Imagine 99 islands enshrouded in romantic legends with an endless to-do list, from water sports to eco-tourism activities. Sheltered from major storms by the peninsula on one side and Sumatra on the other, Langkawi has world class attractions available throughout the year. So yes, there’s more to the island than just shopping, although the island’s duty free status is a huge draw by its own.
Best of Langkawi
1. Cenang Beach
Cenang Beach is the most popular beach on the island with various resorts and water sports facilities. Every beach lovers’ paradise, this is the perfect spot to chill with a drink in hand while sun-tanning. You can find quirky hand-made shops, seafood restaurants, boisterous bars and friendly locals to entertain you all day and night.
2. Makam Mahsuri
Within lies Mahsuri, the fallen maiden who was falsely accused and set a curse upon the island for seven generations as her white blood (proof of her purity) flowed from her. Today, many still visit to pay respects and to gaze upon the portrait of beautiful Mahsuri.
3. Kilim Geoforest Park
Reconnect with nature at this UNESCO Geopark that offer ecotourism activities include fish farm visiting, bat cave explorations, monkey watching and the exciting eagle feeding by the river. Boat and tour packages can be bought online or at the site office.
4. Telaga Harbour Marina
Shop, stroll or even dine by the marina as the view of the marina decked full of luxury yachts and boats will keep you mesmerized for hours. The many merchants and restaurants at the vicinity promise a magical night to wine and dine.
5. Galeria Perdana
A collection of gifts received by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – the esteemed former Prime Minister of Malaysia, this astounding gallery answers the question “What do you give a man who has everything?”
6. Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
A popular legendary spot where beautiful fairies and nymphs come to take their baths, this spot was named after the “seven wells” made by the waterfalls cascasing from Gunung Mat Cincang. No faeries spotted of late, but many were spotted taking a dip or two in the refreshing falls.
7. Craft Cultural Complex
Fans of local arts and crafts not only can bring home trinkets made of silver or silk (batik), but you can also watch as they are being made by local craftsmen. Every stroke and tap is mesmerising and methodical as rough materials are shaped into beautiful piece.
8. Langkawi Cable Car
Take a break from the heat and head up to take in the sights of Langkawi Island in the cable car. Once on the Skybridge, one of the world’s longest curved suspension bridges hanging from a single pylon, you’ll see what the eagles see as they soar above the beautiful island. A definite once-in-a-lifetime experience!
9. Kuah Jetty @ Gateway to Langkawi Island Hopping
From the main Langkawi island, you can access the other 99 islands that make up Langkawi, such as Pulau Payar Marine Park, the legendary Dayang Bunting (Pregnant Maiden Lake), the beaches of Beras Basah, and the migratory bird roost Burau Island.
As expected on any island, the seafood fare you can find here is definitely scrumptiously fresh. One may notice the flavour and spices of dishes here are greatly influenced by its close neighbour Thailand, thus creating a truly unique taste only found in Langkawi.
11. Coconut Shake
Made by combining fresh coconut juice and creamy vanilla ice cream then blitzed into a velvety texture, this dessert is a great thirst-quencher by day and an excellent pick-me-up by night.