The Best Weeee! in Langkawi
For avid travellers worldwide, Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 tropical islands. It’s the first destination in their Malaysia Truly Asia to-do list, simply because it ticks all the boxes: nature, heritage and hospitality.
For Malaysians, the Jewel of Kedah has a special place in our heart. It’s familiar yet mysterious, a steady shrouded in mystique, an ever-evolving Cuti-Cuti Malaysia that caters to different phases of life – as a family fanfare, a self-discovery getaway, a luxury holiday, or a quick escape in between.
But for me, Langkawi is more that meets the eyes. I should know, because I’ve worked in this tropical paradise before! So, if you’re reading this, you’re in for a treat because I will bring you the best of the best that Langkawi has to offer.
Selamat Datang, Datarang Lang!
Also known as the Eagle Square, Dataran Lang will welcome you to Langkawi with its majestic 12-metre tall eagle statue. And don’t worry, you will definitely see this gigantic eagle once the ferry nears the island. It’s a very Instagrammable landmark so take your time finding the perfect bird’s-eye view.
Langkawi’s Best Port: Temple Tree Resort.
Okay, it’s not exactly a port, but it’s the perfect retreat after going out and about in Langkawi. This resort is an ensemble of 8 antique villas with 70 to 110 years of history, each of authentic Chinese, Malay, Indian or Eurasian origin. These ancient buildings were painstakingly relocated to Langkawi from all over Peninsula Malaysia, so residing in these beautiful abodes felt like continuing the stories of those who came before me – a privilege that I will forever treasure.
Now that we’ve checked in, let’s get on with our adventure!
You’re Always in Luck at Kilim Geoforest Park.
Spanning almost 100 square kilometres, the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park in Langkawi is famous for its untouched mangrove swamps and pristine beaches. On the way to the park, you can marvel its vertical karstic hills jutting out towards the Andaman Sea.
Set along the northeast tip of Langkawi, the park is accessible within a five-minute drive from Tanjung Rhu Beach. You will probably spend half a day here checking out wildlife and limestone formations that are over 500 million years old, so remember to bring your power bank because every turn is Insta-worthy here.
You also have the option of island hopping while touring the park. If you’re nearby Beras Basah Island, take a quick refreshing dip into the ocean before continuing your adventure.
Bring Out the Inner Creature at SKYTREX Adventure.
After spending much of your time watching monkeys zigzagging through the forest from below, SKYTREX Adventure is your opportunity to do some sky-trekking of your own. You can fly, swing, glide and dangle (or shout like I did) through a series of aerial obstacles suspended over a lush tropical rainforest. It’s recommended to bring a hands-free phone holder here so you can record your adventures while ensuring the safety of your mobile device.
The Very Tall Temurun Waterfall.
This is the tallest waterfall in Langkawi, with a cumulative drop of 200 metres. After a 5-minute hike, you will stumble upon a paradise within a paradise, cloaked in a mist of fresh water from Mount Mat Cincang. Made of mostly sandstone and shale, this waterfall has been around for 500 years!
Beware of monkeys (if you don’t count yourself) on your way there, and keep an eye out for exotic birds and insects that called this natural splendour their home.
When Nature Calls, Seven Wells Waterfall.
Known to locals as Telaga Tujuh, Seven Wells Waterfall is named after seven natural pools that were formed by a water stream that flows down from Mount Mat Cincang, the second highest mountain in Langkawi. Undoubtedly the best waterfall in the island, it’s a quite a challenge to reach. There are 638 steps (I counted!) to climb, with the total altitude of 480 metres. It’s not an easy climb but the picturesque waterfall makes up for every sweat along the way.
Yoo-hoo, Tanjung Rhu!
I don’t know if you noticed, but I didn’t write much about beaches. That’s because Langkawi is world-famous for it, and I’d be parroting thousands of reviews if I do. But I can’t end this article without a special mention of Tanjung Rhu. Located just beyond Pantai Pasir Hitam, it is one of Langkawi’s best shorelines, and my personal BEST. The beach is strangely secluded so you can enjoy the calm of the crashing waves while you step on its powder-fine sand and into its crystal clear water.
And there you have it!
If you enjoyed my lists of Langkawi’s best, imagine experiencing them on your own. This goes to show how much Langkawi has to offer to both Malaysian and international travellers. As I’m writing this, I have a deep longing to go back to Langkawi, and I can’t wait to bring along my loved ones to my favourite spots one day.
Oh Langkawi, you will forever be my gateway to getaways.