It’s true what they say – beautiful things really do come in small packages.
Langkawi Island is a tropical paradise off the coast of Malaysia home to stunning beaches and waterfalls.
Considering it’s size, there are plenty of fun things to do on the island if you can tear yourself away from your sun bed.
Between lazing around on the beach and stuffing our faces with delicious Malay food, we managed to squeeze in plenty of fun activities during our visit. So here’s a list of our top 8 things to do in Langkawi.
1. EXPLORE THE ISLAND ON 2 WHEELS
For a cheap and convenient way to see the island, rent a motorbike!
We rented our bike from Seeman Water Sports costing only 35 MYR for 24 hours.
We had to leave a 100 MYR deposit and our driving license number (not our actual driving license, just the number). We had no trouble – the bike was in good condition and came with helmets and a full tank.
We had a lot of fun and it was a great way for us to get off the beaten path and see the island on our own time, making it a clear choice for our list of things to do in Langkawi.
The roads were quiet and easy to navigate compared to most places in East Asia – a great way to get some experience if it’s your first time on a bike.
Everything mentioned in the rest of this post can be easily reached by motorbike.
2. TAKE IN THE AMAZING VIEWS FROM LANGKAWI SKYCAB & SKYBRIDGE
Ride Langkawi’s famous cable car for incredible 360 degree views of the island from the top of Machinchang Mountain.
Once you’ve reached the top you can walk across the SkyBridge – the world’s largest curved suspension bridge.
Probably the most touristy attraction on the island, but the views are pretty spectacular which made it one of our favourite things to do in Langkawi.
A SkyCab ticket is 35 MYR per person plus an extra 5 RMY if you want to walk across the SkyBridge.
TRAVEL TIP: Buy your ticket in advance via the SkyCab website so you can arrive at your given boarding time slot, rather than waiting in line.
3. GET SOAKED ON A JET SKI ISLAND HOPPING TOUR
One of the highlights of our trip was our Jet Ski Tour with Seeman Watersports.
We spent 3 hours speeding through the sea on our jet ski, stopping off at secluded islands, swimming in a beautiful freshwater lake and checking out the interesting rock formations.
At 550 MYR per jet ski it’s a little steep, but so much fun and a great alternative to a boat tour.
We came across slightly cheaper tours along Cenang Beach, but decided to pay the extra for Seeman Watersports as they were a registered and reputable water sports company, offering small group tours with less than 8 people. They also took a ton of photos and sent them to us for free.
4. KICK BACK ON A BOAT TOUR THROUGH THE MANGROVES
Relax on a boat trip through the mangroves at Kilim Geoforest Park and take in the natural beauty of Langkawi.
A three hour boat ride includes stops at a bat cave, fish farm restaurant and eagle feeding.
Again it’s a little touristy, but a great way to see some of the island’s natural landscape and limestone formations.
It’s easy and relatively cheap to book onto an organised mangrove tour from one of the many tour agencies along Cenang Beach.
For a little more freedom we made our own way to Kilim Geoforest Park and booked a private boat, where we chose the length of our tour and the places we wanted to stop. The cost was around 400 MYR per boat for a three hour trip (boat holds around 8-10 people.)
Travel Tip: Don’t bother ordering any food at the fish farm – it’s overpriced and not very tasty.
5. GO SWIMMING IN A WATERFALL
There are several beautiful waterfalls located on the island which are easy to reach by motorbike. Our favourites were Telaga Tujuh (known as Seven Wells Waterfall) and Temurun Waterfall.
It’s a bit of a steep walk to the top of Telaga Tujuh (638 steps to be exact!) but you’ll be rewarded with incredible views and a chance to cool down in one of the wells. It was great to relax with such an amazing view making it one of our favourite things to do in Langkawi.
Temurun Waterfall is a popular spot with local families (and monkeys!) for picnics and swimming. If you visit, make sure you check out Pasir Tengkorak Beach which is a two minute drive from the waterfall.
6. SOAK UP THE SUN ON THE BEACH
We’re always on a quest to find a beautiful beach and Langkawi did not disappoint. Our favourites were:
A secluded beach at the northern tip of Langkawi boasting incredible views of the Andaman Sea.
This beach is home to some pretty fancy resorts such as the Tanjung Rhu Resort and Four Seasons Resort which are private; but the public can freely use the Eastern Side of beach. This was, in our opinion, the best beach on the island and so if one of our top things to do in Langkawi.
A 15-20 minute walk south of Cenang Beach you will find Tengah Beach; a quieter and calmer alternative to it’s neighbour.
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
Just down the road from Temurun Waterfall is Pasir Tengkorak Beach, a hidden gem that’s popular with the locals. There’s not much around, so bring a picnic and organise your return taxi trip if you plan on staying for the day.
Without doubt the most popular beach on the island lined with of restaurants and bars. You won’t find peace and quiet here, but it’s lively with a great atmosphere and the perfect spot to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand.
7. FILL YOUR FACE AT THE NIGHT MARKETS
There are small night markets held on the island every night of the week between 19:00-22:00pm. They are packed with hawkers serving fresh Malay food, fruits and juices at dirt cheap prices.
This is one of our favourite things to do in Langkawi because it’s a great way to sample the local cuisine without blowing your budget and gives you the chance to mix with friendly locals on the island.
With so much choice, you won’t leave hungry!
The night markets are held daily but the location changes every night. We visited the night market in Pantai Cenang which is held every Thursday. For information on the rest of the locations click here.
8. SHOP TILL YOU DROP AT THE DUTY-FREE SHOPPING OUTLETS
If you need some shade, head to one of Langkawi’s duty-free shopping malls for the afternoon.
Langkawi is a duty-free island, so you can find great discounts on chocolate, alcohol and cigarettes. The best outlet stores are said to be in the bigger towns like Cenang and Kuah.
Travel Tip: Don’t forget to take your passport with you.
If you’re heading to Langkawi, check out our ultimate travel guide to Langkawi for everything you need to know to when planning your trip.
Have you been to Langkawi? Can you recommend any fun activities that we’ve missed?
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