There is a huge variety of contrasting Langkawi tourist attractions for every taste on the island including churches, temples, cultural monuments and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Many Langkawi attractions are situated in beach districts such as Pantai Cenang where Underwater World remains one of the biggest family sightseeing draws.
The main town of Kuah has also some splendid areas to visit while the Seven Wells Waterfall by Pantai Kok is ever-popular with young families. Take a cable car up to the island’s highest peak and gaze over the lush rainforest towards the emerald green ocean. The views are truly spectacular with a wide variety of flora and fauna in the dense undergrowth.
Obviously watersports are also popular in Langkawi and jet skis can be rented very easily from the main beach areas such as Pantai Cenang and Tengah. Activities such as parasailing can give young children a real adrenalin rush whilst providing some of the best views of the whole island.
There are many sightseeing tours of the island that can be arranged by any of the large hotels and resorts. These will fit in a few of the major tourist attractions of Langkawi into a full or half-day package, often including lunch and refreshments as well. But the island is easy to navigate so renting a car is also a simple option.
Recommended Langkawi attractions
The Seven Wells
This series of waterfalls is superb fun for the whole family as young and old can slide from pool to pool like a natural waterpark. The exhausting 45-minute climb to the falls is worth the effort and there are tropical birds such as hornbills nesting nearby. (Open: 24 hours, Admission: free, cars/MR2 per entry; Gunung Mat Cincang in Kuah, tel: +60 4 966 7789).
Rice Garden Museum
Like the rest of Asia, rice has always been the staple crop for Malaysians and there is no better place to learn about its cultivation than this Langkawi museum. Visitors may even attempt a little rice farming themselves in the garden.
Langkawi Cable Car
The infamous cable car can be seen from right around the island and takes visitors to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang at 708m. From here are restaurants, a suspension bridge and viewing platforms plus superlative views of the entire region and as far as the southernmost Thai islands. (website: www.panoramalangkawi.com).
This is Malaysia’s largest aquarium and boasts thousands of aquatic creatures including rays, rockhopper penguins, sharks and even seals. The five thousand varieties of fish are displayed in more than 100 enclosures with plenty to entertain young and old alike. (website: www.underwaterworldlangkawi.com.my).
Young children will get an eye-opening experience here with feeding times bringing large crowds. And with a thousand different alligators and crocs, there is not problem getting a dramatic snap of a snapper. There are jumping ponds, breeding enclosures and souvenir shop
Recommended Langkawi activities
Scuba diving on Langkawi
Experienced scuba divers around Puala Langkawi should certainly take some time to visit Pulau Payar off the southeastern coast of the main island. The mix of different coral and stunning drops makes for perfect marine life spotting. Black tip sharks, fusiliers, jacks, barracudas and groupers are often spotted here. Pro Dive Langkawi is an experienced outfit which comes highly recommended.
Boat trips from Langkawi
Pulau Langkawi is fast becoming a yachting enthusiast’s haven to rival Phuket to the north, so if you fancy learning the ropes then why not visit some unspoilt offshore islands. These tiny pockets of paradise are the real jewels in Langkawi’s sightseeing crown with unbelievably soft white sand, cool water and dazzling coral for snorkelling. Trips to nearby Monkey Island cost from RM15, or why not rent a sail boat at Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (website:www.langkawiyachtclub.com) and do things in style.
Golf on Pulau Langkawi
Golf in Langkawi is becoming big business with every more resorts catering to the Japanese market by developing partnerships with nearby championship courses. No matter where you stay on the island there is sure to be a club nearby, with Langkawi Golf Club extremely popular.