8 Fun Things To Do In Langkawi

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.

A view of a small number of islands off the coast of Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi Island, Malaysia

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

The two of us driving around Langkawi island on a moped, Malaysia.

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.

Seeman Watersports company building who we rented our moped off for one day on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

Seeman Watersports is at the end of Cenang Strip above ‘Island Batiks’

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.

A front view of the moped we rented for the day to drive around Langkawi Island, Malaysia

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

The view from the platform connecting the ground level and the sky bridge via cable car on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

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.

Looking over the west side of Langkawi Island from the Sky Bridge, Malaysia

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.

Seeman sports jet ski island hopping tour around Langkawi Island, Malaysia

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

'Turtle Rock' on the outskirts of the Kilim Geoforest park on Langkawi Island, Malaysia.

Relax on a boat trip through the mangroves at Kilim Geoforest Park and take in the natural beauty of Langkawi.

Relaxing on a private boat, sailing through the mangroves on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

Mangroves are very important in Langkawi, as they provided shelter and protection to the island during the tsunami in 2004

A three hour boat ride includes stops at a bat cave, fish farm restaurant and eagle feeding.

An eagle about to swoop down and grab it's prey, an event we managed to witness while on a mangroves tour on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

A swarm of bats sleep upside-down in a cave. One of many stops on the Mangroves tour on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

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

The scenic views surrounding Telaga Tujuh Waterfall were not a sight to be missed. Langkawi Island, Malaysia

Telaga Tujuh 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.

Temurun Waterfall had a small fresh water reservoir at its base where tourists and locals frequently swam, Langkawi Island, Malaysia

Temurun 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:

Tanjung Rhu

A secluded beach at the northern tip of Langkawi boasting incredible views of the Andaman Sea.

Two boats moored on Tanjung Rhu on a beautiful day, Langkawi Island, Malaysia

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.

Tengah Beach 

Tengah Beach, a quieter but equally as beautiful beach compared to its neighbour, Cenang beach, Langkawi island, Malaysia

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

Pasir Tengkorak Beach was possibly the most beautiful beach on Langkawi Island, however was only accessible by motor vehicle, Malaysia

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.

Pantai Cenang 

Pantai Cenang, the most popular beach on Langkawi Island. Many tourists and locals alike frequented this beach to relax and swim throughout our stay on the Island. Malaysia

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

Local food vendor smiles while cooking one of his many meat dishes for sale at the Cenang street food market, Langkawi Island, Malaysia

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.

Check out our Favourite Places to Eat and Drink in Langkawi.

8. SHOP TILL YOU DROP AT THE DUTY-FREE SHOPPING OUTLETS

Langkawi Island was filled with numerous duty free shops, selling everything from alcohol and chocolate, to clothes and electronics. Langkawi Island is known to be a duty free haven. Malaysia.

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.

'Eagle Square' in Kuah Town. The Eagle is the symbol of Langkawi and can be seen all over the island. Here in the main town of Kuah there is a large statue of the bird looking out over the sea. Malaysia

‘Eagle Square’ in Kuah Town

Heading to Langkawi? Read our Ultimate Travel Guide To Langkawi Island.

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Our favourite 8 things to do in Langkawi, Malaysia.

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11 Comments

  1. 6th February 2017 / 3:28 pm

    The wildlife would be my biggest excitement and fear! I know I’d be trespassing on their turf and wouldn’t want to frustrate anyone. I’m scared of bites whether it be from land or sea. I’m always down to try new food, too! The street food looks rad and I love Malaysian dishes. They’re so rich!

  2. 6th February 2017 / 10:08 am

    Langkawi has been on my list for a while and I’ve still not made it yet! I’ve now been to Malaysia 3 times now and haven’t left KL either time. I go for the cheap Air Asia flights haha. I’m so glad to see that they have awesome street food on the islands too- everytime I go to KL I just stuff my face. So much good food to eat!

  3. 6th February 2017 / 12:43 am

    motorbike, jet ski and a boat ride! you definitely had it amazing. Langkawi looks interesting and fun for those of us who haven’t been there.Did you have good buys from the duty free shop?

  4. 5th February 2017 / 6:36 am

    Langkawi looks like an absolute paradise! This seems like a place I would photograph extensively. Those beaches look gorgeous! I think you made the right decision to go for the more reputable water sport company. Getting pictures is also worth a lot.

  5. 3rd February 2017 / 10:20 pm

    motorbike, jetski and boat! plus those beautiful shorelines. you did have the time of your lives there. Langkawi looks good and exciting!

  6. 3rd February 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Langkawi looks awesome! I’ve never been to that part of Malaysia, but hopefully I’ll change that in the next few years 🙂

    The jet ski tour is a bit expensive, but I think if I were to splurge on anything, that would be it. Were there freedom rental options available or strictly tour options? I love motorcycles and I love the water — so a jetski trip would be just the thing 😛

    Temurun Falls look stunning as well. Thanks for all the tips!

  7. 3rd February 2017 / 11:41 am

    We haven’t spent much time in Malaysia (except for airport stopovers). It looks beautiful (and I too am always interested in finding perfect beach spots!). We agree with using a scooter or bike to find your own way around the islands, but we are always a little nervous to start off – so good news that its not as busy as some other SEA places!

  8. 2nd February 2017 / 5:21 am

    I think I may have said this before but I would go most places for the food alone (I’m greedy like that). Your pictures are stunning, I actually can’t believe how close you are to that bat! Swimming near a waterfall has always been a dream of mine! (I actually can’t swim yet lol). Langkawi is another place that is high up on the list for us.

  9. 1st February 2017 / 4:30 pm

    When I was in Langkawi, I didn’t realize they had night markets. What a great way to indulge in local cuisine at an inexpensive price. You made me miss this wonderful island, the crystal blue waters, sandy beaches and that cable car is EPIC!

  10. 1st February 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I’ve never actually heard of this place before! All of those activites look fun… except I don’t know if I would want to drive around. I always hear stories of people ending up the hospital. And sometimes of the fault of others… so as long as we’re super careful!

  11. 1st February 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Langkawi looks beautiful, I wish we had more time to visit while we were in Malaysia. We too love exploring by motorbike, it makes it easier to do a DIY trip around the island seeing what you want to see for how long you want to see! The beaches look gorgeous, guess we will have to go back!

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