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Langkawi

Langkawi Island is one of the top-rated and most visited destinations in Malaysia by local and international tourist alike. Stretching over more than 99 islands, Langkawi Island offers a wide range of activities for visitors. Looking at the map of Langkawi it might seem like a small place. However, in reality, you would need a good couple of days to explore various parts of this interesting destination which comprises of 99 islands. If you are planning a trip to Langkawi a minimum of two nights stay is suggested to explore most places of interest in Langkawi. Here is some useful information for the best things to do in Langkawi

Transportation on Langkawi Island?

Langkawi Island has a good network of roads connecting various parts of the Island. If you are comfortable with driving and like to explore most places of interest in minimum possible time, I recommend renting a car at the airport. The car rental costs around US 40/day on average. Taxis are easily available at any time of the day or night. The average rental from Langkawi Airport to Pantai Cenang is RM 20. 

Here are taxi fare rates for travelling between various popular locations on Langkawi Island. 

1. Kuah Jetty Area to Langkawi Cable Car Station  - around 55RM

2. Langkawi Airport to Kuah Jetty Area - 35 RM

3. Kuah Village to Cenang Beach - 40 RM

4. Airport to Cenang Beach Area - 25 RM 

Flat rates are posted on the booking stands where you will get the ticket and pay a flat rate for your destination. A 4-hour rental will cost you around RM 140. An average 3 Star Hotel will cost around RM 80-100 (Check Recommended 3-Star Hotels in Langkawi ). Therefore, in order to avoid the hassle of catching public transport it is advisable to live close to most tourist attractions. 

Where to stay in Langkawi Island Malaysia?

Langkawi Island offers a wide range of accommodation ranging from high-end exclusive resorts to cheap chalets and hotel rooms along the beach. Whatever, your budget,  book online using Agoda  to get the best advance booking rates in areas of your choice. 

Waterfront resorts in Langkawi

Exclusive waterfront resorts in Langkawi


Here are 4 major areas to stay when travelling to Langkawi. 

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1. Tanjung Rhu in Langkawi ( Located on the top eastern end)

One of the most luxurious, scenic spot on the island enclosed by a cove and nice pristine beaches with easy access to adjoining islands Tanjung Rhu is home to Four Seasons Resort  and Tanjung Rhu Resort . These are top-end resorts costing on average of more than RM600 per night. You will find plenty of water sports and stay for the sunset to view the beautiful view of the sun setting on the horizon. While driving to this location you will see the mangroves and some of the most beautiful islands around Langkawi. This area is suited for a secluded romantic getaway or a memorable honeymoon in Langkawi.

 

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2. Pantai Cenang & Tengah in Langkawi( Western part of the island)

Pantai Cenang in Langkawi is the most commercialised and developed area of the island with a number of shopping centresrestaurants and hotels and seaside resorts. For my first visit to Langkawi, I had booked online in Kuah Village hoping that this will be a busy area to stay. However, on arrival at the airport, I was dropped off by the taxi driver in Cenang area for dinner and I realized that I should be booked my hotel in Cenang Area. If you are travelling single and want to stay in the heart of the activity, Pantai Cenang is definitely the best option. For a more relaxed, resort-type holiday you can explore other areas of the Island. 

Cenang beach is also popular for water sports including banana boats, windsurfing, water scooters, snorkellingBook your customized tour  with local operators and enjoy the scenic island in your own way. 

Take a stroll along the main road to explore a number of art galleries, seafood restaurants and massage places. Plenty of tour operators are based in Pantai Cenang area and they take orders for boat tours till the late hours of the night. Walk a

It is a good idea to book a tour in advance with the local operators who will organize an early morning pickup for all island tours. 

Local Seafood restaurants in Cenang

Local seafood restaurants in Cenang Beach Langkawi


Pantai Cenang in Langkawi

Pantai Cenang Beach Area is the most popular waterfront location for water sports



The Langkawi island is famous for seafood and you can find seafood in almost all restaurants. The seafood is cooked in various styles (Thai, Chinese, Malay) with sauces of your choice. Lobster, crayfish, crabs and various varieties of fish including pomfret are commonly available. 

Most popular restaurants in this area are The Brasserie, Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant, Shin Mi Seafood Village and Happy Happy Cenang Seafood restaurant. For a nice night out you can hop into one of the bars along the main drag that stays open till late and play western music.

