it’s most famous one, including Tanjung Rhu, Pantai Kok and Pantai Tengah. Each allows you to immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery that surrounds the island with many featuring a variety of beach bars and restaurants to finish your evening with.
18. Indulge In Some Langkawi Yoga
Whether it’s at dawn, sunrise or sunset, the most peaceful way to experience the island’s tranquillity is through a spot of yoga. Langkawi offers many yoga classes to choose from, however, with so many beaches and waterfalls to choose from and sit by, we wouldn’t blame you for going it alone!
19. Take A Dip In Ayer Hangat Village’s Hot Springs
Another way to explore the island’s natural wonders is to visit the Ayer Hangat Village’s, Hot Springs. The centre of the attraction features a three-tiered hot water spring wells which are beautifully relaxing for those wishing to unwind and pamper themselves. These natural saltwater hot springs are very rare, making it a must see for anyone visiting Langkawi.
20. Jet Boat Thrill Ride
Another one for those thrill seekers out there! Take the leap of faith and experience one of Langkawi’s most adventurous boat rides. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the horizon in this exciting thrill ride experience. Whether it’s with a group of friends or as a couple, this is the perfect way to explore the coastal landscapes of the island.
21. Take A Walk On The Wild Side And Visit Crocodile Adventureland
This exciting attraction is the ultimate affordable family fun, showcasing nearly 4,000 crocodiles including the largest living crocodile species! Known as the largest crocodile farm in Malaysia, it features Crocodile Shows, Crocodile Fishing, and Feeding, making sure your day is filled with fun, excitement and unforgettable memories. It’s Croc. Education Centre also provides an added bonus for enthusiasts who want to know more about what these creatures have to offer.
22. Island Hopping Tour
Although Langkawi is known for its beautiful landscapes, it is also accompanied by its stunning surrounding islands. The Langkawi Island Hopping tour is not only the perfect way to explore these additional wonders but is also one of the most popular attractions located on the island; because of this, almost all tour operators, hotels and travel stalls will offer this deal.
23. Horse Riding
If you’re a horse lover then this is the perfect choice for you! What better way to guide yourself around the island than trecking through the rainforests and mountains on horseback. There are numerous places across the island where this is possible, including guided tours with one-on-one attention from experts.
24. Take A Dip In Pulau Dayang Bunting
Dayang Bunting is the second largest island amongst Langkawi’s surrounding islands. Also known as Lake of the Pregnant Maiden, locals speak of a beloved myth that any women to take a dip in the water of the lake, would soon become fertile. The deep blue waters of the freshwater lake are accompanied by rich hilled forests, making it the perfect tranquil setting.
25. Jet Ski Mangrove Tour
If you want to learn a bit more about Langkawi’s exciting nature forests then take a trip through its famous Mangrove Forest on a guided Jet Boat. Whilst here, you can learn all about the natural wonders and mangrove trees as well as witness some of its beloved wildlife. Here, you can visit Langkawi’s very own fish farm or, if you’re feeling brave, a crocodile and bat cave is located at the heart of the mangrove forest.
26. Pulau Payar Marine Park
Those looking for a more scenic spot to spend their day, then the Palau Payar Marine Park is the perfect relaxation spot! With the chance to swim at one of Langkawi’s most beautiful beaches, it also offers several other activities such as snorkelling and even scuba diving amongst the corals and marine life that surround the park.
27. Explore Langkawi Caves
Throughout Langkawi, there are hundreds of hidden caves and unique geological formations, perfect for any budding explorer! With many of them located in some of Langkawi’s steepest limestone cliffs and rainforests they can often be very hard to get to, so make sure you ask a guide or local for advice on some of the best places to explore!
28. Taste The Local Cuisine
Tickle your taste buds by heading down to one of Langkawi’s local food stalls. Scattered all across the island, many sell freshly prepared kuih food which is very popular with the locals. With an array of seafood to choose from such as mantis, clams, oysters, crabs and squids, this is the perfect opportunity for those hoping to stretch their boundries!
29. Visit Mahsuri Tomb and Museum
When visiting Langkawi, locals will soon tell you about the rich history of the island and how it was said to be cursed for seven generations by a woman called Mahsuri. At the Mahsuri Tomb and Museum, you can learn more about the story behind the myth and visit famous landmarks associated with the legend including her former home.
30. Visit MARDI Langkawi Agro Technology Park
In order to learn a bit more about how fruit and vegetables are sustainably farmed in the area, then The MARDI Langkawi Agro Technology Park is the place to visit! Home to a huge range of exotic fruit, such as jackfruit, dragon fruit and mangoes, the park aims to educate and showcase the islands local produce.