What should I see in Langkawi

Tips & Sights: What you should know about Langkawi

The island of Langkawi is located on the west coast of Malaysia in the border area with Thailand. It is one of the most popular travel destinations in the country. Here you can find information about beaches, sights and many other tips.

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Anett has turned her passion into a job and works as a tourist guide in Langkawi. In the following article, she will introduce you to her favorite places on the island and give you a number of tips for your stay there.

Experience Langkawi with your own side she wants to help others plan their trips. You can also find Anett on Facebook. She has also written a Langkawi travel guide, which is available as an eBook on her website and as a paperback on Amazon.

Langkawi: Insider Tips

February 2013: I lie under the parasol, watch the hustle and bustle on the beach, look at the sea and listen to the reggae sound from the Babylon Bar.

The guys are rehearsing for their evening gig and I love it. I love this band, the small talk with the locals, this contented, simple life and the sea! I could stay here ...

October 2016: There is no longer a Babylon Bar and I haven't seen the band play for a long time. But it's still there - that magic that already captivated me back then! Because three and a half years later, I'm still here.

I love nature, the sunsets, the peace and quiet - even every morning when I wake up and let my gaze wander into the distance on the mountains - the lightness of the people and the mix between modernity and culture. That's what happened to me.

A lot has happened in the meantime, the island is changing with the growing tourism. Which is very sad, but it still has its charm.

It's the friendly, humble islanders, the smells of carnations, the view over the hilly landscape, the small villages, the rice fields and the wonderful nature. No sale of melons or sunglasses on the beach. No annoying taxi drivers. Children don't beg for money. No annoying trading when paying. No constant: “Massage? Do you want massage? ". Wonderful, isn't it?

If you have the time and let yourself into the island, you will get to know many other places to escape the hustle and bustle. Because there is still the authentic Langkawi.

Langkawi: location and special features

Geographically, the Langkawi Archipelago, which consists of around 100 islands, is around 50 kilometers off the Malaysian west coast, near the border with Thailand (there is a boat connection to Koh Lipe).

The island is still in the "Strait of Malacca", even if it is only a few kilometers to the north to the Andaman Sea.

Langkawi is home to one of the oldest primary rainforests in the world with an immeasurable biodiversity. Parts of the islands were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007 as a geopark.

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The Malays and their religion

Islam is the main religion here in the country. That's why you should adapt a little, but that's also part of such a trip. I haven't had any negative experiences in this regard. It's very relaxed on the islands and the locals are very tolerant towards you.

This can also be seen in the peaceful coexistence of Malay Muslims, Buddhists and Hinduists. Everyone is allowed to practice and proclaim their faith.

You can feel that the Malays attach great importance to politeness. In Germany I am not used to being smiled at by strangers, but as soon as you step on Malay soil and look into their faces, you see a smile. A sign of hospitality.

What can you expect in Langkawi?

What is particularly important to us when choosing a holiday location? Of course: the weather, the beach, the sea. And the possible activities.

One wishes for heavenly crystal clear water and a perfect beach. But to fall with the door in the house: Langkawi has no crystal clear water. Unfortunately.

Nevertheless, you don't have to do without the colorful underwater world. One hour away is the island of Pulau Payar, where divers and snorkelers will get their money's worth. A ferry leaves every morning from Jetty Point (Royal Langkawi Yacht Club) in Kuah City. In the high season it is advisable to book the day trip in advance.

But a white, tropical, powder-soft sandy beach awaits you in Langkawi. The two and a half kilometers at Pantai Cenang are perfect for a walk on the beach and from here you can see the most beautiful sunsets that mother nature has to offer.

Busy and less busy beaches

If you are on Pantai Cenang If you pass the hotels, guest houses, bars and water sports shops, so walk further back to the tip (height of Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort), it becomes wonderfully quiet and you will even find a few small trees that provide shade. A favorite place of mine. Just my book and the sound of the sea ...

Nevertheless, this beach is the most developed for tourism and there are numerous offers for water sports enthusiasts.

On the other hand, it is quiet in the bay of Tengkorak Beach in the northwest of the island. Anyone traveling by scooter or car has an ideal, beautiful stretch of beach here to cool off.

There is also that Tanjung Rhu Beach in the north and this scores with its view of the offshore islands. At low tide you can sometimes walk to the opposite island.

It gets lonely when you let a boat take you to another island. Or kayak to see them yourself to feel like Robinson Crusoe for a few hours.

Activities in Langkawi

The island has more to offer than just a few beautiful beaches.

For example, nature lovers shouldn't miss a mangrove tour. With the boat you drive into one of the most scenic areas, where you can see limestone rocks, caves and many amazing plants in addition to the mangroves.

Typically touristy, but still recommendable, is a ride with the cable car over the dense green jungle to the summit of Mat Chinchang, Langkawi's second highest mountain. At 800 meters above sea level you can enjoy the fresh wind and the spectacular view of the surrounding islands and the deep blue Andaman Sea. But be careful: the ride is not for the faint of heart, because it is one of the steepest cable cars in the world!

Dev's Adventure also offers trekking with a trained naturalist guide through the tropical rainforest. Those who opt for the evening hike through the jungle experience the shift from day to night animals. You will also have the chance to see flying lemurs and flying squirrels.

The fishing experience is just as unforgettable. Three different fishing points are approached together on a traditional fishing boat, where, for example, snapper, grouper and mackerel can be fished. Then a BBQ is prepared from it on a beautiful island.


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Langkawi: discover the island

Renting a scooter is the best way to explore the island. Waterfalls, remote villages, less busy beaches and curious monkeys are waiting for you.

At the same time, you are flexible and can, for example, prefer to eat in small pubs instead of the expensive restaurants on Cenang Hauptstraße. There is a night market every evening, but the location changes.

Get involved in the little adventure!

But: wear a helmet and take your driver's license with you. Because even if it is not seen so closely in other countries in Asia, controls can always take place here. And after all, it's also about your own safety.

Not to forget - the food

The different cultures reveal a diverse local cuisine and that makes this country something very special. The different influences inspire each other, so there are Indian dishes, for example, that are only available in Malaysia.

Here you will find culinary delights for every budget. However, a visit to the night market should be a must.

Lemongrass, fresh turmeric, chilli, coriander, ginger, garlic and coconut milk play an important role in the cooking tradition of the Malays. The export of squid and squid is very well known for this region. Almost every evening the many boats of the squid fishermen line up out on the sea like a string.

A typical restaurant consists of plastic chairs, brightly colored, dirty tablecloths and plastic dishes. The locals don't care about the outside of the place, but that doesn't say anything about the quality of the food.

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The nightlife

Langkawi cannot be called a party place, but for a Muslim country the island can compete relatively well.

After sunset, there is a lot of activity on the beach road, not least because of the cheap shopping opportunities. At the Pantai Cenang the bars open and the ambience is guaranteed to have something for everyone.

If you want to let your hips swing for another lap, drive towards Pantai Tengah to Club Sunba, probably the most famous on the island. A band plays until 1 or 2 a.m. and then music plays. Right next to it is the Sunba Karaoke Bar. This is especially fun in a small group because you can rent a room there. Two mugs of beer are included in the price.

What are your tips for Langkawi?

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About the author

Stefan has been traveling to the countries of Southeast Asia since 2006 and often spends several months there. In 2013 he founded Fascination Southeast Asia and has since written several eBooks and books on the subject (including the insider travel guide “555 Tips for Bangkok”). Between his travels he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

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