Langkawi Travel Guide

Langkawi Tourism Guide

Quick Guide

Electricity

Type G – 230V/50hz

Weather

JAN
5°C
FEB
7°C
MAR
9°C
APR
11°C
MAY
14°C
JUN
16°C
JUL
19°C
AUG
19°C
SEP
17°C
OCT
13°C
NOV
10°C
DEC
7°C

Language
Malay

Currency
Malaysian Ringgit 

Visa
Required on entry (30 days stay)

Cost of a beer
10 MYR (avg)

Cost of a Meal (2 people)
60 MYR (avg)

Average Room Rate(3*)
290 MYR

SG$1 = 3.13 Malaysian ringgit (Exchange rates can vary)

Langkawi is a picture perfect tropical gem that is guaranteed to deliver an awe-inspiring experience. This breath-taking archipelago is situated on the Malaysian west coast and consists of 99 different islands, each one more beautiful than the last.

 

Boasting crystal clear azure waters, this destination is ideal for anyone looking to take a dive and explore its underwater treasure trove. Nature lovers will also be thrilled with its unspoilt sandy beaches, luscious jungles and abundance of incredible activities on offer.

Top Attractions

Sometimes you just have to go with the obvious choice. How can you write a list without including the icon of the islands at Eagle Square? Yes, the 12-foot eagle statue that looks majestically over Langkawi might not win any prizes for original picks for top attractions, but it’s an absolute must see for visitors. If the views of its stunning surroundings aren’t enough, it’s also one of the best places to shop anywhere in the area, particularly known for its amazing selection of chocolates.

 

There’s lots of wonderful natural beauties in Langkawi but Telega Tujah Waterfalls is one of the most incredible. An almost otherworldly beauty, it’s no surprise that there’s fables of fairies in the foliage that can be found here. They were captivated by the beauty of the pools and chose here as a place to bathe, or so the tales go. While we’re not so sure you’ll leave here believing in fairies, there’s no doubting its special, magical ambience.

 

If you thought that the 90 metres seen on Telega Tujah Waterfalls was something, then hold onto your hats because we hope you’re not afraid of heights. When it comes to Gunung Raya, the biggest is also one of the best destinations in Langkawi. Its highest peak, Punung Raya may hit 881 metres, but that wouldn’t mean nearly as much if it weren’t surrounded by a stunning deep rainforest with some of the rarest creatures on earth. However, this is not for the faint of heart. If you plan on going hiking, you need to be experienced, confident and well informed because it is quite the challenge.

Things to do in Langkawi

This amazing island has so much to see and do. From wildlife parks that allow you to get up close and personal with nature to the incredible feat of engineering that is the Sky Bridge, you’ll find something to put a smile on everyone’s face.

“I loved Langkawi. It’s a tropical paradise, an archipelago of 99 islands surrounded by white beaches, waterfalls, bizarre rock formations, rainforests, and jungles with a wide variety of wildlife. On top of all that, Langkawi is a duty-free island. Tobacco and booze are ridiculously cheap there.”

By Sabrina, Just One Way Ticket

Langkawi Cable Car

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The highest cable car ride in the whole world, the Langkawi Cable Car, also known as the skycab, measures a whopping 708 metres above sea level, reaching up to the stunning MT. Machinchang. This is the second highest peak in all of Langkawi and features jaw dropping views of the stunning scenic beauty of the surrounding islands. Be aware that, due to the height of the cable car ride, it is closed some days due to poor weather so keep your eyes on the forecasts to ensure you’re not left disappointed. There are three stations on your visit, including the Base, Middle and Top Station, all offering uniquely astonishing views.

