As you stroll along the white sand beaches, you admire the colorful sunset reflecting off of the turquoise waters. Off to the side of the beach, you can hear the rainforest animals singing the last songs and chattering their last sounds before the day becomes night. Langkawi is unspoiled and a perfect place for a romantic getaway, as well as a place full of adventure and activity.
Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands, forming the regions first geopark located off of the west coast of Malaysia. When you are out on the water and up close and personal with these beautiful rock islands, you get a feel for how amazing this world really is. The rock islands are dated over 550 million years, and almost all of them have a mushroom-capped bit of wild jungle growing on top. If you want to see Langkawi, this is the time to go, before the rest of the world knows about this secret.
1. FLY HIGH IN THE CABLE CAR
TheLangkawi SkyCab is the longest free span single rope cable car, measuring about 950m long. They offer two spacious viewing areas, with the highest at 650m above sea level. Oh, the views are spectacular from the top, and you can see so much of the geopark and get a feel for the vast number of islands that make up Langkawi. The cable car ride offers various experiences, including a glass bottom carriage so you can see below you.
2. SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELING
You can spend the day out snorkeling or diving at the Pulau Payar (Payar Island) Marine Park. It is about a 1-hour ferry ride out to the island, and your ticket usually includes about 4 hours to snorkel and a boxed lunch. You may also opt to upgrade and go for a single tank dive, for an additional fee. It is actually a great little cove for snorkeling, with so many colorful fish and corals.
If you have a good eye, you can spot the tiny nudibranchs or even a grouper as big as you. After lunch, they sometimes gather the food scraps and go to the pier to feed the sharks too. This is an amazing experience not to be missed. Don’t worry if you can’t swim; they provide you with life vests.
3. GLIDE THROUGH THE MANGROVE KILIM GEOFOREST PARK
Boats hired from Tanjung Rhu or the Kilim River cruise through Langkawi’s Geoforest Park along winding rivers flanked with dense mangrove swamps, rainforests, and unusual geological formations. You will be able to experience, watching bats in the caves, seeing monkeys all around, eagles soaring and feeding, as well as fish feeding at Hole in the Wall. It can get warm, so if you boat driver is up for it; ask if he can let you jump out for a quick and refreshing swim in the Andaman Sea. You will be able to see the coast of Thailand off in the distance.
4. EXPLORING LOCALS ON A SCOOTER RIDE
Just get out and explore off the beaten path. There is nothing better than to just get out and explore. Rent some scooters and meander your way around the island. Stop in the small villages along the way and make a day of it with a picnic lunch. You will find plenty of amazing beaches for a quick dip and swim too. Rental periods are usually for 24 hours, and it is fairly very low-cost entertainment.
5. WATCHING SUNSET ON A DINNER CRUISE
This is a very peaceful and relaxing evening out, where all you need to do is enjoy your surroundings. It is about a 2-hour boat tour of the surrounding islands, where you will learn about some local culture and myths. You will weave your way in and out of some stunning scenery all to watch the beautiful sunset at the end. There are various boats and options to select.
You may have a private boat or go with a bigger group. No matter which you choose, it will be an incredible experience.
6. FLYING ON A PARASAILING
With state of the art equipment, you can soar high above the boat on the parasail with up to 3 people at once. This is effortless for you as your take-off and landing all happen from the boat deck, so there is no need to worry about landing on the beach or running fast enough to take off.
They just reel you out and in with the cable. It is an amazing experience with picturesque views. They even let you decide if you wanted to get wet or not. If it was a yes, you could dip into your toes, knees or thighs.
7. NIGHT MARKET
Night markets in Langkawi are held every day of the week, taking place in prominent locations such as Pantai Cenang, Kuah, and Padang Matsirat. Locally known as pasar malam, it is a lively affair with local vendors setting up makeshift stalls along a stretch of road and selling all kinds of local items from 17:00 until late. Great for bargain hunters, these markets offer an extensive array of inexpensive clothes, fresh produce, trinkets, watches, sunglasses, wallets and handbags, paintings, DVDs and many other knick-knacks. Best of all, prices can be brought lower still as haggling is practiced here. Do note, however that many of these items, such as wallets and handbags are imitation goods.
Langkawi’s street markets are also popular for sampling various types of freshly prepared Malay food such as pisang goreng (fried bananas), keropok lekor (fish crackers), nasi lemak, fried noodles and nasi ayam (chicken rice). Priced between RM2 and RM8, night markets are definitely the cheapest places in Langkawi to enjoy authentic local delicacies. While these items are packed in plastic bags and Styrofoam containers, we highly recommend bringing a tiffin carrier, container or reusable bag to help reduce wastage in Langkawi. Night markets are relatively enjoyable shopping experiences in Langkawi where you can see throngs of friendly locals, expats, and tourists strolling through colourful stalls and sampling delicious street snacks.
ULU MELAKA NIGHT MARKET
(night markets usually start hopping 5pm..)
KEDAWANG NIGHT MARKET
(near Pantai Cenang)
KUAH TOWN NIGHT MARKET
BOHOR TEMOYONG NIGHT MARKET
(near Pantai Cenang)
AYER HANGAT NIGHT MARKET
(near Tanjung Rhu Beach)
KUAH TOWN NIGHT MARKET
PADANG MATSIRAT NIGHT MARKET
(near the airport)