Langkawi Attractions: Must See Places

 
Many of the great attractions of Langkawi are located within the main island (i.e. Pulau Langkawi) while there are a few that are located offshore in the tiny islands scattered around the main island. In Langkawi, local transport essentially means car/bike rentals, or taxis, although there are limited public bus services in some places.  
 
 
 
The easiest and the most convenient way to visit the attractions would be to take a taxi (you can get one from one of the many stands around the island or just flag down one on the street and hop in). While taxis have fixed rates between one place to the other, they also operate by hourly rate for local tours which is quite economical. All you have to do is just tell the driver which places you want to visit. However you will need to hire the taxi for a minimum of 4 hours. 
 
By road it does not take more than 45 minutes to reach one end of the main island from the other. So if you plan your day carefully you won't spend much time travelling. 
 
For visiting the attractions &átourist places in some of the offshore islands, you will need to take a boat tour or a private boat rental. Some great attractions like the Kilim Geo Park, the mammoth limestone rocks rising from water edge, eagle &ámonkey feeding and stunning mangroves can be best seen from the waters. 
 
There are many sightseeing and island tours run by the local tour operators that you can also avail to visit the tourist places. Although they would cost a bit more, one advantage here is they offer proper guide. If you are in a group, they can also organize a mini van or coach. You will find a link to all such great local tours near the bottom of this page and under the section 'Related Articles'. 
 
Langkawi is sparsely populated and you will hardly see people on the main roads. As you drive along, the swaying coconut &ápalm trees, the lush greenery of the rain forests, the fresh breeze from the ocean and wonderful view of the coastline will often be your company. 
 
If you plan to rent a car (which many do), you will need a good map of the island. There are two ways to go: Either you refer to our Langkawi Map that we ourselves use extensively, or drive down to the nearest tourist information center (there is one in Kuah Town and opposite to the Jetty) and grab a folding map. 
 
 
 
Following are the top attractions and places to visit in Langkawi. In the section that follows after this, you will also find the complete list of attractions arranged by category. I have described the attractions with pictures along with our personal experience &áreviews. 
 
Top 10 Attractions of Langkawi 
Here are our most favorite 10 attractions in Langkawi. 
 
1. Langkawi Cable Car and the Langkawi Sky Bridge (Pantai Kok, near Burau Bay) 
This is an awesome ride on a cable car that has the steepest gradient in the world and taking you to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang over a distance of about 2.1kms. You get breathtaking views of the Andaman sea below along with the scattered islands of Langkawi and the towering peaks. There are two cable car stations with viewing platforms and walking trails. The Skybridge is another engineering marvel. It's a curved suspension bridge high up in the sky that links the cable car top station with a nearby mountain. If you have the spirit of adventure, take the long flight of steps to reach the bridge, walk over it and appreciate the magical creation as you watch the views all around. You will feel you are on top of the world. 
 
2. Kilim Geo Park and Mangroves (Kilim River, North East end of Langkawi) 
You will need to take a boat tour to experience Kilim Geo Park which is a nature reserve full of geological formations and spanning across some 100 square km area. It offers stunning sights of gigantic limestone rocks, millions of years old fossils, mangrove swamps, lovely sights of the islands, beaches &álagoons and lot more. As part of this tour, you will also see floating fish farms where you can yourself feed stingrays, and experience other spectacular activities like eagle feeding, monkey feeding etc. 
 
There is a wonderful fresh water lake locate at the Dayang Bunting Island which is steeped with legend and surrounded by hills and rainforest in a picturesque setting. The lake is great for swimming and the forests excellent for bird watchers. The island is located offshore in the south of main Langkawi island and can be easily reached by a boat. There are plenty of boat tours operating out of Pantai Tengah that can drop you to this lovely spot. 
 
4. Underwater World (Pantai Cenang) 
The 60,000 sq. ft. building houses over 4000 fish and marine creatures and have separate sections for wide range of birds and animals as well. The sections are themed on Tropical Rainforest, Temperate, Sub-Antarctic, Ponds, Corals and so on. There is a 15-meter long tunnel that showcases an array of fish and underwater life in numerous large and small glass tanks that are mostly engraved on the walls. Inside, there are souvenir shops and cafe as well. 
 
5. Eagle Square - Dataran Lang (Kuah Town, South East Langkawi) 
There is a 12-meter high sculpture of a reddish brown eagle at the square and looking into the open bay. The eagle symbolizes origin of Langawi's name and hence such a statue created at Kuah Town close to the jetty (ferry dock). The view of the waters with backdrop of mountains and ferries plying by is really spectacular. 
 