Price: Admission is 45MR for adults or 32MYR for children
Opening Hours:
Daily: 10.00 – 20.00

Address: Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

Pulau Payar

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This peaceful, invigorating snorkelling experience is suitable for divers of all abilities and is set in one of the most beautiful areas in all of Singapore. The park lies southeast of Langkawi, meaning there’s a boat ride taking around an hour in order to get to the park. However, considering the natural beauty that’s all around you, this is less a chore and instead becomes part of the experience. You can view the marine life through an observation deck or through a snorkel and even scuba dive if you feel up to the task. Pulau Payar Marine Park comprises of four stunning island, of which the largest is Pulau Payar (the other islands are Palua Lembu, Pulau Segantang, Pulau Kaca). They are all completely uninhabited and protected by the fisheries department of Kedah in order to preserve the natural environment. This means you get to enjoy a purely natural experience, untouched by the modern world.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours:
Tours usually operate between 10.00 – 16.00
Address:
Pula Payar, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi Sky Bridge

 

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In 2005, work on the immense Langkawi Sky Bridge was finally completed. It measures over 200 feet above sea level and offers some truly incredible views. People flock here daily to see the amazing sunrise above the turquoise ocean. Getting to the sky bridge is easy regardless of your age or fitness levels, as if you don’t feel up to walking, you can take the sky glide, which is a train-like cabin. It also has glass panels so you can enjoy the views during the trip. The construction of the Sky Bridge was quite a feat of engineering considering the surrounding wildlife so go and be mesmerised by the incredible scenery and this astonishing feat of architectural engineering.

Price: Admission to the cable car is 35MYR per adult and 25MYR per child
Opening Hours:
Daily: 10.00 – 20.00
Address:
Jalan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi

Underwater World Langkawi

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One of the most popular attractions here, the Underwater World Langkawi is a vast complex featuring over 200 species of freshwater fish and marine life. This includes sharks, penguins, turtles and the largest freshwater fish in the world, the Amazonian Arapaima, which you can see as you explore the three sections of this unique marine park. This is an awe-inspiring experience loved by children and adults alike. There’s even a 6D movie recreating a tsunami: just be prepared to get a little wet during the film. There may be other underwater museums, but there’s only one Underwater World.

Price: Admission is 40MYR per adult and 30MYR per child
Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 09.30 – 18.30, Saturday – Sunday: 09.30 – 22.30
Address:
Pantai Cenang | Jalan Pantai Chenang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia

Eagle Square

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The 12-foot tall eagle statue is one of the most iconic sights in all of Langkawi. Visitors are brought here via ferry and are surrounded by stunning views of the picturesque Kuah Bay. Eagle Square also surrounded by many stunning terraces, bridges and fountains, which are ideal for great holiday snaps. The eagle is a symbol of the island, stemming from the belief that the name Langkawi is derived from a Mayal word for eagle. The statue is also close to great shopping opportunities, many of which are known for exquisite chocolates. Keep track of the weather and consider going early in the day or late at night, as the area can get very hot through the day.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours:
24-hours
Address
Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

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A truly magical natural wonder, Telega Tujah Waterfalls is widely considered the most amazing natural attraction on the whole island. Considering just how many amazing sites and natural wonders there are to be discovered in Langkawi, that’s very high praise indeed. This astonishing geological formation is home to no less than seven waterfalls, reaching a height of over 90 metres. It is said that the foliage of the pools was left by fairies. The tale goes that they were so captivated by its beauty that they chose here to bathe. Few places in the world are so mesmerising that they can make people believe in fairy tales, but this is one of them.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours:
24-hour
Address:
Gunung Mat Chincang, Langkawi, Malaysia

Gunung Raya

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 The highest peak in Langkawi, Gunung Raya hits an eye-wateringly high altitude of 881 metres. This is a truly unique spot covered by deep rainforest and is home to many rare tropical creatures, such as leaf monkeys, white bellied sea eagles and flying foxes. It’s no surprise then that this is a very popular destination for hiking. Keep in mind though, this is no place for amateurs. The trail is known for being a challenge even for experienced travellers. If you want something a little more peaceful, you can visit the museum, the park or simply enjoy the views. This mystical corner of the earth is believed to have been cursed by a giant called Mat Raya, who lived on the island. One thing’s for sure, this is a place like no other.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours:
24-hour
Address:
Jalan Ulu Melaka, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia

3D Art Museum

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Also known as art in paradise, this 3D Art Museum offers up over 100 interactive art pieces from 23 different artists, attracting 500 visitors a day. Don’t worry too much about overcrowding though, as this vast art experience is spread over three mind-bending floors. This is no ordinary art gallery, offering visitors the chance to be part of the art. It’s a terrific way to get children into a museum and take some great creative snapshots. This trip is also available through the cable car package for a truly memorable day out.

