Top 5 Langkawi Adventure Attractions

16 November 2012

Langkawi is a picture postcard archipelago, comprised of 99 islands on Malaysia's north-west peninsula. Year-round warm temperatures, natural beauty and the main island's duty-free status make it an easy and enjoyable holiday destination. With its beaches, forests, mountains, mangroves and shrub land, Langkawi boasts beautiful natural scenery and largely untouched environments.

Here are our top five Langkawi adventure activities.

 Skycab

Skycab
In the foothills of Langkawi's Machincang Mountain, at the Oriental Village just 30 minutes from Kuah Town, discover the Skycab, an exhilarating cable car system that boasts 360-degree views of the eastern cliffs of Langkawi and surrounding areas. The Machincang mountain range was formed over 450 million years ago. A short walk from the Top Station will reward you with spectacular panoramic views from two viewing stations, of the Langkawi Islands and southern Thailand. At the Top Station be sure to send a postcard home via Panorama Kangkawi's initiative, SkyPos.

Pantai Cenang
Langkawi's Pantai Cenang is home to Langkawi Underwater World. Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang and home to over 200 different marine creatures and freshwater fish, Langkawi Underwater World is Malaysia's largest aquarium. See seals, sharks, penguins, rays and the world's largest freshwater fish, the Amazonian arapaima. While in Pantai Cenang, visit The Rice Garden Museum (Laman Padi), with its floating rice garden, Paddy Gallery, Heritage Gallery, Herb Garden and Garden of Variety.

Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman
Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman, located right by Kuah jetty, is a specially landscaped folklore-themed garden museum, covering 50 hectares and boasting 17 sculptures, which depict characters from Langkawi legend. Come face to face with birds, ogres, giants, princesses and a beautiful mythical maiden named Mahsuri. Stroll through the lush gardens to the south west of Langkawi and see Gondwana Wall, which towers over Burau Bay.

Pulau Payar Marine Park
Langkawi's coral reef marine park and research centre, Palau Payar Marine Park, located 35 kilometres from Kuala Kedah in Malaysia, comprises of four islands: Pulau Payar, Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and two remote rocky outcrops, known as Pulau Segantang. One of the west coast's most popular dive and snorkel sites, Pulau Payar Marine Park offers an abundance of colourful tropical fish, including rainbow runners, barracuda, ghost fish and feather fish. Spend the morning in the warm, tropical water and after lunch, catch the reef shark feeding session, presented daily.

Air Hangat Village
Langkawi's latest entertainment complex, Air Hangat Village, is located 14 kilometres from Kuah Town. Previously known as Telaga Air Hangat (Hot Springs), the village now boasts a multitude of different attractions, which cater for arts and sports lovers alike. A daylong outdoor entertainment program features Malaysian/ASEAN traditional classical dances, presentations of Malay customs, and Malay art and craft. Watch an artist at work as they create a batik painting before your eyes and enjoy learning to play congkat, a fun game for two players using shells or seeds.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.