Some Cheap hotels in  Cenang Beach area are:

3. Pantai Kok (Middle Part of Langkawi Island)

Pantai Kok is nestled between Oriental Village and Telaga Harbour. If you go past Dana Hotel, there is public access to a beautiful lighthouse. Other resorts located in this area are Berjaya Langkawi Beach Resort, Mutiara Burau Bay Resort, Tanjung Sanctuary Resort & Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort. This area is very close to Langkawi Marina as well as the Langkawi Cable Car. 

SkyTrex Adventure Park is a new attraction located in this area. Other places of interest in this area are Seven Wells Waterfall, Langkawi Duck Tours, Pisang Handicraft and Art Village. 

Skybridge Langkawi Price for 2019 was:

For Private Gondola for 360-degree views to be shared with 4 people: RM 155 person

Glass Bottom Gondola: RM 105  per person

Sky Cab: RM 25 person 

Note that prices vary for international visitors.

Check Ticket Prices online.

Ticketing area for Langkawi Cable Car

Ticketing area at Pantai Kok


Pantai Kok is an interesting area to explore. This is one of the main parking areas for all the tour coaches as you can buy tickets for various activities. Walk around the open area or buy souvenirs and explore local arts and crafts in Pantai Kok. There are several local and international restaurants as well. 

Langkawi Skybridge

Skybridge overlooking the Andaman Sea 


 

View from the top of SkyBridge overlooking the Andaman Sea and Langkawi Marina


Several hotels located in this area are: 

 

Langkawi Cable Car

Langkawi Cable Car


4. Kuah Jetty Area in Langkawi

Kuah Jetty is the entry point for people travelling from other parts of the country as well as Thailand using the ferry. The terminal is the hub of transport and most buses and taxi operators are based in this area. The landmark Langkawi Eagle is located in this area. Other than an entry point into Langkawi, this area does not have a lot of tourist attractions. You can find reasonable accommodation at walking distance from the jetty ranging from 4 stars hotels to budget accommodation under 50 RM per night. During my first trip to Langkawi, I stayed at Bayview Hotel ( 4-Star) in Kuah Jetty Area. 

Langakwi Kuah Village

Eagle Statue near Kuah Village Area


Catching a ferry from Penang is an easy alternative to travel to Langkawi if you do not want to travel by air. You can also book bus trips to various cities in Malaysia from Kuah Jetty area. The ticket includes the cost of the ferry to Penang, followed by a bus ride to respective destination. 

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Ferry service between Penang and Langkawi can also be booked online. Check the website for schedule and availability. Note that the service can face interruption in the rainy season between September and November. 

Waterfront area in Langkawi

Waterfront area near Kuah Village and Eagle Statue


You can charter you personalised boat tours to various point of interest around Langkawi Island. Solo tours cost around RM 450 per day. Alternatively, join a shared group which would cost an average of RM 35 per person. The tours take around 3-4 hours and can include a number of activities of your choice. The day tours start around 9 am so hitting the bed early is a must if you want to enjoy the day tour. Midday tours start around 2 pm which could take up to three hours.

 Some of the best places to live in Kuah Jetty are

Here is a list of top-rated 3-Star hotels on Agoda Network

High ranking on Agoda network reflects the good quality of service, facilities and overall traveller experience. 

 

