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Updated: Mar 20

Langkawi Malaysia trip guide, everything you need to know

By Travel Expert Mr Plane Guy

Langkawi Malaysia is made up of 99 islands off the coast of the mainland of Malaysia around an hours flight away from the capital of Kuala Lumpur to the main island in the Andaman sea. The island is a dramatic mixture of wildlife, waterfalls and rich Malay culture with plenty to do and experience from night markets, beaches and stunning hotels to enjoy,

Here is my guide to the Amazing Malaysian island of Langkawi.

5 reasons to visit Langkawi

The Wildlife Langkawi is home to so much wildlife including birds and different species of monkeys because its super lush tropical terrain. Don't be surprised to see a monkey on your hotel balcony enjoying your fanta lemon you left outside!

the wildlife and monkey's in Langkawi

Oh hey, the wildlife and monkey's in Langkawi

Cuisine, Malaysian food plus the amazingingly fresh seafood, Omg the king prawns I ate at my hotel The Westin Langkawi, one of the best meals I've ever had!

I also enjoyed experiencing the street food at the night market, the sights, smells and it was super cheap and tasty and just nice to stroll around doing my two favourite things eating and shopping!!

Kuah hosts the biggest night market in Langkawi it is on Wednesday's and Saturdays from 6 to 10pm

The beaches, the lovely clean beaches in Langkawi are safe to swim in, the famous Pantai Cenang Beach.

Lots to do! From tax free shopping, including things such as Panorama Langkawi SkyCab and Langkawi Sky Bridge for amazing stunning views, Eagle Square, Crocodile adventureland Langkawi, Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, island hoping, mangrove boat tours and of course the stunning beaches! Check out Viator for their range of different trip ideas.

Langkawi is the ultimate tropical paradise! With average temperature of 29°C and the coldest being July at 27°C with daily sunshine hours peaking at 9 in the month of June.

and yes Langkawi is worth visiting!

What is the best month to go to Langkawi Malaysia?

NOVEMBER to APRIL is the best time to visit the island of Langkawi.

thunderstorms and tropical monsoon type weather starts from May to July, with the driest month being February.

How many days do you need to spend in Langkawi?

I spent a week here and then a few days in Kuala Lumpur, 4 days is a perfect amount of time to spend on the Malaysian island of Langkawi.

How do you get to Langkawi

You can catch a flight from Kuala Lumpur and they are super cheap!

The flight time between Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi is around 60 minutes.

  • Air Asia

  • Malasia Airlines

  • Malindo Air

Between these 3 airlines they have 10 flights a day between Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi!

You can also get a ferry from Kuala Perlis however it is quite expensive and is booked up well in advance and takes 2 1/2 hours.

Flights to Malaysia from the UK

Currently the only direct flight from the UK is with Malaysian Airlines, many airlines offer one stop such as Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Turkish Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

Air Asia offer flights from Langkawi Malaysia to Singapore from just £15!

Or how about Athens to Singapore with Scoot Airlines, one way flights from around £180! They also fly to Singapore from Berlin.

I flew with Qatar airways via Doha and on arrival into Kuala Lumpur we flew straight to Langkawi with Air Asia, we stayed in Langkawi for a week before returning to Kuala Lumpur for a few more days.

How I flew Business Class on the 5 star airline Qatar for just £246.

Here is my review of

Qatar Airways

Things to do in Langkawi

During my trip to Langkawi I booked a private tour with Viator which worked out great value, it included entrance to the Langkawi Skybridge cable cars, we were able to do everything we wanted to do on the island in one day!

  • The Skybridge in the north of the island

  • Crocodile Advertureland (north west of the island)

  • Stopped for lunch

  • Duty free shopping

  • and then we stopped at the famous eagle Langkawi statue!

Hotels in Langkawi

According to Tripadvisor below is the top 5 hotels in Langkawi

1. The Danna Langkawi – A Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World

2. Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi

3. The Datai Langkawi

4. Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah

5. Casa del Mar, Langkawi

I stayed at The Westin (number 9) and I would highly recommend it! The hotel rooms and facilities were stunning, we even got a free 1 hour massage at the most amazing hotel spa! The food here was also superb! I just felt totally relaxed and pampered staying at this hotel!


The best beaches in Langkawi

1. Pantai Cenang

2. Pantai Tengah

3. Pantai Kok

4. Tanjung Rhu

5. Pantai Pasir Tengkorak

The beaches in Langkawi are safe to swim on and you can enjoy different watersports.

Getting around Langkawi

As there is no public transport on Langkawi, you'll have to plan your transport around the island accordingly. Thankfully Langkawi is a compact island that's not too difficult to get around, we suggest renting a car, motorbike, a private charter, or take a day trip around the island like I did or book some other excursions with hotel pickup!

Grab is also widely available on the island, so don't worry if you need a short ride! Grab is an online taxi booking app similar to UBER.

You can also rent a bicycle, or get around with a taxi (cabs on Langkawi use a fixed rate system and not a meter)

Can you drink alcohol in Langkawi?

Of course! You can even drink the tap water in Langkawi, alcohol is duty free in Langkawi and very cheap!

What is the currency in Langkawi?

The Malaysian Ringgit is the currency unit of the Malaysian currency with the code MYR

Langkawi skybridge all you need to know

The skybridge in Langkawi is famous for being the island top attraction, the stunning views and the 15 minute cable car ride up there OMG!

The price is currently RM6.00 for adults and RM4.00 for children

Situated right to the north most top part of the island.


it can be very crowded in the morning, so visit after 2pm

By Travel Blogger Mr Plane Guy.

Travel and flight expert Paul has spent over 15 years working in first class with a London based airline. Sometimes crossing the atlantic 10 times a month!

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