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Guide to Langkawi Outdoors

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The Malaysian islands of Langkawi have been designated a UNESCO Geopark because of their unique geodiversity and wildlife, which includes mountainous landscapes, limestone karst islands, and fascinating mangrove forests. Because of this, Langkawi is particularly appealing to nature-lovers and adventure-seekers, and there’s plenty of scope to indulge in outdoor activities in and around its main island...

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

Forests, Parks

Langkawi Cable Car (Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd)

Tramways

Cenang Beach

Beaches

Tanjung Rhu Beach

Beaches, Caverns & Caves

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Gunung Raya

Mountains

Damai Indah A Day in Paradise

Boat Tours

Dev's Adventure Tours

Boat Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Eco Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing, Sightseeing Tours

Island Hopping Tour with Ana, Langkawi

Boat Tours

Langkawi Canopy Adventures

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • Be wary of monkeys when visiting certain areas of Langkawi. Some are placid and harmless, while others are aggressive and won’t hesitate to steal your food and other belongings!
  • Jellyfish can cause problems for swimmers for a large part of the year in Langkawi. Stings are more common in the high season, so wear a stinger suit to be on the safe side.
  • There’s no public transport on Langkawi so you’ll need to take taxis to get around. It’s also easy and affordable to hire a moped or bicycle.
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    Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
    Forests, Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re a nature-lover looking for an outdoor adventure in Langkawi, a trip to the Kilim Geoforest Park is a must. This protected area is home to a landscape of karst hills and mangrove forests, not to mention a variety of plant and animal life. It’s a unique and natural mix of forest, limestone rocks, caves, and dramatic coastline. The most common way to explore the park is by boat.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Explore the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park as part of an organized tour, or arrange a boat trip yourself from Kilim Jetty or the Tanjung Rhu bay area.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Kuah
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A boat ride through the river along the mangrove forest and and Kilim Geoforest 22/05/2017
    • first speed boat ride! 22/05/2017
    • Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
    Phone:
    +60 17-200 8966
    Other:
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    Langkawi Cable Car (Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd)
    Tramways
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Langkawi’s Cable Car is the steepest in the world, offering jaw-dropping, panoramic jungle and island views as it climbs Mount Mat Cincang (Langkawi’s second highest peak). Waiting at the highest level is the aptly named, SkyBridge — a platform suspended in mid-air between two mountain peaks and an attraction in its own right.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The Langkawi Cable Car runs from 10am through to 7pm, subject to the weather. It departs from the Oriental Village at the base of Mount Mat Cincang.
    • Don’t forget an extra layer of clothes as it gets cooler the higher you go, and often gets quite windy too.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 91 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bad communication 24/05/2017
    • Very Amazing Tourist Attraction 24/05/2017
    • Langkawi Cable Car (Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd)
    Address:
    Cable Car Station
    Burau Bay
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 4-959 4225
    Other:
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    Cenang Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Whether you want to laze around on the beach for a while or indulge in some watersports, Langkawi’s beaches have everything you need to enjoy a day (or more) at the beach. With plenty of food and drink options, plus a seemingly never-ending supply of things to do, Cenang Beach is a solid beach choice.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Cenang Beach is a great place to visit later in the day too, when the searing heat of the afternoon has died down and the sun is gently dipping into the ocean. Bliss.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Pantai Cenang
    • Calm and fun filled activities beach 24/05/2017
    • Landmark in Langkawi 24/05/2017
    • Cenang Beach
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    Tanjung Rhu Beach
    Beaches, Caverns & Caves
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you like your beaches less crowded, clean, and quiet, head to Tanjung Rhu where you can pretend you’re at your own private beach (sort of!) and enjoy the paradise island feel. There’s only one resort here, and the area is also another place, in addition to Kilim Jetty, from where you can arrange a mangrove boat tour.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Be sure to arrive early in the day; the beach is not accessible after 5pm as it belongs to the resort of the same name here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 91 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Clean Private Beach 24/05/2017
    • Woww! 20/05/2017
    • Tanjung Rhu Beach
    Address:
    Langkawi Island
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
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    Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
    Waterfalls
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    Kirsty S Says:

