13 Jun 2018 - 6 min read
Known as the “Jewel of Kedah”, Langkawi is a well-loved destination for Malaysians and foreign tourists alike, drawn by its spectacular natural beauty and the many myths and legends surrounding the isle.
However, this charming paradise offers far more than just sun and sea – let Aina and Rhys take you on a wild ride around Langkawi!
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Feel the thrill of piloting your own jet ski as you zip across the blue ocean waves, exploring Langkawi’s cluster of tiny islands. The 3-hour package costs RM698 per jet ski, and if you’re a beginner, no worries, you’ll get a safety briefing before you hop on.
Be sure to stop by Pulau Dayang Bunting (Pregnant Maiden Island), which has a picturesque freshwater lake – Aina and Rhys had a whale of a time paddling a giant swan-shaped paddle boat around the lake. According to local folklore, couples having difficulty in conceiving a child should take a dip in the lake’s blessed waters.
Many of the remote islands are uninhabited, so much like Aina and Rhys, you’ll probably come across a secret beach or two that you’ll have all to yourself.
Cenang Beach is probably Langkawi’s most famous beach, where you can find all sorts of water sports and activities available, depending on how adventurous you are. A favorite among visitors is parasailing, where you can gently soar through the sky and take in the island’s views from up above. It costs around RM300 per person.
Want to try something more challenging? Head to Paradise 101, a private man-made island located off Telaga Harbour Marina that’s home to a floating obstacle course. You can pretend you’re trying out for an episode of Wipeout as you leap, splash, slip and slide your way through the aqua park.
For super-fast thrills, jump on the Jet Pilot or the banana boat, which will take you careening across the water. Or even the Zip Line, where you’ll scream as you fly through the air.
Paradise Day Pass
Visit two of Langkawi’s most iconic attractions, the SkyCab and SkyBridge, for breathtaking 360-degree views you won’t forget. Get on the SkyCab at the base of Machinchang Mountain, which will slowly take you up the mountain so you can appreciate the sights.
The gondolas will stop at the Middle Station and Top Station, where you can walk around the viewing platforms and take in the dramatic vistas of the mountains and rainforest. If you’re not prone to vertigo, you can choose to ride on special gondolas with glass bottoms so you can see right below you.
The SkyBridge is said to be the longest free span and curved suspension bridge in the world, with its highest point at 708 meters above sea level. For you romantics at heart, you can leave behind a memento in the form of a colorful love lock on the bridge.
MyKad Holders: RM40 (Adult); RM30 (Child)
Non-MyKad Holders: RM55 (Adult); RM40 (Child)
About 10 minutes away from the town of Kuah is Langkawi Wildlife Park, where you can get up-close with over 150 species of animals from around the world. If you’re brave enough to face hungry creatures, buy food packs so you can feed them by hand.
Rhys had a pretty close call – we wanted to ask, “Are you o-caiman?” but you’ll have to watch the video to find out what we mean! 🐊
MyKad Holders: RM24 (Adult); RM16 (Child/Senior)
Non-MyKad Holders: RM39 (Adult); RM22 (Child/Senior)
Not far from the Langkawi Wildlife Park is the Langkawi Adventure & Xtreme Park, an outdoor adventure park built for true thrillseekers. Here, you can try to keep your precarious balance on a skybike – a bicycle on a wire suspended 50 meters off the ground. 😱
Or you can roar through the jungle on the 90-minute ATV adventure track. You’ll probably need an extra set of clothes for this one, though, ‘cause you’ll get dirty splashing through muddy puddles!
On the northern part of the island is the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, a nature reserve featuring mangroves, caves and limestone formations. You’ll first get to cruise down the river to view the mangrove trees that line the river, where you might get lucky enough to come across local critters. Then you’ll need to keep quiet as you tip-toe into the bat cave, as you don’t want to disturb its nocturnal residents.
Later, you’ll get back on the boat and head to the eagle feeding spot to watch the majestic birds of prey as they swoop down to the water to scoop up their food.
Tip: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and be sure to slather on plenty of sunscreen, as the sun can get pretty unrelenting!
RM200-500 per boat, depending on the length of the tour
When you’re tired from a day’s worth of fun and excitement, there’s nothing better than coming back to a spacious, modern room with all the creature comforts you could want. At Bella Vista Waterfront, that’s precisely what you’ll get. Conveniently located along the waterfront in the town of Kuah, the hotel offers guests easy access to all the top activities and attractions in Langkawi.
Bella Vista has rooms suitable for every budget, from the chic-yet-affordable Deluxe Room at RM234 per night to the Loft Room for RM336 per night, a suite that comes with a charming daybed by the window – the perfect spot for a bit of reading! If you’re looking to ‘go big or go home’, book a stay at the impressive Garden Suite – for RM648 a night, you’ll have access to either a private patio in the hotel’s gardens, or a private balcony and breathtaking views of the Andaman sea.
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