Langkawi Island and its attractions

5 reasons to go to Langkawi instead of Bali or Thailand

When you want wild exotic beaches, Indonesia and Thailand most often come to mind. But there are many places in the world that resemble a tropical fairy tale. For example, the Langkawi archipelago and the island of the same name. Together with Qatar Airways we’ve put together five great reasons to fly there now.

Photo by Oksana Diachenko

1. See untouched nature

Since the filming of The Beach, Thailand’s nearly uninhabited island of Phi Phi Phi has been flooded with tourists, which hasn’t been good for its natural resources. All the more reason to see truly wild landscapes in tropical Southeast Asia. The Langkawi Archipelago in Malaysia, which includes more than 100 islands, has such nooks!

Pregnant Maiden Lake.

Staying on one of the four inhabited islands, take a tour of the most picturesque uninhabited ones. You can book an Island Hopping Tour at any travel agency. In three and a half hours you will be taken to several islands with stops.

One of the main points on the route is Pulau Dayang. This is the second largest stretch of land in the archipelago and Langkawi’s most popular natural attraction. The whole area is a geopark, and Pregnant Maiden Lake is its center of attraction. The shape of the body of water really resembles a pregnant woman, and the water is attributed healing power to help with infertility. Yes, you can swim here. However, it is forbidden to go further than 5 meters from the pontoon. Just to wash your feet in the water is also nice: there are fish, which are used for exotic massages in the salons.

The lake is remarkable not only for its legends: it is freshwater, although it is separated from the sea by only a 30-meter strip of land.

Seven Wells Falls

This natural wonder can be found on the largest island of the archipelago – its namesake Langkawi. On its southwestern part, near the East Village (also worth stopping by), seven springs form waterfalls flowing into one big pool. There are about 700 steps leading up to the top of the cliffs, where the spring springs out of the ground. They are worth climbing: the reward is a panoramic view of the tropical park from the top and natural pools in which you can take a refreshing dip.

Pantai Senang Beach

This place is also located on the island of Langkawi. It is worth coming here even with small children. After all, here the entrance to the water is gentle, and the coastline is so long that it is easy to find a quiet and secluded place. True, it’s hard to count on absolute silence: the beach is located just 10 kilometers from the airport.

2. Live in a tropical forest

The Datai Langkawi

The local flora and fauna can be seen not only on a tour. There are hotels on Langkawi Island in the thickest of the rainforest. For example, The Datai Langkawi on the shores of Datai Bay. If you stay in a separate bungalow, from the terrace you will see the exotic nature in all its beauty. Your neighbors will be monkeys, squirrels and several species of birds.

The main thing – do not forget that the owners here are not tourists, and the animals behave as they want. Monkeys, of which there are a lot on the island, steal everything they like. Do not recommend leaving unattended neither food nor belongings, let alone expensive equipment.

Berjaya Langkawi Resort

And here you can stay in bungalows right on the water! Berjaya Langkawi Resort occupies a huge area, and the rooms here overlook not only the ocean and jungle, but also, for example, the golf courses. The only thing that might mar your stay here is the noisy activities.

3. Walk over one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

Heavenly Bridge on Mount Gunung Mat Chingkang on Langkawi Island

Get here early in the morning to avoid pandemonium as many tourists want to take the cable car up to 700m above sea level. There are regular cabins for groups of five or six people. And if you do not like to save money, choose an individual cabin with a transparent floor.

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You can get off in the middle of the trail, walk to the upper point and just admire nature along the way. Or you can go deeper into the jungle about 2.5 kilometers from the cable car stop. That’s where the picturesque Seven Wells waterfall is located.

Once at the top, enjoy the views from Sky Bridge, a massive 125m structure that soars over the verdant hills of Langkawi. In good weather you can see nearby elements of the archipelago and sometimes even neighboring islands of Thailand.

Linger at high altitude until sunset to enjoy the calming view of the setting sun. And don’t be afraid to get hungry: there’s a cafe on the bridge with burgers and seasonal fruit drinks.

