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A Guide to Langkawi

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Off the coast of mainland Malaysia, Langkawi is an expanse of sandy beaches, forested mountains, and unique wildlife. Socialize with the residents or find solitude on the shores of a private island for the day. No matter what you do, it’ll be a trip to remember.
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Jalan Pantai Chenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Apart from marvelling at the wonderful array of fish in the largest aquarium in Malaysia, the Underwater World Langkawi, you can also find a nice collection of sea shells. Each one is carefully labelled with their scientific name, shape, and where...
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Telaga Harbour Park, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
The Langkawi cable car overlooks lush jungles, cascading waterfalls, and peaceful islands. At the base of Machincang mountain catch the SkyCab and get off at the middle station. From here you can trek along the SkyTrail with a nature guide who...
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Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Swimming with sharks is one of those exhilarating experiences you just have to take part in on a trip to Malaysia. The Pulau Payar Marine Park boasts unique experiences—the setting can not be more idyllic and the diving more unique. For those who...
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Kuah, 07000 Kuah, Kedah, Malaysia
Lagenda Park, within walking distance from Eagle Square, is worth a visit if you're in the area. Sculptures of Langkawi legends (ogres, giants, and princesses) will set off kids' imaginations. The fact that the place is in slight disrepair and...
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Lot85 Kampung Penarak, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
During the day, this is a one-stop-shop for refreshing drinks, nourishing snacks, and mouth watering desserts. At night, Rafii's turns into a intimate venue fully equipped with floating candles and romantic music. This is a wonderfully managed...
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For the up-close tour and mini-zoo experience visit the Langkawi WildLife Park. Unique and local species are just the norm in this place. Here you can really enjoy both a tour and your close interaction with the animals. Some, like the parrots,...
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Grab a refreshing drink while you're at Oriental Village, the convenient center of activity and adventure providers for Langkawi. If you're hoping to go up Mt. Machincang, book a boat, or pickup little presents, this is the place. While you're...
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If you come across it, try Kickapoo Joy Juice. This lightly carbonated soda pop is a favorite across all of Asia and should be tried at least once. The name comes from the 1934 American Li'l Abner comic strip!
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Langkawi Parade, 07000 Kuah, Kedah, Malaysia
A mega mall is usually at the bottom of my travel list, however some duty-free shopping in an air-conditioned space can start to sound like a welcome escape from the Malaysian heat! While you're shopping there may be a fun event on for the kids;...
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Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
The unmistakeable beach-bistro atmosphere makes the Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar one of the best places to eat in Langkawi. With two floors of seating, the ambiance changes in each room and even stretches out onto the beach. Dine on the sand under...
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Kompleks Lada, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Babylon is the Langkawi version of an outdoor nightclub. With great music, fresh drinks, lounge space, and a cool vibe, a night spent here is exhilarating. What's more, the structure was created with sustainability in mind. Using recycled...
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Block 2, Sri Legenda Resort Condo Jalan Sri Legenda, 07000 Kuah, Kedah, Malaysia
While this bar might be small in size, it is big in retro tiki character. This gem hosts many lively tourists and locals on any given night for hours of dancing, drinks, and entertainment. The casual ambiance is perfect for playing a round of pool...
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Lot 85, Kampung Penarak, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Knowing my meal came from the floating fish farm visible from the patio gave a whole new meaning to "local fish." Any seafood dish comes recommended (the whole fish and tom yam especially), as well as the fresh fruit juices. A cool breeze and...
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Persiaran Putra, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
There's something about foreign supermarkets—the strange selection, cryptic packaging, new flavors—that keep me browsing for hours. In the Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall there's a local grocery store with aisles to explore. If you're traveling with...
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Langkawi Island, Kedah, Malaysia
Sitting down for tea with Dr. Ghani after a herb tour is the perfect experience in Langkawi. He has collected over 500 different species of medicinally valuable plants to traditional Malay culture in his garden. Unlike a lecture, he approaches...
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Jalan Penarak, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
This hidden gem is all about the food and not about the ambiance—and that's the way we like it. Their fresh Malay fare is traditional, tasty, and cheap. They are open in the late afternoon and well into the evening; it's perfect for a midnight...
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Pantai Cenang, Kedah, 07000 Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
The jam sessions and drinks at Little Lylia’s make for a relaxing night out on Langkawi. Their model is simple: no frills necessary. Just the beach, a drink, and good music. Squeeze between the two restaurants, Rafi’s and Nasi Kandar, to get to...
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Kampung Padang Mat Sirat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Batik, a traditional wax-dyed cloth technique, is a beautiful and ancient art form. The Malaysian version of this is typically characterized by colorful nature motifs and geometric spirals. A place of unity, art, and heritage, the Atma Alam Batik...
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210, Jalan Penarak, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
A very rare gem, the rice museum was a surprising highlight of my trip to Langkawi. Rice paddys and herb gardens surround the museum, making it an immersive experience instead of a lecture. If asked, a guide will leisurely take you around the...
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Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
If you are in the Langkawi area, Eagle Square is not to be missed. This 40-foot statue provides an excellent opportunity to take some unforgettable photos with your family and friends. Fun Fact: The reddish-brown eagle at Dataran Lang was built as...
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Kompleks Kraf Langkawi, Jalan Teluk Yu, Mukim Bohor, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Whenever I travel, I must buy at least one souvenir from each of the places I visit. And I usually make sure it's a locally produced good and not a 'Made in China' keychain (unless, of course, I'm actually visiting China!). If you're like me when...
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07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
This roving night market can be found on different points of the island every night. An evening browsing here was unlike any other shopping experience I've had before. When the sun goes down the energy is contagious. I couldn't help but stop by...
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Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
The Al-Hana Mosque, also know as Masjid Al- Hana, is the place to visit if you're looking for modern culture, historic religion, and stunning architecture. The elegant peach and gilded domes were the first eye-catching elements that drew me here....
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No.163, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Ayer Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Junglewalla's immersive experiences and unique guides inspire visitors to experience Langkawi’s incredible natural history close up. The islands contain unique habitats—from the cave formations to the Malay rainforest. Take the early rainforest...
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Pulau Dayang Bunting, Kedah, Malaysia
Enclosed in an almost uninhabited lush green forest surrounded by calm waters, Pulau Dayang Bunting is a must for those into island hopping, hiking and swimming excursions. As you enter its long footbridge, mischievous monkeys greet you from every...
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Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Inside the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club you'll find Charlie's Place. This casual and delicious restaurant is a popular spot to relax after a day in the sun. They provide an outstanding opportunity to enjoy Malaysian and international cuisines with a...
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Jalan Pantai Tengah, Pantai Tengah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
When on Langkawi, an island with a thriving fishing community, it's always a good idea to eat some fresh fish. While it may not seem intuitive to order Japanese food in Malaysia, you won't be disappointed at Unkaizan. Order exclusively off the...
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Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Make your way to the Kuah jetty point to catch a catamaran or speed boat to the Pulau Payar Marine Park. Situated about 1 hour away, this sanctuary is a series of islands and beaches perfect for viewing endangered marine life. While there are many...
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Dining at the Barn Thai Restaurant, surrounded by nature within the mangrove reserve, is a unique dining experience. Their Thai food is known as some of the most delicious on the island. Live jazz sets the mood for your meal in this beautifully...
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Jetty Point Complex, 110, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Unless you plan on lounging on the beach the whole time, which many people do, you'll need some form of wheels to get around Langkawi. Taking a scooter around the island makes the journey an adventure, and suddenly your destination is secondary to...