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Public transport in Langkawi

There are very few public transport options in Langkawi. With only a handful of bus routes across the island there's a risk you'll spend a long time waiting in the heat of the day for a bus that might not show. The easiest way to get around is to take a taxi or hire your own transport.

Taxis in Langkawi

Taxis are plentiful across the island and are probably the best form of public transport. You can hail them from the street or book over the phone. Fares are not metered but are based on destinations – it is perfectly acceptable to bargain on the final price. However, be prepared to pay more for a taxi than you would for hiring a car.

Car rental in Langkawi

If you plan on hiring a vehicle in Langkawi, it is much cheaper to arrange it before you arrive. However, you can always hire a car at the airport if you forget. Be sure to rent from a reputable company and verify that the car has the correct paperwork and insurance before you pay for it.

Scooter hire in Langkawi

Another option is to hire a scooter. This is the cheapest form of transport on the island – you can rent one for just a few dollars a day. Just be sure to check your travel insurance before you hire one, some companies do not cover scooter accidents. The roads are safe and fairly traffic-free but wearing a helmet is mandatory nonetheless.

Mangrove Tour Langkawi, Jetty Kilim, Jalan Ayer Hangat

The wild mangrove forests of Langkawi's Kilim Nature Park are not to be missed. A trip to the vast and ancient park involves taking a boat Indiana Jones-style through the spectacular, winding rivers. You will discover isolated beaches and deserted lagoons along the way and have a chance to see Langkawi's untouched beauty up close.

Surf and sand

Langkawi is famed for its white sand beaches and swaying palm trees. Sample the local cuisines at one of the many restaurants lining Cenang Beach or take a taxi to the idyllic and quieter Pantai Tengah. Sunset sailing trips around the island and dining on-deck under the stars are also perfect ways to top off a Langkawi beach experience.

Cycle tour

Take things at a slower pace and discover the hidden side of Langkawi on a cycle tour beginning at your hotel. Travel through rural villages, potter past lush green rice paddies, peddle beside rivers and meander through forests. Experience traditional Malay life but mind you don't flatten any monitor lizards lazing in the road. Birdwatchers will be in heaven too.

Snorkelling and scuba diving

With crystal clear waters, Langkawi offers some of the finest diving in this part of Asia. Snorkel from shore, join a tour or charter your own boat and discover the underwater beauty of Langkawi. Scuba diving allows you to get even closer to the fish, exploring the vividly coloured coral gardens of the Pulau Payar Marine Park.

DAY 1: Sky Bridge and mangroves

Take a cable car to the top of Mount Machincang before strolling along the Sky Bridge, suspended above the clouds and virgin rainforest. Come back to earth and set sail on a boat with a tour of the mangrove forests, lakes and rivers of the nature park, stopping off to feed the eagles along the way.

DAY 3: Diving and dining

Hop on a boat and sail the crystal waters of the Andaman Sea. Snorkel or dive amid the coral gardens and if you're lucky (or unlucky?) you might spot some sharks along the way. Picnic on a deserted tropical island beneath a coconut tree before spending the rest of the day sunbathing on the deck. To cap it off, enjoy a three-course dinner beneath the stars.

DAY 2: Shopping extravaganza

Get all of your duty-free shopping done on a trip to Kuah, the capital, before heading out of town to the Langkawi Craft Complex for a chance to watch traditional Malay artisans at work. Batik, ceramics and jewelry are just some of the handmade items for sale. Afterwards, visit the Museum of History and Legends just next door.

DAY 4: Sport and spas

Take a morning cycle tour through rural villages still untouched by tourism. Learn about the rich culture of the island before easing your aching muscles with a pampering massage or Ayurveda treatment at one of the many local spas. From high-end luxury to hidden away local gems, there's a spa to suit every budget.


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