If you intend to travel to Malaysia, make sure you include Langkawi in your itinerary. Enjoy the greenery, sample local cuisine at the night markets, hike to dramatic waterfalls or dive into an underwater marine park. There’s a lot more that Langkawi has to offer.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Besides being a tourist attraction, Langkawi is also a popular destination for shooting films.
Watch: SRK & Priyanka Chopra starrer Bollywood film ‘Don 2’ was filmed in Langkawi. You can see panoramic views of Mount Machinchang at the Panorama Langkawi Cable Car and SkyBridge.
Several scenes from the Indian movie “ROY” (Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Arjun Rampal) were also filmed in Langkawi.
Langkawi is a cluster of islands separated from mainland Malaysia by the Straits of Malacca. Most of the island is covered by mountains, hills, forests, and natural vegetation.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125 metre-long curved pedestrian bridge that offers an exhilarating (and sometimes terrifying) view of the verdant Gunung Mat Cincang, Telaja Tujuh waterfalls, and several islets surrounding Langkawi. Set 700 metres above sea level, it is only accessible via the final station of the Langkawi Cable Car ride, which is priced at RM35 for adults and RM25 for children (two to 12 years old). This sturdy bridge can accommodate up to 250 people at a time, and is fitted with double steel railings, an enclosed wire mesh, and two triangular platforms where you can relax and enjoy the cool breeze
Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)
Dataran Lang, also known as Eagle Square, is a striking 12 metre-tall sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight is displayed atop an elevated platform. Set in Kuah, this prominent landmark is just a five-minute walk from Kuah Jetty, Jetty Point Mall, Taman Lagenda Dalam Langkawi, as well as numerous restaurants and duty-free shops. Dataran Lang also houses beautiful miniature fountains, terraces and bridges, while its close proximity to the sea makes it a popular spot for watching ferries ply across the harbour in the evening
Langkawi Cable Car
Langkawi Cable Car takes visitors on a vertiginous 15-minute ride to the top of mount Mat Cincang, offering breath-taking views of Langkawi’s rainforests, islets, and waterfalls. The journey starts out at the Oriental Village where you’ll pass several stops fitted with open-air view decks along the way. As it gets a little chilly towards the top, we advise bringing a sweater along for the ride. After reaching the 708 metre-tall peak, visitors can enjoy the cool breeze, grab a quick bite, browse through the stalls selling T-shirts and souvenirs, and of course take lots of photos from the observatory deck.
Underwater World Langkawi
Set along the vibrant Pantai Cenang beach town, Underwater World Langkawi houses more than 500 species of sea creatures including harbour seals, rockhopper penguins, seahorses, as well as flamingos and mandarin ducks. One of the highlights is a 15-metre walkthrough underwater tunnel, where you can enjoy close-up views of sharks, giant stingrays, and green turtles. Accessible via a 15-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport, Underwater World Langkawi is also set next to The Zon Shopping Paradise and Coco Valley where you can shop for an array of duty-free goods.
With an altitude of 881 metres, Gunung Raya is hailed as the highest peak in Langkawi. According to local beliefs, the mountain is the cursed form of a giant called Mat Raya, who had once lived on the island. The dense rainforest is home to numerous wildlife such as leaf monkeys, flying foxes, macaque monkeys, squirrels, mountain hawk eagles, white bellied sea eagles, and great hornbills. Gunung Raya is also a popular destination for hiking, but bringing a guide along is highly advisable as the trail can be quite challenging for novices.
Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise
Great for families and animal lovers, Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise houses over 2,500 exotic birds from 150 species such as canaries, ducks, parakeets, owls, eagles, toucans, hornbills and flamingos. The park is fitted with a walk-in aviary and a 15 metre-tall manmade waterfall, where some of the birds are free to roam about and interact with visitors. Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise also hosts animal feeding sessions for raccoons, crocodiles, pelicans, and hornbills between 11:00 and 16:00. Set within a 15-minute drive from Kuah, entrance fees are priced at RM16 for adults and RM20 for children and senior citizens.
Pulau Payar Marine Park
Just 30km south of Langkawi Island is Pulau Payar Marine Park, a prominent spot for snorkelling and diving. It is about 45 minutes away from Kuah Jetty and you can take either a catamaran or a speedboat to get there. One of Pulau Payar Marine Park’s best features is its Coral Garden, a secluded section filled with colourful corals. Those eager to explore the park will have to obtain permission from the authorities (fishing is strictly prohibited) before venturing into the waters; alternatively you can join a tour group, which is usually inclusive of snorkelling gear, lunch, and drinking water.
Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D Museum
Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum features more than 200 impressive artworks that appear almost lifelike when photographed. Hailed as the largest 3D art museum in Malaysia and second largest in the world, there are nine interactive zones within this three-storey building, including optical illusion, aquatic, safari, fantasy, classic, castles, landscapes, Egyptian, and Malaysian zones. This unique attraction is situated next to the iconic Langkawi Cable Car in Oriental Village, with entrance fees for foreign visitors priced at RM38 for adults and RM28 for children.
Taman Lagenda Langkawi
Located beside the Kuah jetty, ci is a beautifully landscaped folklore-themed park where you can explore on foot or hire a buggy to cart you around. The open-air ‘garden museum’ faces the Kuah waterfront and has a total of 17 colourful sculptures (with signboards in English) depicting Langkawi legends including tales of heroic giants, mythical birds, evil ogres and beautiful princesses. Entrance to this well-maintained park is also very affordable compared to other Langkawi attractions, making it a popular spot for jogging and family picnics.
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls is a natural Langkawi attraction with locals claiming it to be the home of faeries. Set on Langkawi’s western headlands, its name means Seven Wells Waterfalls, referring to a series of seven connected natural pools fed by seven separate waterfalls in Gunung Mat Cincang. Visitors can enjoy a dip in the cool water or brave the steep climb to the top of the waterfalls. Adventure enthusiasts can brave the steep 45-minute long climb to the top of the waterfalls, past huge rocks and through the seven pools, where macaques, hornbills, and squirrels can be spotted along the journey.