Enjoy living on the beachside, explore the captivating UNESCO World Heritage site by boat, witness the stunning island high up the ground, and experience a marvelous architecture at the peak of a mountain. Hello, Langkawi!
If you want to be reconnected to nature while not being completely disconnected from modernity, an escape to this archipelago is what you need. Langkawi is the top destination for those who crave for beaches, mountains, and forests. You got everything served in one spot.
Here are the top 4 activities you should not miss when backpacking Langkawi.
KILIM GEOFOREST PARK
This nature park is packed with several activities that will last for 4 hours. Think you will just float in the river and go around the forest? No. It will be one of your sweetest expenses in this island. I collected all the surprises I received in my trip here.
Activity Cost: MYR50 (Php644) /shared boat
Duration: 4 hours
Off the water. Now head to the mountains! You don’t need hiking gears or a mountaineers’ bag.
Walk in awe in the amazing SkyBridge and get absorbed with the surrounding mountains and beaches of the Island.
Activity Cost: MYR55 (Php708)
Duration: 3.5 hours
PANTAI CENANG BEACH
Cool down time. Don’t forget to relax in the white sand beach of Pantai Cenang. Breathe in the surprisingly not-so-salty air of Andaman sea. Feel more alive with the contagious laughs and blissful mood lurking in the atmosphere onshore.
Duration: As long as you want.
Langkawi Eagle Square
Take a stroll around the park where they built the symbol of the home of the reddish-brown eagle. The park is well lit at night. A colorful mosque stands behind the eagle statue and a few restaurant you can dine into after a full and fun day.
Duration: As long as you want.
If that is not yet inviting for you to reserve Kuala Lumpur later and fly straight to northwest of Malaysia, here are more fun things to do in Langkawi.
UNCHECKED ACTIVITIES IN LANGKAWI
If I have more time to spend in Langkawi, I would also go to or experience:
- Skytrex Adventure
- Rice Paddies
- Waterfalls: Seven Well Waters
- Langkawi Wildlife Park
- More Beaches
HOW TO GET TO LANGKAWI
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), AirAsia flies 9 times a day from MYR99 to MYR 379 (Php1274 – Php4879) to Langkawi. Book early to get low fares and arrive in 1 hour.
If you wish to explore Kuala Lumpur first, you may take a bus from Hentian Datu or Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Kuala Perlis starting at MYR50 (Php643) and enjoy the ride for 7-8 hours.
From the drop off point, transfer via ferry for MYR18 (Php232) and reach Langkawi in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. (There’s another option that wasn’t available during my travel period. Check out the train service to Kuala Perlis featured at The Poor Traveler.)
If you are coming from Penang Island, go to Pier Swettenham at Georgetown and sail the sea in 3 hours at MYR 70 (Php900).
TRANSPORTATION AROUND LANGKAWI
- Cab starting at MYR15 (Php193)
- Via group tour service provided by your hotel/hostel
PLACES TO STAY IN LANGKAWI
Hotels and hostels are clustered in two main areas of this all-inclusive Island. You can book in the overcrowded area of Pantai Cenang or get a quiet and similar waterside atmosphere along Kuah from MYR35 (Php450) a night.
Reserve early and get good deals from Hostelworld, Booking.com, or Agoda.com.