Langkawi Travel Guide 兰卡威自由行攻略


Thinking of travelling in local? Why don't you visit Langkawi! I have been to Langkawi for the first time with my high school friends exactly one year ago. It was free and easy 2D1N trip. We didn't really put the effort to arrange the itinerary because we just want to meet each other and enjoy the moment. However, since some of the followers DM me on Instagram requesting the itinerary, so I had decided to share it here. Continue reading to find out more.

For local transportation, since there are 9 of us, so we had to rent the car for RM100 per day. Deposit is RM100 and will be returned back to you on the last day. We strongly recommend renting a car if you decided to visit Langkawi. The rental is affordable and more convenient to travel here and there.

Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant

The first restaurant we went to was Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant. It's on our itinerary list. We just stumble upon this place randomly. Orkid Ria Restaurant serves arguably the freshest seafood delicacies in Pantai Cenang. Located along the main road of Jalan Pantai Cenang, the open-air eatery is adorned with plenty of Chinese lanterns and hanging filament lightbulbs while massive aquariums storing live seafood of all kinds such ash lobsters, mantis prawns, tiger prawns, dragon groupers, and giant crabs are set right at the entrance. 

Prices vary according to season and weight of chosen seafood, so expect to pay between RM30 to RM250 per dish. Orkid Ria Restuarant's signature dishes include black pepper tiger prawns, chilli crab, and cheese-baked lobsters.

Location : Lot 1225, Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07100 Langkawi, Kedah.
Business hours : Daily (11am - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm); Wednesday (12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm)
Tel : +604 955 4128

For the food selection, most of the time we just randomly dine in at the random restaurant. As I mentioned earlier, it was a super free and easy trip so we didn't do the research and put everything on our itinerary. Feel free to leave a comment on this blog post if you have better restaurant suggestion.

Langkawi Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)

Langkawi Eagle Square, also known as Dataran Langkawi's best known manmade attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. A sight that greets visitors to the island via ferry, the 12 metre-tall statue is one of the island's most instantly recognizable monuments.

The reddish-brown eagle at Dataran Lang was built as an emblem of the island. According to folklore, Langkawi's name came from two Malay words - "helang" (eagle) and "kawi" (reddish-brown). Hence, Lang-kawi.

Located at the southeast corner of Pulau Langkawi, besides offering beautiful views of Kuah Bay, Dataran Lang has beautiful miniature fountains, terraces and bridges, making it the ideal place for those postcard-perfect holiday 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. It is symbolic of Langkawi so if you must check-in here when you're in Langkawi!

Location : Kuah Jetty.
Business hours : 24 hours daily
Admission fees : Free

Pantai Cenang

Pantai Cenang is the busiest beach town on Langkawi Island, where you can find a diverse mix of cafes and restaurants, as well as souvenir shops, and duty-free outlets along with its picturesque beach strip. Just a 10-minutes drive from Langkawi International Airport, it's a popular holiday destination for travelling families thanks to its kid-friendly attractions such as Underwater World Langkawi, Rice Garden Museum, and Kiki Club at Meritus Pelangi Resort and Spa.

Featuring white sands and clear waters, Pantai Cenang's expansive beach is also great for sunbathing and exciting water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. High-end resorts, chalets and budget hotels with views of the Andaman Sea are aplenty here, attracting throngs of locals, expatriates, backpackers, and foreign tourists. Pantai Cenang's nightlife scene is the liveliest on Langkawi Island, with plenty of beachfront bars and lounges offering inexpensive alcohol and snacks, as well as live music and cultural performances until late.

For those of you asking me where did I took these photos, well, I took the photos here! The early in the morning is the perfect timing to take beautiful photo and require less editing because of the great lighting!

The sunset here was spectacular. We are so lucky to catch the beautiful sunset on the first day we came to Langkawi. Look at the beautiful pink-blueish sky.

Langkawi SkyBridge

The Langkawi SkyBridge is located at the end of the Cable Car ride which also, one of the island's highlights. It is a 410 feets long curved pedestrian bridge above Mount Mat Cinchang. It may sound like a cliche but it is really true. The views from here are simply stunning. Definitely great for those capture moments.

Located 2,300 ft above sea level, the SkyBridge is easily accessible by the Langkawi Cable Car. The journey to the top starts out at the Oriental Village in the upper northwest of Langkawi Island, near Pantai Kok. Once the cable car gets going it gets a little chilly as winds flow through the ventilation slits at the top, so put on a sweater beforehand.

You can purchase a lock and customise it like we did! After personalised, you can lock it at the heart shape locker bridge.