Name Address Star Rating Check Rates Image Agoda Rating
Citin Langkawi by Compass Hospitality 3 Jalan Pekan 3 Check Rates 10
Bella Vista Waterfront Resort, Langkawi Persiaran Mutiara, Dagangan Kelana Mas 3.5 Check Rates 10
Best Star Resort Lot PT 892, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang 3 Check Rates 9.8
Geopark Hotel Oriental Village Block C, Oriental Village, Burau Bay 3 Check Rates 9.3
d'Awan Holiday homes @ istana 757 Jalan Penarak 3 Check Rates 9.1
Destini Akef Villa Lot 511, Jalan Pantai Cenang,07000, Langkawi, Kedah 3 Check Rates 9
Hotel MyAngkasa Akademi & Resort Jalan Chandek Kura Mukim Kedawang, Kampung Bukit Lembu, 07000 Pantai Cenang, Kedah 3 Check Rates 8.9
THE SNUG 232 11 Jalan Desa Impian 12 3 Check Rates 8.9
Js home2 LOFT located in the heart of KUAH Town. Lorong Langkawi Indah 1 3 Check Rates 8.6
Cenang Mimpi Resort no 4, Tok Bidin Resort, Mukim Kedawang 3 Check Rates 8.6
Rumah Besaq Langkawi PT 425 Kampung Kuala Muda 3 Check Rates 8.5
JsHome3 , Cheerful Getaway in a Chic Stylish Room No 52, PSRN Bunga Raya, Langkawi Mall, Kuah, 3 Check Rates 8.3
Shell Out Club Suite No 71, Dayang Business Center, Persiaran Dayang 3, Kuah Langkawi Kedah 3 Check Rates 8.3
Js Home2 Cozy Cottage Room with a huge balcony Lorong Langkawi Indah 1 3 Check Rates 8.2
Ridaan Homestay Kuah Langkawi LOT 2907 No.54 Kampung Dato Syed Nahar 3 Check Rates 8.2
The Grey House Langkawi Jalan Kampung Berjaya, Mukim Kedawang 3 Check Rates 8
JsHome3 , Huge Family Room with a kid's corner No 52, PSRN Bunga Raya, Langkawi Mall, Kuah, 3 Check Rates 8
Fo xi fruit garden holiday villa Langkawi 666 NO 12,698-1, JALAN PADANG GAONG, KUAH, 07000 LANGKAWI,KEDAH 3 Check Rates 7.9
The Smith House Lot. 297, (HSM.772), Bandar Padang Matsirat, 3 Check Rates 7.8
Jelita Guest House Langkawi Jalan Pantai Tengah 3 Check Rates 7.7
Lemonia Holiday Resort Batu 1-3/4 Kg. Jalan Kelibang 3 Check Rates 7.6
Al Falah Homestay Langkawi lot 1584 b 3 Check Rates 7.6
Nadias Hotel Cenang Langkawi Lot 977, Pantai Cenang 3 Check Rates 7.4
Home Pulau Langkawi 1594 Jalan Haji Ibrahim Yunus 3 Check Rates 7.4
Arch Studio Cenang Jalan Pantai Chenang 3 Check Rates 7.4
Temple Tree Resort Lot 1053, Jalan Pantai Cenang 3 Check Rates 7.4
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Best time to visit Langkawi

The temperature in Langkawi round the year is between 25-32c. Best time to travel is between April and August. The dry season is from November until mid-April.   

How to travel to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur and other parts of the world

By Air 

You can easily catch an international flight or a domestic regional flight to international Langkawi Airport. Malaysian Airlines have connecting flights from London, Osaka, Taipei. With Silk Air, you can catch a daily flight from Singapore. 

Air Asia runs very affordable flights every hour to Langkawi. Booking in advance can save you a lot. Normally the last booking for the return flight from Langkawi will cost around US50. 

Here are connecting numbers

Air Asia

Local : 1300 88 99  n33

International: + 60 03 7884 9000

By Ferry

The ferries are pretty crowded but are a cheap alternative to get to Langkawi, You can catch a ferry from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Penang and Satun in Thailand. 

Ferry Schedule posted outside Booking station in Kuah

Book a ferry for Penang to Langkawi

Weather in Langkawi

The average temperature stays around 90F. The hottest month of the year is February and the coolest month in October. Rainy months are from September to November. 

What to do in Langkawi for 3 Days

Here is a list of some of the best things to do in Langkawi. Most popular things to do in Langkawi include

  • Langkawi Cable Car & Sky Walk 
  • Langkawi Skybridge
  • Boat Tours to Pulau Payar National Park to see some amazing sea life and birds in the region
  • Trip to Ayer Hangat Village to experience hot water springs
  • Temurun Waterfall - a Three-level waterfall in the middle of the Island
  • Discount Duty-Free Shopping at Pantai Cenang
  • Crocodile Adventureland

Besides, these attractions, one of the major attractions in Langkawi are customized tours and sea charters for:

  • Day Cruise
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Private Charters
  • Private Island Hopping
  • Fishing Trip
  • Jetski Tour

Contact Tropical Charters: +6012 588 3274

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