15 Things To Do In Langkawi Malaysia! The Ultimate Guide

So far I have traveled to 50+ countries in my lifetime and I have to say, I fell in love with the nature and beauty in Langkawi, Malaysia.  I am almost hesitant to tell you about it, as I don’t want tourism to spoil what we have experienced.

At the same time I wish you could all see this place.  I know I have more of the world to see, but Langkawi Malaysia ranks very high for us.  Come with us as we show you our guide to Langkawi, and check out all of the fun things to do in Langkawi with kids. The Ultimate Guide Of 15 Things To Do In Langkawi Malaysia with kids. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com We would like to thank Naturally Langkawi for providing us this week-long experience in the luscious Langkawi.

About Langkawi Malaysia

The name Langkawi is actually made from 2 local words.  Langkawi is the home of eagles and it is also geographically rich in marble rock; loads of the stuff. Since eagle in Malay is ‘Helang’ and marble in Sanskrit is ‘Kawi’, they’ve just put these words together as ‘Helangkawi’, which later became Langkawi.

So there you go, the translation for Langkawi is Eagle Rock!  They have this big sculpture of an Eagle on a rock near the main ferry port. Langkawi - Eagle Rock Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands, forming the regions first geopark.

When you are out on the water and up close and personal with these beautiful rock islands, you get a feel for how amazing this world really is.  The rock islands are dated over 550 million years old and almost all of them have a mushroom-capped top of wild jungle growing on them.

During our Jet Ski Island Hopping tour, we were up close and personal with these beauties and even rode through a cave.  It was refreshing to see so much nature and natural surroundings which weren’t overrun with resorts and tourists.  If you want to see Langkawi Island, this is the time to go. The Pregnant Maiden Langkawi Malaysia

Why We Loved Langkawi

  • Gorgeous Beaches – We found the sand to be very soft and white.  We are beach and sea loving people, deep in our veins, and we are pretty particular about them.  These were lovely to walk along.  We aren’t much for just sunning on the beach, as we like to keep active or be in the water. Check out this guide to Langkawi Beaches!Meritus Pelangi Free and Easy Time
  • Adventure!

    Just take a look at our list of things to do in Langkawi and decide for yourself.  There are amazing ways to explore island hopping Langkawi, with boats, jetskis and more.

  • Romance 

    Yes, even with 2 kids in tow!  After 18 years of marriage we still have a some sparks left in us.  There are many Langkawi attractions, which will facilitate the romance.

  • Diversity, Nature & Culture

    We were surprised at the options for dining around the island.  There is such a good mix of cultures.  Of course predominantly Malay, with a mix of Indian, Chinese, Arabic and more.

    We experienced rain forests, mangroves, wildlife, beaches, and even learned about their culture and legends.  It was absolutely majestic watching eagles soar above us.  That would be a rare sighting in the USA and they were plentiful while in Langkawi.

  • Sunsets!

    We love a spectacular sunset and when we were awake early enough to see the sunrise, it was just as amazing. Sunset at Berjaya Langkawi Pahn Thai Restaurant

  • Easy access from mainland Malaysia – We found very inexpensive flights from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Penang.  It was about $14 each to fly to Langkawi from Penang and about $18 each to fly from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur.  Of course you will need to check for the best deals for your dates.  We almost always use Skyscanner for the cheapest options.

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Things To Do In Langkawi With Kids!  (*parents discretion)

Of course when you are on an island, you get a chance to have a mix of activities, both on land and sea.  We are suckers for both, but have a tendency to love the water activities. Don’t be surprised with our amazing list of favorites, some of which we provided a full review on TripAdvisor. Just look for the link “Our Review” at the end of the activity, if you want to know more about our experience.

  1. Island Hopping Tour on Jet Skis

    Our experience was provided by Mega Water Sports.  This was no doubt the family favorite!  Yes, we can ride Jet Skis anywhere, but no other place can we go on an 8 island hopping tour and spend 4+ hours out having a blast.  We also had time to learn about the local legends, like the Pregnant Maiden and swim in her lake.

