Best Things To Do In Langkawi

Not sure what to do in Langkawi? Langkawi’s diverse landscape and rugged terrain set the scene for you to explore its pristine beaches, untouched mangroves, and so much more.

For sun-worshippers, serial shopaholics, and adrenaline junkies, Langkawi has it all to keep you “Wow-ed” from the word GO!

Check out this list of ultimate things to do in Langkawi for unforgettable moments of sun, sea, and fun!

23 Best Places To Visit In Langkawi

Most of these places are outdoors naturally so you might want to check when the peak season to visit Langkawi is!

1. Hit The Beach

From sandy white to exquisite black sand, Langkawi’s beaches are either bustling with activities or perfectly tranquil.

At the heart of all the buzz is Pantai Cenang on the west side, frequented by locals and tourists alike.

Sunset At Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Sunset At Pantai Cenang, Langkawi – Photo credits to kaoru_suraya (Instagram)

For a quieter rendezvous, Pantai Tengah on the southern tip promises greater privacy, while still having water sports activities to keep you occupied.

But for the most pristine beaches, explore Pantai Kok where luxurious beach resorts infringe the coastline with private access to the powdery white sand.

A full list of all the best beaches on Langkawi can be found on our Langkawi Beaches travel guide here!

And if private beaches are more your thing, our curated list of Langkawi Beach hotels offer up some of the best places on the island.

2. Observe The Crocs At The Crocodile Adventure Land Langkawi

Boasting one of the largest crocodile collections in the world, this 20-acre educational center consists of multiple croc ponds teeming with them!

Crocodile Adventure Land Langkawi
Crocodile Adventure Land Langkawi – Photo credits to crocodileadventureland (Instagram)

Doubling as a croc sanctuary, disabled crocodiles are nursed back to health, while those unfit for release stay under its care.

Visitors here also get the chance to pellet feed the juvenile crocs, whilst getting to experience many crocodiles shows and feeding sessions throughout the day.

And if you’re up for it, immortalize your moments with a croc via a photo session for only RM20!

  • Address: Taman Buaya Langkawi Mukim Air Hangat, Jalan Datai, Jalan Datai, 07000 Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
  • Contact: +604-959 2559

3. Interact With Animals At Langkawi Wildlife Park

Home to over 150 species of animals:

At just RM8 per bucket of feed, you’ll get priceless opportunities to interact with the various animals that call the wildlife park home.

A Crane At Langkawi Wildlife Park
A Crane At Langkawi Wildlife Park – Photo credits to langkawiwildlifepark (Instagram)

The animals are well looked after and the fully covered walkway makes it accessible regardless of weather conditions.

Although the landscaping in some enclosures may seem barren, the park is overall quite clean.

Bolstered by friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always eager to showcase the best of each animal, this is one of the top attractions in Langkawi that kids (and adults) will love.

  • Address: Lot 1485, Kampung Belanga Pecah, Jalan Ayer Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Contact: +604-966 5855

4. Discover Langkawi 3D Museum

Recognized as the largest 3D art museum in Malaysia and the second largest in the world, the Discover Langkawi 3D Museum promises a good 2 hours of fun!

Pose With Family And Friends At The Langkawi 3D Museum
Pose With Family And Friends At The Langkawi 3D Museum – Photo credits to 3dartlangkawi (Instagram)

Featuring more than 200 awe-inspiring artworks over 200 square meters, here’s where you can superimpose yourself into any realm you fancy. With themes ranging from fantasy, safari, landscapes, aquatic, florescent art, and more.

Enjoy greater savings when you purchase the combo ticket for access to the Langkawi Sky Bridge and this 3D art museum!

  • Address: Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07100 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 9am-6pm
  • Contact: 013-509 1209

5. Try Parasailing In Langkawi

For an unobstructed bird’s eye view, try out guided parasailing right in Langkawi! The average price to parasail in Langkawi ranges between RM120 and RM300. 

Parasailing Is A Popular Activity In Langkawi
Parasailing Is A Popular Activity In Langkawi – Photo credits to @travelswithsun

But the verdant forest and Andaman ocean are spectacular sights best savored from the top. Combine this with the exhilarating speed from sea to air and the thrilling experience is worth the investment.

