By the time I arrived in Langkawi, I was ready for some beach time. I love exploring cities and the countryside, but the heat in South East Asia makes beach life ideal.
Getting to Langkawi
I was travelling from Penang to Langkawi so the easiest option is to get a boat direct from the pier in Georgetown to Langkawi for 70RM, which takes around 2 1/2 hours. Some guys in my hostel said that the cheapest way is to get the ferry to Butterworth, then a bus from Butterworth to Kuala Perlis, and finally a boat from Kuala Perlis to Langkawi. I’m not sure how much this costs or how long it takes, but the guys in my hostel reckoned it would be less than 50RM.
The ferry terminates in Kuah so from there it’s a taxi ride over to Pantai Cenang which is 30RM. If you’re travelling solo it’s best to share with other travellers heading that way.
There’s also an international airport on the island with regular flights to Kuala Lumpur.
Activities in Langkawi
I had already booked Langkawi Dormitorio through HostelWorld, which was the cheapest option at the time but was still 50RM per night! Double the price of accommodation in KL and Penang.
In August 2016 I returned to Langkawi and stayed in Tubotel, an amazing hostel just outside Pantai Cenang. It takes around 20 minutes to walk into town and around 5-10 minutes to walk to the beach. Tubotel has the best sunset views on the island!
Fortunately, I had 4 lovely roommates and we got on really well from the start. We hired a car for 24 hours between 5 of us after our hostel owner recommended that we did. he said that a car would be safer than a scooter and that the weather in Langkawi can change very quickly. This turned out to be very useful advice, as a rainstorm hit less than an hour after we hired the car.
We drove to Tanjung Rhu beach which truly is a stunning beach. There were very few people on the beach which made it even more beautiful.
The following day we drove to Panorama Langkawi to experience the steepest cable car in the world. Entry was 45RM and included the cable car plus a visit to the SkyDome. I’ll be honest, the SkyDome looked like a planetarium and I was disappointed when it wasn’t. Instead, it was a rollercoaster simulation on Mars. It actually made a couple of us feel a little motion sick.
We went to the SkyCab and stopped at the first lookout point. The views were impressive and there weren’t too many other tourists.
We got back into the SkyCab and went to the highest lookout. Up here it’s possible to pay extra and go on the SkyBridge, the highest bridge in Langkawi.
There’s also love locks for anyone who’s into that sort of thing
Don’t be fooled by the clouds – it was scorching at the top.
What didn’t I do?
There are many other tours and activities in Langkawi including:
- Underwater World – I was staying next door to this, it’s an aquarium.
- Water sports on Cenang Beach – banana boat, jet skis
- Waterfalls – the waterfalls were barely flowing when I was there due to lack to rainfall
Food in Langkawi
There’s a huge range of eating options in Langkawi to suit all budgets. It’s possible to get Malaysian food such as mee goreng and nasi goreng for around 6-7RM. There’s a lot of fast food options and cuisine from all over the world.
I had a great time in Langkawi. It is very commercialised but wasn’t overrun with tourists. Some roads on the island weren’t surfaced properly, in particular, the one to Tanjung Rhu beach – something to bear in mind if you’re hiring a scooter.