    Just so you know, we didn’t drink the water.  Read Our Review to find out more. * I would say this is appropriate for older children, who are confident swimmers and have the strength to hold on.  There is plenty of bouncing around and perhaps a bounce off as well.  Click here for deals on jet ski tours and have a blast.Mega Water Sports 8 Island Hopping Jetski Tour Langkawi

  2. Mangrove Kilim Geoforest Park

    Boats hired from Tanjung Rhu or the Kilim River cruise through Langkawi’s Geoforest Park along winding rivers flanked with dense mangrove swamps, rainforests and unusual geological formations.  Click here for tickets and deals for mangrove tour.

    We experienced, watching bats in the caves, seeing monkeys all around, eagles soaring and feeding, as well as fish feeding at Hole in the Wall.  We even had our boat driver take us out of the park slightly, where off in the distance we could see Thailand in the Andaman Sea and stopped for a quick swim. Our Review Kilim Geoforest Park Langkawi Malaysia

  3. Rice Museum

    The Laman Padi in Langkawi may not be high on most lists of things to do, but you should check it out.  We visited a similar museum in Vietnam and were surprised to find out we didn’t know as much about rice as we thought.  It is free and located on Chenang Beach, across from the Meritus Pelangi Resort & Spa.  You can also dine over the rice paddies at Seashells, more on that below. Seashells Chenang Beach dine over rice paddies

  4. Langkawi SkyCab (also referred to as the Langkawi Cable Car)

    The Langkawi SkyCab is the longest free span for a single rope cable car at about 950m.  Oh and don’t forget the Langkawi sky bridge.  There are 2 viewing areas, the highest is at 650m above sea level.  

    There are really incredible views from up there and you can get a feel for how big the geopark is.   Here is our full Review. They do have VIP and glass bottom car options, for those that like a little something extra.  I think I would freak out if mine had a glass bottom!  Click here for deals on Langkawi skycab and skybridge tours.

    Langkawi SkyCab and Hanging Bridge Views

  5. Mardi Agrotechnology Park

    If you love fruits and eco tourism, then this is a perfect place for you.  Spread over some 35 hectares of land area, this agrotech park was set up in 1990 and is run & managed by the government.

    There is a guided fruit farm tour offered inside the park.  Some of the many fruits you can see here include star fruits, guava, citrus, mango, rambutan, pulasan, durian, cempedak, jackfruits, longan, and many others.  We didn’t have time to explore this activity, but we had to leave some things for a return visit.

  6. Rhino Adventure

    Our experience was provided by Naam Adventure.  Who doesn’t love a bit of riding around and climbing hills, exploring local villages and bouncing around?  I know our kids had a blast.  This is a perfect tour for beginners with 4×4 driving or off-road experiences.

    Alan and I used to own a Jeep and have experienced a variety of fun off-road toys, so this was nice and leisurely for us.  It was about a 45-minute guided tour and we even learned about rubber trees!  I love it when homeschool sneaks into the day! Wagoners Abroad with Naam Rhino Adventure in Langkawi Malaysia

  7. Underwater World

    Underwater World Langkawi is Malaysia’s largest aquarium, housing more than 500 species of animals and sea creatures including harbour seals, rockhopper penguins, sharks, as well as flamingos and mandarin ducks.  We do like aquariums, but we have plans to visit one in Singapore, so missed out on this one.

  8. Parasailing 

    Our experience was provided by Naam Adventure.  Up up and away.  We had seen many parasailing operators while visiting Penang, but opted not to do it as the landings didn’t always look the safest.  When presented the opportunity to give it a try in Langkawi, we hopped at the chance.  Especially when we found out it was with this class act, including being released and returned to the boat.

    They let you decide if you wanted to get wet or not.  If it was a yes, you could dip in to your toes, knees or thighs.  Lars asked for a dip, but didn’t get one because it was too windy.  As a mom, I appreciated the crews decision for safety over the “I did it” moment.  A great day out, as it was paired with the Rhino adventure. Naam Adventure Langkawi Parasailing Alan and Anya

  9. Eco Adventure Activities 

    Skytrex Adventure – If we had just one more day, this would have been on our list of things to do.  The kids were begging to go, but we were just so busy.  I don’t mean to sound snobby about this, but we have done our fair share of zip lining and things like this around the world, remember me becoming a serious tree hugger (go to 5 min marker) in Jamaica?

