Langkawi is one of the top-rated and most visited destinations in Malaysia. Stretching over more than 99 islands, Langkawi offers a wide range of activities for visitors. A general impression of looking at the map of the island, Langkawi seems like a small island where various points of attractions that are easily accessible. If you are planning a trip to Langkawi a minimum of two nights stay is suggested to explore most attractions in the Langkawi. 

How to travel in Langkawi?

Langkawi has a good network of roads connecting various parts of the Island. You can rent a car from the airport or simply catch a taxi which is a quite affordable option. Here is a fare guide for a taxi trip between various locations on Langkawi Island( as per 2019)

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

Most popular tours in Langkawi


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 150RM. 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?

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

Kuah Village Langkawi

Kuah Village Langkawi. Standing outside the ferry terminals for a ferry to Thailand and Penang

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

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 1000RM 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 holiday or a honeymoon. 

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

Pantai Cenang is the most commercialised and developed area of the island with a number of shopping centres, shops, restaurants and hotels and seaside resorts. If you want to stay close to major attractions and amenities, Pantai Cenang is the place for you.

Cenang beach is popular for water sports including banana boats, windsurfing, water scooters, snorkelling. Book 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. 

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 

Langkawi Cable Car

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.

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

Kuah Village Langkawi

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


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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

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. 


Things to do in Langkawi Island Malaysia

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

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