Things to Do in Kedah
The second-largest island in Langkawi archipelago, Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting) and its surrounding lake are enshrouded in folklore. Visit the lake where legend says a celestial princess placed her baby after his death (the waters are thought to aid in conceiving). Try snorkeling, bird-watching, and cave exploring too.
Formally known as Langkawi SkyCab, the Langkawi Cable Car takes riders high above the Langkawi rain forest on Mt. Mat Cincang (Gunung Mat Cincang) for a panoramic view of the surrounding islands and sea. It boasts Malaysia’s longest free span mono-cable car—at 3,117 feet (950 meters)—and is among the steepest on the planet.
So-called because of the 40-foot (12-meter at its center, Eagle Square (Dataran Lang sits beside Langkawi’s main port and is, therefore, the first thing you’re likely to see if arriving at the island by boat. The star-shaped square is home to several ponds, fountains, cafes, and plenty of duty-free shops that sell alcohol and souvenirs.
A unique structure with spectacular views of Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved suspension bridge on Mt. Machinchang. The 410-foot-long (125-meter-long) span hangs from a single pylon, 328 feet (100 meters) above the ground, offering excellent views of the jungle-covered mountains below and the Andaman Sea beyond.
Oriental Village Langkawi is the home of Langkawi Cable Car (SkyCab), which transports you 2,326 feet (709 meters) to the SkyBridge at the summit of Mt. Mat Cincang. Located at the bottom of the mountain, this open-air complex features souvenir and retail outlets, galleries, rides, health spas, a hotel, and a huge lake at its center.
Tanjung Rhu has one of Langkawi’s most celebrated shorelines—and for good reason. Flanked by limestone cliffs jutting out into the Andaman Sea, the beach at Tanjung Rhu is breathtakingly attractive; the sand is as soft and white as any Thai island, its waters are crystal-clear and it affords some incredible views across the other Langkawi islands.
The beach is not the only draw for many visitors to Tanjung Rhu however, with many people heading further inland behind the shoreline and into Tanjung Rhu Village—home to some of Malaysia's most fascinating and diverse wildlife and natural landscape.
Tanjung Rhu Village is a place where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of Mother Nature. Monkeys, kingfishers and huge monitor lizards gather to greet visitors along the river banks, while eagles soar overhead. Elsewhere, the village’s fish farm restaurant serves up fresh seafood straight from the ocean.
Located at the southwest tip of Langkawi, Singa Besar Island (Pulau Singa Besar) is nestled between Beras Basah Island and Dayang Bunting Island. Singa Besar Island is home to over 1500 acres of dense rainforest, swaying palm trees, pure white sandy beaches, and some fascinating limestone formations.
Literally meaning "Big Lion Island", this undeveloped Langkawi island remains refreshingly untouched by humans and as such features no basic amenities or constructions whatsoever. Instead, Singa Besar Island is a natural haven for a variety of flora and a range of wildlife, from mouse deer and macaques to monkeys and eagles – the latter of which are a huge attraction on the island come their feeding time.
The gentle, clear waters surrounding Pulau Singa Besar are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, with some unique species of fish and coral making for a fascinating underwater experience. However, many visitors choose to spend their time on Singa Besar simply lazing on the island’s soft sandy beaches and gazing out to those craggy limestone formations in the distance.
Atma Alam Batik Art Village is a batik center located in Padang Matsirat, Malaysia on the island of Langkawi. Batik is a traditional wax-dyed cloth technique and an ancient art form. The center is owned by Aza Osman, an oil painter, and Roshadah Yusof, a batik artist. They designed the art village primarily to attract tourists and to promote the art of batik and showcase the creative art of batik in Langkawi. Atma Alam Batik Art Village has been recognized by the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage of Malaysia.
The batik art village building covers half an acre and consists of a batik workshop, a batik showroom, an art gallery, a batik gallery, and a handicraft display. It offers high quality and affordable local products, such as wall hangings, garments, and handbags. More expensive items for sale include collections of original canvas oil paintings and batik paintings by local artists. The batik art village also offers classes where you can learn to turn white fabric into batik art. There is also a cafe where you can get coffee, cold drinks, and snacks.
A young woman who died around 1819, Mahsuri is an important figure in Langkawi, and though it was only built in the 1950s, Mahsuri’s Tomb (Kota Mahsuri) is one of the island’s more meaningful tourist attractions. Besides the tomb, there’s a museum, a handicrafts shop, a theater, food outlets, a re-created traditional house, and a well believed to be magical.
