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10 Attractive Places To Visit in Langkawi, Kedah

By Joel Teh

People have been ranting about how excruciatingly boring it is for them to not travel since early 2020. It’s the first month of 2021 and we are still expecting the travel restrictions to last until mid-year, or worse, December.

Travel is always the best Dopamine for our mental health, but it’s been confiscated temporarily, thanks to the pandemic (sarcasm intended). While travelling overseas is almost impossible at the moment, there are still chances to go domestically when it’s allowed (with SOPs applied). One of the travel attractions in Malaysia that the locals would aim to go to is definitely Langkawi.

Langkawi, or also known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah, refers to the district and an archipelago of 99 islands on the West Coast of Malaysia with the beautiful natural landscape, parks, and iconic architectures. Understanding that there are so many places to visit, we’ve sorted out 10 places of interest to get you pumped up for a getaway to Langkawi once the pandemic is wiped off!

Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)

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Here’s a no stranger destination for everyone as it is an iconic point with the massive 12m-high eagle sculpture settled at a scenic waterfront plaza. In the daytime, visitors get to see the stately figure perched beside Kuah Jetty and stunning sea view, whereas, at night, the place is exquisitely irradiated with captivating lights. If you are eager for an instagrammable spot to snap your travel photo journal, Eagle Square is undoubtedly a must-go location in Langkawi.

Contact Information:
Address: Persiaran Putera Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Tel: +604-966 7789
Business Hours: Open 24/7
Admission: Free

Pulau Payar Marine Park

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What fun is there if there are no boat services for snorkeling and diving activities in islands such as Pulau Payar? The marine park provides facilities and various travel packages for tourists. One of its famous attractions is the scuba diving program where tourists are exposed to the outstanding amount of phenomenal coral scenes when going undersea. Apart from marine life, the island itself is a friendly place for picnic and hiking pursuits.

Contact Information:
Address: Kompleks EB Adina peksn Baru Baron Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Tel: +6013-350 1205
Business Hours: Open 24/7
Admission: http://pulaupayar.blogspot.com/

Langkawi Sky Bridge

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You may have heard of another notable attraction in Langkawi- Sky Car. At the end of the cable car ride, sets a 125-meter curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge on Mount Machinchang- Langkawi Sky Bridge. Although being 2,300 ft above ground level, the bridge is completely safe for visitation as it’s made up of double steel railings and an enclosed wire mesh. Since 2015, they added SkyGlide as another transportation service that takes passengers from the top station to the bridge itself. If you are looking for an adventurous and sight-seeing experience, Langkawi Sky Bridge is a touristy station that you should explore as well.

Contact Information:
Address: 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Tel: +604-959 4225
Business Hours: 9:30am- 7pm (daily)
Admission: Adults- RM6, Children- RM4

Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise


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Taking a tour in zoos is commonly a popular idea for family trips. If you are one of those travellers with enthusiasm for wildlife knowledge, perhaps you should consider visiting Langkawi Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise in your journey. Exhibiting over 150 species of animals, the wildlife park built a well-designed covered walkway and assigned educators to assist visitors throughout their tour. Simultaneously, its bird park is filled with a tropical rainforest that accommodates different bird species as well. In summary, this destination is a top-choice to acquire knowledge of flora and fauna that you may not find anywhere else.

Contact Information:
Address: Lot 1485, Kampung Belanga Pecah, Jalan Ayer Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Tel: +604-966 5855
Business Hours: 8:30am- 6pm (daily)
Admission: https://langkawiwildlifepark.com/ticket/

Mahsuri Tomb and Museum

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If Langkawi isn’t new to you, you must have heard about Makam Mahsuri before. Being classified as one of the most famous myths in Langkawi, the story of this place narrates about a pretty maiden who was falsely accused of committing adultery which in return caused her death. In her last breath, she cursed the land with seven generations of bad luck which brought some negative impacts to Langkawi for approximately 200 years. The legend has spread across the nation to the international level, hence many foreigners came and visited the museum whenever they set foot in Langkawi. So if you are interested in understanding the history and getting to see the artifacts in real life, this museum should also be listed in your bucket list.

