Yes, there are 34 things to do in Langkawi, Malaysia so you will never get bored!
These activities can cater to various types of travelers including soul-searching single nomads, backpackers, group travelers, honeymooners, and families with kids.
That’s the beauty of the Langkawi archipelago. It caters to all travelers!
Reminder: Before you dive into physical activities, we strongly advise that you purchase a reliable travel insurance policy to protect from financial burden in case of an unfortunate accident.
This list aims to help you find the best activities for your Langkawi trip. To make it easier for you to choose, we divided the “things to do” into categories.
Let’s start with the things to do in Langkawi that are actually free!
Category: Langkawi FREE Activities:
1. Go for a motorcycle ride around Langkawi.
This is probably the most enjoyable activity to do in Langkawi without spending too much. Most of Langkawi is still untouched forests, hills and rice paddies. But it’s road networks are in great condition. Traffic is slow and mostly quiet throughout the day. The only slightly heavy traffic you will experience will be in Kuah and Pantai Cenang.
Amazing scenery, quiet and well-maintained roads; any adventure-seeking tourists will love this experience.
Take note that motorcycle rentals do not usually require an international driver’s license, just the regular driver’s license. We did not have issues driving in Langkawi but there’s still a chance that police officers at roadblocks may ask for the international driver’s license. Helmets must be worn at all times as part of strict law.
Another alternative is to ride a bicycle instead of a scooter although some back roads may be hard to cycle on.
2. Visit Seven Wells Waterfalls (Telaga Tuju).
Sitting on the northwest corner of the island is Telaga Tuju or Seven Wells waterfalls.
Seven Wells have two viewing areas. There is a clear trail from the parking lot that will lead you to the first viewing area. Although it involves steep steps, the walk takes about 10 minutes.
The second viewing area requires more physical work -it involves going up a steep trail. However, the trail brings you to a group of small pools with a jungle backdrop. The trail is worth doing but take note that it’s ideal for little kids.
These beautiful set of cascades is within walking distance to the Oriental Village and the Langkawi Cable Car. Thus, when drafting an itinerary, you may want to see all these attractions all in one day.
Reminder: Seven Wells is not as impressive during the dry season – very little water comes out of it.
Address: Mukim Padang Matsirat, Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi
3. Stop at the Oriental Village, Langkawi.
The Oriental Village is a themed park and commercial complex that feature restaurants, rides, shops and entertainment shows. Entry to this park is completely free so you can just show up and walk around. But the Village serves as the base to the Langkawi SkyCab cable car and Sky Bridge.
Oriental Village is located at Burau Bay (Pantai Kok).
The Oriental Village is technically an open space complex so you can always come and see at any time. The attractions and shops at Oriental Village have slightly different operation times. They are usually open around 9 am every day.
4. Visit Temerum Waterfalls.
Temerun Waterfalls is the second must-visit waterfalls in Langkawi. It is less popular than Telaga Tujuh so it receives fewer visitors. You need a map to locate the place as there are no big signs at the entrance of the waterfalls.
Temerun does not have too many smaller pools; what it has is this very tall and large rock wall surrounding the area. A huge amount of water rushes down from the top to this crystal clear pool. It is a different type of waterfall than Telaga Tujuh, but its untouched nature and peaceful atmosphere makes it an amazing attraction.
5. Beach hop to your heart’s desire.
The beaches of Langkawi are one of the main reasons why a visit to Langkawi is worth doing. There are 5 main beaches and they are:
- Pantai Cenang
- Pantai Tengah
- Pantai Kok
- Tanjung Rhu
Each one of these beaches has its own characteristics. Pantai Cenang and Tengah are on the same coast and the most accessible. Thus, most tourists prefer to swim on these beaches. Pantai Kok is home to a marina complex while Tanjung Rhu is the most stunning beach in Langkawi but you will need to drive to access it.
Lesser-Known Beaches in Langkawi
- Datai Bay – Home to world-class Datai Resort
- Pasar Hitam – Black Sand Beach usually quiet
6. Stop by Dataran Lang or Eagle Square.
The name Langkawi comes from the word “Eagle” in Bahasa Melayu, so this animal is the iconic symbol for the island.