    We wanted to do other things in Langkawi, this time around.  This would likely be a kid favorite for sure.  It is located near the craft center and there are many package options to choose from.

  10. Snorkeling/Diving  

    Our experience was provided by Langkawi Coral Island.  We spent the day out at the Pulau Payar (Payar Island) Marine Park and the day was ours to explore.  It was about a 1-hour ferry ride out to the island and we had about 4 hours to snorkel and eat the box lunches provided.  Alan opted to go for a single tank dive, for a nominal additional fee.  It was fantastic to show the kids things that 90% of the people there, didn’t take the time to notice.We found several nudibranchs, a grouper as big as Anya, many black tip reef sharks, angel fish, parrot fish, puffer fish, all kinds of coral and more.  The kids were openly grateful that their parents were experienced divers and could find all of these “hidden gems”.

    Most people just swim on by and look for the brightly colored fish, rather than take the time to see what is really beneath them.  It was great to see their enthusiasm for sea life.  After lunch, the crew gathers the scraps and they are thrown off the end of the pier.  It was shark and fish feeding time!  An Amazing Experience with the kids!  Click here to buy tickets or find the best deals on tours.Palau Payar Marine Park Snorkeling in Langkawi Malaysia

  11. Bird Watching 

    Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise is a five-acre park and home to over 2,500 exotic birds from 150 species such as canaries, owls, eagles, toucans, hornbills and flamingos.

  12. The Langkawi Duck Tour

    The Langkawi Duck Tour is a 45 minute amphibious bus/boat tour from Oriental Village to Telaga Harbour Park and back.  We were driving behind one and it was funny to see it on the road.  Everyone on board had grins from ear to ear, as we passed.  This would be a big hit with the younger kids for sure and below 4 yrs is free!

  13. Sunset Dinner Cruise 

    Our experience was provided by Naam Adventure.  This was a very peaceful and relaxing evening out.  Remember that romance I mentioned above?  Well, the kids hung out on the bow of the boat, while Alan and I had the evening to hang out drinking wine in the back.  This was about a 2-hour tour of the surrounding islands and we also learned about some local culture.  Once the sun set, it was back to the jetty.  Feel free to read our review, and you can also click here to view deals from several cruisesSunset Dinner Cruise with Naam Adventure Langkawi Malaysia

  14. Waterfalls

    There are at least three, easily accessible, waterfalls to be visited: Durian Perangin Waterfall, Seven Wells Waterfall and Temurun Waterfall.  We visited during the dry season, so didn’t venture out to see any of the waterfalls.

  15. Rent scooters!

    Just get out and explore off the beaten path. If you know us, you know we like to get out and explore.  Our schedule was jam-packed during our visit, so renting scooters is the one thing we wished we had time for.  Just check out our scooter adventures in Vang Vieng, Phuket, Krabi, and Koh Phangan.  It is okay to just go and get lost, explore and then find your way back. Rental periods are usually for 24 hours and it is fairly very low-cost entertainment. Krabi Scooter Day (3)

 

Organized Tours

Don’t know what to do in Langkawi?  There are also many organized tours for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour.  There is so much to do and Viator has so many great offers for you.  Click here to see their latest Langkawi Deals!


Where to Stay Langkawi Resorts & Hotels

We were in Langkawi a total of 6 nights and stayed 3 nights at 2 different resorts and it is understood that everyone doesn’t have a budget for resorts.  That said, we asked fellow travelers their thoughts on where they were staying.   We have a list available for you below, of the recommended accommodation.  Of course there is far more to choose from, but we didn’t want to list things unless they were recommended.

