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Hot springs, blonde beaches and endless duty-free shopping sprees are just a small selection of the charm of a holiday in Langkawi. Fondly known as ‘The Jewel of Kedah’, this less-visited paradise is made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast and is surrounded by turquoise sea and jungle-lined hills.

Langkawi is a true natural beauty. Home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites and a practically unlimited supply of white sand beaches, Langkawi offers a perfect paradise escape from the frenetic city.

Pantai Cenang on the southwest coast and Tanjong Rhu are the most popular beach choices but a slightly longer drive to Pasir Tengkorak is well worth the trip. This secluded gem on Langkawi’s northwest coastline is visited by locals more than tourists. You’ll find velvety soft sands, beautiful rock formations that date over 500 million years,  and the wonderful three-tiered Temurun Waterfall is just a head turn away.

Holidays in Langkawi are perfect for nature lovers and explorers alike. At Durian Perangin in the northeast, you can discover thriving jungle valleys. Watch a 14-tier waterfall tumbling down the highest mountain on the island into a crystal-clear lake at Durian Perangin. The best way to really see Langkawi is from above, and with the Langkawi Sky Cab, you can do just that. From the second highest peak of the islands, ascend 700 metres over luscious rainforests, mountains and immense views of 500 million year old geology from a cable car.

Holidays in Langkawi: a fascinating geological hotspot

You’ll find some of the best geological landscapes of Southeast Asia in Langkawi. At the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, take a mangrove tour. This 62 square mile nature reserve is protected by the Malaysia Forest Department and is packed with fascinating fossils, hidden caves, lagoons and mammoth limestone rocks. It doesn’t stop there - one of the best ways to explore Langkawi’s hidden gems and geological treasures is to go on an island-hopping tour across some of the most scenic islands. From snorkelling and paddle boarding to eagle feeding and watching wildlife swoop down on their prey, you'll be impressed at every turn.

Langkawi is home to some of the most fascinating marine life in the region. The best way to see it? Visit Pulau Payar, south of Langkawi for a snorkelling trip you won’t forget. It’s the only place off the western coast of Malaysia that has such exotic coral reefs and the marine life is often compared to the Indian Ocean. Dive in and find horse-eyed jacks, black-spotted puffers, barracudas, moray eels, clownfish and an abundance of extraordinary species. Spend your days in Langkawi soaking up the Malaysian sun on one of its 99 beautiful beaches, explore jungle valleys and waterfalls, and swim with fascinating marine life.  You might not be able to see all 99 of Langkawi's paradise islands but you can definitely tick off a few. Holidays in Langkawi offers a truly relaxing haven in stunning landscapes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Destination Highlights

  • Get the best view of Langkawi with an exhilarating 700 metre cable car ride over luscious forests
  • Discover hidden caves and lagoons at the protected Kilim Karst Geoforest Park nature reserve
  • Explore the nearby islands and go diving, paddle boating and eagle feeding
  • Go snorkelling in the famous Pulau Payar and discover extraordinary marine life

Great sample itineraries


Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Langkawi holidays. With so many options, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor-made holiday just for you.

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Kuala Lumpur To Penang To Langkawi

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £2,399 PP
With stops in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi, this diverse Malaysia multi centre holiday is a wonderful introduction to the...
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Holidays To Langkawi And Kuala Lumpur

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,599 PP
From the city skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur to the dreamy beaches of Langkawi Island, our Malaysia multi centre offers both...
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Our favorite hotels


Each of the Langkawi hotels we offer has been carefully selected by our expert team. Browse our favourite places to stay in Langkawi - we are here to help you find your perfect hotel.

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The Datai Langkawi

Re-opened on the 1st December 2018 after a multi million dollar refurbishment. Nestling in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, The...
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Guide Price £3,099
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The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
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The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa

Immerse yourself in a jungle paradise at the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa where you can explore the surrounding flora...
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Guide Price £1,199
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The Andaman Langkawi
Langkawi

The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort Langkawi

Set on the white sands of the Datai Beach, considered to be one of Langkawi’s finest and overlooked by the...
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Guide Price £1,699
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The Danna Langkawi

The Danna Langkawi, a 5-star luxury hotel in Langkawi is set in an idyllic beachfront paradise with immaculate tropical gardens,...
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Guide Price £3,099
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32° C
40 mm

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33° C
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34° C
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33° C
187 mm

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32° C
291 mm

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31° C
279 mm

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31° C
280 mm

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31° C
305 mm

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31° C
380 mm

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31° C
370 mm

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31° C
222 mm

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31° C
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“Enjoy a walk 100 metres above virgin jungle with spectacular views of the surrounding sea and islands. On a clear day, you can even see Tarutao Island in Thailand!”

Karen
Destination Executive
Isla, Destination Executive

“Swim in the cool waters of Dayang Bunting Lake. Locals believe that barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child.”

Isla
Destination Executive

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Langkawi holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is widely celebrated in Langkawi and all of Malaysia. Lasting for an entire month, the celebrations include vibrant and lively street parades filled with colourful costumes, dragon dances, and traditional Chinese music.

 

Eid Al Fitr

Eid Al Fitr is a lively and welcoming celebration, thrown by Langkawi’s large Muslim community. Enjoy feasts cooked by locals and volunteers and dished out on the streets. Many locals open their homes to friends, neighbours and visitors who share in the festivities and feasts. 

 

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Langkawi holiday. Here are a few of our favourite experiences.

 

Night Markets

Foodies will love the multi-ethnic cuisine found in Malaysia’s coastal gem. You’ll find everything from Indian and Chinese to Malaysian and Thai influences. The best place to dig into authentic Langkawi dishes are at the night markets, a lively affair held every evening of the week along long stretches of road. Take a leisurely stroll along the bustling stalls and you’ll be greeted by sizzling aromas of fragrant spices and the true Langkawi spirit. 

 

Street Food

Try the local bite-sized street food snacks like ayam percik (grilled marinated chicken cubes), apam balik (sweet griddle pancakes) and keropok lekor (chewy fish crackers).

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