Langkawi Island is one of the famous islands in Malaysia. Mass tourism started to kick in in the 1990s during the tenure of our previous Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. He was instrumental in introducing a lot of things in Langkawi back then until it is now known as the place to go for an island getaway. With its pristine beaches and a lot of amenities, no wonder Langkawi still attract tourists and travellers alike. Maybe it is true that the curse which lies upon Langkawi 7 generations ago has ended.
I have been to Langkawi several times ever since I could memorized things but in every visit, there will be new places that I encountered, new attractions that I loved. In this post, I will suggest 10 things that can be done during your visit to Langkawi.
- Underwater World Langkawi
Underwater World Langkawi is the brainchild of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. This huge aquarium situated on the Cenang Beach houses many types of marine life and a small reptilian section. Its major attractions are the penguins consisting of the African penguins and the Rockhopper penguins. A visit to Underwater World Langkawi will surely give your little ones a smile and an experience to remember. Read my previous post on Underwater World Langkawi here for a detailed review of the attraction.
2. Langkawi Skycab
Apart from the Genting Skyway, another cable car system in Malaysia is situated in Langkawi, known as the Langkawi Skycab. The cable car will bring visitors from the Oriental Village up to the peak of Machincang Mountain, which is the oldest part of Southeast Asia. Langkawi Skycab is also the longest free span mono-cable car apart from the second steepest cable car system in the world. The view while riding the cable car is so astonishing and at the top station, there is a sky-bridge for the adrenaline junkies. You can read more on the Langkawi Skycab here.
3. Rabbit Feeding at Oriental Village
Oriental Village has many other attractions apart from being the base station for the Langkawi Skycab. One of the attractions that I like the most is the rabbit park because…entrance is FREE! There are a lot of tame rabbits inside the rabbit park and visitors are allowed to feed the rabbits. RM 2 is charged for a cup of pallets/carrot sticks. Visitors are also allowed to hold and carry the rabbits. This is the best place to get your child to love animals. More info on the Oriental Village can be found here.
4. Enjoy local food
Langkawi has a lot of good places to eat and to try local delicacies. Places like Nasi Dagang Pak Malau is the place to go to sample Nasi Dagang with a view of the paddy field with a mountainous backdrop. Nasi Dagang Pak Malau is situated en route to Makam Mahsuri. My personal pick for the scrumptious grilled fish and local dishes would be at Jom Ikan Bakar at Padang Mat Sirat and Nasi Campur Kak Tie near Kuah town. Rows and rows of lauk pauk will greet you and add that with the smoke of the freshly grilled fish – simply appetizing!
5. Enjoy your hotel’s pool
This might puzzled some because Langkawi has beautiful beaches, so why should one enjoy the pool at the hotel? Well, on my recent visit, I stayed at Bayview Hotel Kuah and the closest beach is 30 minutes drive away. Since I did not want to drive, I went to the hotel’s pool. To my surprise, the hotel offers a very panoramic view of the bay at Kuah town, with mountains, islets and ships act as decorations to the beautiful landscape.
6. Kuah Uptown and Night Market
Kuah is known as the shopping heaven for visitors due to its duty-free status. However, come night time, the town is turned into a zombie town as most shops close at 9.00 pm. In a bid to attract visitors to stay at Kuah town, the municipal council has introduced a bazaar known as the Kuah Uptown as well as the night market on every Wednesday and Saturday nights. Kuah Uptown has tents selling cheap items such as shirts, pants as well as alfresco dining.
Being an island paradise albeit a little too developed, Langkawi has a lot of pristine beaches to satisfy that vitamin-sea cravings. If you are looking for a beach strip with many cheap motels and hotels, bars and a little bit of nightlife, Cenang beach is the place to go. Another beach that is my personal favourite is Tanjung Rhu beach. There are no nightlife scene at Tanjung Rhu but the wide beach and the crystal clear water will definitely calm ones nerves.
8.Langkawi Wildlife Park
Located 8.5 km from Kuah Town, the wildlife park is an amazing attraction. It was my first visit to the Park recently and I promise you that the park will be a hit among the kids and adults alike. At Langkawi Wildlife Park, visitors will be taught about the wildlife which called the park as their homes. Apart from that, visitors are also allowed to interact with the animals and feed them with the food that can be purchased upon entrance. More info about the park here.
9. Perdana Quay
Perdana Quay is another brainchild of the previous Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamed. It is situated at Telaga Harbour Park en route to the Langkawi Skycab. Here, there are a lot of boats and yachts being parked at the marina. There are also cafes and restaurants overlooking the marina. This is the best place for a photo-opt session and to sip a cup of coffee overlooking the properties of the rich people. More info here.
10. Kompleks Haji Ismail Group (HiG)
As Langkawi is a duty-free island, a lot of imported chocolates can be bought here with cheap prices. One of the places to go for chocolate shopping spree is Kompleks HiG at Kuah town. I have looked around every time I visited Langkwi and honestly, the price of chocolates at Kompleks HiG is quite competitive. A pack of Ritter Sport which is sold at RM 7+ in Kuala Lumpur is sold at RM 5.50 at this complex. A rival duty free shop sells the same at RM 5.70. If you are planning to go to Kompleks HiG, better go early in the morning as the crowd can become crazy in the afternoon. There is also a hotel attached to the mall. Visit the official website here.
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