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8 Things To Do When Visiting Langkawi

Langkawi Island is well known for its legendary tale of Mahsuri and its breathtaking islands with an idyllic way of life. Dubbed the jewel of Kedah, this beautiful paradise is a hotspot for those seeking a beachside getaway. Visiting Langkawi and need some ideas on what to do? Here are 8 things to do in Langkawi to make full use of your time here!

1. Relax at the island’s pristine beaches


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Cenang Beach is a popular tourist spot that is located just 20 minutes away from the Langkawi International Airport. Known for its nightlife, trendy cafes and a wide selection of beachside bars and restaurants, this beach is dubbed ‘the most happening place in Langkawi’. The beach here is suitable for those wanting to picnic or sunbathe, and on selected nights, there’s free fire shows happening on the beach. A free shuttle runs hourly from Resorts World Langkawi.

If you like watersports, Pantai Tengah is the place to be! This beach is best for banana boat rides, surfing or even riding on a jet ski. Resorts World Langkawi is located just a 6 minute drive away from this beach.

Tanjung Rhu sits at the northeastern side of Langkawi, and is the best beach to be if you favour a quiet beach with serene views. There’s plenty of restaurants located along this beach as well, such as the famous fish and chips shop Scarborough Fish & Chips.

2. Snorkel in the Andaman Sea

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For the best snorkeling experience, take a trip to Payar Island, a marine park with crystal clear waters where you can see live corals and mingle with fishes, and if you’re lucky, baby sharks! Various tour services offer packaged boat transfers to and fro this marine park that are inclusive with pre-packed meals. However, the marine park is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Arca Dasar Laut is a newly launched initiative in collaboration with nine Malaysian artists by the National Art Gallery, and also holds the title of being the most number of underwater sculptures in Malaysia in the Malaysian Book of Records. Located at Pulau Pasir, you can snorkel among 14 clay sculptures that were inspired by various nusantara myths and legends. The best way to get there is to take a boat ride from Tanjung Rhu beach.


3. Visit a thriving mangrove forest

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Home to rich biodiversity within a sprawling mangrove forest, the Kilim Geoforest Park is part of the UNESCO Network Of Global Geoparks. While you’re here, go on a tour to view the ancient limestone formations, explore the bat cave, watch eagles feed and even dine atop a floating restaurant!


4. Go on a sunset dinner cruise

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Departing from Resorts World Langkawi jetty, the sunset dinner cruise is a unique experience that you don’t want to miss out. Board a private yacht from our marina and venture into the open sea to bask in the warm glow of the setting sun. While on this romantic cruise, you can also hop onto a wide net while the boat is sailing to experience the saltwater jacuzzi, where the waves would gently lap thus creating the sensation of a jacuzzi. You’ll also get to enjoy a gourmet barbeque feast after!


5. Taste local dishes and international cuisine

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When you stay at Resorts World Langkawi, you can taste the best of Langkawi’s cuisine under one roof. We have five restaurants and bars serving up Asian and Western delicacies to cater to all palates. Zest Boardwalk is the perfect place to have a scenic lunch or dinner overlooking the marina, while Jingga Jingga Pizzeria transports your tastebuds to the Italian Riveria with freshly baked pizzas. 

If you prefer to dine out, there’s plenty of restaurants located down the road by Resorts World Langkawi. Unkaizan Japanese Restaurant is a short walk from the resort for fresh sashimi, or if you fancy a local flavours instead, try the Laksa Ikan Sekoq at the roadside stalls located near the airport or the family-owned businesses at Cenang Beach instead.


6. Embark on an island-hopping expedition

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Your visit to Langkawi isn’t complete without going on an island hopping tour! The island-hopping tour has three main stops. The first stop will be Dayang Bunting Island, an island shaped akin to a pregnant maiden when seen from afar. On this island, there is a freshwater lake that is said to to hold mystical properties to aid women who are infertile or childless in conceiving after dipping into the freshwater lake. You’ll also be able to participate in snorkelling, canoeing, and paddle canoeing activities.

Afterwards, the experienced boat captain will bring you to the open sea where Langkawi’s Eagle Square icon, the Brahminy Kite, nests nearby. Watch in awe as the eagles swoop down to tackle the bait given with expertise, and even perform somersaults mid-air.

The island hopping trip would end on a high note at Pulau Beras Basah, where you can spend an hour sunbathing or snorkelling to your heart’s desire on this uninhibited island. Although there is a refreshment stall with snacks and drinks for sale, the island is left to its natural surroundings and untouched in development, offering you a unique experience that you won’t be able to experience at the public beaches located by the accessible shoreline.


7. Duty free shopping


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Langkawi is the perfect place to shop till you drop as all of the items sold on this scenic island is tax-free! From chocolates to luggages, perfume to alcohol, purchasing tax-free items is accessible as Resorts World Langkawi offers free shuttle services for in-house guests to Cenang Beach to shop at the duty-free store available there. For a wider selection of tax-exempt goods, opt to drive to Kuah town and visit Langkawi Parade.

8. Stay at a seafront resort

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Resorts World Langkawi is a charming seaside resort with a private marina with majestic views of the Andaman Sea. Our island-inspired destination offers six distinct room types – from our newly renovated spacious Signature Suites to the budget-friendly Standard rooms, there’s rooms available at various price points. Resorts World Langkawi is the tropical retreat that welcomes all, and your unbridled journey to Langkawi awaits!