Langkawi will be waiting for you!
It has been close to two years since the pandemic arrived at our shore. Many of us have experienced a major lifestyle change, and to curb the spread of the virus, we've given up things we take for granted, for example, travelling. However, as we anticipate the easing of travel restrictions, the travel bug in us is once again active and getting us excited.
Bestowed as the 1st Global Geopark in Southeast Asia, Langkawi or also known as ‘The Jewel of Kedah’ is now open as a pilot destination for fully vaccinated tourists. The charming yet mysterious Langkawi packs an array of attractions that appeal to nature lovers, shopaholics, adrenaline junkies and tourists looking for a relaxation destination.
Let us dive in and rediscover the amazing Langkawi.
Scuba diving or snorkelling at Pulau Payar Marine Park
Just 30km off Langkawi Island, Pulau Payar Marine Park is the spot to go if you are looking for scuba diving trips! To get there, you can take a catamaran or a speedboat from Kuah jetty. Famous for the colourful Coral Garden that adorns the seafloor and the abundance of marine life. As beautiful as it is, please do not touch any marine life or feed them as we aim to protect this pristine ecology.
*Pulau Payar Marine Park is temporarily closed to the public. Alternatively, you may also try other beautiful diving spots nearby.
Explore the Kubang Badak BioGeotrail
One of Langkawi Geopark’s four wonders, Kubang Badak BioGeotrail features 13 spots for you to explore and enjoy. Taking a boat off the Kampung Kubang Badak jetty, you will journey through mangroves, early settlement of the Thai community, interesting geological features, geo-sites full of trilobite fossils and the oldest rock in Malaysia – the Machinchang Formation rocks. This adventurous trail is an eye-opening experience that will challenge you both physically and mentally.
Take a dip in the Dayang Bunting Lake
Another Langkawi Geopark wonder, Pulau Dayang Bunting is the second-largest island among the Langkawi archipelagos. You can take a 15-minute boat ride from Kuah Jetty to reach this mythical island. The island has a mountain range that akin to the silhouette of a pregnant lady – as the name suggests. (Dayang can be loosely translated as a Lady, while Bunting can be loosely translated as Pregnant). The freshwater lake on the island is an excellent place to take a dip. So, get your swimsuit ready for that refreshing swim!
Horse riding around the island
There are many ways to explore Langkawi; by your own two feet, on a four-wheeled vehicle, and also on the back of a majestic horse! Giddy up! choose between riding on the sandy beach, lush rainforest, or local villages. The ride through a kampung is a one-of-a-kind experience where you meander through traditional Malay houses and experience the laid back lifestyle in a kampung. The adventure on horseback is suitable even for inexperienced beginners as the staff will be the to guide you and transforming your adventure into a memorable experience.
Book your ride now: https://www.langkawihorses.com/
Challenge yourself with Skytrex Adventure
Arms up and swoosh! Fancy an arboreal experience at Langkawi? Skytrex Adventure Langkawi is located at Burau Bay. With safe set-up, you can fly, swing, glide and dangle in the forest with Machinchang mountain range as the backdrop. Flying fox, cable walk, hanging bridge and more activities are waiting to drive your adrenaline levels up. Lists of challenges are waiting for you to conquer.
Book your trip today: https://www.skytrex-adventure.org/langkawi
Trek and sweat to Telaga Tujuh waterfalls
One of Langkawi’s top natural attractions, the enchanting Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) waterfalls are worth the climb. Take an adventurous steep climb up the 600 steps from the base at Pantai Kok, and you’ll have a cardio exercise surrounded by nature. Once reached the top, you’ll find the wonderfully beautiful seven natural pools that are fed by seven separate waterfalls in Mount Machinchang. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, continue trekking to the top of Langkawi’s highest peak - Mount Machinchang peak at over 700 metres. So, boots up and hike!
Up the sky and down we go - Skydiving
This activity will be the most adrenaline-pumping item on this list. Fly up to 14,000ft and jump down the plane. Scream your lungs away for a bit, and then you can enjoy the scenery of Langkawi from a bird’s eye view in awe. First-timer? Not an issue. The instructors will guide you along the process and give you a safety briefing. The last part of it is to land on the beach! You can even opt for a photo or video package to record this thrilling experience.
For more info: https://skydivelangkawi.com/
*Skydive Langkawi is temporarily closed and will resume operation by the second half of 2022
Ensuring a safe and seamless vacation at Langkawi
Let's not ruin our amazing journey to Langkawi by following these simple safety tips:
- Adhere to the SOPs
Remember to practise the 3W
- Wash your hand frequently
- Wear your face mask
- Warn others, and yourself to always follow the safety measures.
- Always be cautious of your surrounding
Be careful at all times, regardless of if you are tracking in the pristine forest, swimming in the crystal-clear waters or even driving for a road trip.
- Keep your belongings safe
Langkawi is one of the safest cities in Malaysia. You can pretty much travel worry-free here. Still, be aware of your surroundings. Keep valuable close to you and never leave your belongings unattended.
- Go cashless
Many places in Langkawi now accept cashless payments. Just tap your credit or debit card or sign up for any of the e-wallets available. Paying cashless can also reduce physical contact and making it safer for everyone.
- Do not feed the wildlife.
It is irresistible for many to feed the wildlife on the island, especially the Long-tailed macaque. However, they can get aggressive and demand more food for the tourists. To avoid unnecessary conflict, it is best to just observe them in their natural habitat and not feed them.
- Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen.
Langkawi is a tropical wonder, and with it comes the abundance of sunshine. Avoid sunburn and dehydration by applying sufficient sunscreen and drinking a lot of water. You can also make a big fashion statement while staying shaded with a big beach hat!
- Do not litter
Littering is an irresponsible act that would impacts the environment in multiple ways. Be a responsible tourist by helping us in making better places for people to live in and visit.
Located approximately 413 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, the quickest way to get to Langkawi is, of course, to fly from Kuala Lumpur via either the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB) or KL International Airport (KLIA) to the Langkawi International Airport (LGK), which only takes about one hour. There are also direct flights from Ipoh, Kota Bharu, Penang and Johor Bahru.
Alternatively, you can drive along the North-South Expressway from the Malaysian capital or opt for the high-speed electric train service (ETS) from Kuala Lumpur to either Alor Setar or Arau and take the ferry at either Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis jetty.
For more information on other attractions in Langkawi, please log on to the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) official website or Naturally Langkawi.
Article by: Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)