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Langkawi is great for a relaxing beach holiday, but it has so much more to offer. Especially for the nature lover, this island provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the lush hills, exploring the bountiful flora and fauna. The perfect antidote to the buzz of the modern city, Langkawi welcomes anyone seeking a more tranquil holiday with open arms. With three days to play with, slow down and enjoy the best the island has to offer.

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

12 Places

7 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Red Tomato

Restaurants

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

Forests, Parks

Langkawi Night Market

Flea & Street Markets

Day 2

Nasi Kandar Tomato

Restaurants

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Pantai Kok

Destinations

Laman Padi Langkawi

Speciality Museums

Day 3

Atma Alam Batik Village

Art Galleries

MARDI Langkawi Agro Technology Park

Visitor Centres

Cenang Beach

Beaches

Langkawi Wildlife Park

Zoos

Nam at Bon Ton

Restaurants

Denisa H's City Tips

  • The best way to move around Langkawi is to rent a car or a motorbike. Petrol is cheap and the roads are good, too.
  • There are many villages where you can stop and have something to eat in a traditional "warung" — a rustic shack/stall serving cheap, tasty, local food.
  • Remember this is a Muslim country, so dressing fairly modestly — especially away from the beach areas — will be highly appreciated by the locals.
  • The whole island is a duty free zone. There are bargains on perfume, chocolates and other wares to be had, especially in the jetty area and on the shopping strip at Pantai Cenang.
  • If you are into natural medicine, you will notice there are many outlets selling "gamut." This is a sea cucumber extract believed to be good for many ailments.
  • Try to keep public displays of affection to a minimum, as these are generally frowned upon.
  • Do take your shoes off when entering somebody's house or a place of worship, as a sign of respect. Some places also require additional covering up.
    Day 1
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    Red Tomato
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, International)
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    Denisa H Says:

    If you are after something substantial (and not necessarily a traditional Malaysian breakfast), start your day here — you won't regret it. Consistently delicious for many years now, this is a much loved spot among locals and visitors alike. Red Tomato bakes its own bread, and for those who crave a bit of Western-style food, this is the place to go. Hearty egg dishes and pancakes anyone?

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The cafe/restaurant is open all day, so you can also enjoy lunch and dinner here, accompanied by beer or wine.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 359 restaurants in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A good tomato 12/12/2017
    • Food is Nice totally worth the price, BUT... 10/12/2017
    • Red Tomato
    Address:
    5 Casa Fina Avenue
    Opposite McDonald's
    Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 07100
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 4-955 4055
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
    Forests, Parks
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    Denisa H Says:

    This UNESCO protected piece of nature offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to silently glide through mangrove forests, getting up close to the magnificent karst hills, not to mention the abundant local wildlife. In addition to various bird species (look out for the hornbills!), there are iguanas and swimming monkeys, no less! Swooping sea eagles — the symbol of the island — will keep you company, too. A stopover in a bat cave takes strong nerves (to confront the smell), whilst at the fish farm you'll have the unique opportunity to get close to sea animals — from giant snails to rays to crabs — and even hold them if you're brave. It is easily a whole-day affair!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Many tour operators offer trips here. Check reviews and and bargain well.
    • A day without beach on Langkawi just doesn't sound right, so why not stop for a quick dip at the mineral-rich Black Sand Beach? (But watch out for "gangs" of cheeky monkeys!)
    • After the morning's excitement, take a break for lunch in the lush hills, in a restaurant on stilts, before continuing on your day of exploring.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Kuah
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing view of river meeting sea 07/12/2017
    • Mangroove and caves 05/12/2017
    • Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
    Phone:
    +60 17-200 8966
    Other:
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    Langkawi Night Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Denisa H Says:

    The night market is an institution in Malaysia, and one that I highly recommend to anyone who wants to 'live like a local.' The 'Pasar Malam' (Malay word for night market) typically runs from late afternoon until early evening at various locations around the island, and the way to seek out one of the best is to ask the locals — they'll be glad to help and will probably be quite impressed that you want to visit! At whatever market you choose, you will be able to sample freshly made local food and buy local fruits and vegetables, or various tidbits like spices, cosmetics and dried foods.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The night market at Bohor Tempoyak is close to the popular Pantai Cenang beach, and offers a nice selection of freshly made cakes, ready meals, and fruit.
    • Sample the food freshly cooked to order onsite or get a "tapau" (take-away dish) and enjoy it on nearby Cenang Beach (there aren't many places to sit at the market).
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 95 things to do in Langkawi
    • Don't miss the mango juice there 08/12/2017
    • Awesome food 07/12/2017
    • Langkawi Night Market
    Address:
    Kedawang, Kuah, Temoyong, Air Hangat, Padang Matsirat Jalan Ulu Melaka
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Nasi Kandar Tomato
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian, Malaysian)
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    Denisa H Says:

    If you want a filling and traditional breakfast, head here for some freshly-made roti canai or thosai bread served with tasty homemade curries. Plus, don't forget to try the milky, frothy 'teh tarik' tea alongside your meal. This place is also open for buffet-style 'nasi kandar' (a selection of various curries based on meat, fish, or vegetables) for lunch and dinner — so it's a good, budget-friendly place to return to later in the day, too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The roti canai is classic breakfast fare — flaky griddled bread served either savory or sweet. Also try the thosai, a lentil-based pancake perfect for scooping up the tasty curry.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 359 restaurants in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good south indian food 29/11/2017
    • Local eats 29/11/2017
    • Nasi Kandar Tomato
    Address:
    Jalan Pantai Chenang
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 4-953 2828
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$10
    Other:
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    Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
    Waterfalls
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    Denisa H Says:

    For a totally different perspective of the island, climb up hundreds of stairs while breathing in the fresh jungle air and listening to the sounds of the wildlife at Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls — an exhilarating experience. Once at the top, you'll be rewarded with great views over the islands and super refreshing freshwater pools, complete with natural slides. If you are lucky, you might see spider monkeys and gibbons, lots of birds, and even the odd hornbill!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The ascent takes about half an hour if you are fairly fit. The steps stretch all the way to the top.
    • The falls can be enjoyed in several places. You'll find the pools at the top, but if you prefer the cascades, you can stop halfway through your climb.
    • There are basic facilities like toilets at the top.
    • Don't forget to bring swimming apparel, towels, sunscreen, and maybe some snacks if you plan to stay a while.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 95 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place 05/12/2017
    • A nice place to visit when you visit the SkyCab 04/12/2017
    • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
    Address:
    Gunung Mat Chincang
    Langkawi
    Malaysia
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    Pantai Kok
    Destinations
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    Denisa H Says:

    The leafy area of Pantai Kok beach makes for a nice, peaceful place to relax and enjoy the sunset (perhaps before heading out to the the night market not so far away).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • If you have energy left and crave views "from the top," the Langkawi Cable Car and the breathtaking Sky Bridge are a short drive away, tucked away in the Telaga Harbor area.
    • Ask at your hotel on the day of your visit whether the cable car is running — it is often closed for maintenance.
    • The Perdana Quay nearby offers some interesting dining options if you are inclined to linger and enjoy the al-fresco setting.
    • This is the perfect place to visit after descending from the top of the Telaga Tujuh ("Seven Wells") waterfall.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    • Pantai Kok
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    Laman Padi Langkawi
    Speciality Museums
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    Denisa H Says:

    If you have an hour to spare, this little museum will teach you a thing or two about rice planting and harvesting. It is surrounded by a paddy field, making it very photogenic, especially with the water buffaloes and egrets in the background.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is very quiet here, but don't be afraid to walk in and have a look around. Chances are you'll probably be the only visitors!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 95 things to do in Langkawi
    • Wonderful 02/12/2017
    • Peaceful and Quiet museum 27/10/2017
    • Laman Padi Langkawi
    Address:
    Jalan Pantai Cenang
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    606049554312
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
  • Day 3
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    Atma Alam Batik Village
    Art Galleries
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    Denisa H Says:

    Batik is Malaysia's cultural pride and joy, and Atma Alam is one of the best places to learn about this process for hand-dyeing cloth, and even try to master the tradition yourself! Local artist Aza and his wife Roz have been operating this beautiful gallery and workshop for years, and you can watch the artists at work, pick up a souvenir, or create and paint your own designs. It's fun and relaxing at the same time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • You don't have to be especially skillful at drawing; instead you can try your hand at coloring in a pre-waxed local design (usually flora and fauna).
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 95 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful pieces, great service 30/11/2017
    • Great experience! 28/09/2017
    • Atma Alam Batik Village
    Address:
    Jalan Padang Matsirat
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    604-955 1227
    Other:
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    MARDI Langkawi Agro Technology Park
    Visitor Centres
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    Denisa H Says:

    This is a great place to come if you want a quick introduction to the fruity delights of Malaysia. Here you'll get to taste a lot of the seasonal produce — dragon fruit, star fruit, jack fruit, cemmpedak, rambutan, rose apple, chiku, and more — plus, learn a thing or two about how these fruits are grown. You can buy some fruit onsite as well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The farm is located in the middle of the island, and best reached by taxi.
    • There is a small fee to enter, and the tour is guided.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 95 things to do in Langkawi
    • land tour by taxi servis 28/11/2017
    • Just a tour With a bus around the park 18/11/2017
    • MARDI Langkawi Agro Technology Park
    Address:
    Jalan Padang Gaong
    Lubuk Semilang, Kedah Darul Aman
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    604 - 953 2550
    Other:
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    Cenang Beach
    Beaches
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    Denisa H Says:

    This is the most popular beach in Langkawi, and while I would also say the most populated, the crowds are nothing like you'd find in a resort-style destination. Everything is very relaxed here, yet the bustle of the main street is just lively enough to offer a pleasant contrast to all that peace and quiet you've enjoyed elsewhere on the island. There are many road-side restaurants offering freshly grilled fish, local curries, and sambals, plus plenty of drop-in massage places to choose from.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • As the island is predominantly Muslim, don't expect beer to be served in the local restaurants (unless you choose Chinese cuisine).
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Pantai Cenang
    • Beach sunset, cafes and water sports 11/12/2017
    • Too much business 09/12/2017
    • Cenang Beach
    Phone:
    +60 4-952 3120
    Other:
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    Langkawi Wildlife Park
    Zoos
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    Denisa H Says:

    If by some miracle you haven't managed to spot any local animals around already, this park is the next best thing. A big hit with families in particular, it's a place where you can feed the animals and enjoy plenty of other close encounters. There are birds (local and foreign), small native mammals (like miniature 'kancil' mousedeer), porcupines, and even crocodiles.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This place is quite remote and the best way to get here is by private car or taxi from Kuah town.
    • You can grab a quick coffee or snack at the decent Rabbit Café onsite.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 95 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent 10/12/2017
    • AMAZING 02/12/2017
    • Langkawi Wildlife Park
    Address:
    Lot 1485 Jalan Ayer Hangat
    Jalan Ayer Hangat
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 4-966 5855
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Nam at Bon Ton
    Restaurants (Asian, Malaysian)
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    Denisa H Says:

    This place is a bit pricier than your average Langkawi establishment, but very much worth it for a special occasion or an indulgent lunch or dinner. Nestled in the tranquil Langkawi countryside, this is a restaurant where you can feast on Malaysian classics in a completely relaxing and serene environment. Don't forget to try both their scrumptious mains and their much-touted Malaysian desserts.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • You can't go wrong with the tasting platter of local delicacies — all the essential flavors of Malaysia in one sitting!
    • Perfect for a romantic dinner at sunset in particular.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 359 restaurants in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place, yummy food 15/11/2017
    • Relaxed 06/09/2017
    • Nam at Bon Ton
    Address:
    Jalan Pantai Cenang
    Bon Ton Resort
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 4-955 3643
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$50
    Other:
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