6. Scuba Diving

Whether you’re a seasoned or amateur scuba diver, Langkawi has the ideal topography with master divers to help you out.

A Pair Of Clownfish Seen On A Scuba Diving Excursion In Langkawi
A Pair Of Clownfish Seen On A Scuba Diving Excursion In Langkawi – Photo credits to langkawiscuba (Instagram)

The Pulau Payar Marine Park in particular, is a popular dive spot teeming with underwater life:

Away from the shallow waters of the beach, you’ll get to mingle with barracudas, cod, and even baby sharks!

It is located 19 nautical miles off Langkawi Island, so you’ll get the most bang for your buck by purchasing a package that includes a ferry ride, diving gear, and lunch.

Another less touristy diving hotspot is Pulau Kaca which houses several sunken fishing boats, with a myriad of soft and hard corals growing on the wreck.

7. Enjoy The Cascading Waterfalls

Another famous place to visit in Langkawi is the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.

Telaga Tujuh Waterfall
Telaga Tujuh Waterfall – Photo credits to flourish_1985 (Instagram)

The hike to the waterfall takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes with concrete steps; reasonably manageable with plenty of rest stops along the way!

For fitness enthusiasts, test your limits with Machinchang peak, where the steep elevation means you’ll have to gear up with gloves to cling on to roots and trees.

The majestic view from the summit makes all the effort so rewarding!

But for an easier climb, you can head over to the Temurun Waterfall:

Take A Dip At Temurun Waterfall Langkawi
Take A Dip At Temurun Waterfall – Photo credits to jiskndvr (Instagram)

This 3-tier waterfall within the Datai Bay forest features both deep and shallow pools making it a refreshing dip for tired souls.

Note: Temurun’s cascading beauty is best witnessed during the rainy season from May to November.

  • Address: 161, Jalan Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 7am – 7pm
  • Contact: 013-420 6303

Read more: 3 Amazing Waterfalls in Langkawi

8. Skydive In Langkawi

Free-fall from 10,000 feet above sea level and experience the adrenaline rush as you defy gravity!

Skydive In Langkawi
Skydive In Langkawi – Photo credits to skydive_langkawi (Instagram)

Daredevils can take the plunge from the sky with a certified instructor securely strapped to each participant for utmost safety.

As for who to go to, the best skydiving experts in Langkawi are none other than Tandem Sky Diving.

With more than 35,000 jumps to boot, these experienced instructors prioritize safety first and are accredited by the Australian Parachute Federation.

The instructor maneuvers every flip and turn through the skydiving experience, making it an activity suitable for almost anyone except the faint-hearted!

  • Address: Office 7 Lot 35 Komplek ABZ Jalan Airport, 07100 Padang Matsirat, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 9am to 5.40pm
  • Contact: 011-6303 5050

9. Satiate Your Chocolate Cravings!

Offering a wide selection of inexpensive cocoa and alcoholic products, Coco Valley Langkawi is the perfect place for everything chocolate!

Coco Valley At Langkawi
Coco Valley At Langkawi – Photo credits to @travelswithsun

This duty-free chocolate specialist has aisles lined with the biggest chocolate brand names, while offering unbeatable markdowns, especially during annual festivities!

The prices are so good here that you can buy Cadbury bar for below RM10!

Coco Valley Langkawi is conveniently situated along Pantai Cenang Beach, nestled between The Zon Shopping Paradise and Underwater World Langkawi.

  • Address: Underwater World, Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: 10am – 9pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday; 10am – 7pm from Monday – Thursday
  • Contact: 04-966 9316

Alternatively, head over to these duty-free shops that have various chocolate brands at record-low prices too:

Of course, chocolate isn’t the only thing you can buy on the island; check out our top shopping malls in Langkawi article for the best deals in the region.

10. Explore The Night Markets

Stroll along the streets of lively night markets and scout for the best bargains in town.

Numerous Vendor Stalls At Ulu Melaka Night Market, Langkawi
Numerous Vendor Stalls At Ulu Melaka Night Market, Langkawi – Photo credits to Luis De La Rosa (Google Maps)

By 5pm, bustling streets are replaced with rows of makeshift stalls where vendors display hawker food, fresh produce, clothes, toys, bags, watches, and other knick-knacks.