The views on the way to the top of Langkawi's second-highest peak include those of the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls and the rainforest. After travelling a few hundred feet upwards, the cable car levels outs and stops at the Sky Bridge, the final station. Near where you disembark, there are dozens of stalls selling souvenirs, toys, snacks and drinks. Those with a fear of heights (like one of our friends) might be a little afraid of the altitude, but it is a very safe bridge with double steel railings and an enclosed wire mesh. The 1.8m wide bridge has two triangular platforms that act as "stops" where you can admire the view and rest your feet.

Location : Jalan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi, Kedah 07000.
Business hours : Daily (10am - 8pm)
Admission fees : Adult (RM6); Children (RM4)

Underwater World Langkawi

Spread across nearly six acres, Underwater World Langkawi is one of the island's best-known attractions. Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang (almost at the border of Pantai Tengah), beside the Zon duty-free shopping centre, it is Malaysia's largest aquarium. The huge white-washed structure houses more than 200 different species of marine and freshwater fish including harbour seals, rockhopper penguins, sharks, giant rays and the enormous Amazonian arapaima which is also the biggest freshwater fish in the world.

Once you enter the air-conditioned interior, Araipamas (the world's largest freshwater fish) can be seen in a medium-sized tank in front of the entrance door. This is also one of the places that I'm most looking forward because I always love to visit an aquarium.

The complex is divided into three sections : Tropical Rainforest, Temperate and Sub-Antarctic. The Sub-Antarctic was probably the most popular section - the "penguin-arium" houses cute little rockhopper and black-footed penguins that cause quite a few people to crowd around the exhibit to get a good look. Other highlights of the tourist-friendly Underwater World include an Educational Resource Centre, a cafeteria and a three-dimensional (3D) theatre - be sure to watch the short movie about Michael, a little prehistoric fish and his life before becoming a fossil. Lastly, there's giant walk-through six million litres underwater tunnel tank which houses an extensive number of fish including sharks, giant stingrays and green turtles.

To be honest, I felt a little bit disappointed with this aquarium. Indeed, it is very huge but some of the spaces were empty. There are some empty tanks around without any animals there. Not my type of aquarium.

Location : Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang.
Business hours : Mon - Thu (9.30am - 6.30pm) ; Fri - Sun (9.30am - 10.30pm)
Admission fees : Malaysian - Adult age above 12 (RM33) Children age 3 - 12 (RM23) ; Non-Malaysian - Adult age above 12 (RM43) Children age 3 - 12 (RM33)

Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum

Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum hailed as the largest 3D art museum in Malaysia and second largest in the world, features more than 200 impressive artworks that appear almost lifelike when photographed. Accessible within a 20-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport, this unique attraction is situated next to the iconic Langkawi Cable Car in The Oriental Village, Buray Bay (as mentioned earlier).

A three-storey building with an exhibition space that covers 2,000 square metres, Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum is divided into nine interactive zones including optical illusion, aquatic, safari, fantasy, classic, castles, landscapes, Egyptian, and Malaysian zones. There are more than 200 beautiful and meticulous artworks, all of which are hand-painted by 23 leading Korean artists in collaboration with talented local artists.

We saw some of the painters drawing and colouring their paint on the spot. We were so impressed by their professional skill set. 

Location : Oriental Village, Burau Bay, Langkawi.
Business hours : Daily (9am - 6pm)
Admission fees : Malaysian - Adults (RM30) Childrens (RM28) ; Non-Malaysian - Adults (RM38) Children (RM28)

Zon Duty Free Shopping Centre

The Zon Shopping Paradise Langkawi is a massive duty-free shopping complex in tourist-friendly Pantai Cenang. Spanning 300 square metres, the all-white building is conveniently located beside Underwater World Langkawi. Shopping enthusiasts can find an array of jewellery, souvenirs, watches, kitchenware, perfumes, leather goods, as well as branded sunglasses, luggage and bags, all of which are 10% to 40% lower than normal retail prices.

Adjacent to it is Coco Valley, which stocks imported confectionary brands up to 40% lower than retail prices such as Hershey's, Lotte, Cadbury, Toblerone, Kit Kat, and Lindt's. The Zon Shopping Paradise Langkawi is also surrounded by numerous cafes, bakeries and fast food outlets such as McDonald's and Starbucks for visitors to rest and grab a quick bite before heading to their next destination. We didn't buy much because we didn't have check-in luggage for our flights. Lol

Location : Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi.
Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Business hours : Daily (10am - 9pm)

The Airbnb that we had booked was actually nothing special so I don't really recommend. I think there are many other Airbnb which better than ours. Feel free to use this link to register : and book an Airbnb. You will get RM165 off your first trip.

That's all for today! Hopefully, you guys enjoy reading it and don't forget to check out the following local day trip's articles as below. It might help you to "fixed" your travel craving. Till here.

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