1. Langkawi Skycab
Take a ride with Langkawi’s popular cable car and enjoy the scenic view over the island. But be aware: the ride is not for the faint hearted, this is one of steepest cable car ropes in the world! I was a bit scared, but of course it’s absolutely safe! Once you reach the top of Machincang mountain, you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the islands and the flora around, it’s absolutely stunning!
Tickets for the SkyCab cost RM35 for adults and RM25 for children.
2. Street food at the night market
I got addicted to the night markets in Langkawi. The food is super delicious and relatively cheap!! There is no better place to try local foods, and it won’t hurt your budget!
You can find grilled chicken or seafood, fresh juices, homemade ice tea, fresh fruits, salads, satay, samosas and many different sweets such as cookies, pancakes… The list is endless. Go there and eat, I promise you’ll love it!
The night bazar happens daily from 7-10PM, but it changes its location every night. The weekly locations are as following: Monday at Ulu Melaka, Tuesday at Kedawang, Wednesday at Kuah Town, Thursday in Pantai Cenang, Friday at Air Hangat, Saturday again at Kuah Town and Sunday at Padang Matsirat.
3. Jetski island hoping
Hands down, this was my favorite activity in Langkawi! For a half day (4 hours) we were exploring the archipelago of Langkawi. The ride is breathtaking, bizarre rock formations paired with white beaches. We did some stops for exploring the islands, jungle trekking and having a swim in a fresh water lake.
Price for the jetski island hopping starts from MYR500 – I know it sounds a lot but believe me, it was so much fun to ride a jetski and get crazy in the open sea. I would definitely do it again!
4. Skytrex adventure
If you have too much energy, you will love this! Skytrex is a newly opened outdoor adventure park where you can climb, swing, crawl or glide through the jungle. It’s a lot of fun and excitement, but also physically challenging if you’re not the fittest person (speaking of myself, haha)…Needless to say, my favorite was the zipline downhill.
Entrance fee starts from RM45.
5. Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
Take a boat and explore the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, an area of more than 100km², that features a breathtaking landscape of limestone formations, mangrove forests, caves and beaches.
The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is ranked as Langkawi’s #01 Attraction on Tripadvisor, you can’t leave the island without seeing this natural wonder!
6. Langkawi’s seafood
Every time I’m traveling to a place that’s near the sea, it’s a must for me to eat seafood! Langkawi’s cuisine was over the top and I enjoyed some of my most delicious meals there. The image above is taken at a place called Hole in the Wall- a floating restaurant and fish farm inside Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. They offer a wide range of seafood, lobsters, crabs, squid, sea bass, red snapper… You name it, you get it!
Another favorite of mine: Parasailing and enjoying the beautiful view of Tanjung Rhu, one of the best beaches in Langkawi (more on beaches in #09). Loved this activity, frankly, I could do that for hours but unfortunately after 10 minutes I had to go down. One day, I will get my own boat and then I will do parasailing all day. Until then I keep staring at this image…
The fun starts from RM245.
8. Wander along the rice paddies
If you’re a city person, you’ll probably be amazed by this. I really loved wandering along the rice fields in Pantai Cenang, taking images of the picturesque scenery.
There is a rice museum, too (and it’s free)! It’s more like an outdoor museum, a great place to learn about rice cultivation. If you get tired, have a rest at the little restaurant next to the museum, and enjoy the stunning surroundings.
9. The beaches
Langkawi offers some pretty lovely beaches with white powder sand and emerald waters. However I have to admit that the sea is not crystal clear in Langkawi. But the beaches are definitely good enough for a relaxed afternoon picnic, some beach bumming or just watching the sunset. These three were my favorites:
Tanjung Rhu: at the northern tip of Langkawi is probably the most picturesque beach on the island, surrounded by bizarre limestones.
Pantai Cenang: is the most popular beach in the touristic center of the island, at the south-western tip of Langkawi. If you walk towards west, you’ll find some grass to lay on. The area in front of Meritus Pelangi Resort is a nice spot to catch the sunset. (photo above)
Tengah Beach: further south is a relaxed alternative to Pantai Cenang. A quiet beach without the crowds. The beach is 15-20 minutes walk from Pantai Cenang.
10. 3D Museum art in paradise
If you love art and selfies, you will lose yourself in this place. Actually it’s hard to capture the giant 3D paintings while taking selfies, make sure to bring a friend or at least a tripod!
The museum features places such as the gondolas in Venice, the pyramids in Egypt, safaris and rainforests, surf spots and loads of fantasy landscapes. A great place for a fun afternoon!
Entrance fee is RM38. If you plan to visit the Skycab (#01) as well, they sell cheaper combination tickets.
11. Or you can just get drunk by the beach
Duty free bro!