Day travel guide to Langkawi

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Trying to figure out what to do in Langkawi? We’ve got you covered!  The island of Langkawi, also known as the Jewel of Kedah, is a collection of 99 tiny islands in the state of Kedah in Malaysia. For beach holidays, Langkawi is considered one of the best places to visit in Malaysia. It offers everything you can ask for in an Asian leisure getaway – beaches for barefoot relaxation, plenty of local and international food options, and shopping venues to indulge in your shopping passion. This guide will help you decide what to see in Langkawi if you only have a day to spend there. In addition to providing a fulfilling experience, these activities will also make Langkawi a more memorable place for you. Scroll down to know more!

How to reach Langkawi

Skip the wait and take a plane ride!

The easiest, quickest way to reach Langkawi is by flight. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, it will take you around an hour to get there. On the other hand, if you are looking for a budget-conscious holiday, this does put a strain on your wallet. Langkawi International Airport is pretty well connected with other countries as well, so flying into Langkawi is going to be a smooth experience. 

Enjoy a scenic ferry ride to Langkawi.

Taking a ferry is a perfect way to experience the tranquil beauty of Malacca Strait while meandering through it. Langkawi can be reached from Penang in about 3 hours, Kuala Perlis in 1 hour and 30 minutes, and Kuala Kedah in about 2 hours by ferry. There are a lot of options you can choose from when you decide to embark on a ferry trip, and this extends to not only Malaysia but Thailand as well. You can easily combine a holiday to Langkawi with a trip to Thailand or vice versa.

Top Langkawi tourist places for a day visit

Eagle Square

If you are arriving by ferry, Kuah Jetty will serve as your starting point and you will be greeted at this landmark by the sight of a colossal iconic Eagle statue. You should not miss the chance to take a few pictures with one of the most popular attractions in Malaysia Eagle Square. The sea eagle is the emblem of Langkawi and it is the island’s oldest resident, while the name Langkawi is also derived from the Malay words ‘helang’ and ‘kawa’, which can be translated as the reddish-brown eagle. Standing at a height of 12 metres, this Langkawi landmark serves as a focal point for the rest of your trip to Langkawi. Additionally, it is highly recommended to take a stroll around Eagle Square and check out the food scene at Jetty Point Complex.

Langkawi Sky Bridge and Cable Car

Get a bird’s eye view of Langkawi’s verdant forests and golden shores and the azure waters beyond. Hop on to one of the steepest cable car rides you will ever witness! This cable car ride starts off from Oriental Village on the island of Langkawi, and it takes you to the world’s longest curved suspension bridge, Langkawi Sky Bridge. Interested visitors may also wish to visit the Seven Wells Waterfall, which is approximately 10 minutes’ walk away from the cable car parking lot.

Atma Alam Batik Art Village

Discover the traditional side of Langkawi in this quaint village. The Batik Art Village offers visitors a chance to become familiar with this ancient art form and gain a deeper understanding of the process, as well as try their hand at it in a Batik Workshop. There is plenty of Batik merchandise you can shop as souvenirs here.

Kuah Town

Located on Langkawi’s southern coast, this township is one of the largest and busiest on the island. Kuah Town is located near Langkawi’s main ferry jetty and is bursting with plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shops. Other attractions that draw visitors to the town include the Al-Hana Mosque, Taman Lagenda, and Wat Wanararm.

Payar Island Marine Park

This is the perfect spot to check out and add some adrenaline rush to your Langkawi trip. Spend some time here just immersing yourself in the enchanting sea vistas and then gear up for some amazing water sports and experiences such as snorkelling, parasailing, and scuba diving.

Langkawi sunset views 

Langkawi is one of the places tourists visit to just relax and unwind, and that is exactly how you should end your Langkawi day trip. Some of the best beaches for barefoot walks and laid back strolls as you watch the sun go down the horizon are Pantai Kok,  Pantai Pasir Tengkorak, Tanjung Rhu, and Pantai Tengah.


On your Langkawi day tour, select a few of these experiences based on the time you have decided to spend in this island destination. A day in Langkawi is just enough to get a sense of what the island has to offer. However, once you experience this tropical paradise, it will surely not be enough for you. A stay in this Malaysian destination will leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful with a tranquil ambience that will melt away your stress and make your stay an unforgettable. You don’t need to limit yourself to Kuala Lumpur if you have applied for a Malaysia visa for a leisure holiday. Get out and explore the island retreats of Langkawi, and if you have the option of extending your stay for a couple of days, go for it!