Langkawi is just a mere 30km from its mainland Malaysia. It is an archipelago in the Andaman Sea made up of 99 islands, there are 5 extra islands which can only be seen when the tide is low. Filled with pristine sandy beaches the beauty of Langkawi makes it one of the best places to visit in South East Asia. As the world starts opening up again it is time to start a little planning. Here is a guideline on how you can travel to Langkawi on a budget.
Flights into Langkawi
From South Africa, I flew to Dubai on Emirates then a connecting flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Malaysian Air, lastly a domestic flight to Langkawi. There are also some direct flights from Singapore.
Zimbabweans do not require visas when entering Malaysia, as long as your stay does not exceed 30 days.
1 Malaysian Ringgit – ZAR3.89
1 Malaysian Ringgit – United States Dollar 0.24
Standard Malay and English
Public transport is limited, so the main options are car rental and or Motorbike/scooter.
Places to See
SkyCab and SkyBridge
Officially opened in 2005 the SkyBridge and SkyCab which are located at Panorama Langkawi have become one of Langkawi’s top attractions. The Cable car ride goes up to 780m to the peak of Mt Machinchang. There are several gondolas to chose from if you are one of the brave you can opt for the bottom glass one.
To get to the Skybridge you need have taken the SkyCab and you pay an extra RM6:00
There are several other activities and attractions available at Panorama Langkawi
Operating Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Prices: Adults: RM80
Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)
The Eagle Square or Dataran Lang is another popular attraction in Langkawi. The 12-meter sculptured eagle is based on the belief that the name “Langkawi” originates from the Brown Eagle. The Square is open throughout the day.
Situated in Mat Cinang Nature Park of Datai is the Tenurun Waterfall it is a three-tiered waterfall and the highest on the island. Open daily from 7 is from 7 pm it is free to explore.
Telah Tujah (Seven Wells Waterfall )
Named after its Seven Natural Pools the waterfall, is probably the best on the Island, it is a short distance from the SkyCable and SkyBridge, so you can plan to go these two places on the same day. The water in the pools is safe to swim in. Beware of monkeys though, plus also be prepared to climb at least 600 steps to get to to the waterfall. Entrance here is also free.
Pantai Cenang Beach
The most popular beach in Langkawi, It stretches 2km and some of the best hostels are found here. You can watch the sunset, enjoy a game of Frisbee or just have a cold beer at the famous Cliff Restaurant & Bar
Black Sand Beach
Also known as Pantai Pasir Hitam, the Black Sand Beach is said to have “Black” Sand because of the tin and iron deposits.
Mangrove Tour Kilim Kurst Geo Forest Park
The Kilim Geopark is a Nature Reserve with 100 Square metres of natural wonders. On the Tour, you will learn about the ecosystem as well as enjoy some activities such as feeding white-bellied Fish Eagles or eagle watching. The park is only accessible by boat so you have to book the tour with one of the tour operators. The Park is open every day from 9 am -5 pm.
Other things to do Around Langkawi
Spend an afternoon at Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa. You can get a day pass from the Hotel Reception and spend the day lounging at the pool.
3d Trick Museum
RM 25 for adults RM 20 for kids.
Its time to start planning for 2021, as many countries are slowly starting to lift travel bans. It is important though to note that a lot of establishments have changed their operating hours and rates. So please remember to check websites for any information that might have changed from the above information.
All Photos and post inspiration by Samantha Dube