Berjaya Langkawi Resort

This is one of the largest 5 star resorts on the island.  If you are looking to get away from it all and have the rainforest, white beaches, glistening sea and great service, than this is the place for you.  We stayed here for 3 nights in a Rainforest Studio Chalet and have provided a full review of our experience.  Berjaya Langkawi Resort Rainforest and BeachThere are over 400 rooms on 70 acres of rainforest land.  It feels like you are one with nature, yet have all of the 5 star amenities.  They also have those to die for chalets over the beautiful blue Andaman Sea available as well.  It is located near the water and but not close to town.

The resort is just a 50-minute drive from the ferry port and about 25 minutes from the airport.  There are just a couple of shops and restaurants within walking distance, at the Oriental Village.  They also have many available within the hotel property.  Check prices and availability.

Meritus Pelangi Resort & Spa Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa - Read more on WagonersAbroad.comWe stayed here for 3 nights in beach front connecting rooms.  This was really our ideal style of accommodation.  The resort wasn’t too big and it was within walking distance to town.  We had easy beach and pool access and the staff was very welcoming and helpful.

This is located on Chenang Beach, where you will find many of the watersports activities available.  There are also many international as well as local restaurants, and plenty of shops.  I also recommend the spa treatments here.  I enjoyed a 1 hour massage, during our visit.  We’ve provided a full review of our experience on the blog.  Check prices and availability.

Adya Hotel

This is a newer 4 star hotel and is a favorite among families with children.  It is located near the water and close to town.  It’s just a 10 minute drive from the ferry port and about 15 – 20 minutes from the airport.  There are shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as options within the hotel. This is rated very highly among families with children.  Check prices and availability.

One Hotel Helang

If you are looking for something close to the airport, this is a great option. There isn’t much within walking distance, but many of the activities are organized as tours and transportation is often provided.  This is a 4 star property with above average family ratings.  Check prices and availability

The Danna

This is a luxury hotel situated right near the marina.  It is actually very close to the Berjaya and the Langkawi Skycab.  It is located near the water, but not close to town.  It’s just a 45-minute drive from the ferry port and about 20 minutes from the airport.  This is rated very highly among families with children.  We met a nice couple on our Jet Ski tour that was staying there and they raved about the property.  Check prices and availability.

The Cottage Langkawi

This property provides cottages and backpackers hostel rooms.  It is located along Chenang Beach.  They offer affordable prices, for those that aren’t looking for the resort experience.  This is rated very highly among families with children.  Check prices and availability.

Other Langkawi Accommodation options

There are also many Homestay options, which provide you with more of a local experience.  We met the owner of this homestay, but did not have time to go and see it.  MyZ Homestay

Langkawi Restaurants!

We all love our food and during our week in Langkawi, we were provided with a variety of eating options.  We requested that we not always have the 5-star experience and eat where the locals eat.  Our request was honored and we had a nice mix of fine dining, casual dining and absolute local.  We will share them all with you!

  • Seashells

    Located on Chenang Beach, across from the Meritus Pelangi.  The food was local Malay and delicious.  We dined above the rice paddies and really enjoyed the ambiance.  Our Review Seashells Chenang Beach

  • Orkid Ria Seafood

    Located on Chenang Beach, great food, service and prices.  Our Review Orchid Ria Chenang Beach

  • Jom Ikan Bakar Masakan Ala-Kampung

    This is as local as it can get.  A wonderful seafood buffet, with chicken options as well.  This is very low-cost and tasty as well.  There are a few of these located around the island.  The one we visted was fairly close to the airport.  Our Review Wagoners Abroad eating local in Langkawi Restaurant Ikan Bakar Padang Mastsirat

  • Hole in the Wall

    Located within Kilim Geoforest, this was not only a great local food, but also a fish feeding station.  While we were waiting for our food, it was off to feed the fish and touch the sting rays.  Our Review Kilim Geoforest Park Langkawi Malaysia Hole in the wall floating restaurant

  • Laila Kebab House

    Located within the Oriental Village, at the base of the Langkawi Skycab.  This was one of our family favorites for sure.  The food was in abundance and excellent.  Our Review Wagoners Abroad at Laila Kebab House Langkawi - Oriental Village