Read more about the story of Mahsuri in another article- The Top-5 Myths and Legends of Langkawi.

Contact Information:
Address: Kampung Mawar, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Tel: +604-955 6055
Business Hours: 9am- 5pm (daily)
Admission: Adults- RM12, Children- RM6

Ayer Hangat Friday Night Market


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Visiting the local night market is a good way for diversion and food. Among all the night markets in Langkawi, there’s one that is only available every Friday but comes with a variety of local choices. Ayer Hangat Friday Night Market it is! Taking place near Tanjung Rhu Beach, the street is filled with rows of fusion stalls such as Malaysian and Thai food. If you don’t mind the crowd and want to pamper yourself with an array of Asian delights, this place would be a brilliant option for you.

Contact Information:
Address: Jalan Padang Gaong, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Business Hours: 5pm- 10pm (every Friday)

Skytrex Adventure

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Part of being an adventurous explorer is to serve the label of ‘adrenaline-junkie’. If that sounds familiar to you, then you should give Skytrex Adventure in Langkawi a shot. It’s a tree-to-tree sky-trekking program full of obstacles sling above the lush tropical Malaysian Rainforest in Kampung Kok. Striving to bring the visitors closer to the natural, Skytrex Adventure emphasizes the four elements in their activities that make them unique from others: Recreational, safety, educational, and eco-friendly. Feel enthralled by it? Put it into your bucket list now.

Contact Information:
Address: Jalan Teluk Yu, Kampung Kok, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Tel: +6019-280 5679
Business Hours: 9am- 5pm (daily)
Admission: https://www.skytrex-adventure.com/

Taman Lagenda Langkawi


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To entertain tourists of diverse interests, Langkawi has another special park that should be included in your upcoming travel list. Taman Lagenda Langkawi is an open-air folklore-themed park with 17 sculptures across the place. Visitors could either walk on foot or hire a buggy to take them around for a tour. This is a good place for folklore enthusiasts to explore and find out the legends that were passed down generations by generations in Langkawi.

Contact Information:
Address: Kuah, 07000 Kuah, Kedah.
Business Hours: Open 24/7
Admission: Free

Tanjung Rhu Beach

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Apart from Pulau Payar, another scenic sandy beach area that is worth visiting is Tanjung Rhu. Surrounded by trees and rock formations in the sea, Tanjung Rhu is a relaxed beach that offers tourists the best shorelines in Langkawi. Beyond picnicking and strolling along the seashore, visitors can browse through the nearby roadside stalls for local food. Despite being a touristy area, the environment is still a free-polluted zone with clean waters, white and smooth sand, and a quiet atmosphere.

Contact Information:
Address: Ayer Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Tel: +6017-569 3270
Business Hours: Open 24/7
Admission: Free

Underwater World Langkawi, Pulau Cenang


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Likewise Wildlife Park, an aquarium is also another travel-shrine for families to acquire marine knowledge and buy souvenirs. If visiting an aquarium is one of your interests, perhaps entering Underwater World Langkawi would also satisfy your travel sensation. Not only that it’s huge, but this aquarium consists of many exciting features such as housing over 4000 aquatic species, a 3D theater, and an underwater tunnel that allows you to enjoy the view of underwater sea creatures swimming around the water through the glass ceiling. This six acres wide aquarium is definitely a well-known attraction that you don’t want to miss when going to Langkawi.

Contact Information:
Address: Jalan Pantai Chenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Tel: +604-955 6100
Business Hours: 10am- 6pm (daily), 9:30am- 6:30pm (school and public holidays)
Admission: https://underwaterworldlangkawi.my/shop

The pandemic is being unpredictable at the moment. Although no one knows when travelling would become a norm again, we shouldn’t stop planning for trips like these as people will flock towards tourism areas after being physically and mentally stranded for a year and over. Thus, be prepared and start checking out places to visit while you are free at home could be practical at the moment. We hope the above recommendations would help you to figure out things you like to do in Langkawi.

 

(Featured image credit: Photo by Ryan Chu on Unsplash)

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