4. Work on a rice plantation

Laman Padi Rice Culture Museum

If you like oriental cuisine, be sure to include a visit to Laman Padi in your Langkawi stay. The Rice Museum is a huge exposition of handicrafts, photographs, illustrations, dioramas and tools related to the history of rice cultivation on Langkawi. And then there’s the actual rice field, the harvest from which is served in the museum cafe. There are also other plants in the gardens on the grounds, such as water lilies and medicinal herbs, so a walk around Laman Padi will be interesting even for those who are indifferent to rice.

The highlight of the tour is participating in the rice planting. Everyone is given a straw hat and is shown how to plant the crop properly under the empathetic guidance of a farmer. The experience can be unpleasant, because the bottom of the field is muddy. But if you’re really curious about the path rice takes from seed to your plate – be sure to try working with your hands. Sometimes it’s a lot more fun than it sounds.

5. Feed the island’s symbol, the red eagle

Langkawi Mangrove Jungle

The image of an eagle can be found everywhere here, from store signs to a huge monument in Dataran Lang Square in the island’s capital city of Quahé. After admiring the impressive view of the 20-meter-long structure, take a live bird-feeding excursion. A tourist boat will take you to the mangroves in the northern part of the island. By the way, many of the owners of such boats will be happy to arrange for you a personal trip to the bird habitat at your convenience – for a fee, of course. So you can see the nature attraction and without an organized tour with dozens of tourists.

Just note that you should plan such a trip early in the morning, to get ahead of those who also want to see eagles up close. In addition, the birds are already satiated in the afternoon, so they do not flock to the feeding area. Before heading out, don’t forget to grab the meat, cut into small pieces, or there won’t be a spectacle. As soon as the treat touches the water, the eagles immediately dash almost vertically after it.

If you like it extreme, ask the captain to drop you off on one of the uninhabited islands of the archipelago for a few hours. Here you can experience an indescribable feeling of fear and pleasure when the dream of a deserted island suddenly becomes a reality.

3 top questions about Langkawi

1. What’s the best season to go?

There are three seasons on the island. The highest season is from November to March, when the weather is most favorable for recreation. The air temperature during this period rises to 30 degrees. The only disadvantage of such a trip is a large number of tourists.

From April to August in Malaysia, the rains, though not long. Bad weather, as a rule, occurs in the afternoon and passes very quickly. Want to save on vacation and do not like the crowds of tourists – this is the perfect time for you.

In September and October, it may rain for several hours a day. But even in this period, there is an opportunity to rest. If, of course, your dream – unity with nature, though not in the most comfortable conditions. After all, part of the tourist infrastructure is closed for repair and renovation.

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2. How to get there?

So far, there are no direct flights from Russia to Langkawi. Russian citizens do not need a visa to Malaysia, but you may need it if you transfer to another state – regular or transit. To avoid wasting time and money on its obtaining, choose the country of transfer with simplified visa conditions or requiring no visas at all. For example, Russian citizens may spend 30 days in Qatar without obtaining any documents. A passport valid for at least six months from the time of entry into the state, and a ticket – return or to a third country – will suffice.

If you are flying to Langkawi from Moscow or St. Petersburg on Qatar Airways, you should choose a long layover in Doha, even for four nights. And there are at least two reasons for that.

First, you’ll have time to walk around the city and tour the sights of Doha, including the Qatar National Museum. And secondly, you’ll recuperate before your next flight in a five-star hotel, and at a very attractive price – from just $23. All these benefits are available to Qatar Airways passengers. A great idea for those who decide to linger in the city so you don’t miss out on discovering a new spot on the travel map.

3. How much do food, transportation, lodging cost?

1 Malaysian Ringgit ≈ 16 Russian rubles

The choice of housing on the island as a wide as possible and on a different budget – from simple hostels to luxury hotels. In March, at the end of the peak season, you can find hostels cheaper than 500 rubles a night for two. Some of the options and the advantages of accommodation we have already mentioned, otherwise we recommend to focus on tourist reviews, including on the TripaAdvisor website. If you won’t be staying at a full-board hotel, set aside at least 50 ringgit for food per day: it will be enough to order a dish and a drink three times at a cheap restaurant.

