Langkawi, the Jewel of the Kedah, is a pristine archipelago of 99 sun-drenched islands off the north-western coast of Malaysia. A paradise where turquoise water laps against silky-soft white sand, Langkawi boasts a wealth of tropical treasures that visitors will fall in love with. Whether you’re an avid scuba-diver, beach bunny or history buff, you’ll find no shortage of tours offering the best things to do, see and experience.

Don’t miss these Langkawi attractions

  • SkyCab ride to Gunung Matchinchang
  • Oriental Village
  • Underwater World Langkawi
  • Snorkelling in Pulau Payar Marine Park
  • Local cooking classes

The jewels of the sea

White sandy beaches, sparkling azure water and lush jungle combine to present visitors with an idyllic setting to explore. Plunge into the sea on a diving tour to discover an underwater playground simply teeming with rainbow-hued marine life. If you’d prefer to stay closer to the surface, you can join an organised excursion to the Pulau Payar Marine Park for a spot of snorkelling.

You don’t necessarily have to get wet to experience Langkawi’s aquatic beauty. With island-hopping tours, jet-ski safaris, sailing trips, and mangrove and limestone cruises by the bucket load, you can uncover the gems of the archipelago with ease. Just sit back, relax and let someone else lead the way.

On dry land

If you need a break from the sea, there’s plenty to do on dry land. Oriental Village is a charming, tourist-centric one-stop shop of market stalls, galleries and day spas. Spend a morning here among the handicrafts, before making your way up to Mt Matchinchang by SkyCab. The 20-minute cable car journey awards you with spectacular views of the islands and surrounds while en route and at the summit.

Gain an insight into the region’s history with a visit to the temples and museums around town. Spend time among the artefacts of Galleria Perdana, meander through the Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman recreational park and visit Mahsuri’s Tomb. Walking and cycling tours are also popular options for visitors to the area, but for something even more memorable, join a guide and explore the rich biodiversity of the jungle on a trek.

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