In the capital town of Kuah, you will find the Eagle Square, which features a large statue of an eagle with wings outstretched. This 12- meter high statue makes a good backdrop for photos.
You can also enjoy walking on the promenade along the water. While here, you can also try some Malaysian snacks and dishes at one of the cafes and restaurants in the area.
You can get a bite to eat at one of the cafes and restaurants in the area. They usually offer local snacks and dishes.
7. Drive up to Gunung Raya (Mount Raya).
Gunung Raya is the highest peak in Langkawi. Many tourists find enjoyable to just drive up the mountain and enjoy the lush scenery.
The road all the way to the top is wide and cemented. It is not often that you see people trekking Gunung Raya on foot but you may do it if you like.
Many motorcycle rental shops do not allow rental bikes to be ridden up Gunung Raya but it is not unusual that people on a motorcycle drive up.
8. Visit Telaga Harbour Park.
Telaga Harbour Park is serene and picturesque. It was a tiny fishing village but is now a modern harbour town with the Perdana Quay at its heart. The Quay is host to transient yachts coming into Langkawi.
At Telaga, you will find tourist facilities such as restaurants, hotels, shops, and bistros. Visitors come to Telaga Harbour Park to enjoy the seaside view and admire boats and yachts of various sizes. Some of Langkawi’s popular western restaurants are located here.
Telaga Harbour Park is found on Jalan Telok Burau, within the Pantai Kok neighborhood. From the Langkawi International Airport, it is only a 15-minute drive.
9. Walk over to Pulau Rebak Kecil.
Walking over to Pulau Rebak Kecil (Small Rebak Island) from Pantai Cenang is a favorite activity amongst seasoned travelers to Langkawi. This is only possible during low tide, which usually takes place at around 6 to 7 in the morning.
So if you wake early enough, you will see some people walking on the waters of Pantai Cenang towards the island. Just be reminded that the low tide only lasts for a couple of hours, so you need to make sure that it’s going to be a quick trip!
Just beside Pulau Rebak Kecil is Pulau Rebak Besar (Big Rebak Island), which is a private island that can be accessed by taking a short boat ride from Langkasuka Jetty.
Pulau Rebak Besar houses a fully-equipped marina and the luxurious resort called Vivanta by Taj resides. Visitors who seek seclusion, relaxation and peace tend to stay at Vivanta.
10. Head over to Laman Padi.
Laman Padi Rice Garden is one of the most accessible attractions from the main beach, Pantai Cenang. In fact, you can easily walk to Laman Padi from Cenang.
The garden is equipped with a small gallery, offering views of rice terraces.
Laman Padi surprisingly a peaceful and relaxing spot, even though it is close to the busiest beach on the island. Planting workshops and talks are offered at Laman Padi. However, you can always just go for a leisurely stroll.
Laman Padi Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Hours of Operation: Mondays to Sundays: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Category: Exploration and Adventure:
11. Go for an island hopping and snorkeling tour.
Langkawi is actually an archipelago made up of more than 100 islands. But the minor islands are less popular and most of them are uninhabited.
Island-hopping tours are a fun thing to do while in Langkawi. You can go for a half-day or full-day tour. Most tours include visits to mangroves, beaches, and caves like the Gua Kelawar also known as the Bat Cave.
Payar Island is arguably the most popular snorkeling destination. The waters around this island is a protected marine park. There are many shipwrecks underneath Payar Island. They were purposely sunk to act as artificial reefs to marine life.
Payar Island also has an underwater observation chamber perfect for those who do not want to snorkel. The island is also equipped with picnic and toilet facilities.
12. Take a diving class and explore Langkawi’s rich underworld.
If you love diving, then you can definitely do this in Langkawi. Pulau Payar Marine Park (Payar Marine Park) is one of the most popular diving spots in the archipelago.
Another go-to diving area is the Kaca Sunken Wrecks dive site. This is where you can find fishing boats that were purposely sunk to become artificial reefs.
