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Welcome to Langkawi

Sitting beside the Malaysia-Thailand border off northeast Malaysia, tropical archipelago Langkawi serves as a tranquil escape from the metropolitan thrum of Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Get acquainted with ‘the Jewel of Kedah’ on boat or Jet Ski tours, which reveal mangrove forests, eagles, and the area’s 100-plus islands—few of which are inhabited. Don’t miss out on the SkyBridge, reachable by a cable car ride that glides thousands of feet over jungle and ocean. Sunset cocktails on Chenang Beach are the perfect way to end a day in paradise.

Top 10 attractions in Langkawi

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Mahsuri's Tomb (Makam Mahsuri)

Mahsuri's Tomb (Makam Mahsuri)

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A young woman who died around 1819, Mahsuri is an important figure in Langkawi, and though it was only built in the 1950s, Mahsuri’s Tomb (Kota Mahsuri) is one of the island’s more meaningful tourist attractions. Besides the tomb, there’s a museum, a handicrafts shop, a theater, food outlets, a re-created traditional house, and a well believed to be magical.More
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Langkawi Sky Bridge

Langkawi Sky Bridge

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A unique structure with spectacular views of Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved suspension bridge on Mt. Machinchang. The 410-foot-long (125-meter-long) span hangs from a single pylon, 328 feet (100 meters) above the ground, offering excellent views of the jungle-covered mountains below and the Andaman Sea beyond.More
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Langkawi Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah)

Langkawi Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah)

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Sitting to the west of Langkawi’s archipelago of paradise islands, Langkawi Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah) is an idyllic haven, with pristine beaches flanked by a verdant forested inland. Fully conforming to the tranquil Andaman Island ideal, a trip to the shores of Beras Basah is a popular activity for those visiting Pulau Langkawi.Pulau Beras Basah (literal translation: “Island of Wet Rice”) benefits from remaining non-commercial, yet is still easily accessible from the main island of Langkawi. Despite the daytrippers, it retains its laid-back paradise island ambience with ease. With not much to do but relax then, Beras Basah Island is the ideal place to sunbathe or take a dip in the island’s inviting waters, where swimmers and snorkelers are said to spot schools of playful dolphins from time to time.More
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Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall)

Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall)

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One of Langkawi’s top natural attractions, Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall) is a scenic series of rock pools set atop a towering waterfall in the middle of the jungle. The waterfall itself drops around 295 feet (90 meters) through the forest, while monkeys add local color even when water is short. Sweeping views stretch across the island.More
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Tanjung Rhu

Tanjung Rhu

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Tanjung Rhu has one of Langkawi’s most celebrated shorelines—and for good reason. Flanked by limestone cliffs jutting out into the Andaman Sea, the beach at Tanjung Rhu is breathtakingly attractive; the sand is as soft and white as any Thai island, its waters are crystal-clear and it affords some incredible views across the other Langkawi islands.The beach is not the only draw for many visitors to Tanjung Rhu however, with many people heading further inland behind the shoreline and into Tanjung Rhu Village—home to some of Malaysia's most fascinating and diverse wildlife and natural landscape.Tanjung Rhu Village is a place where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of Mother Nature. Monkeys, kingfishers and huge monitor lizards gather to greet visitors along the river banks, while eagles soar overhead. Elsewhere, the village’s fish farm restaurant serves up fresh seafood straight from the ocean.More
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Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang)

Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang)

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Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang) is the second highest peak on Langkawi and the oldest mountain in the whole of Southeast Asia. This majestic mountain range is covered in dense rainforest and features some incredibly old and impressive rock formations. Mt. Machinchang, also written Mt. Mat Cincang and Gunung Mat Cincang, is one of three UNESCO World Heritage Geoparks on Langkawi and is understandably one of the top tourist attractions on the island.The rainforest within Mt. Machinchang is home to some ancient, gigantic trees, as well as a flurry of forest animals, including the macaque monkey and an array of birdlife, including the eagle – the symbol of Langkawi itself.A cable car carries passengers 709 meters above sea-level to the top of Mt. Machinchang. One of the steepest cable car rides in the world, the journey offers breathtaking views of the rainforest and the Seven Wells Waterfall, along with Langkawi’s islands scattered in the Andaman Sea below. From the top of the peak on a clear day, Mt. Machinchang presents sweeping views all the way to the Malaysian mainland and even across to southern Thailand.More
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Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

