Best things to do in Langkawi- 3 day itinerary

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What to do in Langkawi Malaysia

Langkawi is a beautiful archipelago located in the north of Malaysia. ‘Lang’ – Kawi’ means Eagle Red or Red Eagle. You will see them a lot when you’re visiting the island. We made a three-day itinerary for Langkawi with all the best things to do in Langkawi.

In Langkawi, you will find beaches, adventure, and waterfalls. When you’re traveling in Malaysia, Langkawi must be included in your itinerary.

On day one in Langkawi you can visit the summit of Mount Mat Cincang, take part in a thrilling cable car ride, and walk on the Skybridge. In the afternoon it’s beach time and we can go to Pantai Cenang or Pantai Tengah Rhu.

We end our day with a beautiful sunset in one of the many bars in Pantai Chenang.

On day 2 we will do a mangrove tour in the Unesco Global Geoforest Park with Dev’s Adventure Tours and enjoy dinner at a floating restaurant.

We end this 3-day itinerary in Langkawi with some island and beach hopping… our favorite beach is Pantai Tengah Rhu in the north of Langkawi. Most restaurants and bars are located in Pantai Chenang which is also the busiest beach.

Arrival and Transportation

Arrival in Langkawi

Langkawi International Airport is the primary gateway for travelers to the island. The airport is close to Pantai Chenang.

There are 2 options by ferry from mainland Malaysia. One is from Kuala Perlis (1h), and the other one is from Kuala Kedah.

If you’re coming from Ipoh of KL you can take the train or bus to Alan Sator and then take a grab to the ferry in Kuala Kedah. Try to book your ferry in advance as our boat at 4 PM was fully booked and we had to wait until 7 PM to get on the ferry. We couldn’t manage to book in front of the website because we don’t have a Malaysian ID number.

When taking the ferry you will arrive in Kuah, the main city in Langkawi. From Kuah, it is about 35 minutes to Pantai Chenang. We took a Grab taxi which was about €5.

TIP: The ferry between Penang and Langkawi is not sailing anymore. You need to take a bus or go by train.

Book your tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Alan Sator / Book your tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Perlis

Arrival in Langkawi from Thailand – Koh Lipe

Ferry – There are ferry services that run between Satun (southern Thailand) and Kuah harbor in Langkawi. The journey takes around 2-3 hours. Ferries operate daily. You’ll need to take a bus or drive from other parts of Thailand to Satun first.

You will have to go through the immigration office in Langkawi. When taking the ferry with Bundhaya they will help you going through the immigration process. No worries… You can book your ferry tickets from Koh Lipe to Langkawi here.

How to get around in Langkawi

The best thing to do is to rent a scooter to discover the island. The roads are in good shape! We rented a scooter at Super Duper Scooters in Pantani Chenang. It costs about €8 a day with insurance. The good thing about this place is that you don’t need to leave your passports in the office. You just need a copy of your driver’s license.

Another popular option is using Grab, the major ride-hailing service available in Langkawi. For example, a ride from Pantai Cenang to the Sky Cable costs you 4€. Grab is available everywhere in Langkawi.

What is the best time to visit Langkawi

To make the most of your 3-day itinerary in Langkawi, it’s crucial to consider the best time to visit Langkawi. The dry season runs from December to April.

The rainy season in Langkawi typically lasts from May to November. During this time, you can expect heavy rainfall, particularly during the peak of the monsoon in September and October.

We had some rain in December, so you can notice that climate change is also happening here in Langkawi.

Day 1: Langkawi Cable Car and Skybridge – Pantai Cenang

Langkawi Skycab – Cable Car

On the first day, we’ll have a look at Langkawi from above. Try to be at the Skycab at 9h30. And try to avoid going on the weekend. As this is one of the main attractions in Langkawi, the Langkawi Cable Car, can get very busy.

There is an intermediate station where you can get off to enjoy the view. At the top, you have several platforms and access to the sky bridge. When the weather is good you have a beautiful view of Langkawi and the Andaman Sea

Try to book your ticket for the Sky Cab in advance so you don’t need to wait in line at the ticket counter.

Waterfalls hunting

Langkawi boasts several spectacular waterfalls. One of them is the Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh) which you can see when you’re in the Sky Cab. It derives its name from the seven connecting natural pools fed by seven individual waterfalls.

You can hike to the waterfall from the Oriental village or the top. But be well prepared when you start doing this hike. Along the way you will see monkeys and if you’re lucky you can spot some hornbills. More information about the hike to the waterfall can be found on this website.

Don’t forget that if you’re visiting Langkawi in the dry season there won’t be a lot of water…

Pantai Cenang

Next, head towards Pantai Cenang, which is one of the most popular beaches on the island. This white-sand beach has a lively atmosphere and offers numerous attractions such as water sports, beach bars, and restaurants. One of our favorite places to watch the sunset is the Kalut Beach Bar. The only downside on the beach is the big cars that are moving the jetskis in and out of the water.