Aside from vegetables, fruits, and food, put your negotiating skills to a test and bargain for better rates if you think it’s not fair-price.

What’s more, the vibrant mood and amazing aromas make the night market an exuberant affair not to be missed!

As for which night markets to visit, check out our article on night markets in Langkawi for a full travel guide!

Related: Langkawi Nightlife – 11 Best Things to Do When The Sun Goes Down

11. Go Bargain Hunting At The Duty-Free Shop

Since Langkawi was declared as a Tax-Free haven in 1987, you’ll find unbeatable, cheap prices on items like alcohol, snacks, chocolate, sportswear, crockery, and cigarettes at duty-free shops.

The best duty-free shops are scattered across prominent towns in Langkawi such as Pantai Cenang and Kuah.

Enjoy additional discounts when you purchase in bulk, or during annual celebrations.

12. Go Island Hopping

To enjoy nature and its pristine beauty, island hopping showcases Langkawi’s crystal-clear waters and stunning islets in their full glory.

Island Hopping Is A Must Do Activity In Langkawi
Island Hopping Is A Must Do Activity In Langkawi

Be prepared for pick up from your hotel at 9am for a thrilling half-day excursion that lasts approximately 4 hours.

Pulau Singa Besar is an undeveloped island that doubles as a wildlife reserve, with a variety of local wildlife such as monkeys, eagles, hornbills, and mousedeer.

The highlight here is the eagle feeding activity, where you witness majestic kite eagles swoop down for their meal meters away from a speed boat.

Eagle Feeding At Pulau Beras Basah, Langkawi
Eagle Feeding At Pulau Beras Basah, Langkawi – Photo credits to i.travelphoto (Instagram)

Another island to visit is Pulau Dayang Bunting:

Shaped like a pregnant lady lying on her back from afar, rolling hills and lush greenery encircle this beautiful lake, with clear emerald waters that are hard to resist.

Pulau Beras Basah is another touristy island with divine views. Pulau Tuba, on the other hand, exudes laidback vibes with seafood that’s both cheap and delicious.

13. Check-In To The Rainforest Villa

For ultimate pampering at a luxurious resort, the Ritz Carlton Rainforest Villa offers an unrivaled experience.

The Ritz Carlton Rainforest Villa At Langkawi
The Ritz Carlton Rainforest Villa At Langkawi – Photo belongs to the hotel

Featuring unobstructed views of the lush rainforest and an interior that maximizes comfort, this stunning villa is designed to amplify the outdoors from within.

The room rates start at RM1,050 per night, and the Ritz Carlton Rainforest Villa offers loads of activities with the finest facilities on board.

And because the resort is sprawled across a hilly area, there are satisfying nature trails you can explore during the day or night together with passionate guides.

Note: For other swanky luxury stays on Langkawi, read up about it on our curated list of 5-star hotels in Langkawi.

  • Address: Jalan Pantai Kok, Teluk Nibung, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Contact: +604-952 4888

14. Take In The Views From The Langkawi Sky Bridge

Hop in the Langkawi Skybridge cable car for an aerial view 708 meters above sea level.

Langkawi Sky Bridge Is One Of The Top Attractions In Langkawi
Langkawi Sky Bridge Is One Of The Top Attractions In Langkawi – Photo credits to jo_on_the_run (Instagram)

The cable car ride itself is a pleasant experience but you can also have great views of the thick verdant forest below and spot specks of tiny islands dotting the vast ocean.

You can also jump on the see-through car for an adrenaline boost while you admire the iconic Mat Chinchang Mountain from afar.

When you reach the deck, you can check out the views from the various observation decks.

View From An Observation Deck Close To The Langkawi Sky Bridge
View From An Observation Deck Close To The Langkawi Sky Bridge – Photo credits to @travelswithsun

These are built higher than other platforms, making the Langkawi Skybridge one of the world’s most spectacular pedestrian bridges.

All-in-all, the constant breeze, and amazing architecture of the Langkawi Skybridge are just some of its allure that pulls the crowd in.