Transportation costs should also be factored into the budget. There are no buses or streetcars, so be prepared to pay by cab (boarding and each kilometer – about 7 ringgit, or 85 rubles) or rent a scooter, with which you will be much more mobile and can see more. For example, to explore non-touristy Langkawi, be sure to include a visit to the fishing villages in your itinerary. It is there that you can observe the lives of ordinary people.

What to see in Langkawi – Top 10 attractions

Langkawi is a small island in Malaysia, which attracts, above all, picturesque nature, but you can also see museums, temples and parks. The island is notable for its good roads, accessible transport interchanges, with clear signposts everywhere. Langkawi’s attractions are located all around the island, so it is best to rent a car or bike to visit and see them. There is no need to buy tours from agencies, you can see the most interesting places of Langkawi in Malaysia on your own.

Langkawi, Malaysia

In order not to waste time, before your trip make a list of Langkawi (Malaysia) attractions, to see them, as a rule, you will need 2-3 days. We offer an overview of the places that attract tourists.

Langkawi Attractions

1. The cable car and Sky Bridge (Heavenly Bridge).

Cableway in Langkawi

This landmark is iconic for Langkawi and should be on your must-see list. The Sky Bridge often graces guidebooks as it is considered by locals to be a symbol of the island, just like the eagle. At 125 meters long, the landmark is among the longest suspension bridges in the world, and its construction was not easy. All the elements of the bridge had to be lifted to the top of the mountain by helicopter and then mounted in the right position.

You can get to Heavenly Bridge on your own by cable car. It carries passengers in closed cabins. The first stop is located in the East Village, tourists climb to the top of Mat Cincang. From here you can see the entire archipelago, and in sunny weather it is easy to see the shores of Thailand. The cable car covers a distance of 2 km. From the cable car to the bridge there is a curved path.

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Sky Bridge

You can pay 16 ringgit (the cost of visiting the bridge is included) and reach the bridge on the Sky Glide, a glass booth that rides on rails. With a track length of 94 meters, the SkyGlide booth can hold up to 12 passengers (up to 1,050 kg) per ride. The cabin’s journey from the top station to the SkyBridge takes less than 2 minutes. The SkyGlide ticket is sold separately from the standard SkyCab ticket. The ticket can only be purchased at the SkyGlide ticket office at the upper station.

A visit to the Sky Bridge costs 6 ringgit, in case you choose to go up on foot rather than on the Sky Glide. It is best to arrive in the morning, the closer to lunch, the more people there will be.

The cable car is regularly closed for maintenance, see www.panoramalangkawi.com for exact dates. Cost (ringgit):

  • standard stall fare – 78;
  • Children’s ticket (under 12 years) – 58.

The road carries passengers every day from 9-30 to 19-00.

2. Kilim Geo Park Nature Reserve

A karst nature reserve located in the northeast of Langkawi, it is interesting to see the natural caves that have been formed over millions of years.

Kilim Geo Park Nature Reserve

The attraction on the map of Langkawi covers an area of 100 square kilometers and has many lagoons, comfortable beaches, and small islets. Tourists begin the tourist route along the Kilim River. Its one bank is densely covered with vegetation – mangrove forests dominate, and on the other bank limestone cliffs rise. The forests are home to monkeys, squirrels, monitor lizards and crocodiles. The river is home to over 40 species of fish, otters and even dolphins.

Nature Caves at Kilim Geo Park

Interesting fact! As part of a guided tour, you can see the farms where the fish are bred and the cave. If you rent a boat yourself, it is cheaper than buying a tour.

Experienced tourists recommend taking a camera with a good lens and be sure to stock up on a light snack.

  • The cost of boat tours ranges from 350 to 550 MYR.
  • Open: from 9:00 to 17:00.
  • Website: kilimgeoforestpark.com.

