I got the chance to revisit Langkawi last holiday after more than 20 years. It was spontaneous. Although I have a lot of work to be done t home, the idea of travelling never fails to get me excited. My husband told me in the morning (few weeks back) about wanting to go to Langkawi and next thing I knew I was packing and we left for Langkawi in the night on a road trip up to Kuala Kedah. Later it was ferry from Kuala Kedah to Langkawi. We rented a car and stayed in a room a bit off Kuah town as hotels were full due to the LIMA 2013 event.
In Langkawi, we managed to drive around (with the help of Garmin) and visited some great places in Langkawi. Below is a list of 7 things that my family and I managed to do in Langkawi and please feel free to use this list if you are looking for ideas of where to go with your family. I wanted to add LIMA 2013 to the list but as the event is held every two years, I think it is better that I write about it separately.
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Explore and learn about aquatic animals at Underwater World Langkawi | UnderWater World (UWL) is a multi award-winning tourist attraction located in Pantai Cenang, a popular beach to the south of Langkawi Island. UWL houses a large collection of over 4000 aquatic lives. Various animals, birds and inhabitants of the sub-Antarctic, Temperate and Tropical Rainforest regions are also on display here. More than 100 species of seashells from various parts of the world are grouped together in a unique display. The exhibits provide an opportunity for visitors and particularly nature lovers, to study and examine them in a comfortable and unique environment.
The concept and theme of UWL are geared towards knowledge, education and entertainment. It is built to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our precious aquatic life forms, thus creating understanding of the deep and the inseparable bond between man and nature. So it is good to take your kids here and let them explore and learn about aquatic animals as well as other animals.
Admission fee: RM28 for adult; RM18 for children.
Operating hours: 10am to 6pm on normal days; 9.30pm to 6.30pm on School /public holidays.
Address : Underwater World Langkawi, Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Appreciate the diversity of various arts at Galeria Perdana | Galeria Perdana is located in Kilim, on the north-eastern part of Langkawi and it showcases a huge collection of friendship souvenirs of Tun Dr. Mahathir and his wife. According to Tun, the the souvenirs are not his personal belongings because they belong to the Government and the people of Malaysia. Thanks to Tun, the galleria was built in 2003 and we now have the opportunity to appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of various arts and culture portrayed here.
Admission fee: RM3 for adult; RM1 for children.
Operating hours: 10am to 5pm on normal days; 9pm to 6pm on School /public holidays. It is close on every Monday.
Address: Galeria Perdana, Kilim, Mukim Air Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Take a boat trip around Kilim Karst GeoPark | The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park (KKGP) is situated not far from Galeria Perdana. KKGP features a magnificent landscape of limestone hills with a multitude of pinnacles of varying shapes and sizes. It encompasses three river basins, namely Kilim, Air Hangat and Kisap. Also included in the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park are the islands of Pulau Langgun and Pulau Tanjung Dendang. There is an extensive cave system within the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Among the caves found here include Gua Tok Jangkit, Gua Teluk Dedap, Gua Cerita, Gua Teluk Udang, Gua Siam, Gua Buaya, Gua Tanjung Dendang, and the most important, Gua Kelawar. There are several package you can take around this park. Prices ranges from RM250 to 500. We took the cheapest one and got to visit Gua Kelawar, Fish Farm, Andaman Sea Tour and Eagle Watching.
Admission Fee: Based on package ranging from RM250 to RM500. Please view my slideshow for a picture of the package.
Address: Pengkalan Sungai Kilim, Mukim Air Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Ride up to observation deck atop Mount Machinchang on Langkawi Cable Car | The base station is conveniently located inside Oriental Village. The ride on the cable car will be an exhilarating experience as you will be able to observe the unique geological formations of the Mount Machincang range at close range . You will also enjoy dramatic views of the deep chasms, overhangs cliff walls, isolated pinnacles and some caves as well as observe at close range the unique flora on the ridges and the forested valley. Such nature monuments are seldom seen anywhere else in this combination except in Langkawi.
Since you are in Oriental Village, do take the chance to explore the village as it provides more than 50 activity & adventure; F&B outlets; souvenir & retail stores; galleries and spas, the Oriental Village offers a quality day-out of fun, adventure, shopping and gastronomic delights at one location!
Admission Fee: Adult RM30. Children RM20
Address: Cable Car Station, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Telephone: 04-959 4225/1225
Take picture-perfect family holiday photos at Dataran Lang | Dataran Lang (or Eagle Square) is located near the entry point of Langkawi; the jetty. Dataran Lang features a gigantic sculpture of an eagle measuring at 12-meter tall. In the vicinity of Dataran Lang, there are is a beautiful miniature fountains, terraces and bridges, making it the ideal place for those picture-perfect photos. The square is a good place to watch ferries ply across the harbour but plan a trip here early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is at its least intense.
Admission fee: FREE
Address: Kuah Jetty, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah. Opening hours: 24 hours daily
Stroll and play along Pantai Kok beach | The beach here is quieter and more secluded than Pantai Cenang and it fronts a beautiful bay surrounded by limestone hills and verdant jungle. It is lined with a modern marina with a string of shops, bars and restaurants, petrol station, bank and post office. There is an area where you can park your car and let your kids play with sands and simply a dip. When the tide is low, the place is crowded with Pacific Reef Egret which are looking for food. This is also an opportunity for shutter-bug parents. There’s a mobile food trader who sells drinks and food such as Mee Rebus and Laksa should you feel hungry or thirsty.
Address: Jalan Telok Burau, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah. The beach area is located just after The Danna Langkawi Resort.
Shop and dine at Jalan Pantai Cenang | Pantai Cenang is a haven for tourist shopping at the entire beach road is lined with shops and stalls on both sides. These shops sell mostly souvenirs in the form of fashion accessories, beads, handicrafts and merchandise but there are also many convenience stores. There is also a duty-free shop here. As for food, there are huge variety of international and local food, you pick your choice.
Address: Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.