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Where is this island?
Langkawi is a Malaysian island just south of the Thai boarders, 30km off the mainland and in the middle of 100 islands that belong to the Langkawi archipelago. As a tropical island it offers lots of things to do anyway but as an upcoming popular destination many new places and ideas are in progress too. My Langkawi itinerary consists a bit of everything in just 3 days! It is doable but demanding so it can be done in more days with peace of mind! The island was my first ever visit in Malaysia and its amazing people so I couldn’t but have an amazing time! What to do in Langkawi then?
It already sounds interesting, but first of all how do you get to Langkawi?
However, Koh Lipe is not the only starting point as Langkawi has a well-connected international airport which connects the island with many places not only in Malaysia but also China, Thailand, Singapore etc. Of course there are many ferries as well. One of them sails to Penang island and one other connects Phuket, Phi Phi and other Thai islands with Langkawi. Basically there are so many options!
What to do in Langkawi Day 1 – Beaches!
Head to the Pantai (=beach in Malay language) Tanjung Rhu, the best beach of Langkawi! Surrounded by mangrove forest and small islets, this sandy beach is the ideal introduction to the island! Many luxurious resorts are on this side but the beach is big and (still…) accessible for everyone. Some local stores, beach bars and restaurants can be found along the coast and the sea waters are nice for swimming. Be careful though, currents are strong here!
If you get bored (!) you can take an organised tour to the mangrove forest (many vendors around so you can negotiate the price!) and then come back to enjoy the sunset. Alternatively, drive about 40 minutes to get to the Pantai Cenang the main and most touristic beach of Langkawi. Jet skis, banana floats, parasailing and other sea sport activities can be done here and it is usually very busy. The good news? The beach is very long and wide so there is room for everyone! Moreover, try to find in advance the cheapest price (around 30 RMB) for your tomorrow tour- more details to follow!
Starving? It’s normal… such a busy first day! Spend your night at a local Night Market– Langkawi night markets are open daily but in.. different locations! Check here for the tonight’s one and immerse yourself to one of the most interesting Langkawi attractions!
What to do in Langkawi Day 2 – Nature and City … hand by hand!
Your half day morning boat tour to Pulau (=island in Malay) Dayang Bunting is about to begin! In this island / geopark you can swim in the fresh waters of the “Lake of the Pregnant woman”– ask the guides to show you her figure! Wearing a life jacket is essential here and you have to pay extra to rent it if you wish to get into the water- cheap but annoying! There are also few spas (!) , paddle boats for renting and a small café.
In the park (which is beautiful and easy to walk around) there are thousands of free macaques. Unfortunately, they are spoiled by humans because the tourists offer food to the monkeys in order to photograph them from a close distance. This means that in nowadays even a small bottle of water could make you a potential target! Do not carry anything related to food/ drinks (or at least put everything in a well-closed bag) and do not feed the monkeys!!
The tour usually includes an eagle feeding experience (where people throw chicken pieces in the sea and the eagles come to catch them- super uncomfortable for me) that we couldn’t skip even if we tried but everyone seems to provide only this package -pffff! After this, the boats usually make a last stop for swimming at one of the hidden Langkawi beaches, the Pulau Beras Basah which is technically an islet with a white-sand beach; the sea was not very pleasant that day but maybe we were down on our luck!
What to do in Langkawi Day 3 – Tourists Attractions!
Soon after, on the way to the Sky Bridge and the Cable car you will pass next to the jungle so you can notice heaps of macaques again (being more relaxed this time as they don’t interact with people that much) and you can observe them in their natural environment. The above mentioned Langkawi attractions are located next to each other so it s convenient to do both at once. Not my cup of tea but they have indeed great views and you can easily spend few hours here- currently under renovation, please check before your visit! The last stop is made for some funky photos! UpSidoW is the first roadside attraction where everything inside is made from recycled, up-cycled, old and unwanted materials. In fact, it is an.. upside down house! This colourful place has a bit of us too because we have helped with the art installation…but this is a different story! Enjoy the great sunset and if your days in the island have come to an end…the airport is very close by!
Useful Info for any Langkawi Itinerary :
– As before-mentioned the airport has already many direct connections with China, Thailand, Malaysia (plenty flights for Penang and KL on a daily basis) , Singapore etc. but a new terminal / extension for new destinations is ongoing.
-If you aim to spend more days in Langkawi you can also visit the small beaches east of Cenang; lots of construction work in progress there too but the beaches are still accessible, quiet and sandy. I didn’t find any particular attractive though but you may discover your ideal one!
-An unpleasant phenomenon in the Andaman sea is the «sea lice» that leads to body itching and potentially rashes. Technically it is not «lice» but many people refer to the phenomenon that way. Actually, the rash is caused by the tiny stinging cells of the thimble jellyfish or, in some cases, the larvae stage of the sea anemone. It has been reported in Andaman Sea, Caribbean, Florida, and other seas around the globe. The phenomenon affected us only 1 day out of the 9 we swam in Langkawi but the itching reaction was so strong that we had to dash out of the water straight away! Many people suggest to dive a few meters away but we were rubbing off so much so we couldn’t think of anything else! Read more information about the phenomenon here.
Are you planning to visit Malaysia? I think you found out some valid reasons to add Langkawi to your Malaysia itinerary in here! Have you been to Langkawi? Comment your thoughts or recommendations below!