  • Meritus Pelangi Resort

    • Spice Market Restaurant

      We enjoyed the daily breakfast buffet as well as 1 dinner buffet. It was like we were in a food amusement park.  We wanted to try everything!  Outside was someone making fresh items on the grill, all we had to do was select what meat we wanted grilled.  There was also a noodle and pasta station, as well as endless fruits, desserts and entree items.Meritus Pelangi dinner buffet desserts

  • Berjaya Langkawi Resort

    • Dayang Cafe

      They provided amazing daily breakfast and dinner buffet options.  Each evening is a different theme, so the food options change.  They have a few cooking stations for made to order items and plenty of options for all tastes.

    • Pahn Thai Restaurant

      We dined here one evening at sunset.  It was worth it for the views alone, but we also enjoyed some Thai food.  I know that may or may not be exciting for some, but after spending 5 months in Thailand and being away for a while, it was a nice treat for us. dining at Berjaya Langkawi Pahn Thai Restaurant

 

For an alternative point of view, check out the Nomadic Boys’ gay guide to Langkawi.

Have you visited?  Do you have more fun things to do in Langkawi to add to our list?  Just comment below.

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Disclosure: Our accommodation was provided by the Naturally Langkawi  and all opinions are our own.

 

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28 thoughts on “15 Things To Do In Langkawi Malaysia! The Ultimate Guide

  1. Hi Heidi,

    What a review 😉 I haven’t made it to Langkawi but have good travel friends who adore the place. They rave about it, and with your seal of approval and those images I know it must be something else. I also would have to do the motorbike bit, and it may be my fave activity in the area. Just today we went for a motorbike – getting kinda lost – ride through the Bukit of Bali, and we happened upon stunning Balangan Beach, watching the surfers hang 10.

    So far just Penang and KL for us; Langkawi is high on our list though.

    Thanks guys, inspired post!

    Tweeting from Bali.

    Ryan

    • Thanks Ryan. Yep, we spent 2 1/2 weeks in Penang and we are on week 3 in Kuala Lumpur, so know both areas well. Hands down Langkawi was our favorite of the 3 areas. We are into the slower paced and more local feel, which isn’t really the part of Penang or KL we experienced.

      Thanks for stopping by and perhaps sometime we will make it to Bali too.

  2. Heidi,

    It is a real joy to read this and interesting to see what you did on your trip.

    I visited Langkawi way back in September 2000! It was absolutely gorgeous and I agree the beaches are amazing. I also performed my first intro scube dive there.

    I get the sense from your article that the place has more to offer now as there seems to be a few more attractions than I remember. I do recall an amazing pub/restaurant a short walk down the road from our resort. It was all home cooked food by a fun landlady by the name of Uma. She then almost forced us into the bar every night after eating and plied us with free shots amongst our paid drinks. What an amazing place to make wonderful memories.

    We stayed at the Pelangi Beach Resort for just short of a week and I have wonderful memories of that place.

    • Thanks for stopping by to comment. Yes, it does sound like Langkawi has “grown” since you visited. There is plenty to do and see for sure, especially around the Pelangi Beach Resort. About 20 years ago, I visited Koh Samui Thailand. It was mainly some dirt roads a few cars here and there and some beach huts. It was paradise. We returned a couple of months ago and there wasn’t one thing about the island I recognized. It was a city! I couldn’t even find that sleepy beach hut on the beach. That is why I think now is the time to see Langkawi. There is enough there to enjoy yourself, stay active and still enjoy the nature. My guess is it too will change in time and become too congested and touristy, that’s how us humans work.

  3. Heidi it looks like you all had a great time. I can relate to exactly how large the SkyCab is. No photos seem to do it justice. We were there in 2011 on our honeymoon and also visited a few of the other places you mention, including the rice museum. Thank you for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Oh you bet Lyn. This linky thing is fun. I have read some amazing posts, which I may not have found otherwise. So you had your honeymoon there, do you plan to return for a special anniversary?

