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Langkawi: Island Hopping Tour

1. Langkawi: Island Hopping Tour

Your tour begins bright and early, your guide picking you up between 8:30 and 9:00 AM, en route to the Langkawi jetty. As you head to Pulau Dayang Bunting, the first island on your itinerary, you’ll stop along the way to feed Langkawi’s famous eagles, who will dive majestically into the water to retrieve pieces of chicken that your boatman chucks off the side of the boat. After the 20 minute ride, you’ll arrive at the unspoiled paradise of Pulau Dayang Bunting, known for its vast freshwater lake, surrounded on all sides by forested mountains. Rent some paddle-boats, snorkel, or just have a leisurely dip in the lake — it’s up to you. After exploring the area and taking in the lush vistas, head back to the boat, bound for Pulau Singa Besar. One of the more untouched islands in the Langkawi archipelago, keep your eyes peeled for freely roaming peacocks, monkeys, and prehistoric monitor lizards as you wander the verdant beach. The last stop on your tour is Pulau Beras Basah, a tiny island prized for its soft sand beach, replete with palm trees and crystal clear waters. Relax during your hour of free time, or wander down the pier for a better view onto the tropical sea. Afterwards, you’ll hop back onto the boat, reflecting on the island splendor of Langkawi as you head comfortably back to your hotel.

Langkawi: Mangrove Kilim UNESCO Geopark & Cave Tour

2. Langkawi: Mangrove Kilim UNESCO Geopark & Cave Tour

Start the tour with a hotel or port pickup by the local driver and transfer to the jetty. Travel by boat through the twists and turns of the Kilim River through the maze created by aerial roots and thick fleshy leaves of the mangrove trees. Keep your eyes peeled for animals that make their home in this delicately balanced ecosystem which is responsible for the health and wide variety of species in the Andaman Sea. Also, see how the mangrove area is a perfect environment for cottage industries such as fish farms. Make your first stop when the boatman stops the engine and throws some chicken pieces out into the water to invite the eagles. Marvel as eagles dive down just next to you and claw up the chicken pieces as they soar into the sky. Then, venture out of the mangroves to admire majestic limestone rock formations and sea stacks that rise dramatically from the ocean. This ancient coral thrust into the sky millions of years ago is home to a unique and ancient group of plants found nowhere else on earth. After this, set off to explore darkened bat caves and seeped in fabled tales of mysteries and romance. Visit a floating fish farm in a secluded cove surrounded by high vertical limestone and granite cliffs. Spend a wild time hand-feeding the rays and be surprised by the other sea creatures who inhabit the tanks. After this, the boat will make your way back to the jetty and the driver will drop off from where you started from.

Langkawi: Cable Car Admission Ticket

3. Langkawi: Cable Car Admission Ticket

Step aboard the Langkawi SkyCab cable car and ride to the second highest peak of the islands at the top of Mt. Machinchang. During the ascent over the jungle, look down and see the geologic formations that date back about 550 million years. Take in the local tropical flora and fauna before stopping 650 meters above the sea and exploring the eastern cliffs with their three vertical chimneys. Continue to the top station at 708 meters above sea level where the majestic peaks of Machinchang mountain create an impressive scenery. In addition to the cable car trip, it is also possible to visit SkyRex, SkyDome and a 3D Interactive attraction near the cable car starting point.

Langkawi: Paradise 101 Access with Paradise Package

4. Langkawi: Paradise 101 Access with Paradise Package

Spend a fun-filled day with the Silver, Gold, or Platinum Paradise Package. Each package includes free entrance for children 7 years and below. For the Silver Package, enjoy a variety of water and sports activities, and 30 minutes of kayak fun. The package also comes with 2-hour aqua park access, a zip line ride, and games such as volleyball, table tennis, and bar games. Relax at a private beach including facilities and choose a complimentary drink from the selected menu. Join in for fishing from the lower deck and take in fascinating views of the landscape at sunset.  Upgrade your tour to the Gold Package which also includes a 15-minute jet ski experience, access to a private deck area with beautiful views (based on the reservation; limited availability), and a food and drink voucher (RM 20).  Alternatively, pick the Platinum Package which also includes unlimited visits to Paradise 101, private hotel transfers, a food and drink voucher (RM 40), a 20-minute boat ride, unlimited Aqua Park access, and an islands boat tour (at 10 AM or 2:30 PM).