Although diving in Langkawi is not as spectacular as diving in the eastern coast of Malaysia, dive sites here are said to be ideal for inexperienced divers because of the shallow reef and mild current.
There are quite a few dive operators on Langkawi Island so you definitely have room to choose the best one. A quick google search will show a good list of operators.
13. Tour the Mangrove Kilim Geoforest Park.
This is a fun and adventurous destination for families and group travelers. The area features three river estuaries (Kilim, Kisap, and Air Hangat), beautiful islands, gigantic limestone rocks, a bat cave, a fish farm, and a rich mangrove habitat (of course!).
This Geoforest is protected by Peninsular Malaysia Forestry and is groomed to become one of the best Eco-tourism attractions in Langkawi and Malaysia.
The entry to the Langkawi Mangrove Kilim Geoforest Park is usually through its river estuaries. This is why visitors must go on a boat tour to thoroughly explore what the park has to offer. You can choose to join other visitors on a boat tour or book your own private boat.
The Park is located in Kampung Kilim, Jalan Ayer Hangat
Operating Hours: Mondays to Sundays: 9 am – 6 pm
For more information, you can check out their main website: https://kilimgeoforestpark.com/kilim-mangrove-tour/
14. Ride the Langkawi SkyCab.
The Langkawi SkyCab is the island’s premier Cable Car attraction. This cable car ride takes you to the top of Mount Mat Chinchang, which stands about 700 meters above sea level.
With the kind of elevation, it’s obvious that the SkyCab’s best feature is the spectacular views it offers passengers. It’s a different and awesome way of seeing the beauty of Langkawi.
The ride to the summit takes about 15 minutes. Along the way, you will realize how lush Langkawi really us. You can even spot the gorgeous Severn Wells Waterfalls!
The Langkawi Cable Car is located at the Oriental Village, Pantai Kok neighborhood.
Hours of Operation: The Langkawi Cable Car is open daily from 9 am until 7:30 pm.
15. Dare to walk along the Langkawi Sky Bridge
The Langkawi Sky Bridge is one of the must-see places in Langkawi. This 125-meter long bridge is the longest free-span curve bridge on earth.
While walking the bridge, you are treated to a nice view of Langkawi’s lush surroundings and the nearby island. From here, you can see the Mat Cincang Mountain and the Telaga Tujuh (Seven Well Waterfalls).
The bridge is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm. The best way to get to the Sky Bridge is by using the Langkawi SkyCab, the Cable Car Service that starts from the Langkawi Oriental Village.
16. Go jungle trekking at Skytrex Adventure.
SkyTrex Adventure is not just an ordinary rainforest canopy walk. This experience actually involves people using zip lines, bridges, swings, and ropes.
It’s the ultimate obstacle course that will get you swinging, gliding and dangling! Kids can also join in the fun as there is a special easier course that they can try.
The SkyTrex Course is located at Jalan Teluk Yu, Kampung Kok, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
17. Golf at the scenic Gunung Raya Golf Resort.
Fancy a game of golf on the foot of a scenic mountain? You can definitely do this in Langkawi! Gunung Raya Golf Resort offers its golfers a beautiful golf course just on the foothills of the gorgeous Gunung Taya.
This golf resort covers 300 acres and features an international-standard green course, designed by Max Wexler, a prominent American golf architect.
18 holes: first tee-off is at 7:00 am and last tee-off is 3:30 pm
9 holes: first tee-off is at 7:00 am and last tee-off is at 5:30 pm
For more information, visit their official website: http://www.golfgr.com.my/
18. Try parasailing at Cenang Beach.
Parasailing is one of the activities offered at Cenang Beach. It’s fast and exciting and a perfect activity for the adventurous traveler. You can easily spot the guys offering Parasailing on Cenang Beach.
Just make sure that you have travel/health insurance before you sail high!
Category: Langkawi Culture and History:
19. Make your way to Kompleks Kraf Langkawi – near Pantai Pasir Hitam.
20. Visit Kedah Marble Quarry.
Just south of Gunung Raya Golf Resort is the Kedah Marble Quarry. This is a fully working quarry run by the company Kedah Marble.
