Mini Itineraries: Langkawi

Langkawi’s archipelago of 99 paradise islands on Malaysia’s west coast decorate the Andaman Sea, some 18 miles off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia


For unrivalled views over Langkawi, head to the Langkawi Sky Bridge, which is 2,296 feet above sea level. This bridge can only be accessed via the Langkawi Cable Car; explore the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls and the breathtaking scenery from the top of the bridge. Sticking with heights, admire (or scale) Gunung Raya, the highest peak in Langkawi. The mountain is covered in dense rainforest, with monkeys, eagles and flying foxes. The trail is challenging, so take a guide with you. (You’ll be rewarded with incredible views at the summit.) Go for a refreshing dip in the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, seven connected natural pools and seven waterfalls. You’re likely to spot macaques monkeys and squirrels on your way. Relax in the serene and beautiful park of Taman Lagenda Langkawi, an open-air garden museum with sculptures, and visit Laman Padi to enjoy the green views of the paddy fields.


Langkawi’s Underwater World complex is home to more than 500 species of sea creatures, where you can walk through underwater tunnels and discover sharks, turtles, giant stingrays and other majestic marine life. Go snorkeling or diving at Pulau Payar Marine Park, which is 18 miles south of Langkawi Island and can be accessed by catamaran or boat. Crystal waters and a stunning coral garden await and take a tour or venture into the park at your own pace. Langkawi’s beaches are world-famous; you can pick from Pantai Cenang Beach (the most popular beach, with white sand, watersports, beach bars and great views of the western islands), Tengkorak Beach (smaller, more secluded and accessed via a beautiful forest) and Tanjung Rhu Beach (even more secluded, with turquoise waters and soft white sand).

Adventure seekers can enjoy trekking up Mount Mat Cincang by climbing up stairway/steps that will take you through the rainforest to be able to see the famous Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells Waterfall)


Seafood-fans will love Wonderland Food Store, which serves succulent seafood at friendly prices. For something a little fancier, check in The Planter’s at The Danna Langkawi on Telaga Harbour Park overlooking the beautiful infinity pool and white sandy beach. You can sit outside or inside with air-conditioning; the gourmet food showcases Mediterranean, European and local flavors. Dine in the middle of the rainforest at the Gulai House at the Datai Hotel, which serves authentic Malay cuisine in a traditional Malay kampung house. Let the wildlife serenade you while you eat.

Fly to Malaysia from US gateways (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New York) via Singapore with Singapore Airlines, from just $740* in Economy class.

Discover Malaysia in the following articles:

Welcome to Malaysia

Beaches and Islands in Malaysia

Adventure and Nature

What to eat in Malaysia

Mini Itinerary: Langkawi Island

Mini Itinerary: Kuala Lumpur

Mini Itinerary: Kuching

Mini Itinerary: Kota Kinabalu

Mini Itinerary: Penang

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