Price: Admission is 38MYR per adult and 28MYR per child
Opening Hours:
Daily: 09.00 – 18.00
Address:
The Oriental Village, Burau Bay, Langkawi, Malaysia

 

Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise

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The island is known for amazing tropical creatures and nowhere is this truer than Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise, featuring over 150 different species of birds and animals. This is the first fully covered wildlife park in Asia and offers feeding sessions with various creatures (with supervision). There’s also a tour, allowing you to get to know all the different creatures for no extra cost. The park also features various reptiles, including crocodiles. This is a park that focuses on easier to maintain animals, so don’t expect to see any lions roaming around. It is however a great place to get to know lesser known species and is a wonderful day out for all the family.

Price: Admission is 28MYR per adult and 18MYR per child
Opening Hours:
Daily: 08.30 – 16.00
Address:
Lot 1485, Jalan Ayer Hangat, Kampung Belanga Pecah

Rice Garden Museum

Experience the intricacies of the rice fields and indulge in local culture in the Rice Garden Museum. Rice is Malaysia’s staple food and here you’ll be taken through the history of this national treasure, as well as shown how it’s made and how that process has changed over time. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get to see the water buffalo among the vast green fields. The tour features excellent guides with lots of information. Food is also available, which is generally considered of great quality but there’s no prizes for guessing what’s on the plate here.

Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours:
Daily: 10.00 – 18.00
Address:
Laman Padi, Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang

Beaches in Langkawi

“Among the resort islands in Southeast Asia, Langkawi is more laidback and it’s relatively less crowded even in its most famous beach – Pantai Cenai. While here, I recommend dining at La Sal – one of the top-rated restaurants in Langkawi – especially in the evening when you can appreciate sunset from the beach while having excellent seafood.”

By Bino, I Wandered

You can’t visit Langkawi without soaking in its truly stunning beaches. Sunbathe in the brimming sunshine, explore the fine, sandy shorelines or take a splash in the refreshing waters.

Tanjung Rhu Beach

 

Tanjung-Rhu-Beach

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With a tranquil blanket of white sands and piercingly clear waters, Tanjung Rhu beach is on the shortlist for the most stunning beach in all of Langkawi: a destination known for its incredible natural beauty. Unlike other beaches that are frequently very busy, this location is more about peace and tranquillity. This is the perfect spot for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world and falling in love with the natural world again. But if you do want a little more stimulation, there’s still beach activities available.

Tengah Beach

Tengah-Beach

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Another beach that focuses more on peace and serenity than water activities, Tengah Beach is a relaxing get away of clean sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. It’s unlikely you’ll be disturbed by the usual suspects, such as jet skis and large group of tourists. That’s not to say there’s no activities here, but it’s less of a focus than other beaches, so you’re much more likely to get a relaxing day out. If you do fancy trying your hand at parasailing or anything else though, they shouldn’t be hard to find. This beach also has plenty of shade, so there’s less risk of overheating. Overall, it’s a wonderful, laid back location.

Cenang Beach

 

Cenang-Beach

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This is a hotspot for thrilling water sports, such as jet skiing, parasailing and more. Cenang Beach is located as part of Pantai Cenang: the most popular beach town in the entire island. You’ll be close to dozens of great places to eat, from small eateries to high-end restaurants. There’s also lots of great hotels around this area too, so if you want the scenic beach experience your whole vacation, there’s plenty on offer here, as Cenang beaches’ crisp, clear waters attract visitors from around the globe. With the stunning sands offering beauty day and night, you can do as much or as little as you want here.

Shopping in Langkawi

Langkawi is famous for its duty free shopping districts, offering unrivalled prices on indulgent items, such as alcohol, tobacco and chocolate. If you love browsing for a bargain, these are the places to be.