One of Langkawi’s southern islands, uninhabited Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah is known for white-sand beaches and blue waters: Travelers rarely venture into its forested interior. Activities on offer run from banana boat rides to parasailing, as well as snorkeling, while there are simple snacks for sale.
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Thanks to Langkawi’s status as a Duty Free Port, shopping in the city is popular and inexpensive. Established in 1966, the Langkawi Craft Complex (Kompleks Kraf Langkawi) specializes in traditional Malayan handcrafted items — things like hand-dyed batiks, silver jewelry, ceramics and woven tote bags.
The complex often hosts craft demonstrations and cultural performances. A series of on-site exhibitions cover topics like traditional wedding ceremonies, Islamic heritage and local legends.
Located in Kilim in the northeast of Langkawi, Galeria Perdana was established in 1955 by former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir. It houses the gifts, awards, and souvenirs he and his wife received from various statesmen and world leaders during this time in government. As such, this well-kept museum displays a rather unique collection of cultural and artistic items from all over the world.
The museum is divided into various sections. In one section, a gleaming collection of gemstones, musical instruments and other articles made from wood, glass, porcelain, and crystal are gathered. Another section is dedicated solely to the gifts given by political figures and members of the public to the former Prime Minister’s wife. One of the more extravagant gifts the couple received is a Formula 1 racing car, which is set amid a collection of bikes and cars in another section of the museum.
Formerly known as the Langkawi Crocodile Farm (Taman Buaya, Crocodile Adventureland is dedicated to all things crocodilian. Around 4,000 crocs from six different species laze in pools around the grounds, springing into life for feedings and stunt shows, while the Jurassic Croc area boasts a huge, animated prehistoric crocodile.
One of Langkawi’s top natural attractions, Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh Waterfall) is a scenic series of rock pools set atop a towering waterfall in the middle of the jungle. The waterfall itself drops around 295 feet (90 meters) through the forest, while monkeys add local color even when water is short. Sweeping views stretch across the island.
Larger than you’d expect for an island Langkawi’s size, Underwater World Langkawi is a Pantai Cenang landmark thanks to its striking frontage. With freshwater and ocean aquariums, it’s home to everything from penguins and sea lions to lionfish, catfish, sharks, and turtles—and even a tropical rain forest aviary packed with birds.
Reached by the Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab, 2,323-foot (708-meter Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Cincang stands second only to Mt. Raya (Gunung Raya. The Langkawi Sky Bridge winds its way between two of its peaks, while hiking trails ramble through its forested slopes, home to the Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park.
The Rice Museum (Laman Padi Langkawi) is an eco tourism attraction located at Cenang Beach. As well as featuring an indoor museum, this is a 14acre working rice farm where you can learn about rice cultivation in a natural setting.
The Rice Museum, also known as the Rice Garden Museum and Muzium Laman Padi, is divided up into the Heritage Gallery, Paddy Gallery, Herb Garden, and Garden of Variety. The Heritage Gallery features exhibits on the process of rice cultivation in Langkawi, from seed selection right through to harvesting. The Paddy Gallery is a viewing deck offering spectacular views from a rooftop rice garden, while the Herb Garden and Garden of Variety are the openair spaces where you can wander among the paddy fields and watch the farmers go about their work. Laman Padi Langkawi also features a unique floating rice garden, plus hosts regular rice-based food demonstrations and themed exhibitions.
Set between Penang and Langkawi, Pulau Payar Marine Park offers probably the best diving and snorkeling on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. The four islands that make up the park are a marine protected area, meaning there’s a rich range of coral reef and fish life, from angelfish and clownfish to blacktip reef sharks.
Stretching along the waterfront in Kuah, Lagenda Park (Taman Lagenda) offers green gardens, tranquil pools, shady pathways, and mangroves, but sculptures are the highlight. Seventeen colorful structures immortalize different Langkawi legends, from friendly giants to Mahsuri, who cursed the island for generations.
The jewel of Langkawi’s Dayang Bunting Island, Dayang Bunting Lake (Tasik Dayang Bunting is a pretty freshwater lake, nestled just inland from the salt waters of the Andaman Sea. The name means “Pregnant Maiden Lake” and some locals still believe the ancient legend that bathing here can help improve female fertility.
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