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Langkawi, Malaysia: A Complete Travel Guide

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

The Langkawi archipelago is located off the west coast of mainland Malaysia. This cluster in the Andaman Sea consists of 99 islands, and only 4 are inhabited. The main Langkawi island is easily accessible by plane or ferry and it’s the most popular one to visit. It’s also the largest island and has a ton to offer. From its stunning beaches to its glorious waterfalls, viewpoints, jungle-clad hills, and mangroves, there is so much beauty here. In this travel guide, we share 10 of the best things to do in Langkawi as well as great places to stay, eat, and drink.

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Sky Bridge Machincang mountain


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Best Things To Do In Langkawi

  • Visit Sandy Skulls Beach & the nearby Temurun Falls

  • Eat at the night market (Monday: Ulu Melaka Market | Tuesday: Kedawang Market | Wednesday: Kuah Night Market | Thursday: Temoyong Night Market | Friday: Ayer Hangat Night Market | Saturday: Kuah Night Market | Sunday: Padang Matsirat Night Market)

  • Relax At Cenang Beach

  • Visit Laman Padi + Museum to learn about rice

  • Langkawi Cable Car & Sky Bridge to Machincang mountain

  • Visit the 3D Art in Paradise Museum

  • Hike To The Telaga Tujuh Waterfall (Seven Wells Waterfall)

  • Cruise The Kilim Geoforest Park (Go on an ethical boat tour)

  • Relax At Tanjung Rhu Beach

  • Drive To Langkawi’s Tallest Peak (Gunung Raya)

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Telaga Tujuh Waterfall

Places To Stay In Langkawi

  • MyVilla Langkawi Hotel ($): is located a bit outside of Cenang Beach, hence a bit more quiet. This is where we stayed and we liked the clean and spacious rooms. It's easier if you rent a scooter when staying here.

  • Chill Box Langkawi ($): is a great budget-friendly option that is located in Kuah. It has a variety of rooms and suites, all of which are clean and comfortable. The property also has a swimming pool, a bar, and a restaurant.

  • Arch Studio Cenang ($$): is a great option for those looking for a stylish and affordable stay in Pantai Cenang. It has a variety of studios and apartments, all of which are beautifully decorated. The property also has a swimming pool and a rooftop terrace with stunning views.

  • Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah ($$$): is a great mid- to high-range option that is located in Pantai Tengah. It has a rooftop pool with stunning views, a fitness center, and a bar. The rooms are spacious and modern, and they all have balconies with views of the ocean or the pool.

Places To Eat And Drink In Langkawi

  • Wonderland Food Store is a popular spot for seafood and Chinese dishes. It's located in Kuah, near the Langkawi International Airport.

  • Restoran Kak Yan Nasi Campur is a great place to try a variety of Malay dishes. The nasi campur (mixed rice) is a popular choice, and you can also get grilled seafood, curries, and noodles.

  • Restoran Siti Fatimah is a local favorite for its home-cooked Malay food. The chicken curry is a standout dish, and you can also get roti canai, laksa, and other Malaysian staples.

  • JOMAKAN ..Eat BIG, Eat CHEAP is a great option for budget-minded travelers. The portions are large, and the food is delicious. There are several branches of JOMAKAN on Langkawi, but the one in Pantai Cenang is the most popular.

  • Sunday Restaurant is a popular spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu features a variety of Western and Asian dishes, and the prices are reasonable.

  • FOOD PARADISE RESTAURANT & BISTRO is a great place to try Pakistani food. The lamb biryani is a popular choice, and you can also get tandoori chicken, naan, and other Pakistani staples.

  • Damascus Cafe is a great place to try Arabic food. The hummus, baba ghanoush, and falafel are all delicious, and you can also get shawarma, kebabs, and other Middle Eastern dishes.

  • Cili Kampung is a great place to try local Malay cuisine. The laksa is a standout dish, and you can also get nasi lemak, satay, and other Malaysian staples.

  • Melior Cafe is a great option for vegetarians and vegans. The menu features a variety of healthy and delicious dishes, and the prices are reasonable.

  • The Grill Room at The Danna Langkawi is a fine dining restaurant that serves classic Western dishes with a modern twist. The restaurant has a beautiful setting overlooking the Andaman Sea, and the service is excellent.

  • Yellow Beach Cafe is a casual restaurant that serves a variety of Western dishes, including burgers, pizzas, pasta, and seafood. The restaurant is located on a beautiful beach, and the views are amazing.

  • Jake's Charbroil Steaks - Langkawi is a steakhouse that serves up some of the best steaks on Langkawi. The restaurant also has a wide selection of other Western dishes, including burgers, ribs, and seafood.

  • One Love Langkawi is a popular spot for live music. They have a more upbeat atmosphere than Yellow Beach Cafe, and they often have DJs playing. The drinks are also reasonably priced.

  • Kalut Cafe And Bar is a great place to go if you're looking for something a little different. They have a wide selection of cocktails, and they often have live bands playing. The atmosphere is a bit more laid-back than the other places on this list.

  • Mali Mali Beach Bar is a great option for those looking for a fun and lively atmosphere with live music. The bar is located right on the beach in Pantai Cenang, and it has a large outdoor deck with stunning sunset views of the Andaman Sea. The live music is usually a mix of covers and originals, and it's a great place to dance the night away.

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Cenang Beach Sunset

Map Langkawi

Find all the places to go, eat, drink, and stay in Langkawi on Google Maps. To follow and save the list, do the following:

  1. Tap on the link to open it (click button below)

  2. Tap Follow. This list will now be added to the group of lists you follow.

  3. Optional: To unfollow a list someone shared with you, tap the list Saved.

If you follow the list we made, all our saved places of Langkawi will show up in Your Places. The places will also appear as suggested locations in Google Maps.

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