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The second-largest island in Langkawi archipelago, Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting) and its surrounding lake are enshrouded in folklore. Visit the lake where legend says a celestial princess placed her baby after his death (the waters are thought to aid in conceiving). Try snorkeling, bird-watching, and cave exploring too.More
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Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)

Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)

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Dataran Lang, or Eagle Square in English, is a square on Langkawi near the port where ferries sail in and out. It is the first sight visitors to this Malaysian island will see when they arrive by boat. In the square is a giant statue of an eagle poised to take flight. The eagle is almost 40 feet tall. The reddish-brown eagle was built as a symbol of the island since, according to folklore, Langkawi’s name came from two Malay words, Helang which means “eagle” and Kawi which means “reddish brown.” It is one of Langkawi's most recognizable sights.Eagle Square is about 19 acres large and has covered terraces, small ponds, fountains, footbridges, shops, and cafes. The square also has covered pavilions where events are held. Nearby you'll also find several duty-free shops. The square offers gorgeous views of Kuah Bay that leads into the sea and the surrounding mountains. From the square, you can also watch the ferries crossing the bay. After dark, the square and the eagle are illuminated with lights.More
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Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

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Formally known as Langkawi SkyCab, the Langkawi Cable Car takes riders high above the Langkawi rain forest on Mt. Mat Cincang (Gunung Mat Cincang) for a panoramic view of the surrounding islands and sea. It boasts Malaysia’s longest free span mono-cable car—at 3,117 feet (950 meters)—and is among the steepest on the planet.More
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Langkawi Craft Complex (Kompleks Kraf Langkawi)

Langkawi Craft Complex (Kompleks Kraf Langkawi)

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Thanks to Langkawi’s status as a Duty Free Port, shopping in the city is popular and inexpensive. Established in 1966, the Langkawi Craft Complex (Kompleks Kraf Langkawi) specializes in traditional Malayan handcrafted items — things like hand-dyed batiks, silver jewelry, ceramics and woven tote bags.The complex often hosts craft demonstrations and cultural performances. A series of on-site exhibitions cover topics like traditional wedding ceremonies, Islamic heritage and local legends.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Langkawi

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Wonderful
yjyjahn, Aug 2018
Mangrove Forest Kayaking Tour from Langkawi
We were lucky enough to see a dolphin too.
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Best thing we did in Langkawi, Our...
achraf s, Apr 2016
Langkawi Archipelago Jet Ski Tour Including Dayang Bunting Island
The 5 of us did the 4 hour tour around the islands, visited the geopark, and went to see the eagles feeding.
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Fabulous half day exploration of the Kilim Geoforest
Alison_B, Mar 2020
Half-Day Mangrove Safari Boat Tour in Langkawi
Visit a bat cave / mangrove area , then onto a river tour to see eagles and fish farm.

A local’s pocket guide to Langkawi

Lara Sanchez

Lara is a Viator product designer who spends her vacation time leading group trips around the world. Malaysia is one of the latest additions to her catalogue of trips designed to connect with local culture.

The first thing you should do in Langkawi is...

head to the beach. I like Cenang Beach, with its many restaurants and bars. Book lunch at Putumayo and have a cocktail at Thirstday.

A perfect Saturday in Langkawi...

is spent on a boat sailing along the mangroves in the Kilim river. If you’re not afraid of bats, don’t miss the Bat Cave.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

snorkeling in Pulau Payar Marine Park. There's corals and unbelievable wildlife even in the shallows near the beach. Oh, and tons of friendly sharks.

To discover the "real" Langkawi...

go for a walk further away from the beaches. The island is still very rural with villages and paddy fields, where farmers work with their water buffaloes.

For the best view of the city...

head to the Sky Bridge to get fantastic views of the whole island. Time your visit with sunset but beware of the monkeys—they’re not very friendly.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Langkawi is not an active destination. There's lot of things to do, from island hopping, snorkeling, and scuba diving to kayaking and golf.

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