With its blessed white sandy shores in the lineup of Malaysia's best beaches, Langkawi easily takes out the crown. But while the scene is set for the ultimate flop and drop holiday, there's more to see than clear blue skies meeting the shimmering ocean over the tips of your toes from horizontal position. Scattered across the archipelago, Mother Nature puts forth a dizzying array of breath-taking eye candy. Here's a quick guide on where to go to find it.
Wander the Langkawi Sky Bridge
You’re sure to get that ‘top of the world’ feeling from the spectacular heights of the Langkawi Sky Bridge, a 125-metre long pedestrian bridge winding high above the treetops at the summit of Gunung Mt Chinchang. An impressive 2,300 feet above sea level on Langkawi’s second-highest peak, the views are stunning every step of the way. Admire the sparkling Andaman Sea dotted with lush islands and the rainforest canopy below as it peters out into the distance.
Hot Tip: Expect views galore, because to get to the Langkawi Sky Bridge you must first take an awe-inspiring cable car journey up the mountainside. Jump on the Langkawi Cable Car from Oriental Village and get those cameras ready.
Dive in to Pulau Payar Marine Park
Some of the most beautiful discoveries in the region await beneath the water’s surface at Pulau Payar Marine Park, about an hour’s boat ride from Langkawi. Dive in with a snorkel and goggles or pull on a wet suit and scuba dive to glimpse colourful corals and marine life thriving in the beautifully clear waters. Once your fingers and toes go wrinkly, pull up for a rest on one of the sandy beaches nearby – the marine park includes four beautiful uninhabited islands.
Hot Tip: If you don’t like the sound of snorkelling or diving, Pulau Payar Marine Park also touts a large floating platform with underwater observation chambers so you can glimpse the underwater sights without getting wet.
Explore Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
Swap the salty ocean for the refreshing, cool mountain waters of Telaga Tujuh, tucked away amongst verdant rainforest on Langkawi’s western headlands. It’s no wonder the locals believe fairies live here – the waterfalls and surrounds are utterly magical. Enjoy a dip in the pristine waters, believed to be instilled with healing powers, and wander through the lush foliage, also said to be left by the fairies. The adventurous at heart can tackle the steep climb to the top for impeccable views and the chance to bathe in all seven pools as they gracefully cascade down the mountain.
Hot Tip: The easiest way to get to Telaga Tujuh is by taxi, but be sure to ask the taxi to wait for you. It’s almost impossible to find a taxi for the return journey, especially on week days. Should you find yourself stranded, take the hike down to Oriental Village and catch one from there.
Join an Island Hopping Tour
With just one short of 100 stunning islands to its name, Langkawi has no shortage of pure blue waters and soft sandy beaches. The best way to soak up all that pristine coastal scenery is to step on board an island hopping tour and sail your way around, from one blissful island to the next. A few favourite stops include the lush Pulau Singa Besar (Big Lion Island), where majestic eagles soar overhead, Beras Basah Island (Wet Rice Island), touting exceptionally clear waters, and Pulau Dayang Bunting, home to the ‘magical’ waters of the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden.
Hot Tip: For a more luxurious sailing experience, hire a private yacht from Langkawi Yacht Club and choose where you go. Indulge in a sunset cruise with cocktails or a midday cruise with a champagne picnic lunch to keep you going all day.
Discover Langkawi Geopark
Langkawi is home to Southeast Asia’s First UNESCO World Geopark. Steeped in over 550 million years of geological history, the park boasts some of the world’s most intriguing and oldest naturally formed spectacles. Mangroves, sandstone mountains, caves, fossils, lagoons, rainforests and reefs all coexist here along with a colourful myriad of wildlife, from rare butterflies and giant flying squirrels to fascinating flora. Discover the ‘oldest land in Malaysia’ from top to bottom.
Hot Tip: While there are sections you can explore on your own, join a guided tour to get access to all the most hidden sights with the added bonus of an insightful guide. Embark on a walking, biking or kayaking tour, join a cruise or indulge in the artful pursuit of bird-watching with a group. Many island hopping tours will also take in a few sights along the way.
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