Langkawi: Skycab 4-In-1 E-tickets

5. Langkawi: Skycab 4-In-1 E-tickets

Arrive at the Base Station which is conveniently located in the foothill of the Machincang Mountain. From here, ascend up the slopes via the cable car system admiring the spectacular flora and fauna that surrounds the area as you ride. When you reach the intermediate cable car station on the eastern ridges, admire the incredible 360-degree views over the eastern cliffs and the 3 vertical chimneys. The journey from the Base Station to Middle Station will cover 1,700 meters in distance. Upon reaching the Middle Station at an elevation of 650 m above sea level, alight and walk up to the viewing platforms. From here, enjoy the panoramic view of the main island as well as the many surrounding islands. Next, ascend to the Top Station where you will find 2 viewing platforms. Be amazed by the unfolding dramatic views that showcase the most unique and exciting features of Machincang. Marvel at the dominating rock tower peaks and spectacular panoramas of the Langkawi Islands and Southern Thailand. Soak up the dramatic views of the deep chasms, overhangs cliff walls, and isolated pinnacles. Upgrade to the Glass Door or the private Vip Gondola and take advantage of a variety of meal options from the Skybistro at the Top Station. If you've chosen the Vip option, guests can choose to consume the food in the bistro or in the VIP Gondola. Likewise, skip-the-line tickets can be chosen if you select the Express Lane option. All options include access to a variety of attractions including Skydome, SkyRex & 3D Arts Langkawi.

Langkawi: Private Tour with Sky Bridge and Cable Car

6. Langkawi: Private Tour with Sky Bridge and Cable Car

Be collected from your accommodation and meet your English-speaking driver as your board your private air-conditioned vehicle. Head to Eagle Square, one of the most famous landmarks in Langkawi. The 12-meter tall statue of a flying Eagle greets visitors who arrive on the island by ferry. The reddish-brown eagle at Dataran Lang was built as an emblem for the island. Follow your tour guide and visit Mahsuri Tomb. Listen to the tale of a young beautiful girl who was killed by villagers about 200 years ago because of her jealous mother in law, who created a false story about adultery. As a result, the village was cursed for 7 generations. Your next visit will be to Kuah Town, which is the best place for duty-free shopping, especially for liquor products. Then, visit the Art and Craft Center to admire the showcase of Malaysian cultural. Explore the Perdana Gallery, which is actually a museum with a rare collection of artwork. There are also craft exhibits that reflect the rich history of Malaysian culture and history. The museum was created to showcase all of the gifts, souvenirs, and awards received by the fourth and the longest serving Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (who was fondly known as Dr. M) and his wife Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah bt. Mohd. Ali. An amazing not to be missed attraction in Langkawi is the cable car, which is included in this tour. At 709 meters above sea level, the cable car ride takes you up to Langkawi's second highest peak. During the 20-minute ride, you will pass over jungle waterfalls and a thick carpet of virgin rainforest. On a clear day, you can see parts of Thailand towards the north and Indonesia towards the south-west. Langkawi Underwater World is another interesting place to interact with a lot of interesting animals, birds, and reptiles. At the end of your day, you will be returned to your accommodation. 