However, we heard that it’s open for tourists to visit. It would be interesting to see gigantic blocks of marbles before they get reshaped and polished to become household products.
21. Make a stop at the Galeria Perdana.
The Galeria Perdana is one of the more prominent museums in Langkawi. Here, you will find a collection of awards and gifts that the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahatir Mohamad received during his years of service.
Don’t expect to just find medals and trophies as the gifts are more extravagant than you think! You’ll find expensive home decorations, paintings, musical instruments and even Formula One racing cars. Now isn’t that something?
Galeria Perdana is located on Jalan Ayer Hangat, Kampung Kilim, Langkawi
Hours of Operation: Mondays to Sundays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
22. Discover the famous Langkawi legend at Kota Mahsuri
Kota Mahsuri is the final resting place of a legendary woman in Langkawi. The Mahsuri’s Tomb or locally known as Makam Mahsuri is a popular shrine that attracts tourists from all over.
The tomb supposedly holds the body of a beautiful woman – Mahsuri. According to a Langkawi Legend, the woman was accused of adultery and was later executed.
Villagers stabbed her to death only to witness white blood coming out from her. The white blood was an indication of her innocence of the crime.
Before her death, Mahsuri allegedly cursed Langkawi with seven generations of bad luck. Langkawi had experienced many problems in the years to come, from floods, droughts to invasions. The local population believed that the problems emerged because of Mahsuri’s curse.
Today, Kota Mahsuri is a small tourist complex. You need to pay an entrance fee of 10 RM for foreign adult tourists. Children from ages 3 to 12 will need to pay 5 RM.
Malaysian tourists pay a discounted entrance fee.
Kota Mahsuri Hours of Operation:
Mondays to Fridays from 8 am to 6 pm. Weekends from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.
Category Family-Friendly Activities:
23. Stop by Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman
Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman is a folklore-themed park just beside the Kuah Jetty. Covering an area of 50 hectares, this park features an open-air garden museum concept.
Here, you will find statues, sculptures, and signboards that tell the popular stories and myths surrounding Langkawi. The sculptures you will here are of heroic giants, ogres, princesses, birds, all legendary figures of Langkawi.
Take note that despite being a park, Lagenda does not have toilet facilities. However, you can easily walk to the nearby Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall or Jetty Point shopping complex if you really need to.
Admission Fee at Lagenda Park is at RM5.00 for adults and RM2.50 for children.
The park is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm.
24. Treat the kids to Underwater World Langkawi
Underwater World Langkawi is one of the biggest indoor attractions on Langkawi Island. It features rich marine creatures found in the surrounding waters of Malaysia and beyond. This is a great way to see what is under the sea without having to dive.
This attraction is highly suited for visitors of all ages. The little ones would especially love this experience!
Underworld Langkawi is located at Jalan Pantai Cenang (south end).
Hours of Operation: Mondays to Sundays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
25. Bring the family to Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise.
Wildlife and bird parks are a big hit to visiting families, and Langkawi has one! Covering an area of 5. 5 acre, Langkawi Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise is a big draw to tourists with children.
Here, you will find 150 species of birds in a space made specifically for them. The theme park is more like a natural sanctuary peppered with gardens, trees, and waterfalls. Some of the animals you will encounter at this park includes crocodiles, flamingos, and toucans.
The park even offers an activity that lets you feed the animals.
Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise is located at:
Hours of Operation:
26. Head over to the Langkawi Crocodile Farm.
One Disney song warns to never smile at a crocodile, but at Langkawi Crocodile Farm, you may not be able to help it!
The crocodiles at Langkawi Crocodile Adventureland will show you the amazing things they can do. This park does not only offer guests the chance to view crocodiles up close, they actually have scheduled shows and activities to keep you busy and highly entertained.
During a visit, you can see how croc keepers interact, train, and feed their beloved crocodiles. There’s even a show where the crocs leap from the water and into the air!
The Langkawi Crocodile Farm is located on Jalan Datai.
Hours of Operation: Mondays to Sundays 9 am to 6 pm
You can check out their official website for more details.
