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The Malaysian islands that make up Langkawi have been designated a UNESCO Geopark because of their diverse natural landscape, which includes mountains, waterfalls, karst hills, mangrove forests, and some stunning beaches. As you might expect, Langkawi attracts a large number of visitors to its shores and there’s plenty to see and do to keep you busy for days on end. However, if fate has it that you only have one day in Langkawi, here’s how to make the most of it...

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  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Eagle Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

Gunung Raya

Mountains

Restoran Siti Fatimah

Restaurants

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Langkawi Sky Cab

Tramways

Tanjung Rhu Beach

Beaches, Caverns & Caves

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

Forests, Parks

Island Hopping Tour with Ana, Langkawi

Boat Tours

Cenang Beach

Beaches

Privilege Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • It’s not customary to tip in Malaysia, although if you enjoy your meal and the service, a small tip will certainly be appreciated.
  • Be wary of aggressive monkeys. Those at well-known tourist sites can behave aggressively in the pursuit of food. Carrying a plastic bag is like holding a red flag to a bull!
  • Jellyfish can cause problems for swimmers around Langkawi, particularly in the high season, so wear a stinger suit to err on the side of caution.
  • Because there’s no public transport in Langkawi, it’s a good idea to hire a car to get around. Ask to see the car before paying and always read the small print.
  • Eagle Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If arriving at Langkawi’s ferry jetty, be sure to stop off at ‘Eagle Square’ to take a few pictures of the giant eagle monument located here. The eagle is the emblem of Langkawi and this statue certainly takes center-stage, although the surrounding views of Kuah Bay are also pretty spectacular.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • If you can’t resist a bit of shopping, you’ll be happy to know that Dataran Lang is walking distance from a large range of duty-free shops.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 63 things to do in Langkawi
    • Blown Away by the Gigantic Eagle Statue! 18/10/2018
    • 10 minutes visit ! 16/10/2018
    • Eagle Square
    Phone:
    6049667789
    Other:
  • Gunung Raya
    Mountains
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Once you’ve picked up your hire car (or motorbike), head inland towards Langkawi’s highest peak, Mount Raya. You’ll take a scenic, winding path through the jungle to reach it and be rewarded with fabulous panoramic views of the island and its surroundings on arrival. There’s a resort at the top, which sells food and drinks and provides access to its viewing tower for a small charge.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It’s a good idea to have a raincoat with you if it even remotely looks like it might rain!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 63 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • cant beat the view 16/10/2018
    • Nice view 02/10/2018
    • Gunung Raya
    Address:
    Jalan Ulu Melaka
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 4-966 0336
    Other:
  • Restoran Siti Fatimah
    Restaurants (Malaysian, Asian)
    Kirsty S Says:

    For an authentic Malaysian lunch, drive down to Siti Fatimah’s, where the food is divine and the prices are low. It’s a buffet style affair that can get incredibly busy at lunch time, packed with locals choosing from such favorites as nasi lemak and other Malaysian staples, not to mention spicy salads, delicious curries, grilled fish, and scrumptious stir-fries.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Siti Fatimah is located at Jalan Kampung Tok Senik, which is the road that leads to Kota Mahsuri.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #107 of 405 restaurants in Langkawi
    • Unassuming excellence 18/10/2018
    • Real malay food experience 09/10/2018
    • Restoran Siti Fatimah
    Price range:
    US$ 5 - US$ 10
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
    Waterfalls
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Discover one of Langkawi’s beautiful waterfalls after lunch by heading over to the magnificent Telaga Tujuh falls. Here you can marvel, hike, and splash around amid some simply stunning natural scenery.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It’s a bit of an uphill trek to reach the falls, but nothing anybody with a moderate level of fitness can't manage.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 63 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Please heed water conditions following a heavy rainfall 18/10/2018
    • fantastic swim 16/10/2018
    • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
    Address:
    Gunung Mat Chincang
    Langkawi 07100
    Malaysia
  • Langkawi Sky Cab
    Tramways
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    Kirsty S Says:

