If you are visiting Langkawi for a short term stay of a few days, there are still plenty that you get to experience and get your money’s worth. Here are some of the things you must do on a short trip in Langkawi:
1. Sky Bridge and Cable Car Langkawi
Langkawi is an archipelago of islands and with majestic background of mountain dated from 500 million years ago. To really appreciate the view, the best way would be from up above. To be on a bird’s eye view to take in the stunning landscapes of the island will make you fall in deep with Langkawi and makes you wonder what other beautiful mysteries does the island hold.
Set on the high mountain of Mat Cincang, the Langkawi CableCar is known for the steepest cable car in the world. The journey to get to the highest station will be thrilling as you look out the gondola. But once reached at the top, that thrill will be turned to stun and awe of the landscape. The Sky Bridge is a once in a lifetime experience that you must venture on. Though it may seem just a pedestrian walk, it is the longest free span and curved bridge in the world. The Sky Bridge is suspended high and being supported by only a single Pylon.
2. Seven Wells Waterfall
To continue with the tour, just up further of the SkyCab is the Seven Wells Waterfall “Telaga Tujuh”. The waterfall is accessible with hiking but the view will impress you. As the name portrays, the waterfall has seven pools at different levels and it is associated with legends and myths from the local.
3. Mangrove Tour
You can continue with the tour of the island by taking the nature guide on the Mangrove tour. There is a small jetty at Tanjung Rhu where you can hire a boat to yourself or share with others for this trip. This journey will take you along the Kilim river and be prepared to be awed at the lush greens of the mangrove trees. The river cruise woud be calm and would suit well for those who appreciate nature.
4. Island Hopping by boat
One of the most popular tour activities in Langkawi is the island hopping by boat. It takes about 3 to 4 hours of tour. You will get on a boat at the jetty, and be taken to 3 different stops. The first will be the “Pulau Dayang Bunting” or the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden, which is an island that resemblance like a pregnant lady from afar. There are a few water activities to be enjoyed here. After an hour, the boat will take you to “Pualau Beras Basah”, an island with white powdered sands and clear waters for you to dip in. The last stop will be the “Pulau Singa Besar” which is another wildlife sanctuary for different species of eagles, monkeys, hornbills and many more. Here you will get to witness the eagles grasping their food in a quick grip. The boatmen will throw some bits of chicken in the water and the eagles will fly down to grab it. It is quite a spectacular scene.
5. Island Hopping by Jetski
If you are in for the rush and thrill rides then the island hopping via jetski is the perfect choice. Ride your own jetski and drive up close to what Langkawi has to offer. Feel the adrenaline rush as you ride the jetski and beat the rushing waves to get from island to another island. This unique experience to be able to go up close to the limestone formations and get in between rocky nooks and crevices will really make your trip unforgettable.
6. “Dataran Lang” or Eagle Square
The name Langkawi comes from the word “Lang” or “Helang” which means eagle and what better way to iconise the island than with a massive sculpture of an eagle. This monument is placed near the entrance to the island by way of ferry. The “Dataran Lang” is the best place to take pictures to commemorate your memories in Langkawi.
7. Underwater World Langkawi
The Underwater World Langkawi is located along the stretch of the Cenang Beach street. It is a home to more than 500 species of sea creatures. The highlight of the Underwater World is the 15 metre tunnel path with see through aquarium glass so you will be able to see the sea creatures up close. The penguins there are the most adorable and you get to see their different antics.
8. Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise Langkawi
Another location to explore on nature is the Langkawi Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise. Upon entering, you will be greeted by the exotic birds. It is a home for more than 2,500 exotic birds from 150 species. It is a wonderful place for parents to bring their children and animal lovers because you can interact with the animals and some feed them.
9. Cenang beach
To enjoy the evening sunset amidst all the water-sports activities, you can go to the Cenang Beach that never sleeps. There are plenty of cafes and shops that opens up right on the beach where you can sit on the rugs or bean bags provided by them. Take your time and sip your cool drink while enjoy the beautiful sunset by the beach.
10. Tg. Rhu beach
Rise early the next morning and have breakfast in one of the local restaurant that serves “nasi lemak” and “roti canai”, a typical local breakfast. Then head on to Tanjung Rhu Beach at the north of the island. The beach here is more secluded and perfect for sun bathing.