27. Be amazed at the Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D Museum.
If you love galleries then Langkawi’s Art in Paradise 3-D Gallery will surely impress you. This gallery claims to be the second-largest 3-D museum in the world.
Art in Paradise boasts a collection of more than 100 interactive three-dimensional art pieces. Some of their optical illusion sets are perfect backdrops for Instagram photos. can really blow your mind!
Langkawi’s Art in Paradise Museum is located on Jalan Telaga Tujuh. It is right next to the Langkawi Cable Car in the Oriental Village.
Hours of Operation: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
Category: Take it Easy and Relax in Langkawi:
28. Shop for cheap alcohol and chocolates at Kuah and ZON.
One of the best things about Langkawi is that it’s a duty free island; so you can buy all the alcohol and chocolates you want tax free! That’s close to heaven for many people.
The ZON shopping center is a popular place to buy duty-free if you’re staying near Pantai Cenang.
However, if you have the wheels, you may want to visit Kuah downtown. Here, you will find many shops offering duty-free items like cosmetics, clothes, suitcases, and kitchenware. It’s a perfect excuse to see the main town of Langkawi island.
29. Watch the gorgeous sunset at Cenang Beach.
One of the main reasons why Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach) is very popular is it’s consistently amazing sunsets.
Watching the sun paint the sky as it bid goodbye to the day is something many tourists tend to look forward to.
Sunset watching at Cenang is a wonderful and relaxing experience and it doesn’t cost anything.
30. Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Like other Southeast Asian beach destinations, Langkawi also offers it visitors relatively affordable spa treatment and massage services. The services are definitely cheaper than western countries or even huge cities, so grab the opportunity to pamper your body.
There are many spa treatment shops and salons along the main roads of Cenang and Tengah. They are usually open until night time.
31. Sign up for a sunset dinner cruise on a yacht.
Going for sunset dinner cruise is extremely popular among sea-loving visitors of Langkawi. This tour typically involves picking you up at your hotel and bringing you onboard a gorgeous yacht.
You will then sail out to the beautiful Andaman Sea and wait for the sun to set on the horizon. The tour usually includes drinks on top of a set meal or buffet. You can swim in the ocean or just lay on a net attached to the boat and is laid out on the water.
This is meant to be a relaxing yet unforgettable experience.
There are a couple of companies that run this tour. The company KLOOK offers discounted prices on Langkawi Dinner Cruises, so you may want to check them out.
32. Relax at Air Hangat Village.
The name “Air Hangat” literally means hot water. The facility is composed of natural saltwater hot springs. The water here is said to have healing properties.
Whether you believe this or not, Air Hangat is a nice place to just relax your tired legs. If this is not enough, you can also avail of their massages and spa treatment.
Category: Late Night Fun:
33. Dance the night away at Sunba Retro Bar
There are not many dance clubs in Langkawi. The island does not really offer the kind of rowdy nightlife that Thai destinations have. Some of the best bars are located on Cenang Beach.
But if you really want to go to a proper nightclub, then the best place in town is Sunba Retro Bar. Many bars and nightclubs have opened and closed their doors on the island, but Sunba has withstood the test of time. It’s almost a local nightlife icon that has become a favorite among young and local tourists.
34. Have a midnight treat at a local “Mamak”.
If you happen to get hungry in the middle of the night while in Langkawi, then the best thing to do is head to a “mamak”.
This is one activity that budget travelers would love. A Mamak is an open-air eatery that features dishes, which are a fusion of South Indian and Malay food. Eating at a mamak is quite affordable but satisfying.
Roti canai (bread), tosai (bread), mee goreng (fried noodles), ayam goreng (fried chichen), ayam tandoori (chicken tandoori) are just some of the staple dishes you can order at a mamak.
It’s also a very “Malaysian” thing to do.
One of the more popular mamaks on Langkawi island is Nasi Kandar Tomato, which is usually open 24/7.
There you have it! You will never get bored in Langkawi as there are 35 awesome things to do on this Malaysian island. All you need to do is choose the activities, draft an itinerary and do them.
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