Langkawi Tourism

A perfect blend of turquoise blue ocean, jungle clad hills and picturesque paddy fields!

Langkawi is famous for

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Beaches

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Waterfalls

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Sumanas bhat

Sumanas bhatratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

2 reviews

: This is how I would summarize the Langkawi trip

What worked well : Hire your own car. Drive throughout the island. About 30 kms in diameter. Decide what you would want to do. Though options pertaining to places are limited, plenty of options for the way to do so. Meaning, you could go on a group trip through a small boat .. Or take a jetskii ... My wife and myself, we went on different group trips.
- Arrived from KL at around 11am.
- Checked-in to BonTon, then made a deal with one of the tour operator for
- 1) island hopping tour 2) Sunset cruise 3) Mangroove forest tour ..
- 1st day : The afternoon we arrived we went on Island hopping from 2pm to 6 pm .. Evening stroll on Cenang street ...
- 2nd day : Next day morning we visited SkyBridge/CableCar on our own. Spent time till 3 pm there. It was exhaustive since the sun was beating heavily. We had planned to visit nearby waterfalls and blacksand beech, but unfortunately, we couldn't make it. We drove all the way from CableCar destination till G-Lagkawi motel which is in the south. And then from 4:30 pm to 8pm we went on Sunset cruise .. Came back to G-Langkawi Motel in the night.
- 3rd day : We checked-out early in the morning. Pickup from hotel till Tangjung Rhu beech - Mangrove tour - amazing tour guide .. From 10 am till 3 pm .. Came back to G-Lagkawi motel and we visited Eagle's square .. Nice scenic view. From there we checked-in to Casa Del Mar located in Cenang beech.
- Afternoon 2:30 pm checked-out of the hotel and landed in Airport .. 15 min drive from Casa del mar. 4:30 flight ... Oh yes, in between, got a foot massage done as well.

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Amit Bhattar

Amit Bhattarratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

28 reviews

Langkawi Island

This is am Island at Malaysia like the Goa in India. Having connectivity only with flights, one of the most romantic place to stay with blue waters.
This island is quite big having large size aquarium having lots of hotels to stay across.
Cycling make lot of fun and make your trip happening.
Some of the hotels rooms are situated on the banks of the sea and into the waters.

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Getting to Langkawi

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Visa: Prior application

Cost: INR 5,600

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Transit

Transit time: 7hrs from major cities

Cost ₹14,000 per person

Langkawi Overview

An archipelago of 104 stunning islands, Langkawi is just a few kilometres away from the West coast of Malaysia. With pristine beaches, breath-taking mountains and lush green jungles, Langkawi has aptly been called the “Jewel of Kedah”. History The name Langkawi (Reddish brown eagle) can be attributed to the abundance of eagles on these islands. Many captivating legends and tales have been associated with this region; these legends contribute in making the experience in Langkawi, unforgettable. The “Legend of Mahsuri” is among the most commonly mentioned tales to the visitors. As per the legend, Mahsuri (young princess) was wrongly accused of adultery and sentenced to death. With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed the islands of Langkawi to have bad luck for seven subsequent generations. Many locals believe that Langkawi witnessed numerous crop failures and invasions during these seven years. Today, the curse of Mahsuri has clearly been broken. Langkawi has become a popular tourist destination and attracts visitors from all parts of the world. These islands have a geological history that can be dated back to more than 500 million years. Langkawi served as a haven for pirates post World War II; the mountains and dense forests made this region perfectly suitable for the activities of the pirates. Why You Should Visit Whether it’s duty-free shopping or the rugged beauty, there’s always a reason to visit Langkawi. All types of tourists can come to this tropical paradise: honeymooners, backpackers, family vacationers and adventure travellers. Honeymooners: Planning an elaborate wedding is never easy; stress is at an all-time high during this period. Langkawi provides a break from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Being in the midst of nature with the love of your life will help in calming your senses. Backpackers: With reasonably priced accommodations, tax-free alcohol, scenic beauty and countless activities, these islands are a good fit for backpackers. The Pantai Cenang beach area offers many rooms and restaurants that be afforded by those needing to stick to a budget. Family vacationers: Many family-friendly hotels and resorts can be found in Langkawi. Vacationers of all age groups will be able to find some fun-filled activities for themselves. A day by the beach is always pleasurable for the whole family. Children love getting caught up in the fairy tale atmosphere of this island. Adventure Travellers: There are countless waterfalls located in the interiors of Langkawi’s forests. Hiking and swimming at these waterfalls will surely please the adventure lovers. Walking through the rainforests, kayaking in the mangrove river and taking the cable car ride to the Skybridge are few of many activities that are available at this island.