3. 3D Art Museum.

3D Art Museum

There are similar museums in many countries, but travelers note that the attraction on Langkawi in Malaysia is the most interesting. This museum is the second largest in the world and the largest in Malaysia, with an area of 2 thousand square meters. The museum has more than a hundred objects with optical illusions on various topics.

Good to know! If you bought a combo ticket for the cable car, the entrance to the museum will be free for you.

An optical illusion in a 3D art museum

The main feature – the museum is clean, you can walk barefoot and sit on the floor, which is very relevant if you want not only to see the objects, but also to take original photographs. It is best to visit the museum closer to closing time, when there are the least number of visitors.

  • The price of an adult ticket is 38 MYR, children’s ticket is 28.
  • Opening hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Website: http://artinparadise.com.my/.

On a side note! A selection of the top 10 beaches throughout Malaysia can be found here.

4. Telaga Tujuh Falls

Another name of the attraction is “Seven Wells”. The popular place is located in the western part of Langkawi. Streams of water fall freely from the Mat Cincang slope, on their way there are seven escarpments that form seven lakes communicating with each other. The lake water is fresh and pleasant to wash your face with after a difficult climb.

At the foot of Telaga Tujuh waterfall

To reach the waterfall on your own, you must climb 638 steps. From the waterfall you can go higher by an eco-trail to a height of about 700 meters. The total time of ascent is about 2.5-3 hours, so you will need good physical preparation. You do not need special skills and experience as a mountaineer.

Good to know! The best time to see the waterfall is the first half of fall. In hot weather, streams dry up and only small streams flow down from the rocks. However, you should note that the route is more difficult to follow in the fall.

Telaga Tujuh waterfall

To see the Langkawi attraction on your own, it is easiest to come to the East Village or Pantai Kok beach. Entrance for tourists is free.

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5. Wildlife Park

This attraction used to be called Bird Paradise and is sure to excite adults and children alike. There are 150 species of birds that can be fed, stroked and touched.

Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise

Important to know! You can buy birdseed at the entrance for 6 MYR.

Birds in Bird Paradise

All the tourist paths are comfortable and covered with awnings, so you can walk in the park in any weather. In addition, there are regular animal shows, you can feed parrots, giant fish and even a crocodile. If you plan to visit the attraction on your own, check the exact schedule on the park’s website.

  • Location: Jalan Ayer Hangat Street, Kampung Belanga Pecah.
  • You can see the attraction every day from 8-30 to 18-30.
  • Tickets are sold only until 6pm. Cost: full price 45 MYR, children (under 12) 28 MYR.
  • Website: langkawiwildlifepark.com.
6. Eagle Square.

Another revered landmark of the island in Malaysia, the main symbol of Langkawi, the eagle, is located here. The statue is 12 meters high and every tourist is sure to be photographed next to the proud bird. Within walking distance there is Langkawi Legend Park, working souvenir stores and shopping malls.

Eagle Statue in Langkawi Square

Good to know! Located next to the pier in Kuah town.

7. Night Market

Langkawi Night Market

If you don’t know what to see in Langkawi to experience the local culture, visit the night market. Such outlets are common in Malaysia. They open at about five or six p.m. and trade lasts until 10 p.m. As a rule, by this time all the goods are sold out. The main range – the national dishes of Malaysian cuisine. Local villagers come to the night markets and offer fresh fruit and vegetables, a wide choice of meat dishes – mini kebabs, chicken with various sauces. As a side dish, you can buy traditional noodles, and for dessert – Malay sweets and drinks.

Good to know! Depending on the day of the week, night markets open in different parts of Langkawi. All outlets are far away from tourist spots and hotels.

Street food at Langkawi Night Market

Despite the distance from the main tourist routes, the night markets are often visited by travelers, because only here you can see and taste the national dishes in the original execution. Be sure to try the treats in bamboo stems or wrapped in banana leaves. Another feature of the Langkawi Island attraction is the ridiculous prices. All food costs from 1 to 6 MYR.