  • Address: Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 9.30am – 7pm
  • Contact: 04-959 4225

15. Discover The Mangrove Reserve

Drawing close comparison to the Kilim Geoforest Park, the Kubang Badak Mangrove Reserve is a newer attraction on Langkawi.

Boat Tour Near Kubang Badak Mangrove Reserve
Boat Tour Near Kubang Badak Mangrove Reserve – Photo credits to shamroslee (Instagram)

Offering 12 scenic stops within its 500-million-year old topography, the underrated attraction is perfect for visitors who love nature and culture:

Boardwalk Surrounded By Mangrove At Kubang Badak Mangrove Reserve
Boardwalk Surrounded By Mangrove At Kubang Badak Mangrove Reserve – Photo credits to shamroslee (Instagram)

Track through a jungle to reach the 6,000-year-old bat-filled Pinang Cave, or witness the remnants of the Thai immigrant’s Village and the old charcoal factories.

And as the speed boat maneuvers into the Andaman Ocean, marvel at Jemuruk Island, where gaseous bubbles surface, and the local fishing culture still thrives.

Finally, have a rewarding snorkeling and fish-feeding session at Pulau Dangli.

  • Address: Kampung Kelubi, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 9am – 5pm
  • Contact: 012-573 6453

16. Traverse Kilim Geoforest Park

The Kilim Geoforest Park tour is a half-day excursion that spans a visit to a crocodile cave, eagle feeding, a stopover at a fish farm, and a visit to a bat cave:

Kilim Geoforest Park At Langkawi
Kilim Geoforest Park – Photo credits to aprylldutt (Instagram)

Helmed by engaging and educational guides, the tour takes you on a leisurely ride along Kilim River encompassing untouched mangrove forests. 

Other highlights along the way included a designated spot for eagle feeding and an intricate limestone bat cave.

Capping off this memorable outing is a simple yet delicious meal of seafood with rice at a fish farm.

Tours can be customized with add-ons to include swimming at a private beach, plus a fish feeding session at Dangli Island.

  • Address: Kilim River Tourism Jetty, Mukim Kampung Kilim, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 8.30am – 5pm
  • Contact: +604-959 2323

17. Go Shutter-Crazy At Eagle Square / Dataran Lang

As Langkawi’s iconic man-made attraction, Dataran Lang comprises an oversized sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight overlooking the waterfront.

Iconic Eagle Square At Langkawi
Iconic Eagle Square At Langkawi – Photo credits to @travelswithsun

Note: Langkawi is often associated with an eagle because the name Langkawi is an amalgamation of two Malay words – “helang” (or eagle) and “kawi” (which means reddish-brown).

At night, the views and vibes are even more festive with vibrant lights to decorate the area.

If you’re visiting during the day, bring along sun protection (cap or umbrella, sunglasses, and sunblock) as the afternoon heat is a scorcher.

  • Address: Persiaran Putera Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Open 24-hours
  • Contact: +604-966 7789

18. Splash Into Underwater World Langkawi

Flaunting more than 200 marine and freshwater species, a 3D theater, and an underwater tunnel, the Underwater World Langkawi gives a glimpse of the rich marine life on this island.

See Marine Life At Underwater World Langkawi
See Marine Life At Underwater World Langkawi – Photo credits to pooiyee0121 (Instagram)

Must-see activities include the tunnel tank sessions where a diver feed and interacts with the animals in the tanks.

There’s also a penguin feeding session, mermaid appearance, and other bespoke presentations tailored according to the festivities.

Note: Try to plan your visit around the feeding time as they are worth watching.

Obliging caretakers enthusiastically impart their knowledge on everything you need to know about the lovely marine creatures too.

End your tour with a shopping frenzy at the Coco Valley and The Zone Duty-Free close by!

  • Address: Jalan Pantai Chenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 10am – 6pm
  • Contact: +604-955 6100

19. Get Your Adrenaline Fix With SKYTREX Adventure Langkawi

If you’re into flying foxes and climbing vertical ladders surrounded by lush greenery, then SKYTREX Adventure Langkawi is the place to be.

