places must visit langkawi

Pulau Langkawi or Langkawi Island is one of the most unique travel hotspots located in the North of Peninsular Malaysia. It is a great place to visit by both tourists and the locals. Located just right next to the border of Thailand, Langkawi is archipelago consisted of 99 islands.

Langkawi is known in the eye of the world especially for its fantastic diving opportunities and it is also a hidden gem of travel for tourists.

Not only that Langkawi is surrounded by the beautiful Andaman Sea, but the island also comes with yellow paddy fields and green jungles and hills. Not to mention that the Malaysian government has made the island a duty-free island. Meaning, you can get the alcohols and chocolates at a much cheaper price.

Pulau Langkawi has quickly become one of the best attractions in Malaysia, as much as South East Asia. So if you’re visiting Langkawi, make sure you spend a couple of days enjoying the sea breeze, the white sandy beaches, and of course, don’t forget to indulge yourself for the delicious seafood.

So here are the 17 best places that you must visit when you come to Langkawi. These some of the most visited attractions here, so if you have the opportunity, make sure you drop by.

1. Tanjung Rhu Beach

tanjung rhu beach

Langkawi is surrounded by seas and the beaches here are amazing. And Tanjung Rhu Beach is no doubt one of most beautiful shorelines in Langkawi.

The water here is crystal clear and the sand is white and fine. The best part is that this area can be quiet at times and the silent atmosphere will give you a sense of peace and serenity.

2. Langkawi Sky Bridge

langkawi sky bridge

This is the must-visit attractions in Langkawi – the Sky Bridge. Located near Pantai Kok and you need to take the cable car from Oriental Village, the Sky Bridge is the longest free span bridge in the world (410 feet).

The bridge is not straight, but rather, it is curved. Suspended high on the sky by just a single pylon 2,300 feet above sea level. When you get to the top, you can clearly see the magnificent view of Langkawi.

Not to mention that the cable car itself is worth talking about. Going at a steep climb, you will notice the drop in temperature and the windy breeze as you ascend.

sky bridge langkawi

If you ever visit Langkawi, you must experience the Sky Bridge and take photos of the amazing views from the observation deck on top.

By the way, if you want to go to the Sky Bridge, make sure you plan your trip. Check out their official website for the cable car operating hours and ticketing info.

3. Langkawi Underwater World

langkawi underwater world

The Langkawi Underwater World is considered one of the most beautiful aquariums in the whole of Asia and also deemed as the largest freshwater aquaria in South East Asia.

There are more than 500 marine species here and there is also a 15 meters underwater tunnel to showcase the fish from every angle. By the way, you can also find rockhopper penguins here.

Check out their official website for more info.

4. Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

telaga tujuh waterfall

There are a number of waterfalls in Langkawi, and the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls are among the most famous. In the local language, it means “Seven Pools”. The waterfalls get their name from a legend that claimed fairies lived here and this was their bathing place.

If you want to visit Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, be prepared because the climb is steep and the floor can be slippery especially after rain. The journey may be a little difficult, but it will be worth it.

5. Pulau Payar Marine Park

pulau payar marine park

If you are someone who loves snorkeling and enjoying the water, you should visit the Pulau Payar Marine Park.

To get there, you will need a speedboat ride. The marine park is a protected area where you can find beautiful corals, many types of marine life including baby sharks.

6. Dataran Lang/Eagle Square

dataran lang

The Dataran Lang which can also be known as Eagle Square located at the heart of Kuah Town. There is a huge man-made eagle sculpture posed to take flight. Be sure to drop by and selfie with the eagle when you’re in Kuah.

7. Taman Lagenda Langkawi

taman lagenda langkawi

Taman Lagenda is an open-air garden museum where you can find the stories behind all the folklore in Langkawi. There are as much as 17 sculptures that explained the famous legends and myths behind this island. You can choose to either walk around or take a relaxing buggy ride.

8. Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

kilim karst geoforest park

One of the most important eco-system you can find in Langkawi is none other than the Kilim Geoforest Park. The park spans over 100 square kilometers and serves as a protected area for the beautiful mangrove swamps and vertical karstic hills.

You can take a tour around the UNESCO geopark for a few hours and enjoy the natural beauty on foot.

