Get off the beaten path in Malaysia on this epic adventure to the islands of Langkawi in the Andaman Sea. Over seven event-filled days, you'll enjoy nature tours, Indigenous exchanges, and water-based activities that range from kayaking to island hopping. In between, ride a gondola, shop in duty-free stores, and immerse yourself in Malay culture as you learn the techniques for creating traditional batik art.


  • Ride a gondola to a viewing platform offering great views over the Andaman Sea
  • Spend a morning wearing traditional clothing and meeting an Indigenous family 
  • Boat or kayak your way through pristine mangroves while looking for exotic wildlife
  • Explore different islands (and white-sand beaches) during a day-time cruise

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Langkawi, Optional Activities Langkawi Island
Day 2 Boat or Kayak Tour in Mangrove Forests Langkawi Island
Day 3 Kampung Visit, Batik Class & Cable Car Langkawi Island
Day 4 Island Hopping Day Tour Langkawi Island
Day 5 Free Day In Langkawi Langkawi Island
Day 6 Langkawi Sunset Cruise Langkawi Island
Day 7 Depart Langkawi  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Langkawi, Optional Activities

Work off your jetlag at a popular beach called Pantai Cenang

Welcome to Malaysia! This culturally diverse country in Southeast Asia is home to around 33 million people living in two main regions: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Within these areas are some 878 islands, and this trip will focus on a special few of them in Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It's here you'll enjoy a week of off-the-beaten-path adventures.

First, you'll arrive at Langkawi International Airport on Pulau Langkawi, the main island. A driver will be waiting for you at the terminal to transfer you to your hotel in the city. After checking into your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day free to unwind and enjoy this island paradise.

If you can't wait to hit the beach, make a beeline for the popular stretch of white sand called Pantai Cenang. If you have more energy, take a combined cable car and a 45-minute hike up the Gunung Machinchang range for panoramic vistas of the island and the Andaman Sea. You can meet the archipelago's resident critters at Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise, home to monkeys and exotic birds, including flamingoes and eagles. Or spend time relaxing by the pool at your hotel.

Day 2: Boat or Kayak Tour in Mangrove Forests

Experience the natural beauty of Langkawi's prized mangrove forests

Langkawi boasts thousands of acres of pristine mangrove forest, with almost half of this coastal fauna protected in the form of parks—and today, you'll experience some of them in all their glory. In the morning, meet your guide and decide whether you want to travel the waters on a four-hour boat tour or a kayak excursion.

Either way, you'll embark from a fishing village and visit beaches, lagoons, and limestone rock formations. This is a great opportunity to experience a unique ecosystem that is home to wildlife like red eagles, herons, tree snakes, flying lemurs, and more. During the tour, you'll also stop at a local fish farm, where your guide will lead you on a feeding. At the end of the ride, enjoy a lunch featuring locally-sourced ingredients before transferring back to your hotel.

Day 3: Kampung Visit, Batik Class & Cable Car

Kampung Excursion
Dive deep into the culture of Langkawi on a kampung visit

After breakfast, you'll leave the hotel and travel to a local kampung (village). These communities are home mainly to Indigenous residents and feature traditional thatched-roof wooden homes. During this unforgettable cultural exchange, you'll visit one such home and meet the family that lives there. Upon arrival, change into traditional Malay clothing (cotton sarongs and blouses for women and shirts for men) and sit down to a home-cooked meal on the porch mat.

You'll participate in some traditional village activities like weaving coconut leaves into rice containers and/or playing congkak. This popular game involves placing marbles or seeds in a series of wooden bowls and trying to fill them up faster than your opponent (your guide will explain the rules before you begin). The experience continues with a tour of the house, ending in the kitchen, where your hosts will teach you to grind a chili paste called sambal. Then you'll prepare a Malay sweet pastry and enjoy it on the porch while being serenaded by a local musician playing the wooden flute.

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Later you'll visit Alam Batik Art Village. A local oil painter founded this arts and culture hub and showcases the work of Langkawi batik artisans. Batik is the process of dyeing and adding colored designs to textiles by hand, and this cultural center features a workshop, showroom, and gallery. During a two-hour masterclass, you'll learn the fundamentals of this ancient art. Afterward, you'll cap the day with a ride on the SkyBridge Cable Car. On a 15-minute ride, this gondola will carry you 7,217 feet (2,200 m) up to a viewing platform offering great vistas over the island.

Day 4: Island Hopping Day Tour

Visit several exotic islands in the Langkawi archipelago

Today it's time to explore some other islands in this archipelago. In the morning, you'll hop on a boat for a three-hour tour of some of the unspoiled islets around Pulau Langkawi. Each isle you'll visit is known for its verdant jungles, windswept beaches, limestone caverns, and unique rock formations.

You'll have two options for the boat tour depending on your preference for the time of day. The first leaves in the morning and takes around different islands, including Beras Basah, which boasts palm-fringed, white-sand beaches. Here, you'll enjoy swimming, sunbathing, watersports, and eagle feeding, as well as a barbecue buffet lunch on the island. The second option leaves in the afternoon and includes all the aforementioned activities plus a romantic sunset cruise. 

Day 5: Free Day In Langkawi

Treat yourself to a day of relaxation at one of the island's beaches

It wouldn't be an island vacation without free time for rest and relaxation. To that end, the day is yours to enjoy Langkawi however you like. If you haven't already, take advantage of Langkawi's duty-free status and find great deals at the many outlet shops. You can also spend the entire day soaking in the sun at popular beaches like Pantai Cenang and Tanjung Rhu. Other options include visiting Underwater World (one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia), ziplining at Skytrex Adventure Park, and sampling street food at the Ayer Hangat Night Market (Fridays only). 

Day 6: Langkawi Sunset Cruise

Enjoy sunset views of Langkawi's coast on your last night of the trip

For your last full day in Langkawi, you'll have more free time during the day before departing on a sunset cruise. This three-hour excursion is ideal for everyone: couples looking for a bit of romance, families interested in a memorable experience, or solo travelers who simply want to spend some time on the water. You'll board a boat in the afternoon and then cruise down the coast as the sun dips below the horizon, tinging the sky shades of orange and red. After sunset, return to the marina and your hotel.

Day 7: Depart Langkawi

Until next time, Langkawi!

Time flies when you're having fun on a tropical island getaway. At the appropriate time, your driver will pick you up for the transfer to the airport in Langkawi, where you'll catch your flight home. Safe travels!

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Map of Discover Malaysia's Langkawi Islands - 7 Days
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