From mythical giants to giant crocodiles and duty-free shopping to traditional handicrafts, Langkawi holds many places of interest for the adventurous. Below are some of the most popular destinations for you to choose from.
The famous legend of Langkawi; the legend tells the tale of a woman accused of adultery and sentenced to death. Today, visitors can see read the full story at her tomb in Kampung Mawat, several kilometres away from Kuah. Nearby is also a traditional Malay house for internationals to explore.
Underwater World Langkawi
The Underwater World Langkawi is an innovative marine aquarium which houses 5,000 types of aquatic life and some mammal and reptile species. There is also a 3-D theatre which showcases documentaries on marine life for visitors.
Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)
Visitors arriving at the Kuah Jetty will notice a giant red eagle statue permanently suspended in mid-flight. That marks the location of the Kuah Jetty Eagle Square; a mini park filled with scenic ponds, bridges, covered terraces, restaurants and barrel vaults made of bricks. The square is a great place to take a stroll with friends and family.
Watch over 3,000 crocodiles of various species feeding and basking in the sun. The crocodile farm is situated in Datai Bay, just 30km away from Kuah. The farm harvest crocodiles for their skin and besides leather products, visitors can even buy stuffed baby crocodiles from the souvenir shop.
Laman Padi (Rice Garden)
Rice, rice and rice – This is the bread of Asians, a necessary ingredient to every meal. The Rice Garden is dedicated to the humble grain, imparting knowledge of its history from the museum, demonstrating its cultivation in the farm and finally tasting its goodness in the restaurant! Located just ten minutes away from the airport, the ticket price costs RM2 but children get to go in free.
Ibrahim Hussein Museum & Cultural Foundation
The museum is named after Malaysia’s most celebrated artist – Datuk Ibrahim Hussein. On display is his artwork and other pieces from Southeast Asian artists such as Thawan Ducahnee from Thailand, Made Wianta of Indonesia, and Malaysian compatriots Hasnul Jamal and Juhairi Siad
Kompleks Budaya Kraf (Cultural Craft Complex)
Gleaming silverware, meticulously-crafted wooden figures, delicately-crafted bamboo carvings, tapestries of intricate batik silk – the Cultural Craft Complex located in Teluk Yu has an array of traditional Malaysian handicrafts for the visitor to admire and maybe even purchase.
Langkawi International Book Village
The book village takes it cues from the Hay-on Wye book village in England. It stocks a massive collection of second-hand, rare and antiquarian books encompassing a broad range of topics.
Langkawi Snake Sanctuary
Located in Kampung Tok Senik, the establishment houses a wide variety of local and international snakes. From the majestic King Cobra to the docile Boa Constrictor, the Snake Sanctuary is a truly fascinating place to visit.
Padang Masirat (Field of Burnt Rice)
Padang Masirat, right next to the airport, was the site of a mass paddy-burning spree conducted by Langkawi’s inhabitants when Siamese invaded in 1821. The purpose was to prevent the enemy from attaining an extra source of food. Today, visitors can still find burnt rice grains on the ground two hundred years after the incident.
Located in Pantai Kok, the Summer Palace was the left-over set from the filming of the movie ‘Anna and the King’ starring Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun Fatt and award-winning actress Jodie Foster. Visitors can explore the timber palace, sample food at the Thai restaurant, peruse goods at the souvenir shops and or walk among the pillars of the pavilion.
Taman Lagenda Theme Park
This is a scenic park with beautifully landscaped gardens. The 50-acre park has 17 monuments depicting various folklore personalities inspired by local legend and history. There are also four artificial lakes and a man-made beach.
The Al-Hana Mosque holds a very special place in Langkawi’s history; it was opened by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1959. The Islamic architecture of this majestic mosque is simply amazing, incorporating motifs and carvings from Uzbekistan along with traditional Malay elements.