Teow Soon Huat Duty-Free Shopping

Teow-Soon-Huat-Duty-Free-Shopping

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As its name would suggest, this is a duty free shopping district. This means you can get some excellent deals on whatever vices you choose, whether it be alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate or whatever else takes your fancy. Considered to be home to some of the best bargains in the whole island, Teow Soon Huat Duty Free Shopping is probably best known for its excellent selection of masterfully crafted chocolates, for which it’s famous. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a loved one or just a treat for yourself, you’ll struggle to find a better deal than right here.

 

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00

Address: A-14-15, Pokok Asam, Kuah, Langkawi

The Zon Shopping Paradise Langkawi

Another well-known duty free shopping centre, the Zon Shopping Paradise, or the Zon Duty Free, is an excellent place to pick up everything from liquor to perfume and cosmetics. In fact, the complex has dedicated sections for many items, including tobacco and high-end items, such as internationally branded sunglasses, leather, watches, jewellery and much more. In general, these items are between 10% and 40% cheaper than normal retail prices. The Zon Duty Free is 300 square metres of bargains you can’t afford to miss.

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 21.00

Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi

Jetty Point Complex

 

Jetty-Point-Complex
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Located just around the corner from the Big Eagle in Kuah Town, Jetty Point Complex isn’t the biggest shopping district around but it does offer some unique places to eat, alongside the expected duty free shops and larger chains (Starbucks, KFC, etc.). This is a great place to relax if you’re travelling, offering wonderful views of the boats while you shop. It’s also a fantastic area to get tourist information and guides but keep in mind, it is very popular with locals, particularly in the food court, so prepare yourself for crowds.

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00
Address: 15, Kompleks Perniagaan Kelibang, Kuah

Fun Facts

A shopper’s paradise:
The entirety of Langkawi is a duty free area, having been granted tax free status in 1987, which played a big role in the area becoming a major tourist destination. This means that items like alcohol are much cheaper than other parts of Malaysia.
Gaining independence:
Another major factor in its transformation was the independence from the British in 1957. It’s hard to imagine how this incredible tropical paradise would be like today if its history was written differently.
A winged icon:
The giant eagle found at Dataran Lang hasn’t become an icon of Langkawi by accident. It was actually built with that intention. This is due to the rumoured origin of its name, with ‘lang’ meaning eagle and ‘kawi’ meaning reddish brown. Thus a brown eagle was chosen for the symbol for the island.

Where to Eat in Langkawi

“If you like eating local food, then be sure to visit the Langkawi night markets.  They’re a fun way to enjoy good local cuisine at cheap prices.  They’re held in a different part of the island every night, so be sure to ask your hotel where the next one will be.”

By JB, Will Fly For Food

No matter what you want on your plate, Langkawi’s choice of restaurants and cafes will be serving it up. From mouth-watering Malaysian flavours to international cuisine, there’s so much to sample here.

spices

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Yasmin Restaurant

Dishing up authentic Arabic cuisine, you’ll be blown away by the quality of food you can get here for so little money. Yasmin Restaurant offers dishes that would be at home in a world class restaurant without the world class price tag. Not only that, the food comes in large quantities so you’ll be getting the absolute best bang for your buck. This isn’t just some of the best food in Langkawi, but it very well may be the best deal in Malaysia. The chicken here is especially good, drawing fans from across the world.

Opening Hours: Daily: 12.00 – 00.00

Address: 1225 Pantai Cenang(Opposite Orkhid Ria) | Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia

La Sal at Casa Del Mar

la sal at casa del mar

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La Sal at Casa Del Mar is one of the fancier restaurants in Langkawi and is ideal for a romantic night out, complete with expertly mixed cocktails, a top of the range wine bar and even a piano. The ambience of the place manages to feel rich and inviting without being overly pretentious. The tables are set in a secluded spot on the beach, lit by flaming torches. As you’d expect from a restaurant this revered and this close to the water, the seafood is absolutely terrific, but they also have an excellent selection of dishes from across the continent, as well as western dishes. This is possibly the most romantic restaurant in Malaysia.