  4. Hi Heidi,

    We haven’t been to Malaysia yet. The closest we’ve been is Singapore, but Malaysia is on our shortlist. I have heard of Langkawi but had no idea of what it had to offer until now. There certainly are a lot of restaurants and things to do!

    Your photo from Seashells reminded me of when we lived in Bali. Oh, my, the food! We plan to return to Bali and from the sound of it I think I must make it a point to remember Langkawi when we do.

    • So much to see and do out there Linda. We wanted to make it to Bali and never did, so we just need to return someday. Langkawi was wonderful. I bet you could find cheap flights. I know for us to fly from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur was about $20 usd each. 🙂 Let us know if you go.

  5. I visited Malaysia only once and while the diving was extraordinary, the garbage problem was hard to deal with and the deforestation was ever present. I’m glad to see a pristine and happy place to visit. One day I’d like to return.

  6. Fun post! I didn’t make it to Langkawi on my Malaysia trip and now I’m jealous! I visited KL and then went to Borneo. Penang and Langkawi were next on my list but I didn’t make it back…yet!

    I just came from an archipelago as well – my last post was on island hopping in Bocas / Panama.

    -Todd at Visit50.com, tweeting from New York

    • Hey Todd, thanks for stopping by. Well, we didn’t get time to visit Borneo, so we will need to go back too! Panama looks awesome, I have just stepped over the border for lunch once, so I need to get back there one day and really see the country. We did love Langkawi for sure and were just so so about Penang.

    • I know what you mean Michael. There are so many places to visit and not enough time to get to them all “soon”. It was a blast and some of the activities can be done anywhere, it just may not have the epic natural surroundings. Where are you traveling now?

  7. Count me in for the sunset cruise and the paragliding! Malaysia is on my bucket list and now I have a real list to go from where I can plan when the time comes to make it a reality.

    Great photos!

    Cheers,
    Priscilla

  8. Wow, Langkawi really does sound like the perfect destination…with or without kids!! I can see why it’s one of your favorites! Count me in for the jet skis and the paragliding, and I love that you can be completely in the middle of the rainforest though have access to comfort and luxury of a 5 star hotel.

    We’ve really come to enjoy a really adventurous day out and then collapsing in relative luxury at the end of the day. Love it! Malaysia is now on our list!

  9. I went to Langkawi just as the Asian currency crisis hit in Dec/Jan of ’98 I think. My partner and I quickly switched hotels and paid cash – about $40 a night for a 5-star resort. Needless to say, we had a fantastic time. Back then there weren’t this many activities, so it was interesting for me to read and see what’s changed. Next time I go back, it’ll be with my kids, too. Thanks for the great recs.

    • Hey Jody, It was absoulutely perfect. I had a similar experience when I revisited Koh Samui with the family. When I was there 20 yrs ago, in a beach hut for $3 a night. It was like a small town and now it is a big city. Amazing how things change. Glad you liked it and let us know if you visit Langkawi.

  10. You know I don’t always think of Malaysia as a destination to take my family, but after reading this I do. The Kilim Geoforest Park looks particularly interesting. Every since reading Life of Pi, I’ve always wanted to visit a mangrove forest. Maybe it’s time to start planning a Malaysian getaway!

    • Hi Miranda, that was absolutely lovely. Just imagine all of the Eagles soaring above as you meander through the mangroves on a long tail boat. You can stop off in the cave, for lunch and even see bats and monkeys. It is a beautiful place.

  11. Amazing & very informative blog.
    I can’t wait to visit this Island in January.
    So many people tried to change my mind about going…but I’m so glad I decided to go!

    • We fell in love with it all. I am sure you won’t regret going to visit. Let us know what you think and tell us if there are more things to do we should add to our list. Take care and safe travels.

  12. lovely blog and thank you for sharing your experience. I am leaving for Langkawi this Sunday and will be staying at Barjaya as per your recommendation and also will be staying at Adaman for some luxury stay. I will let you know how it does. Thank you again for great travel blog. Best, Rushit

    • oh how exciting! Great places, I am sure you will enjoy the experience. Make sure you walk down from the Berjaya and take the sky tram for amazing views.

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