Langkawi, also known as the Jewel of Kedah, is a stunning spot full of rainforests, waterfalls, rock formations and jungles. Add in to this natural beauty a huge array of wildlife and you’ll soon discover why this is such an incredible destination for so many travelers who are looking for something a little bit different. I know as a traveller that I am always on the lookout for a new opportunity to explore and discover a new culture, food, or experience and Langkawi certainly delivers. Made up of an archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is a tropical paradise which has equal measures of both relaxation and excitement. Did I mention that in Langkawi, there is a duty free island? This means that tobacco and alcohol are all ridiculously cheap there, making this quite a popular spot for backpackers looking for a good time.
The best time – temperature wise – to take a visit to the island is going to be between December and March. It’s the dry season then, and temperatures hover around the 30 degrees Celsius mark. Perhaps a little bit more. It can get quite hot in Langkawi, but you’ll find that there’s always a nice breeze or a cool ocean to dive into if you want to cool off. Take a look at some of the great activities you can enjoy in Langkawi, brought to you by Travezl.
Sky Cab Cable Car
Afraid of heights? You might not enjoy Langkawi’s popular cable car ride as much as I did! This trip allows you a scenic view over the island and while I was a little bit scared to start off, of course I relaxed. This is an absolutely safe ride to take so no need to worry. The cable car takes you up to the top of the Machinchang Mountains from where you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the island and the oceans surrounding it. It is an absolutely incredible sight, and one that I will never forget. Quick tip though, make sure that you avoid popular times for traveling – if you can – because it can get quite crowded on the journey.
Street Food at the night markets
I am absolutely obsessed with street food. When I visited the night markets in Langkawi, my obsession with street food only intensified about 100-fold. The food here is incredible, delicious, and also as with most places in Asia, pretty cheap. I love going to the night markets in any new place that I go because it gives you a great slice of the local culture. You can head here on your own, it’s quite safe, and just make sure that you try a spot where there are plenty of locals or other people eating the food. You can find grilled seafood, fresh juice, meats, salad, satays, and loads of different sweets. There are so many options available, you are sure to find something that you will love.
Adrenalin-filled jet ski trips
I love riding jet skis! For a half day trip, you can explore the archipelago of Langkawi, and enjoy the stunning sight of bizarre rock formations paired alongside pristine white beaches. As part of the trip, you can can stop off to explore the islands, to trek in the jungle, or to just relax and have a swim or go fishing in a freshwater lake.
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
This is a stunning area of more than 100km2 that is home to an incredible landscape of limestone, mangrove forests, caves, and beaches. You cannot leave the island without seeing this incredible natural wonder, so be sure to schedule the time to take a boat trip to visit. You will be certainly glad that you did once you see the wonderful natural landscape.
Don’t plan too much in Langkawi – just go with the flow and figure it out as you move through the days. You’ll be glad you did!