Langkawi, an archipelago of nearly 100 islands off Malaysia’s west coast, beckons with its golden-sand beaches, stellar scuba diving, lush rain forests, and duty-free shopping. With a day to spend, you’ll get a taste for what’s on offer. Here are some tips for making the most of your 24 hours in Langkawi.
Morning: Into the Jungle
A visit to Langkawi wouldn’t be complete without riding the cable car—one of the steepest in the world—up Mount Chin Chang to walk across the Langkawi Sky Bridge high above the rain forest canopy. This curved, cable-stayed bridge affords 360-degree views across Langkawi and Southern Thailand. Book a morning tour to beat the heat (and the crowds) with hassle-free transportation to and from your hotel. Most tours include time to shop at the Oriental Village and a stop for photos at Eagle Square on the Langkawi waterfront.
Afternoon: Sun, Sand, Sea
This afternoon, cool off in the beautiful waters of Langkawi. Depending on your interests, you might hop on a Jet Ski for a tour of the archipelago, swim and snorkel on an island-hopping trip through the Andaman Sea, look for dolphins and otters on a boat safari, or grab a paddle for an afternoon of kayaking through a mazelike mangrove forest. Those who’d prefer to stay dry can opt for a zipline adventure in the Langkawi canopy or a visit to the Langkawi Wildlife Park, a popular option with families.
Night: Sunset Cruise
End your day in this island paradise with a romantic sunset cruise. Most cruises include an open bar and barbecue dinner buffet, so you can sip tropical cocktails over dinner as the sun begins its descent. Other onboard amenities might include a saltwater Jacuzzi, hammock suspended over the water, dance floor, or even a swimming net that allows you to hop in the water.