Malaysia exists out of multiple islands, from which Langkawi is located at the West side of the country. Comparing to Penang, Langkawi is less touristic and is still very pure. That’s also the reason why Langkawi is perfect to explore by scooter. We stayed a few days at Langkawi during our round trip through Malaysia. In this article I provide an island guide.
How to get at Langkawi?
There are many ways to get to Langkawi. Most travellers will travel to Langkawi by boat; from the island Penang or from the mainland of Malaysia. I travelled from Penang to Langkawi by the high-speed ferry, which takes you to the island in approximately three hours. Although this is quite efficient, the ferry ride wasn’t very comfortable. This means that the seats were small and there wasn’t much legroom; I was happy when the three hours were over.. Furthermore, if you can get sea sick fast, this might not be the best idea for you as the water can be quite wild sometimes.
An alternative way to get to Langkawi, is by plane. Langkawi has its own airport from where you can take several domestic flights. You can travel from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi by plane, for example. The domestic flights are very cheap, which makes it for everyone accessible.
Reasons to rent a scooter
I really liked having a scooter when we explored the island. We had the freedom to go anywhere we liked! In my opinion, I found it quite dangerous to rent a scooter in Kuala Lumpur, because it’s a big and chaotic city. In contrast to Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi doesn’t have big cities, which makes it much safer to drive a scooter. There is a lot of nature which it easy to reach by scooter.
We stayed in Kampung Lubok Buaya and from the owner of the accommodation, we got the tip to rent a scooter at the Happy Smart Mini Market. I have to say I’m very pleased we rented the scooter at this place. The staff was very friendly and explained us how everything worked. The rental price was perfect too. Definitely a recommendation!
All kinds of beaches
Langkawi is the place to be for beautiful beaches! There are beaches everywhere and they’re all unique in their own way. You can find a black sanded beach, beaches located in the middle of nature and beaches located close to nice restaurants. My favourite probably is Tanjung Rhu Beach, located on the North side of the island.
In this article you can find an extensive guide to the beaches of Langkawi.
Langkawi Cable Car and Skybridge
One of the highlights on Langkawi (and therefor quite busy) will probably be the Cable Car and Skybridge. The skycab takes you on Mt. Machincang, which gives some magnificent views over the island. A little higher, about 100 meters above the top of Mt. Machincang, you can also take a walk on the Skybridge which is one of the world’s longest curved suspension bridges at 125 meters. It’s a nice experience and the views on the Skybridge are fantastic as well.
When going back downwards with the skycab, you’ll get in an area where you can find some other attractions as well. You’ll find a 3D Art Msueum, a Adventure Park, some shops and restaurants. For more information you can take a look on the official website.
Food markets all around Langkawi
Food markets (also known as night markets) are held every day of the week, but every day in another place. It’s absolutely worth it to pay a visit to one of these night markets, as it has a nice atmosphere, it can be very crowded with locals and there is food everywhere!! You can find here all kinds of food, so you can taste all kinds of local dishes. The night markets start from 17.00 until late. The places where the night market is held, are as follows:
Monday: Ulu Melaka
Wednesday: Kuah Town
Thursday: Pantai Cenang
Friday: Air Hangat
Saturday: Kuah Town
Sunday: Padang Matsirat
Thé island for nature lovers
Langkawi consists out of a lot of nature, what’s a beautiful characteristic. One of the most beautiful natural attraction of Langkawi, will probably be its waterfalls. Especially the Telaga Tujuh Waterfall is very impressive. However, you can also find here beautiful mangrove forests, paddy fields, river banks and rain forest. Perfect for the adventurers who love to go kayaking through the mangrove forests or hiking through the jungle.
Where to stay and for how long?
Personally, I found Kampung Lubok Buaya a nice place to stay at, since it’s not that big as Kuah Town and you can find here anything; from beaches to restaurants and from rain forest to paddy fields. We stayed a little outside of the center, namely at Hornbill Retreat. A beautiful and small boutique accommodation where relaxation is the main aspect. To explore Langkawi Island, I think you should stay around three nights on the island.
Where to next?
You can go all ways from Langkawi, with every transport. You can either go by boat towards Penang or the mainland of Malaysia, but you can also go by plane towards Kuala Lumpur or Borneo.
The first time, our next destination was Koh Lipe in Thailand. This small island is still very unknown and very easily to reach from Langkawi by boat. This boat trip is much more comfortable comparing to the trip from Penang to Langkawi.
Being back at Langkawi after travelling to Koh Lipe, our next destination was Kuching, Borneo. By flight we flew from Langkawi towards Kuala Lumpur and from the Malaysian capital to Kuching.
Both Koh Lipe and Borneo are the places I’ll write about later.
What are your thoughts about Langkawi?
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