9. Pantai Cenang Beach

pantai cenang

Of all the beaches in Langkawi, Pantai Cenang is the most happening. Along the beach, you can find a lot of cafes, restaurants, and also duty-free outlets.

Due to its popularity, you can find plenty of water sports such as jet skiing, paragliding, and banana boat ride. Pantai Cenang is well-known for its sunset so be sure to come at the right time.

10. Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise

wildlife park and bird paradise

Besides beautiful beaches, the Langkawi Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise is another attraction that you may not want to miss out. The park has over 150 species of colorful birds including owls, toucans, flamingos, and more. This park is perfect if you are traveling with your family and kids.

Check out the park’s official website here.

11. Paradise 3D Museum

paradise 3d museum

When the weather is too hot in the afternoon or if it rains, make your visit to Paradise 3D Museum. This 3D museum is divided into 9 zones and themes and it is considered the largest of its own in the whole of Malaysia. And it is one of the places where you can take a lot of creative photos.

12. Galeria Perdana

galeria perdana

Unlike the 3D museum, this museum was founded by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. As the name suggests, this museum is dedicated to showcasing all the gifts that Mahathir received during his time as the prime minister of Malaysia. In fact, he is also the one who developed Langkawi to what it is today.

The Galeria Perdana is definitely worth checking out. First, admission is relatively cheap. And second, there are plenty of things and valuable items displayed in the museum. The architecture of the building itself is worth your visit.

For a low admission fee of RM10, you can spend 1-2 hours here for an eye-opening trip. Visit Galeria Perdana’s official website here.

13. Gunung Raya

gunung raya langkawi

Gunung Raya, the highest peak in Langkawi with a height of 881 meters can be a great place to visit if you’re a nature lover and you love hiking. You can either attempt the hike by yourself or simply hire a guide.

The path near the peak will be steep and you will have to be cautious. On your way up, you may encounter wildlife like fly foxes, squirrels, and great hornbills. And if you don’t want to hike, you can drive to the peak instead.

Check out this website for the complete Gunung Raya trip.

14. Air Hangat Village

air hangat village

Air Hangat Village is famous for its 3-tier natural salt water hot spring wells, which there are only three in the world. It can be a perfect relaxation after a long day trip. They have jacuzzis, fountains, and a large communal pool. You can soak away your muscle aches and soothe your mind.

15. Laman Padi Rice Garden

laman padi rice garden

You can learn a lot about how rice is cultivated in Langkawi. Rice is the staple food for the Asians and when you visit the Laman Padi Rice Garden, you will see a vast green paddy field.

There is also a museum where you can go understand the process of how the paddy is planted and harvested to become rice.

16. Ayer Hangat Night Market

ayer hangat night market

There is no way you can miss the local cuisines here when you visit the Air Hangat Night Market that happens every Friday night. There are plenty of local dishes to try out here such as satay, murtabak, nasi kerabu, and more. More importantly, the food here is cheap and very authentic.

17. Pulau Dayang Bunting

pulau dayang bunting

You should know that Langkawi is an archipelago of many islands, and one of the more famous islands is the Pulau Dayang Bunting, which means Pregnant Maiden. It is the second largest island after the main island of Langkawi. And from afar, you can see the shape of the island looks like a pregnant woman lying on the seafloor.

Within the island, there is a huge freshwater lake that is surrounded by mangrove trees and limestone formation.

To get there, you will have to take a boat ride from Kuah Jetty or book an island hopping package that usually also includes eagle feeding at Pulau Singa.

In my opinion, opting for the island hopping package is worth it. Otherwise, you will have to book your own boat to get there.


Pulau Langkawi is no doubt one of the must-visit attractions in Malaysia. And if you plan your trip here, make sure you spend a few days here because the island has a number of hotspots. Our suggestion is a 3-day trip.

Make sure you try out the seafood, buy some chocolates, enjoy your stay in a luxury sea-view resort, and more importantly, check out the 17 places that we covered above.

Finally, if you like what you’ve read, we encourage you to share the fun with your fellow friends on social media.

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Shawn Lim is the founder of He loves to travel and likes to share his experience and talks about his trips.

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