    At the foot of the mountain that the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls call home is the Oriental Village and the departure point for the Langkawi Cable Car. The steepest of its kind in the world, the ride provides staggering panoramic jungle and island views as it slowly climbs the majestic Mount Mat Cincang.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Langkawi Cable Car runs from 10am to 7pm, but is subject to weather conditions so check ahead to see if it’s open if at all possible.
    • It will get cooler the higher up you reach, so taking an extra layer of clothing is a good idea.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great to witness such a experience. 17/10/2018
    • Take your Camera! 16/10/2018
    • Langkawi Sky Cab
    Phone:
    +60 4-959 4225
    Other:
  • Tanjung Rhu Beach
    Beaches, Caverns & Caves
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Despite being short on time, a beach visit is a must when in Langkawi. If you like your beaches quiet, clean, and beautiful head to the beach at Tanjung Rhu, which has a distinct paradise island feel to it. There’s only one resort here and it’s a peaceful place to relax for an hour or so.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • The area is another spot, in addition to Kilim Jetty, where you can arrange a boat tour through Langkawi’s unique mangrove forests.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 63 things to do in Langkawi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful serene white sand beach 02/10/2018
    • Amazing sunset 29/09/2018
    • Tanjung Rhu Beach
    Address:
    Langkawi Island
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
  • Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
    Forests, Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    From the beach at Tanjung Rhu to the mangrove forests of the Kilim Geoforest Park. This protected area is home to a landscape of karst hills and mangrove forests, plus a huge and fascinating array of flora and fauna. The entire area is a natural mix of forest, limestone rocks, caves, and dramatic coastline.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can arrange your tour through the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park right from the Tanjung Rhu bay area.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Kuah
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice adventure 18/10/2018
    • Amazing.....!!! 15/10/2018
    • Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
    Phone:
    +60 12-365 9345
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Island Hopping Tour with Ana, Langkawi
    Boat Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    You’d be hard-pressed to fit in a Kilim Karst Geoforest tour as well as an island-hopping trip in one day, so if you prefer paradise islands where you can relax on the beach, explore freshwater lakes, and snorkel in crystal clear seas, opt for an island hopping tour instead. With this trip, you’ll get to see the most popular of the Langkawi islands at a very reasonable price.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The price of this tour can vary depending on who you book through, so it’ll pay to shop around if you have the time.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Langkawi
    • Must Go 08/09/2017
    • Amazing - if its a clear day 28/08/2017
    • Island Hopping Tour with Ana, Langkawi
    Address:
    Jalan Teluk Baru
    Pantai Tengah
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 17-586 8706
    Price range:
    US$ 3 - US$ 3
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Other:
  • Cenang Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you haven’t had enough beach time yet and want to squeeze in a magnificent sunset before dinner, head to Cenang Beach. This is a popular spot, with ample watersport offerings and plenty of places to enjoy some food and drink. The benefit of visiting later in the day is two-fold; the heat is much more bearable and the sunsets are superb.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Try the Cliff Restaurant & Bar for a refreshing drink and a stunning sunset view.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Pantai Cenang
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a beauty 18/10/2018
    • Gorgeous 15/10/2018
    • Cenang Beach
    Phone:
    +60 4-952 3120
    Other:
  • Privilege Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants (Malaysian)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    To wrap up an incredibly busy day, treat yourself to dinner at Privilege, which overlooks the harbor at Telaga. The food here is great, with subtle yet balanced flavors. It’s a particularly safe choice for those who are not keen on too much spice, but still appreciate quality food with fantastic flavors.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try the cocktails – Privilege often have two-for-one deals!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Closed. It's closed. It's very much closed.closed.closed.closed.closed.closed.closed.closed.closed.closed.closed.closed. 06/06/2017
    • Cosy family type occasion 20/05/2017
    • Privilege Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    B8, 1st Floor, Perdana Quay, Telaga Harbour Park
    Pantai Kok
    Langkawi 07000
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 4-956 1188
    Price range:
    US$ 5 - US$ 20
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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