Tengah Beach on Langkawi, Malaysia
Holidays to Langkawi, Malaysia
It might sound like a cliché, but there’s no getting away from it - Langkawi is pure island paradise. Pulau Langkawi is the largest of the 99 Langkawi islands in the Andaman Sea. Its turquoise water and super-soft sand, diving sites, rainforests, water sports, waterfalls, paddy fields, villages, temples and wonderfully exotic wildlife means it really is the island that has it all.
Chances are, you’ll want to dedicate some time to relaxing on those palm-fringed beaches (try the beach at Pantai Cenang for restaurants and bars within easy reach of sunbathing), but don’t miss Langkawi’s other highlights. Visit Telega Tujah Falls, a spectacular waterfall that’s also a popular picnic area. Or if you want to get the blood pumping, head to Langkawi’s peak, Gunung Raya, for abseiling and a Tarzan-style experience on ropes and cables. While you're there, you might spot macaque monkeys and flying foxes.
If swinging through the rainforest is a step too far in the adrenaline stakes, there are other ways to experience the lush terrain. Take Langkawi’s cable car – the steepest in the world – that rises up the mountainside on a 15-minute climb that will treat you to incredible views over the sea to Thailand. At the top, walk the impressive 125 metre Sky Bridge, a curved suspension bridge on the top of the Machinchang Mountain for soaring views that will give you goosebumps.
There are elegant hotels, bars and restaurants to enjoy on Langkawi, as well as excellent golf courses and outstanding spas. But decades of development haven't ruined the island, thanks to strict planning rules. There’s still authentic local culture to discover, especially outside of the main visitor hubs. Visiting villages throughout the island will give you a glimpse into how traditional Malaysian life thrives on Pulau Langkawi and her sister islands.
Abundance of wildlife
Langkawi trip ideas
Places to stay in Langkawi
Map of Langkawi