6. Mahsuri's Tomb &áCultural Center (Padang Matsirat, Jalan Makam Mahsuri) 
This place has a mausoleum and the tomb of Mahsuri, the legendary folk lady from Langkawi who was falsely accused of adultery by the wife of village chief and was finally sentenced to death. It was her dazzling beauty that led to the jealousy and the false charge. Before her death, Mahsuri cursed the island for seven generations of ill luck which apparently struck the island soon after her death. But fortunately the bad time has now passed.  
 
This place, also known as Makam Mahsuri, has evolved as a cultural complex which also has a music theater where folk instruments are played, a large gallery with paintings &ámodels depicting Mahsuri's life story, an audio-video room, a typical Malay house the way it used to be centuries back, souvenir shop, food stalls and more. 
 
7. Galeria Perdana (North East, near Kilim Village, Mukim Air Hangat) 
This is a plush museum that showcases collections of gifts and awards received by the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad and his wife. The Prime Minister believed that all his gifts were public properties. The large building with oriental architecture houses many precious items including jewelry, souvenirs, weapons, copper &ámetallic items, furniture, and even his cars and cycles that have been gifted to the Prime Minister during his tenure of service by foreign delegates, statesmen, well-wishers, friends and guests. 
 
8. Langkawi Craft Complex (North Langkawi, Teluk Yu, Mukim Bohor) 
Located at the northern part of Langkawi near Shark Bay Beach, this craft complex showcases wide range of art &áhandicraft craft items reflecting the rich culture and heritage of Malaysia and Langkawi. There are museum sections with exhibits depicting several themes like Heritage, History &áLegends etc. There are exclusive collections of forest based products, silk batik, ceramics, brass &ásilverware and lot more which you can buy from the sales gallery. 
 
9. Pulau Payar Marine Park (An island 30km south of Langkawi) 
Pulau Payar is an island which is located offshore and 30kms south of the main island. A marine park has been developed in the surrounding water area that also includes few other islands. There are scheduled boat trips taking tourists to the marine park for a day's tour. Other than beautiful scenic settings, you can enjoy swimming at the beaches, snorkeling and even diving amongst Langkawi's best marine life &ácorals, hand feed the baby sharks, or just relax and sunbathe. The trip includes all gears and lunch. 
 
10. Langkawi Wildlife Park, formerly Bird Paradise (North East, near Kilim Village) 
Spread across some 5.5 acres of area, this wildlife park (earlier known as the Bird Paradise) is fully covered with roofed pathways. So in sun or rains, you can equally enjoy the park which has over 150 species of animal and bird life. The collection comes from various parts of the world including South Asia, Russia, South America and Malaysia. However, don't expect the large exotic species here. You can interact with the animals during feeding sessions. 
 
 
 
The Other Great Attractions 
There are several other attractions and places that come pretty close to our list of top favorites. Honestly it's very difficult to rank them all. So below I have categorized them under different heads and described them all in detail under those sections. 
 
Know about the great parks, nature reserves, sanctuaries, lakes &álagoons etc. 
An insight into the rich heritage, culture and historical background of the island. 
The top waterfalls of Langkawi 
The top craft centers and art galleries in Langkawi that showcase exquisite items including wide range of handicraft and paintings from exceptionally talented local artists. A new introduction is Malaysia's largest 3-dimensional art museum. 
The great natural caves in Langkawi for the cave lovers. Some of them can be accessed on foot, and some by taking a boat ride. Many of them have amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations, and some are home to large number of bats &áother creatures. 
These are village like complexes developed with their unique and holistic offerings. Some of them like the Oriental Village offers a comprehensive complex with shopping, food, and many attractions &áactivities all packed in one place to make it a one-stop village. 
 
 
 
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Visitors' Reviews/Comments 
 
Norfazilah (December 2014) 
Hi Raj, It was really an insight reading &ábrowsing your website. Very useful &áhelpful indeed. Bravo!! 
 
I'll be in Langkawi from 25/12/14 - 30/12/14. That'll be me + hubby &áour 2 girls age 14 &á10. We'll be staying at Resorts World Langkawi from 25/12/14-28/12/14 and will be in Bay View Langkawi on 28/12/14 - 30/12/14. The last time we've been in Langkawi was in 2001, for an office retreat so we didn't get to venture much. We will leave Langkawi on 30/12/14 at 9.20pm flight. We'll reach a little late on 25/12/14, probably around 8pm, so it'll just be reach Langkawi Airport - head to áhotel - late dinner and rest. In all, we'll have áfull 5 days in Langkawi. 
 
