About Langkawi, Malaysia

Take a look a this Langkawi travel guide before you make your trip! There’s a lot more to Langkawi than just water sports, the Sky Bridge, and that iconic eagle statue!

Speaking of which, the eagle statue represents Langkawi because the name “Langkawi” is actually a mix of two Malay words – helang (eagle) and kawi (reddish brown).

Langkawi is an island that is roughly 30km from the mainland and hence, the main ways to get to it are by flight and ferry. It forms part of an archipelago that consists of more than 100 islands.

About 65,000 people call Langkawi their home and while there’s no public transportation, many locals do know English and unlike other states in Malaysia, you can enjoy duty-free shopping here!

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Things To Do In Langkawi

Because Langkawi is an island, most activities will involve nature and the great outdoors – hiking, diving, island-hopping, etc. Pantai Cenang (Cenang beach) is really popular because it’s where all the action is.

But there are also a handful of things you can do on a rainy day such as duty-free shopping.

And when the sun goes down, the nightlife is pretty lively!

Langkawi Popular Attractions

Beaches, waterfalls, mountains (Gunung Raya), and the Sky Bridge are hands down, Langkawi’s most popular attractions. There is also an aquarium, a wildlife park, and the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park where you can explore mangroves.

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Famous Food In Langkawi

Langkawi may not be known for great food like other nearby states, but it does have a decent selection of restaurants and cafes to satisfy your tummy and palate!

And since you’re on an island, you should sample some of the best seafood in Langkawi too.

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Shopping In Langkawi

Shopping in Langkawi is unique because of its duty-free status. And if you like chocolate, alcohol, or kitchenware, there are places to get them at really affordable places!

Langkawi How-Tos

Many first-time travelers to Malaysia will include Langkawi in their itinerary as well as Penang and Kuala Lumpur so we’ve got separate guides on how to travel between these states!

Where To Stay In Langkawi

There’s no lack of places to stay in Langkawi – there are private pool villas, affordable homestays that can accommodate larger groups, and budget hotels (so you can save money for more activities or shopping).

And of course, there are also 5-star resorts with their own private strip of beach!

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