Tourist Hotspots

Unique wildlife, verdant jungles, and incredible limestone formations make Langkawi a little different from the other holiday destinations. There’s something unique to do in in most of the islands of Langkawi; however, your trip will be incomplete without visiting some of these islands. Pulau Payar Marine Park: This marine park is spread over four islands: Pulau Payar (largest), Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang. These islands remain uninhabited and are regulated and maintained by the Fisheries department of Kedah. The Coral Garden with gorgeous colourful corals is probably the highlight of this park. Tourists can avail of amenities such as picnic tables and barbeque pits. Pulau Dayang Bunting: Surrounded by mangrove trees, this is the second largest uninhabited island of Langkawi. Locals of Langkawi believe that barren women can become fertile by swimming in the freshwater lake of this island. Visitors can purchase souvenirs for their collections from nearby shops. Pulau Beras Basah: This is one of the most known islands of Langkawi. It is celebrated for its white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and magnificent mountains. Visitors can partake in activities such as parasailing, snorkelling and banana boat rides. Pulau Beras Basah is very peaceful as it is among the lesser developed islands of Langkawi. Pulau Singa Besar: Monkeys, hornbills and peacocks can be found roaming freely in this area. The eagle-feeding session is the best part of this visit. This island often presents animal photographers with an opportunity to click some of the most cherished pictures of their lives. This region is also appropriate for jungle trekking, swimming and picnicking. Rebak Island: The luxury hotel, Vivanta by Taj takes pride in being a part of this island. Being secluded, this spot is perfect for a romantic holiday; it is particularly popular among the newlyweds. Tourists who come to Langkawi with the sole purpose of relaxation will find no better place than the Rebak Island.

Local Attractions

Langkawi strikes the right balance between development and conservation. Recreational activities are carried out without disturbing the natural beauty of these islands. This is what makes this region extra special. Oriental Village: A cable car ride can be taken for a spectacular top view of the Western coast. Walking on the sky bridge, 700 feet above the sea level, often leaves the visitors completely awe-struck. Visiting the largest 3D art museum in Malaysia is a good alternative for the weak hearted. Kilim Karst GeoForest Park: Countless natural wonders, and incredible landscapes have made this park very popular among tourists. The Kilim Karst GeoForest Park boasts of being the most successful ecotourism destination in Langkawi. Taman Legenda (Legend Park): Those interested in the mysteries and legends of Langkawi must definitely visit this park. The Legend Park houses 17 monuments- each of which has a unique story to tell. Langkawi Underwater World: An aquarium with approximately 200 under water species is truly amazing. Durian Perangin Waterfall: A fourteen tier waterfall that has become a popular picnic spot for the locals. Eagle Square: The majestic sculpture of an eagle on the verge of flying is one of the most sought after attractions in Langkawi. Beaches: A trip to Langkawi would be incomplete without enjoying its beaches. Chenang Beach, Datai Beach and the Tengah Beach are among the beaches that are most preferred by tourists. Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells): Water cascades through a series of seven pools. These pools are believed to be the bathing pools of fairies; locals believe that the water in these pools have healing powers. Mahsuri’s tomb: The place where the young princess, Mahsuri was buried. Favourite Local Foods This place is an absolute delight for the foodies; experimenting with different types of cuisines is an integral part of the memories made in Langkawi. With the tourism industry booming in Langkawi, many restaurants and hotels have been started to cater to the needs of the visitors. The areas of Kuah town and Pantai Cenang can be visited to try out the local food and beverages. Nasi Campur: This dish is popular in Malaysia as well as Indonesia. The English translation of nasi campur is rice mix. Rice is the staple food in Malaysia. Nasi campur consists of rice mixed with an assortment of meats and vegetables. Fried shrimp, tofu and chicken are the most relished additions to this dish. Sambal: Nasi Campur would be incomplete without a serving of this spicy chilli sauce on the side. There are many different varieties of this dish – Sambal belecan being the most popular. Hot red chili peppers, ginger, garlic and fish sauce are the key ingredients of this dish. For those who relish spicy food, giving this dish a try is highly recommended. Laksa: Singapore and Malaysia have different versions of this irresistible dish. The Langkawi version of this dish offers thick fresh rice-flour noodles with a spicy and pungent broth. A hardboiled egg right at the top of the bowl makes this a complete meal. The bold flavours of this dish leave the taste buds completely satiated. Ikan bakar: Street side restaurants try enticing customers by displaying pictures of this dish on their boards. Ikan bakar is a mouth-watering grilled fish dish that involves marinating the fish with chilli peppers, shallots, tamarind and garlic. This delicious treat is often served on banana leaves with a spicy sauce on the side. Vegetarians need not worry about their meals in Langkawi as there are plenty of vegetarian friendly restaurants in this region. Hotel Malaysia, Sagar Restaurant and Raj Darbar serve Indian meals that are fulfilling and pleasing. Favourite Local Things to Buy Langkawi got the status of being duty free in the year 1987; it has become a popular tourist destination for shopping thereafter. Shopaholics must visit the areas of Pantai Cenang and Kuah town to shop to their heart’s desire. Malaysia’s textile art (Batik and Songket) is famous all over the world. Pouches, t-shirts and pillow cases with Batik print would be excellent gifts for friends and families. The Langkawi Fair shopping mall, located in Jalan Persiaran Putra, houses more than 100 shops; these shops offer countless varieties in clothing and electronics. The Saga Shopping Centre and the Jetty Point Shopping Complex are also good options for tourists. Tourists can visit the different night markets that are hosted in Langkawi. Bargaining skills will help crack a good deal at these markets. The Temoyong Night market is the most popular among tourists; local clothing and jewellery can be bought at this place. Hand-crafted items can be bought by strolling around the art galleries in Oriental Village. The Langkawi International Airport provides a good opportunity to do some last-minute shopping before leaving these islands. Many visitors purchase the golden-brown eagle souvenir at the airport to relive the memories of this place. Chocolates, liquor, cigarettes and fragrances are some of the commonly bought products by tourists.

