Langkawi is a 99 strong archipelago that is a nature lover’s dream. These Malaysian islands border Thailand and share the same crystal-clear, turquoise waters. The mainland is characterised by lush jungled hills and large expanses of paddy fields, while the coastlines are home to exquisite beaches overlooked by rows of coconut trees.
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Visit the Night Markets and eat the street food
The night market is an explosion of Asian culinary culture, with Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, and of course Malaysian food available for you to enjoy. Also known as Pasar Malam in Malay, the night market is open every night of the week, with a different designated area hosting it each night. Here you will experience some of the most delicious and authentic Asian cuisines anywhere in the world.
Visit Panorama Langkawi
Get a view from the top of the island on Panorama Langkawi. While offering many attractions, this will undoubtedly be the highlight of your holiday, the SkyCab cable car. It takes you on a steep journey all the way to Gunung MachinChang’s second highest peak, an awe-inspiring 708 metres above sea level. The views along the way are simply breathtaking, and once at the top you’ll need to swallow trepidation as you cross a suspension bridge, aptly named the SkyBridge, 100 metres above the jungle canopy.
Island hopping is an archipelago staple, and it’s no surprise it’s so popular with such beauty to see on the surrounding islands. Prepare to spend your holiday wanting to visit stunning locations while swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing, and taking in the sights and sounds of this tropical paradise. The tour can be done by longboat, speedboats, or jet-skis.
Explore the Jungle
Explore the Malaysian rainforest in a completely unique way with Skytrex. This adventure takes you through the canopy of the forest by suspension cable and a harness, where you will fly, glide, swing while navigating your way through/past various obstacles.
Visit Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
Enjoy Langkawi’s natural sanctuary at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, found on the island’s north-eastern most point. This 100 square metre expanse is full of natural wonders to explore, such as lagoons, mangrove forests, and pristine beaches, while the limestone rocks protrude from the landscape to provide a stark and beautiful contrast.
Enjoy the Watersports
There is no shortage of water sports available while you enjoy your holiday in Langkawi, and with such spectacularly clear blue water, it’s easy to see why. In Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, you’ll be able to jet ski, para-sail, and go banana boating. These islands are Hello Islands’ favourites for these activities as you get the best views and the operators are safe and professional.
Visit Laman Padi Langkawi
Delve into the island’s agricultural roots and take a tour of Laman Padi. Here you will see vast stretches of paddy fields, and be in awe of the precision and scale of which this semi-aquatic rice is grown. Spend the day surrounded by nature, as well as learning about the many different rice cultivars grown on the island.
Explore the beaches
Langkawi boasts a considerable amount of beautiful beaches making it one of the best beach holiday destinations. Although many are unfortunately private. The best public beaches are found on the islands south-western coast, named Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, both exquisite in equal measure.
Visit the 3D Museum
A truly unique artistic experience, this 3D museum is located within the surrounds of the Oriental Village. It features over 100 of three-dimensional paintings, interactive and enthralling as you see them completely unrestricted by their two-dimensional borders. This effort is the collective effort of many international artists and offers a brilliant opportunity for holidaymakers to experience something they very likely have never before.
Jumping out of a plane thousands of feet in the air is an incredible, adrenaline-pumping, and life-affirming experience. If you fall into that category of a human who prefers to see the earth from the air, then Langkawi has just the activity for you. Langkawi is Asia’s single highest skydive and takes you over the beautiful island before you free fall towards it. You will land safe and sound on the silky, white sand of Tanjong Beach, with one gob-smacked expression on your face, no doubt. The views of Langkawi from above is truly a breathtaking experience, an unforgettable memory of your holiday in Langkawi.
Langkawi’s year is split up into two distinct seasons, the dry season, and the wet season. The dry season is the period in which the highest temperatures are reached, this usually takes place between December and March. The transition between the two seasons is referred to as mid-season, although Langkawi experiences a “year-long summer” with conditions always ranging from hot to warm, at least. The wet season brings a large amount of precipitation, with the island’s annual rainfall at 2500 mm on average with the vast majority of that coming down during the rainy months. Peak rainfall occurs in a brief period between September and October, but when it rains, it pours.
Pantai Cenang is Langkawi’s most popular beach, and once you spend a day out of your holiday there you’ll have no doubt as to why that is. This long expanse of silky, soft, white sand is on the island’s western coast and offers much in the way of water sports and other beach activities. Along the beach road, you will also find beach bars, eateries, shops, and spas. A truly inclusive and variety driven beach experience.
Another beauty on the west coast of Langkawi, Pantai Penang is a 600-metre long beach with spectacularly crystal-clear waters, perfect for capturing those holiday photos. It is divided from Pantai Cenang by a rocky cliff, so the two are easily accessible from one another too, although Pantai Tengah is comparatively much more secluded and peaceful.
Tanjung Rhu is a secluded getaway on the island’s north-eastern coast, with white sand and aquamarine waters as clear as you’ll ever see. This is where you will find a postcard perfect beach holiday moment. The trip to it is a bit out of the way, but its remarkable beauty is well worth it, as you lounge back soaking up the sun and having some stunning islands as your view from the shore.
Having evolved into one of South East Asia’s most beloved holiday destinations, Langkawi offers an absolute feast of cuisine. As always, Hello Islands has our favourites.