Climb Up A Tree With SKYTREX Adventure Langkawi
Climb Up A Tree With SKYTREX Adventure Langkawi – Photo credits to nunijerofamily (Instagram)

Situated within the virgin forest of Burau Bay, SKYTREX features three distinct levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) based on how challenging you want the experience to be.

The highlight of the circuit comes early, where you’ll have to climb a hanging ladder up a gargantuan Merbau tree measuring more than 50-meters tall!

And if the dizzying heights trouble you midway, you always can bail out at any of the intermittent exits at each stage.

Book your tickets online to get the best rates. Malaysian residents are encouraged to use the promo code featured on the website to enjoy better discounts.

  • Address: Jalan Teluk Yu, Kampung Kok, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 9am – 5.30pm
  • Contact: 019-280 5679

20. Hike Or Drive Up Gunung Raya

The tallest mountain in Langkawi, Gunung Raya stands a looming 881 meters in height. And the forest, is home to a plethora of wildlife.

Lookout Point At Gunung Raya
Lookout Point At Gunung Raya – Photo credits to funpuikuan (Instagram)

Fun fact: Ancient folklore suggests that a giant named Mat Raya was cursed and transformed into this mountain.

You can either opt for a 25-minute drive up or a 4,000 footstep track via Tangga Helang Seribu Kayangan to get you to the summit.

View From Gunung Raya Langkawi
View From Gunung Raya – Photo credits to jadamros (Instagram)

With several lookout stations along the way, the vantage points overlooking the island’s picturesque scenery are best appreciated at sunrise and sunset.

  • Address: Jalan Air Hangat, Langkawi
  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Contact: +604 966 7789

21. Visit Taman Agroteknologi MARDI Langkawi

This ecotourism agro park of 35 hectares provides guided tours on plantation technology with opportunities for tropical fruit tasting too.

The underrated but informational tour kicks off with a tram ride to various stops where you’ll get to learn more about herbs, sample seasonal fruits, taste the grapes at the grape farm, and feed catfish as well!

At the end of the walkabout, receive a novel souvenir of a palm leaf ‘origami’ specially curated by the park’s staff! 

And for an additional fee of RM25 per adult and RM18 per child, you can traverse down the zip line, go jungle trekking, and camp in the jungle too.

Note: The best time to visit the park is between June and August when more fruits are in season.

  • Address: Jalan Padang Gaong, Lubuk Semilang, Ulu Melaka Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 8.30am – 5pm, Closed on Friday and Saturday
  • Contact: +604-953 2550

22. Feast On Fresh Seafood At Langkawi

Complement your jam-packed itinerary with delish seafood and gorgeous views to boot!

Assorted Dishes At Makan Mana Ikan Bakar
Assorted Dishes At Makan Mana Ikan Bakar – Photo credits to makanmanaikanbakar (Instagram)

From the famous ikan bakar (grilled fish) to succulent prawns and the freshest crabs, many popular restaurants and cafes serve affordable seafood that is hard to resist!

As for where best on the island to have seafood, our article on the best seafood in Langkawi should prove a useful resource!

  • Address: Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Kampung Padang Lalang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 11am – 6pm
  • Contact: 012-450 2420

23. Catch The Sunset Dinner Cruise

Promising a dreamlike experience of a crimson sunset and spectacular views, the Sunset Dinner Cruise is indeed quite magical.

Take The Langkawi Sunset Dinner Cruise
Take The Langkawi Sunset Dinner Cruise – Photo credits to S Rahman (Google Maps)

Comprising of a buffet dinner and free-flowing drinks (plus alcohol), the highlight of this package is, of course, the scenic cruise into the setting sun.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get to spot white-bellied sea eagles and spinner dolphins meandering near the yacht.

Secure optimum vantage at the sea nets hanging over the boat. Alternatively, take a dip in the Andaman Sea while suspended in the saltwater Jacuzzi.

  • Address: Jl. Teluk Baru, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • Operating Hours: Daily from 9am – 5pm
  • Contact: 012-221 7190

Conclusion

With so many things to do in Langkawi, a single day let alone a weekend trip is insufficient to cover such a busy and exciting itinerary.

So, map out your travel plans carefully and get a list going. The allure of tantalizing food, gorgeous terrains, and sandy white beaches will draw you here again in no time!

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