    In its verdant rainforest-carpeted interior, Langkawi boasts a number of stunning waterfalls. The Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls can be seen from the Langkawi Cable Car, but if you fancy exploring the falls up close, you can also hike up to them, perhaps have a scenic picnic, and splash around in the pools to cool down.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • These falls are popular with the locals at the weekends and can get rather busy. If you’d prefer to visit at a more peaceful time, visit on a weekday instead.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 91 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good outing 16/05/2017
    • Trail 701 Machinchang Peak 06/05/2017
    • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
    Address:
    Gunung Mat Chincang
    Langkawi
    Malaysia
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    Gunung Raya
    Mountains
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    Kirsty S Says:

    For some stunning views, hire a vehicle and travel to the top of Mount Raya. There’s a single resort at the top, which allows non-guests to visit its viewing tower for a minimal fee, giving you a fantastic 360-degree view of Langkawi (on a clear day). If you’re the seriously active type, you can cycle or even hike the mountain, although this is not advisable unless you’re used to this type of physical activity!

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If it looks like a cloudy day, it’s advisable to take a jacket or thin raincoat with you.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 91 things to do in Langkawi
    • Go up the tower ... amazing view of mangrove forest in the distance 13/05/2017
    • For those who love hiking (walking review) 12/05/2017
    • Gunung Raya
    Address:
    Jalan Ulu Melaka
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 4-966 0336
    Other:
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    Damai Indah A Day in Paradise
    Boat Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    There are a number of ways to take to the seas when visiting Langkawi, but a spot of sailing is hard to beat. Run by the only female captain in the area, step aboard a luxury yacht that’s been renovated from a traditional cargo boat, and cruise around the islands in style. Enjoy food prepared by your host, drinks from the fully-stocked bar, and relax out on the sun deck as the stunning island scenery unfolds around you.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Damai Indah Luxury Cruises offers the choice of either a private charter or a group trip.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 53 Tours in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fun and relax 20/05/2017
    • Best Team Building and Bonding ever 16/05/2017
    • Damai Indah A Day in Paradise
    Address:
    Jalan Dato Syed Omar
    Royal Langkawi Yacht Club
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 19-447 0745
    Price range:
    US$24 - US$24
    Other:
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    Dev's Adventure Tours
    Boat Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Eco Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing, Sightseeing Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    You may have decided to visit the mangrove forests of Langkawi by boat, but have you considered kayaking as a way to explore the sights and attractions of this area? It’s a unique experience to paddle along minus the noise of a boat engine, enabling you to hear the sounds of your natural surroundings as you go. You’ll also be able to explore some of the narrower waterways that boats simply can’t access — plus it’s an incredibly eco-friendly option. Dev's Adventure Tours provide a dedicated group of nature guides who will give you an insight into the mangrove ecosystem along the way.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dev’s Adventure Tours also offer traditional boat tours and bicycle tours.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 53 Tours in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous scenery, fun exercise and so informative! 20/05/2017
    • Great day 17/05/2017
    • Dev's Adventure Tours
    Phone:
    +60 19-494 9193
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Island Hopping Tour with Ana, Langkawi
    Boat Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This is an incredibly affordable way to get out and visit the most popular Langkawi islands. Offering superb value for money, this tour will take you to such paradise islands as ‘Pregnant Maiden Island’, with a freshwater lake at its center, ‘Eagle Island’, and the beautiful Beras Basah. Explore the islands, relax on stunning beaches, and enjoy swimming in crystal-clear waters.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The price of this tour can vary depending on the season and who you book through, so it pays to shop around if you’re looking for the very best deal.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 31 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the island hopping tours everyone should do in Langkawi 30/04/2017
    • Nice Owner and great service 16/04/2017
    • Island Hopping Tour with Ana, Langkawi
    Address:
    Teluk Baru Jetty
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 12-578 5408
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 14:00
    Other:
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    Langkawi Canopy Adventures
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re looking for a unique (and physical) way to experience the rainforest, a Langkawi Canopy Adventures experience is just the thing. It's essentially a mixture of hiking, climbing, ziplining, and abseiling through the rainforest. One for the true adventure-seekers, this is a fun and energetic way to spend a few hours, plus the scenery along the way is pretty spectacular.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Although a certain level of fitness and fearlessness is required for this activity, anybody who is moderately active shouldn’t run into any major difficulties.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 53 Tours in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Exhilarating tour in the lush rainforest of Langkawi 18/04/2017
    • Adventure 10/04/2017
    • Langkawi Canopy Adventures
    Address:
    No 1176 Kg Bukit Merang
    Mukim Kedawang
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 12-466 8027
    Other:
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