A Guide to Langkawi
Collected by Allison Murray , AFAR Contributor
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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