Pantai Tengah, more to the south is more relaxed and has fewer bars and restaurants. Hidden Langkawi is probably the best spot to watch the sunset and have dinner.

Day 2: Mangrove tour + Tanjung Rhu

Exploring Kimli Geoforest Park

For those seeking geological wonders, the Langkawi Geoforest Park showcases extraordinary limestone karsts dotting the landscape. The Kimli Geoforest Park is not far from Mount Raya (Gunung Raya), the highest mountain on the island, providing an excellent opportunity for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

We went out with Dev Adventure Tours. You can choose to do a 4-hour kayak trip (usually in the morning) or a trip through the mangrove by boat (in the evening). We did the boat tour – sunset cruise. Animals we spotted along the way were the kingfisher, monkeys, eagle, green viper, sea otter, and lizards.

After exploring the mangrove, they also sail to the beach to enjoy the sunset. The last stop is dinner at the floating restaurant in the park. Delicious. Visit the Dev Adventure Tours website for information and to book your tour.

Try to avoid tours where they feed the eagles with chicken as this is not the way it should be.

Tanjung Rhu Beach

If you go to the north to Tanjung Rhu Beach you can rent paddle boards or kayaks. The beach is quieter than Pantai Chenang. This is also the location where the mangrove tours start.

TIP: When you ‘re driving north you will probably first see the I love Langkawi sign and the public beach of Tanjung Rhu. Keep following the road. After you pass the Four Seasons hotel and the Tanjung Rhu Resort you have a secluded beach with a restaurant and a bar, and some souvenir shops.

Day 3: Beaches and Island hopping

Beach Hopping

Langkawi is home to stunning beaches, making beach hopping an essential activity on your 3-day itinerary. You can choose to stay at Tanjung Rhu. They also have a beautiful resort, The Tanjung Ru Resort with two swimming pools and a private beach. Here you can find a list of all resorts at Tanjung Thu.

Sandy Skulls Beach is another small beach in the north of Langkawi. You need your own transport to get there or take a taxi.

You can also choose to do a jetski or an island tour in Langkawi.

The best spots in Langkawi

Kalut Bar: one of the best places to watch the sunset in Pantai Chenang. Grab your seat before the sun goes down. Happy Hour is from 5 PM to 6 PM. The only downside is that they have some traffic just before the bar with 4WD who are getting the jetskis back on land. When it’s dark, you can enjoy the fire show.

Yellow Beach Café (Western restaurant on the beach) is a good place to eat something after the sunset.

Red Tomato for pasta, eggs, and breakfast. This restaurant is located in the south of Pantai Chenang and offers a good choice of both Western and Asian meals. We tried the spaghetti and the Mexican eggs which were ok.

The Cliff Restaurant is more upscale. Good place for sunset. Be on time for a good spot.

Close to Tanjung Rhu, you will find Scarborough Fish & Chips. This is one of the best restaurants in Langkawi and famous for…. yes Fish & Chips…

Amani Cafe: our favorite local spot in Langkawi. Perfect for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The owners are super friendly and the food is delicious.

Night markets in Langkawi

Langkawi offers various shopping options for both tourists and locals. Two of the most famous night markets are the Kuah Night Market and the Padang Matsirat Night Market. These markets sell a variety of items, from local handicrafts and souvenirs to clothing and accessories. Also, you can find delicious street food and local delicacies.

The Kuah Night Market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is a perfect place to immerse yourself in the local culture, as it is frequented by the local community as well. Don’t forget to try the Kedah’s special dishes and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

The Padang Matsirat Night Market operates on Sundays, where you can find many items at bargain prices. Make sure to practice your bargaining skills to get the best deals on your purchases.

Accommodation and Dining

Where to stay in Langkawi

Langkawi offers a variety of accommodations to suit every traveler’s needs. In Kuah, the island’s main town, you can find budget-friendly hotels and guesthouses. But if you want to stay close to the beach it’s better to head to Pantai Cenang or Pantai Tengah Rhu

We stayed at Gecko Guesthouse. It is located on a small street close to Pantai Cenang. The chief (owner) knows a lot about Langkawi and is very helpful with planning your trip. They can help you with transport and booking tours.

If you are searching for excellent value accommodation near the beach look no further than the Langkawi Chantique. Conveniently situated just a short stroll from the shoreline attractions, this budget-friendly hotel offers well-appointed rooms complete with all essential amenities.

Situated directly on the beach, the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa offers luxurious accommodations with stunning ocean views. As one of Langkawi’s finest hotels, the property pampers guests with world-class amenities like spacious rooms, swimming pools, a spa, and restaurants.

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