Opening Hours: Morning breakfast to evening dinner (resort open 24-hour)
Address:
Mukim Kedawang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia

MY French Factory

MY french factory

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If you’re looking for something different from the mix of Malaysian and western cuisine normally found in Langkawi’s restaurants, MY French Factory is known for bringing the flavour of Paris to the east. It is renowned for offering what many consider to be the very best desserts on the island. The crepes are particularly loved here: the French couple who run the restaurant learned to make them at a traditional crepe school and it’s here in all its glory, including all the original ingredients that are hard to get in this part of the world. Although they’re best known for desserts, their savoury menu is no slouch either, offering lots of authentic French favourites.

Opening Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 11.00 – 23.00, Friday: Closed
Address:
Jalan Pantai Cenang | Ground floor of the Langgura BARON Resort, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia

Privilege Restaurant & Bar

As its name would suggest, Privilege Restaurant & Bar is one of the more expensive spots to eat in Langkawi, but what they lose out to their competitors in cost, they more than make up for in food quality and ambience. The food here is a true blend of everything that’s great about south eastern cuisine. They don’t just stick to traditional Malaysian food and instead take inspiration from India and even New Zealand, among others. It’s a unique take on some wonderful flavours, all made to perfection and served alongside their world famous hospitality.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 14.00 – 23.00, Sunday: Closed
Address:
B8, 1st Floor, Perdana Quay, Telaga Harbour Park, | Pantai Kok, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia)

Nightlife in Langkawi

This picturesque island is buzzing with a vibrant night scene suited to everyone, whether you want a sophisticated bar to drink in or somewhere to dance the night away.

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The Sunset Deck

The Sunset Deck is located in the Bon Ton resort and is a relaxing environment where you can enjoy the absolute best wines, cocktails and liquors available. Not only that but there’s also excellent food options, including tapas, which is perfect if you’re there with a large group of people. Relax and sip on something delicious as you’re surrounded by stunning palm and coconut trees. Open until two in the morning, The Sunset Deck is also the ideal place to watch the sun go down with a drink in your hand.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours:
Daily: 17.00 – 02.00
Address:
Bon Ton Resort, Pantai Cenang

Sunba Retro Bar

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Known by many as the coolest spots in Langkawi, Sunba Retro Bar is one of the few clubs that stay open well past midnight, so if you’re looking for a true clubbing experience, this is the place to be. They are as known for great music as they are great service and also feature many live bands if you’re looking for something a little different to the normal club scene. There’s a great mix of music here, from RnB to techno and everything in between so you should be able to find something to your liking, no matter what style you’re into.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Daily: 23.00 – 04.00
Address: Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tenagah

Charlie’s Place at Royal Langkawi Yacht Club

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Despite what you might expect for a venue located next to a yacht club, Charlie’s Place manages to shrug off all the pretentiousness associated with that title and instead offers a friendly, relaxed service suitable for everyone. It’s reasonably priced, with excellent food and drinks on offer. The beer here is particularly known for being absolutely top notch, as well as offering superb cocktails and a fine mix of western and eastern cuisine.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours:
Daily: 08.00 – 23.55
Address: Jalan Dato Syed Omar, 07000 Kuah, Malaysia

Top Tips

Plan for the weekend:

Weekends here take place on Thursday and Friday, with the week beginning on a Saturday. While this doesn’t affect too much on a Thursday, as most businesses stay open, that is not the case on Friday. Therefore, you should plan your trips with that in mind.

 

Know when to tip:

Tipping is not necessary in Langkawi. However, if you feel like you have received some exceptional service, then you are welcome to go ahead and add an extra reward to the bill.

 

Understand the Visa requirements:

The maximum you can stay for without a visa is a month, so keep this in mind if you’re planning a particularly extensive trip.

 

Stay on the right side of the law:

In Malaysia, the drug laws are extremely strict. Even the tiniest amount of substances can land someone in prison. It’s therefore strongly advised that you steer clear of drugs completely during your visit.