Things to do in Langkawi

Whether it’s hiking to dramatic waterfalls or diving into an underwater park, adventure enthusiasts will always have something to do in these islands. Trekking the jungles of Langkawi has the potential to change your outlook towards life. A two-day round trip is all it takes to trek to the summit of Machinchang (oldest mountain). Travelers who wish to relax can treat themselves to refreshing spas in this tropical island. Many international events are held on these islands: Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Show, Langkawi International Motor Show, and Langkawi International Dialogue. These islands are home to more than 238 species of birds and an even greater number of butterflies. Birdwatching can be a nice way of spending time in Langkawi. Surfing, snorkelling and parasailing are few of the many water activities available in these islands. Taking a cycling trip to get closer to nature should be on your list of “must dos”. Ideal Tour Package A period of 3-5 days should be ideal for visiting Langkawi. The number of tour operators on this island seems to be increasing by the day. Boat tour operators can be contacted for island hopping. The land tour operators provide a guided tour in a vehicle of your choice. Similarly, there are tour operators for parasailing, trekking and legacies. The presence of an international airport, the Langkawi International Airport, has made it convenient to visit these islands. Rental cars and taxis have been made available at the airport. Tourists can also board ferries that operate on four routes to reach their favourite holiday destination. VISA and Travel Langkawi has shifted from being an agriculture driven economy to an economy that is based predominantly on tourism. Tourism has led to the development of these islands; however, care has been taken to not disturb the balance of nature in this region. Customs: Tourists who have stayed in Langkawi for more than 48 hours get exemption on items such as liquor, tobacco and electronic items. There are certain restraints on the quantity of such items. Immigration: Indians can apply for a Malaysian visa in any of the 6 centres in the country: Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chandigarh. Processing time for visa applications is typically 5-6 business days. Note: Although the official language of Langkawi is Bahasa Melayu, it is not difficult to find English speaking people in this region. The official currency that’s used in this area is Ringgit; most of the exchange banks can be found in Kuah town. The current exchange rate is 1MYR = 15.16INR. Best Time to Visit This region receives heavy rain from August to October; stormy conditions interrupt the trekking and boating activities. Therefore, the ideal time to visit Langkawi is when the rainfall is relatively lesser. Visiting these islands between December to March should be a good option. The breeze from the sea helps in maintaining a pleasant weather during this time.

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