Just wondering if you could comment and tweak my proposed plan. I am quite concerned on the weather during that period. Will it rain a lot and disrupt our Island hopping &ágeopark tour? Would you recommend we rent a car or we hail a cab and rent by the hour? Just for your info, we have always done free and easy for our holidays as we prefer to have our own timing. 
 
Please, if you could help, we've always tried to cover as much as possible all the attractions whether touristy or not for our trip. If there are places where you think we should skip or anything that we missed out, please give us your advise. It'll be very much appreciated. 
 
I have actually grouped the attractions according to the areas, as I thought it might be easier to move about and not having to miss any of them. 
 
Island Hopping &áLangkawi Mangrove Forest and Eagle Watching. Depending on the weather, we would want to cover these 2 tours asap, in case it rains later in the week. Can you propose any reliable tour agency for this? we don't mind sharing boat with others. How long does this tour take, I would prefer if it doesn't stretch the whole day 
 
For the Waterfalls, which would you suggest the easiest for us to get to see 
 
KUAH 
Dataran Lang 
Al-Hana Mosque - Heard this is one of the popular ones. Any others 
that we should go to? 
Taman Lagenda Langkawi 
 
PANTAI KOK 
Oriental Village 
Langkawi Cable Car - is the bridge still close for maintenance? 
Telaga Harbour - Anything interesting to see that we should not miss? 
Telaga Tujuh 
Bird Paradise 
Craft Complex 
Anna &áThe King - is this still available anyway? Didn't see much of it on the net 
 
PANTAI CENANG 
Underwater World Langkawi - we may or may not go as we've gone to 
several aquarium based attractions recently 
Laman Padi 
Go Karting 
 
PADANG MATSIRAT 
Makam Mahsuri 
Air Hangat Village 
Atma Alam Batik 
Beras Terbakar 
Mardi Agrotechnology 
 
OTHERS (I would consider if I have excess time) 
Herbwalk - must I pre-book this with Dr Ghani? Do you know how much does it cost and how long does the tour take? 
Langkawi Orchid Farm - is this worth visiting? 
Nusantara Gamat Factory 
Pasar Malam - Any good pasar malam to recommend 
Night tour - we've heard of night jungle tour is this worth going? 
Kampung tour 
Other agro farms á- any other agro farms other than mardi? 
Langkawi Wildlife 
Galleria Perdana 
Book Village 
 
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) December 2014 
Hi, I don't think weather should be a concern as December is not a monsoon time. Short spurts of shower, if at all won't matter much. If you are comfortable, you can rent a car... but remember unless you are familiar with the island and have a good map, you may end up wasting time finding some of the attractions. 
 
Not sure why you haven't included visits to any beaches which is the main reason why one chooses this island destination. You should visit Pantai Cenang beach and Pantai Tengah, and let your children swim and do some watersports like jet ski or kayaks. They will love them. 
 
Island Hopping and Geopark/Mangroves are two separate boat tours. Island hopping takes 3-4 hours, and a proper Geopark/ Mangrove tour takes almost a full day (9:30am to 4pm). One of the best operators for Geopark is Malibest Resort's travel desk (they take outsider guests as well). Their tour covers one hour visit to the beautiful Tanjung Rhu beach as well. If you want a shorter tour, then go down to Kilim jetty and hire a private boat. 
 
While seven wells waterfalls is the best, but you need to budget some 3 hours for that if you want to climb to the top and enjoy the water pool and the falls. It's quite tiring also to climb the long flights of stairs. You can however see a part of the fall from a lower level also and that doesn't take much time (about 15 minutes from the base). Another alternative is to visit the Durian Perangin waterfall located north of Kilim. The forested landscape while approaching the waterfall is excellent. 
 
Sky bridge is still closed for restoration and will likely re-open in February 2015. 
In Mosques, other than Al Hana, you can also visit the Masjid of Padang Matsirat on Jalan Padang Matsirat. 
 
Nothing exists of Ana &áThe King film set, only the ruins and almost non-accessible. It's near Perdana Quay. 
 