 

Hotels in Langkawi

Luxury Hotels in Langkawi

 

Four Seasons is a legendary name within the world of hotels and their location in Langkawi more than lives up to expectations. Located on their own private beach, but not too far away from tourist attractions, this hotel is situated in an ideal spot: it’s peaceful but close to everything exciting the island has to offer. Aside from its long sandy beaches, you can enjoy 24-hour room service, a full service spa, a fitness centre and three world class restaurants located within the resort. The hotel and its surroundings are spectacularly beautiful and the service is truly five star. There’s a level of expectation with Four Seasons, and they more than meet them.

 

A stunning, modern hotel, with a perfect blend of classic and modern décor, The Danna is the epitome of good taste and style. As gorgeous as the hotel is, and it really is a sight to behold, nothing can match the incredible views of the harbour. The rooms are exceptional: in terms of size, style and comfort, it exceeds in every possible respect. Special praise has to go to the beds, which are astonishingly high quality. You’ll probably have never felt comfort like it. It’s as close as you can get to going to sleep in the clouds. Their breakfast spread is the stuff of legend, with seemingly endless possibilities, all masterfully cooked and prepared. There’s also a spa and infinity pool. A truly luxurious stay.

 

If you’re looking for a traditional, authentic Langkawi experience but you also want to stay in the lap of luxury, then The Datai offers you the perfect blend of rustic charm with first class comfort and service. No other luxury hotel on the island is decorated quite like this one: the décor is oozing local culture. It feels like it exists in a space all of its own, surrounded by rainforest and tucked away between mountains and the Andaman Sea. It boasts four excellent restaurants, a spa, a bar, 24-hour room service, its own private beach and an incredible 18-hole golf course, which is one of the most beautiful in the world. If money is no object, there’s no place like The Datai.

Mid-Range Hotels in Langkawi

Offering much more than your average bed and breakfast, Aseania Resort & Spa is the full package when it comes to holiday experiences. Terrific for kids, the hotel features several large pools, including slides and daily activities to keep them entertained. This resort is absolutely enormous and this scale extends to the breakfast, which is one of the greatest spreads you’re likely to see anywhere at any price. It’s a terrific hotel, especially for families, located near several major tourist attractions.

 

Filled with an authentic, back to basics charm, Senari Bay is a beachfront hotel that offers customers that tranquil natural experience at a fraction of the price of many of its competitors. This is a small hotel, which suits its style down to the sandy ground. The staff are loved by their customers and are known for giving one of the warmest welcomes on the island. This is not a luxury hotel, nor does it pretend to be. But if you’re looking for a quiet place to rest your head in a great location, Serani Bay offers incredible value for money.

 

Surrounded by palm trees on long waves of green, the Federal Villa Beach Resort offers a truly tropical paradise at a very reasonable price. It’s in a great location, with excellent facilities and large, spacious rooms. The hotel is decorated in a traditional Malaysian style and takes a great deal of pride in its cultural heritage.  The resort also includes a pool and even a Jacuzzi and is mere minutes away from the beach. Here you’ll enjoy an authentic Langkawi experience with an added dash of luxury. The breakfast especially has a reputation for being far beyond expectations for a three-star hotel: the quality of the food and the variety on offer is absolutely excellent.

Budget Hotels in Langkawi

If you’re looking for great value for money, you’ll find no better than the extraordinary value found at The Box Chalet. This is more than just great place to stay on a budget: this is a great place to stay overall. It boasts decently sized, clean rooms and excellent customer service. Not only that, but it’s only a short drive from the beach. This is a great location featuring a stunning tropical garden, where you can take in the peace and serenity that Malaysia has to offer.

 

Although Citin Langkawi by Compass Hospitality is located in a terrific spot close to a duty free shopping area and a local jetty, you’ll nonetheless have to spend a little money getting taxis if you wish to visit various parts of the island, including the cable car and the beaches. However, this hotel is so cheap that it more than makes up for that additional cost, coming in at around SG¢30 per night. This is a comfortable, charming hotel well away from the crowds. The rooms are clean, well sized for the price and include a TV, air-conditioning an ensuite bathrooms. There’s also an onsite restaurant which, along with all the great restaurants in the area, will leave you utterly spoiled for choice.

