Why visit Langkawi?
Langkawi, 'the Jewel of Kedah', is a beautiful island located in the South Andaman Sea, 30km off the coast of Perlis in Malaysia, close to the Thai border. There is a wide range of accommodation and facilities to allow visitors to experience everything Langkawi has to offer.
Langkawi is famous for its laid-back atmosphere compared to other parts of Malaysia. The island is a popular beach destination for Malaysians, and has historical structures, expansive parks, and stunning landscapes to explore. Alternatively, spend the day relaxing on the pristine golden beaches, before enjoying Langkawi's exciting nightlife. There are also numerous legends and myths connected with Langkawi islands...
Take a walk to the highest peak, Gunung Raya, for a panoramic view of the island, visit Underwater World or Langkawi Bird Paradise, venture into the tropical rainforest — and much more.
Langkawi Unesco Global Geopark
This natural landscape is a combination of lush hills of rainforest and barren rocks. Langkawi is the result of various processes and the ongoing weathering process that has taken place since the Langkawi land was brought to the surface around 220 million years ago. Local geo parks protect its biodiversity, including mangroves, tidal flats, beaches, estuaries, coral reefs, caves, limestone and many more habitats for various plants and animals.
Langkawi Cable Car and Sky Bridge
Take an amazing 15-minute long ride to the top of Mt Mat Cingan with Panorama Langkawi Sky Cable, and enjoy fantastic views of waterfalls, rainforests and islets — or take a walk on the 124-metre-long Sky Bridge, 700m above sea level. These two world-famous attractions will give you unforgettable experiences. Please note that both attractions are closed on Sunday.
Paradise 3D Museum
If you are an art-lover, Paradise 3D Museum should definitely be on your list! With over 200 incredible artworks, the 3-storey building has nine different zones to discover. We suggest visiting the museum on the same day as the Cable Car because the attractions are very close to one another.
What else should you know?
Langkawi is duty-free, but you can only take alcohol and tobacco out of the island if it is purchased from jetty points or the airport.
How to get to Langkawi?
If you are looking for the fastest way to travel and don't mind the expense, you can go by plane from Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, Singapore, China or Qatar. If you're looking for a budget option you can catch a ferry from one of the Malaysian ports. Langkawi is also accessible by speedboat from the Thai island of Koh Lipe — a 1.5 hour journey.
The three Malaysian ports are at Kuala Perlis bus station (75 minutes to Langkawi), the Alor Setar ferry terminal in Kuala Kedah (1.5 hours), and Penang (2 hours 45 min).
If you travel from Langkawi to Thailand, be aware that the boat may make a stop off at Koh Lipe for immigration procedures.