What to do in Langkawi? A duty-free island since 1987, the archipelago of more than 100 hundred islands surrounding its main island, Langkawi is no secret a Jewel of Kedah with its gifts of fossils, sandy shores, and jungle cloaked valleys glorifying the islands. With a persistent effort form the local community to preserve the uniqueness of the island, development occurs only when it’s necessary. AMEN TO THAT!
Now If you’ve been to Langkawi or someone you know has, you’re probably done hearing the same old Cable Car and a visit to Makam Mahsuri. We’d like to spice things up and show you that Langkawi is so much more than that with our Top 10 Things to do in Langkawi this 2018. ITS GONNA BE GOOD DIFFERENT.
Top 10 things to do in Langkawi (2018 Guide)
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1. Head To the Beaches
um DUH!!!! A tropical country with a peninsula, part of a huge island, and hundreds of small ones is bound to have a few good beaches. Consisting of close to 15 beaches alone in Langkawi island, the beach bummers, travelers and Chillers you bet they are in for a TREAT. Basking away in the sun with the song of nature and the wind brushing your face on a typical let’s say ‘Everyday’ maybe? 🙂
Related: Top 10 Beaches in Langkawi
2. Kayak your way through the Mangrove Forest
Cruising along the beautiful islands in the Southwest of Langkawi, indulge with nature one to one by kayaking through mangrove trails and witnessing the unwitnessed. Wild otters, snakes, eagles and even dolphins (depending on the season) among others are discovered in their natural habitat. With an experienced naturalist alongside, the limestones and valleys come to life with abundant of unsaid facts of the archipelago and its geological formation.
Selva is known to make the toughest nut crack open with his jokes. If you’re a beginner or a newbie to try out the kayak, be sure to inform him a to guide you through easier trails and as for the adventure seekers, boy oh boy!! For more information on kayak trips, visit this website. It’s an experience of a lifetime 🙂
3. Hike up for the best view
Why spend that 50 bucks on cable car when all you need is some good pair of shoes, h2O, and a spiky spirit to witness a panoramic view of the island. Arguably the best-kept secret of Langkawi, a hike to the peak of Gunung Mat Cincang is a rough 980m. That doesn’t sound too bad right? Once you embark on the journey you’ll also find that the first part of the hike isn’t too challenging. But uninformed tourists who are fooled into thinking that this would be an easy hike couldn’t be further away from the truth. Definitely not for the faint of heart but the minute you reach the top, it’ll be all worth it.
4. Bird Watching up the Gunung Raya
With an altitude of 881 meters, Gunung Raya offers a spectacular view and the residents of birds are no stranger to trademark this spot as their home. Langkawi homes approximately 247 species of birds and Writhed hornbills are among them commons ones that can be found up here.
2 options: Car or jungle trekking. Best month: October to April. Head up as soon as the birds start chipping for full satisfaction !!!
5. Embark on a World-Class Zip-line Adventure
Ever wondered how it feels to fly across the oceans and the mountains grasping on the beauty of mother nature in a way humans are not meant to? Hop on the Umgawa Zipline Adventure, defeat the odds and just fly like a free bird. Umgawa’s Zipline Eco Canopy Tour brings world-class zip line adventure to Langkawi for the first time. From tree to tree, feel the wind in your face as you bask in the sunlight while zipping from tree to tree with spectacular views that will leave you in awe.
The course includes 6 or 12 zip lines, 3 sky-bridges, a steep descent, spectacular views and exotic native wildlife. This 2 1/2 hours of adventure is safe, worth it and UNFORGETTABLE. Here’s a little sneak peek of what you might get into 🙂
Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm
6. Seafood, SEAFOOD, SEAFOOOOD
if you haven’t realized, eating is actually a thing to do and we do it WELL. Plus it’ll be a sin if we don’t include Langkawi’s true gift of all: Fresh Fresh Seafood. A drive up to Kuah to Sze Chuan (Pork-free) or Teo for their seafood restaurant is worth every penny the moment the food ends up on the table. If you’re in Pantai Cenang, Kampung Siam is worth the attention. For the Pantai Kok chillers and Sheraton Hotel guest, Kapal Layar Seafood Restaurant has got your back!
7. Half day Island Hopping
Tourists are no strangers to Island Hopping in Langkawi and it isn’t a surprise as its an affordable trip that offers visitors a chance to explore Langkawi’s magnificent islets. Starting from visiting Pulau Dayang Bunting then an hour later to Pulau Beras Basah and ending the trip by witnessing the majestic eagles in their hood, this half day trip is something not to be missed!!!
What you need: Sunscreen, Hats, and water to stay hydrated. Be sure to carry NO PLASTIC as monkeys there are pretty ballsy.
8. Scuba Diving at Pulau Payar or Pulau Beras Basah
Ametuer or experienced, Scuba Diving is always a new experience. December till April are the best season to snorkel or scuba dive through an amazing undersea world. With its clear water and the jellyfish-free world, it’s a moment in the sea where you’re one with the god’s creation grasping on the bliss of nature’s wonders!
The guys famous for this activity: Langkawi Coral .
9. Spread some love to the smaller islands
If you think there are humans inhabiting just the main island, you are surprisingly wrong my friend! Located 5-kilometers southwest of the Kuah Jetty, Tuba Island is just a 15-20-minute boat ride away. Similar to Singapore’s Pulau Ubin (Ubin Island), Tuba Island is one big happy island kampung (village ).
Imagine a place back in time when internet and books didn’t occupy ones mind! Living back with a relatively traditional lifestyle on the island, villagers often venture into the forest-covered hills to gather medicinal herbs, fruits, and honey here. Is that cool or just what ???
10. Fish like a local
Ever thought about fishing on an island that accommodates thousands of amazing species wandering and magically disappearing? The most thrilling moment for fish enthusiasts is to see fish do tail dancing as it skips across the water trying to shed off the hook. Surprisingly, fishing is not yet discovered by the crowd and that needs to be fixed ASAP!! Some say it takes passion and patience that it’s almost meditative. Langkawi guide is one of the only tour company that offers fishing package. Check em out and this might be your new favorite thing to do!
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