 

How much would you expect to pay for a large room with breakfast? The Bella Vista Express Hotel is here to blow away all your expectations, coming in as one of the cheapest hotels available in Langkawi. The rooms really are enormous for what you’re paying and the food is very good. The hotel however is very isolated, but if you like to end your day of travelling in peace and quiet, you cannot find a better bargain. Far from a tourist spot, this hotel makes up for its distance from the city with sheer value for money in every aspect of your stay. The staff also deserves special praise for their tireless efforts in going above and beyond for their customers.

 

Looking like it belongs closer to Vegas than the beach, the bright lights of Hotel Bahagia have been dazzling customers for years, alongside their incredible value for money, attentive staff and authentic Malaysian breakfasts. Located in Kuah Town, Hotel Behagia is in an excellent spot for a budget hotel. It’s also near several shopping districts, including malls and duty free shops. The luxury on offer here shouldn’t be possible for such a small price and that extends to the breakfast, which has an incredible selection. You’re pretty much certain to find something you like here. You lose a little on room size compared to more isolated budget hotels but they’re still reasonably big, well looked after and stylishly decorated.

For more hotels in Langkawi, explore the Expedia Singapore website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Getting Around Langkawi

“Langawi Island is one of my best memories of my vacation in Malaysia! I suggest renting a motorbike or a car and head up to the great and almost deserted beaches on the North. For a perfect view of the island, take the cable car and, as for water sports, I had a lot of fun taking a jet ski tour and doing parasailing in Cenang. Enjoy Lankawi, I know I did!”

 By Yulia, Miss Tourist

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If you want to explore all the amazing attractions that Langkawi has to offer, you will need to rely on road transport. Although the island is very small in size, vehicles are necessary to reach all the different destinations. The good news is though that the maximum driving distance should never be longer than 40 minutes, so you won’t be wasting time in a car when you could be out experiencing the wonders of this Malaysian gem.

 

Renting a car can be a good option, as the main roads tend to be quiet and well maintained. This can also be an affordable option, with well priced rentals available across the island. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles or motorcycles. Just be aware if you opt for the latter, that you’ll need a license and you will be required by law to wear a helmet.

“It’s tons of fun to rent a car on Langkawi and drive around to the various black sand beaches, the cable car, and to generally just get lost. You can’t go too far astray on this little island! Another bonus: It’s tax-free so a few sundowners won’t set you back as far as they would on the mainland.”

 

By Kristin, Be My Travel Muse

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However, if you don’t fancy negotiating the side roads, taxis are a fantastic choice too. They are the most popular way of getting around Langkawi, however, they can be a more expensive option with a 15-minute driving clocking up to around SG$5. It’s a good idea to discuss the price of your journey with your driver beforehand. Despite this though, they are the most convenient method of transport, being easily found across the island, especially around the tourist attraction, airport and major travel links.

Unfortunately, the bus service in Langkawi is very limited in terms of routes and are known for running very infrequently. They are therefore best avoided.

Best Time to Visit Langkawi

Due to the nature of Langkawi’s attractions, you will be spending most of your time in the great outdoors. It is therefore best to plan your trip when the weather will be dry and warm. The dry season here falls between mid-November to mid-April so visit during these months, when you’ll be able to avoid the rainfall, as well as enjoying sunshine-filled mornings and cooler afternoons.

Flights to Langkawi

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When you arrive for your holiday in Langkawi, you will land in the Langkawi International Airport. Located in Padang Matsirat, this airport also serves as a popular tourist attraction, due to it also being home to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.

 

Direct flights here are available from various Singapore airports, with four airlines offering around 17 flights a week from Singapore Changi Airport. Prices of flights vary depending on the airline you choose and the time of the year you travel, but the cheapest return price comes in at around SG$69. The average flight time for the 729km journey between Singapore Changi and Langkawi Airport is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Now you know everything you need to start planning your incredible Langkawi escape, all that’s left is to book your flights. Visit the Expedia website to find the best prices for flights to Langkawi.