Interesting fact! If you want to cook the dish yourself, be sure to ask the vendor for the set of ingredients and cooking techniques. Malaysians are happy to share their culinary secrets.

Durian at Langkawi Night Market

In addition to the delicious and unusual dishes at the night markets, you can see the inner, national colors – simple village families, children and older families, choosing one of the most popular fruits – durian. All the colors of the national dress are found in the market. If you are wary of walking through the night market on their own, buy a guided tour, in which a Russian-speaking guide will lead you through the most famous outlets and answer all questions. The cost of such a tour varies from $30 to $60, depending on the location of the hotel and the duration of the tour.

Important to know! If you want to visit the night market by yourself, you need to pick the most modest and simple clothes.

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8. Snorkeling in Pulau Payar Marine Park

Pulau Payar Marine Park

Another interesting place on the list of what to see in Langkawi on your own is Pulau Payar Marine Park. The attraction is located 30 km from Langkawi. It is a small island located on the way to another popular Malaysian Penang. Its length is 1.5 km and width is only 100 m. The marine park also includes several small islets near Pulau Payar.

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In terms of tourism infrastructure Pulau Payar is not interesting for a long vacation. Come here for the snorkeling and diving. Tourists are also offered tours of the protected area.

Interesting fact! Pulau Payar is the best place for snorkeling in Langkawi.

It takes 45 minutes to get from Langkawi to the park, the best way to do this is to take a speed catamaran to Quah Marina. The park is famous for the clearest water, plenty of corals and a variety of marine life. There are crayfish, crabs, perches, sharks, shrimp, lobsters, groupers.

Important to know! For breaking off a branch of coral on Langkawi there is a penalty of imprisonment.

Snorkeling at Pulau Payar Marine Park

The best time to visit the marine park is from February to October. There are no hotels, so people come here only for snorkeling and diving. There is a tourist center where you can get all the information you need.

What you need to know:

  • There are many crabs and lampreys in the sand on the shore;
  • Tourists are offered to feed the sharks;
  • Do not go deep into the island on your own;
  • to explore the depths of the sea, it is best to rent a boat with a transparent bottom.

There are showers for travelers, sun loungers and a restaurant on the shore. The cost of an adult ticket is 5 MYR, for children the ticket price is 50% less.

Before going to the marine park, you should study the weather forecast, because during strong winds, the water becomes turbid and it is impossible to see the sea beauty. Also, it is necessary to provide – there is no fresh water on Poalu Pajar, it is better to take it with you. During the high season, the number of travelers here increases dramatically.

It is best to buy an excursion tour for a day, the price for one person with snorkeling equipment – 180-230 MYR, for diving 320-380 MYR.

9. Temple Wat Koh Wanararm

Rock Carved Goddess Statue

This is one of the most interesting Buddhist temples in Langkawi. The main feature is the statue of the goddess, which is carved in the rock of marble. It is noteworthy that the statue is constantly being improved, because the temple is built on donations, but there are few Buddhists in this part of Malaysia.

Of great interest is the area surrounding the temple, it is decorated with a park, ponds, bridges and pavilions. There are eight stupas that symbolize different spiritual states. People come here to enjoy the peace and quiet, because the temple was built far from the road. The walk takes from one hour. The entrance is free.

Wat Koh Wanararm Temple

The temple is located two kilometers from the settlement of Kuah in Malaysia. Getting there on your own is most comfortable by cab or by renting a car. It is easy to navigate by the signs. One is on Jalan Ayer Hangat Street. There is free parking next to the temple where cars are left.

The prices in the article are for May 2021.

Attractions of Langkawi are diverse and colorful, which is why tourists from all over the world come here every year to see flamingos, ride elephants, walk to a waterfall and a cave. It is also a great place to relax with children.

Langkawi sights are marked on a map in Russian.

Video: extensive review of Langkawi and its attractions, interesting facts about the island and useful travel tips.

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