Private Guided Island Tour of Langkawi

7. Private Guided Island Tour of Langkawi

Langkawi, one of Malaysia's most picturesque areas has been designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark, Southeast Asia's first.This cluster of 99 islands offers beautiful beaches, world-class infrastructure, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating myths and legends. Explore this amazing part of the world as you want to on this private guided tour. Experience the beautiful countryside and the peaceful landscape of paddy fields by renting a car and taking a leisurely drive around the island. Some of Langkawi’s most rustic and memorable views are along the road that circles the island. You'll pass small villages with wooden houses framed by palm trees, and children pedalling their old bicycles on an errand. Aside from experiencing the local lifestyle, there is no shortage of things to do in Langkawi. Head up the thrilling new cable car to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest mountain - for an incredible view of the entire main island and beyond. You can also visit the Field of Burnt Rice, the Hot Springs, Telaga Tujuh (The Seven Wells) and the Beach of Black Sand. Boat tours are organised to Tasik Dayang Bunting, (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories) and the Gua Langsir (Curtain Cave). Or if you're more outdoorsy, why not go trekking through the pristine rainforest that blankets most of Langkawi, or take a boat tour of the mangroves and enjoy some scuba diving. You can even play a round of golf at some of the 5-star resorts. Langkawi also has an underwater world, containing an underground tunnel that runs though a giant aquarium, and the subject of rave reviews from around the world. All of these options are available to you - you decide where you want to go and we'll take you there!

Flying Foxes and Wetlands: Langkawi Sunset Cruise

8. Flying Foxes and Wetlands: Langkawi Sunset Cruise

Venture from your hotel in the early evening to Kilim fishing port where your experienced nature guide will lead a cruise through some of Malaysia's most fantastic natural sights. Sailing down through the region's interconnected river estuaries, you'll encounter fish farms and charcoal kilns on the way to Tanjung Rhu, passing the gorgeous islands of Pulau Pasir and Pulau Gasing before arriving at Pulau Dangli. From there you'll feed the fish at the coral colonies nearby, then observe the stunning sunset as the world's largest fruit bats emerge, encircling the island as they commence their evening feed. The bats will return to the island at sunrise the next morning, but before then you'll cruise back to Kilim where you'll be driven back to your hotel.

Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark Mangrove Cruise

9. Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark Mangrove Cruise

Navigate an extraordinary maze of tree roots and mangrove forest created over millennia in the unique Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark formed on 99 islands that make up the legendary Langkawi Archipelago. Encounter abundant wildlife, including land-walking fish, vivid kingfishers, eagles, otters, and dolphins. This delicately balanced ecosystem is responsible for the wide variety of species in the Andaman Sea. Depart the mangrove forest and marvel at the majestic limestone rock formations that rise dramatically from the ocean. This ancient coral thrust into the sky millions of years ago is home to a unique group of plants found nowhere else on earth!

Langkawi Kayak and Swim

10. Langkawi Kayak and Swim

On this tour, you will be able to see spectacular kingfishers, sea eagles, kites, plovers, herons, fiddler crabs, and mudskippers. Pass a local fishing station where local fishermen go out to sea or return after a day out. Depending on the tidal conditions, you'll begin at the coast and head upriver or begin upriver, and head for the coast as you kayak with the flow of tidal currents. The kayak journey lasts about 2-hours, followed by a swimming session at a quiet beach. You will then return to the jetty and continue with a short drive to a Malay house for a delicious lunch.

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What people are saying about Langkawi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 289 reviews

We were picked up on time at 9. The driver drove us to the GeoForest which took about an hour (The driver was too fast and needs to slow down for safety). We met the guide Ayman who was brilliant throughout the day. He ensured we were always safe and explained all the historical facts. The Bat caves was a nice experience then we went to a fish farm which was okay. The speedboat then took us to the eagles which was amazing - we then went to a beach and we swam for about 30 mins. The speedboat sped back which was fun and we had food. We got to see many monkeys, snakes, birds and other animals. The trip was fun and very worth it. Definitely a must do on Langkawi!

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Guide Iman and driver Azahar showed amazing hospitality to us and took my 7 year old son under their wing, going to the effort of answering his many questions with such enthusiasm. Iman showed such a kind gesture in giving my son a fresh coconut juice as we waited for the return bus ride. I can’t recommend these guys enough!

What a fabulous trip we had ! Thank you to our driver Choon who was amazing - Informative and really interesting and helpful. Great restaurant recommendation too. A really great day spent on beautiful Langkawi !!

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