Karen (February 2019)
Hello, Your website is a wealth of SOLID information, Thank You! Planning a one day visit while in port on a cruise (I know, too short) and wondering if it is worth the time to stop at both the Craft Complex and the Batik Village. Some reviews of the Craft Complex make it seem very touristy. I'd like to go if the good there are authentic and not shipped in from somewhere else. We're doing a Geopark boat tour in the morning and planning to hire a taxi to take us to some stops before back to the ship in Kuah. Thoughts?
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) February 2019
Hi, Complex Craft has a vast range of art & craft on display. It's a huge complex. Their main earning is through tourism and exports, so you will likely find it to be touristy. But you can certainly find many unique items too. Batik Village on the other hand is much smaller, self contained and most prints are handmade in their own in-house factory. You can also try your hands in batik printing (there are lessons and demos given).
Norfazilah (December 2014)
Hi Raj, It was really an insight reading & browsing your website. Very useful & helpful indeed. Bravo!!
I'll be in Langkawi from 25/12/14 - 30/12/14. That'll be me + hubby & our 2 girls age 14 & 10. 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 hotel - late dinner and rest. In all, we'll have full 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 & geopark 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 & Langkawi 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
Al-Hana Mosque - Heard this is one of the popular ones. Any others
that we should go to?
Taman Lagenda Langkawi
Langkawi Cable Car - is the bridge still close for maintenance?
Telaga Harbour - Anything interesting to see that we should not miss?
Anna & The King - is this still available anyway? Didn't see much of it on the net
Underwater World Langkawi - we may or may not go as we've gone to
several aquarium based attractions recently
Air Hangat Village
Atma Alam Batik
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?
Other agro farms - any other agro farms other than mardi?
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 & The 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.
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.