places to visit: (click on the names to know)
About: Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands within Malaysia. Sun, ocean and beach..three words sums up Langkawi nicely. And it is also a duty-free island.
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls: Located near the Sky Cable, it is a 10minute easy but steep walk to the waterfalls. There are several areas where the water pools. If you want to take a dip, go for the highest pool..it’s water is the cleanest. Good picnic location.
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park: This park rests on limestone formations more than 500 million years old. Scattered over a huge area, you get to see mangrove swamp surrounded by dense forest covered hills overlooking the Andaman Sea, clean beaches and lots of animals like eagle and monkeys. Opt for 6hour mangrove tour. You can go with Dev’s Adventure Tours.
Gunung Raya: This is the tallest mountain in the island. Views are spectacular from the top is the day is not cloudy and tea served in the tower is included in the entrance fee. Other than the view, nothing much to see. So if the weather is foggy, don’t bother to go.
Laman Padi Rice Garden: This garden is dedicated to the growing and harvesting of rice. The site and the mini paddy fields are made for tourists; to give an insight on how rice is cultivated. Admission is free.
Oriental Village: You can go for some entertainment. There are elephant rides, café with raccoons, cable car, 3D art museum etc. There are lots of souvenir shops and restaurants around and a duty free shop.
Crocodile Adventureland: Over 1000 crocodiles and alligators are bred here. You can take a ride on a rickshaw pulled by crocodiles or watch a boxing match between man versus crocodiles. Though many tourists won’t be able to enjoy them as these wild creatures are deformed and inbred.
None of the beaches have very clear water (most of the time you can’t see your feet while swimming)s. For swimming in clear water, the best bet is Tanjung Rhu or Pasir Tengkorak.
Pantai Cenang – The most popular beach in Langkawi, features fine powdery sand and many beachfront restaurants and bars. Located at the south-western tip of the island, 2 km long. This is also the busiest beach on island with jet-skis, banaboats etc. watersports. Along the beach there is market where you can find all type of shops (free duty, tour, bars etc)& restaurants. Unfortunately, jellyfish are common here.
Pantai Tengah – Located just south of and contiguously with Pantai Cenang. 1 km long. Means ‘Middle Beach’. Peaceful and tranquil alternative to the hustle and bustle of Pantai Cenang. Jellies are found here also. All inclusive resorts popular with families.
Pantai Kok – Isolated, relatively undisturbed stretch of beach in the western part of Langkawi Island, 12km north of Pantai Cenang. Telaga Harbour as well cable-car ride to the peak of Mat Cincang Mountain and the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls are located here.
Tanjung Rhu – northernmost tip of the island. Centuries-old limestone caves, mangroves, waterways, limestone crags and sandy beaches make it a nature lover’s paradise. This beach is made up of 2 long stretches that include Tanjong Rhu Resort and Four Seasons. Restaurants, toilets, mangrove tours and sun chairs available.
Datai Bay – The most expensive resorts are located here.
Burau Bay – Beach lined with rocky outcrops located at the West Coast of Langkawi. Nearby Burau island is also a roosting place for migratory birds.
Pantai Pasir Hitam – Means ‘Black Sand’. The sand is mixed in white and black shades, due to rich tin and iron ore deposits. Tour buses stop here; souvenirs, restaurants, toilets available. During low tide you can explore the beach further west and find very tranquil spots for relaxing.
Pasir Tengkorak – Also called “skull beach”. Very beautiful small beach in the North of the island. Water is clear here. No proper restaurant, drinks & snacks available at the parking lot. No public toilets.