At Telaga Harbor you can stroll on the boardwalk and watch the beautiful marina full of yachts, see sunset, take some snacks or dine at a restaurant by the waterside, or visit some of the boutique shops at Perdana Quay (shopping arcade). 
 
Herbwalk - only by appointment with Dr. Ghani. I don't think he is conducting the original herbwalk yet to explore the medicinal plants and herbs in Langkawi and explaining ways of healthy life. He is in the process of restructuring the program. However I understand you can still meet him for a garden walk and to discuss specific health related topic. This too is to be done with prior appointment. Cost is rm750 (total) for a group size of up to 25. Duration is 2 hours. 
 
Langkawi Orchid Farm is quite nice and has some 200 varieties of orchid collection... from very small (thumbnail size) to up to 2.5 meters tall tree (called Tiger orchids). Try to get hold of Daniel (the owner) for a guided tour... you can then learn a lot about how orchids are cultured. 
 
Pasar Malam - I have discussed all of them here ... ones at Kuah and Padang Matsirat are the best. But watch out for day of the week on which they are held at specific places. 
 
Night tour is good if you are keen to see some of the nocturnal animals of Langkawi like the flying fox and flying squirrels. But there is no guarantee that you will see them. 
 
Book Village is closed, but you can still visit the place and go around the nice landscape and see the buildings. 
 
Good luck! 
 
Rainie Tan (July 2014) 
Hi, I am travelling with my brother. We planned to go by early August. As per plan, we might arrive at Langkawi, Kuah town by around 12 pm. We plan to rent a car or a bike, not sure yet. Then we will visit underwater world, then cable car and telaga tujuh waterfalls. I have read the post previously. Actually , I want to ask that, can we play water at telaga tujuh waterfalls? is it from the middle station or we need to travel by road to reach there? For the next day, we plan to go kilim geoforest and mangroves tour. Actually how long it will take if we don't want islands hopping. And for eagle viewing, is there any alternatives if I dont want to have it by boat tour? besides, may I know, how to get to telaga air hangat? can I slot it into my plan? 
 
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) July 2014 
There is a trekking trail from the middle station of cable car to reach Telaga Tujuh. The trail goes through the forest and may not be an easy trek for all. Alternatively you can reach the waterfall by road and climb the stairs to the top. You can play in the waters at the top. However fitting in all three (Underwater World, Cable Car and Telaga Tujuh) in the second half of a day may be difficult. You can take a short Geopark/Mangroves boat tour from Kilim Jetty (2-hours). Island Hopping is a separate boat tour. Viewing eagle feeding can be done from both these boat tours. 
 
Iza Nurhana (July 2014) 
Hi good afternoon. I have 2 questions 
1) if I go for mangrove tour private boat (2 hours tour) in the morning and then after that proceed with pulau payar marine tour, is that a good idea? if it is, should i go for pulau payar first or geopark first? 
2) for cable car ride do u suggest to go in the morning? (for a better view / climate). if it is ok to go maybe a bit late, is it suitable if i go for mangrove tour 2hr in the morning then later continue with cable car in the afternoon/ evening? 
Thank u very much. my family (8 adult and 1 small kid 1 yr old) will be travel to Langkawi in mid of august. Thank you in advance. 
 
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) July 2014 
Hi, Pulau payar takes almost a full day and it's wise not to combine mangrove tour with that. You can rather go for the 2-hour mangrove tour next morning and followed by cable car. Views from cable car depends on the cloud cover at the peak on Mt. Mat Cincang. You need a bit of luck. 
 
Vipul Nahar (September 2013) 
Hi, Please suggest the suitable and convenient mode of transportation to cover all must see places. 
 
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) September 2013 
Hi, Hire a local taxi by the hour. Will cost you RM25 per hour and minimum 4 hours booking is required. 
 
Vipul Nahar (September 2013) 
Thanks for the info. What do you recommend, shall we book taxi services in advance for whole trip or locally we can book after landing? 
 
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) September 2013 
No need to book a taxi in advance. There are plenty of taxis available in the island. Just ensure that the driver speaks or at least understands English (unless of course you are familiar with local language). It won't be easy to find an English speaking driver. Your best chance is to go to a taxi stand and then choose one rather than flagging down one on the road. Some 'Must see places' like the Kilim Geopark, Dayang Bunting lake or Pulau Payar Marine Park etc can't be covered by taxis. Some of them are offshore locations. You will need to book a tour. You can book them while on the island. I have discussed the tour options under the description of each of such attractions and also under 'Langkawi Tours' menu options.