Langkawi is lush green Tropical Island in Malaysia enveloped in mysterious low-lying clouds and engulfed by a warm turquoise sea. As you enter the island, you will find virgin tropical forests as far as your sight can take you and you can feel the salty air breeze hitting your cheeks. If it was not for the occasional long boat that bounces across the waves, you will probably feel like a dress rehearsal for Pirates of the Caribbean. Being on the unexplored side of the world, there is plenty to explore and discover on this island which is blessed with mesmerizing natural features. We have listed the top 15 things to do in Langkawi with kids which would give you a sneak peek about how much fun it is across all age groups.
1. Langkawi Cable Car
Popularly known as the SkyCab, this one is definitely not for the faint-hearted ones. An adrenaline pumping activity is one of the most exciting and thrilling activities which you can probably indulge in. This cable car is the steepest in the world and also holds the record for the longest free span i.e. 2.2 km for a mono cable-car. Before the journey, guests are shown a 360-degree movie in the SkyDome, which is a huge hit among the kids. The views from the top of the beach and the forests are absolutely mesmerizing. Something obvious when you are 708 meters above sea level. The temperature is also 5°C less than the normal temperature.
A curved pedestrian cable bridge which is 125 meter in length. On record, it is the longest curved bridge in the world. Situated 660 meters above sea level, it offers panoramic views and is easily accessible via the SkyCab. Be prepared to sweat it out as you will have to trek for 15-20 minutes via a temporary mountain track.
3. Oriental Village
A themed outdoor shopping complex which offers souvenirs, gifts, galleries, clothes, food, and plenty of entertainment. While you enjoy the water on the inflatable ball called Zorb, the kids can zip-line across the pond or just head straight to the SkyCab where you have plenty of activities to indulge in.
4. Duck Tour
The view from the bottom of the mountains is as beautiful and staggering as the view from the top. You will find it really hard to miss out on the vivacious colored amphibious duck tour placed at the entrance of the Oriental Village. The tour involves a quick drive to the marina and navigating around the harbor and then return to the village. There is no guide or commentary to what you are viewing. A very straight forward tour.
5. Art in Paradise
The largest 3D art museum in Malaysia is situated within the Oriental Village. It is home to more than 100 3D paintings spread across an area of 21,000 square feet. One need not be an art lover to fall in love with this beautiful place. You can click and pose for photographs with different paintings and have some fun with your family.
6. Mangrove Tour
A Mangrove tour is a must for anybody visiting Langkawi. You can start these tours from either the Kilim jetty or the Tanjung Rhu jetty. During the course of the journey, you get to browse through the lush mangroves, check out wild monkeys, and move inside the Crocodile Cave. You can also go for a walk through the Bat Cave which is home to several bats and grab a scrumptious meal at a floating fish farm.
7. Bird Paradise Wildlife Park
Home to an eclectic mix of animals and birds. Browse through the zones dedicated for monkeys, ostriches, rabbits, and more. Your kids would definitely love feeding the Arapaima – the largest freshwater fish in the world that has roots in the Amazon Basin. A walk through the tropical rainforest is one of the most peaceful walks you can probably indulge in. Keep your phone or camera to seize the moment as you will find plenty of memorable moments during your 2-hour journey.
The beaches here give a relaxed environment where you can sit back and enjoy the waves and the sun while your kids build the sandcastle. The Tanjung Rhu beach is the most popular beach here which gives you a more private experience. For a buzzing beach experience, head to the Cenang beach on the southwest coast.
Langkawi offers plenty of water sports opportunities for tourists and visitors. You can indulge in banana boat rides, parasailing, jet skis, and much more. There are age limits associated with different sports so check with the operator before you book anything.
10. Island hopping adventure tour
The 4-hour Jet Ski Island hopping adventure tour is something which we recommend for the entire family. During the tour, you get to browse through the Beras Basah (Wet Rice Island), check out White-Bellied Sea Eagles and swim in the Pregnant Maiden Lake. The entire journey is blessed with spectacular views both ways.
11. ATV Extreme Zone Langkawi
There are an array of different operators who provide ATV tours in Langkawi. Some operators do not allow young kids to participate in the tour. So do enquire before you indulge in the 45-minute journey to get there and some fun. There are expansive rice fields to a buffalo farms to be checked out during the journey through long shady pathways and a scented rainforest ending with a secluded waterfall. The localities grill chicken on an open fire for the tourists and visitors who come here often. You can take a dip in the nearby ponds as the tour can be paced at your convenience.
12. Rice Paddy Tour
This tour would surely end up being one of the unexpected highlights of your Langkawi tour. A perfect educational tour for the younger lot with the well-presented exhibits. The museum gets close to 2000 visitors each month. At the end of the tour, you get to play a traditional game of Congkak with marbles and a large wooden tray. A quite popular game among the kids. Post that you should head to the rice paddies and get dirty and plant the rice as per the instructions from the guide. It’s a hands-on learning experience for the kids.
13. Eagle Square
Popularly known as the Dataran Lang. it is home to an endless variety of enormous eagles. The iconic statue of Langkawi is found live. Click selfies and seal the moment for some cherished memories post your trip.
14. Ayer Hangat Village
Placed 14 km north of the Kuah Town, this complex has a rare natural hot saltwater spring at its center and is found only in 3 other countries. With landscaped gardens, spa, ponds, pools, and a private Jacuzzi, you are in for a treat to relax and rejuvenate your senses.
15. Underwater World
The underwater aquarium is a perfect way to keep the kids engaged. The 15-meter walk through the aquarium tunnel will give you a whole new experience. Something which you would never witness in your life.