We’ve compiled a 3 day Langkawi itinerary, what to do in Langkawi, where to eat and where to stay. We stayed on the island for 3 nights after a bustling few days in Singapore.
Langkawi is one of 104 islands located in the Andaman Sea. It sits just 30km off some of the mainlands of Malaysia and is also adjacent to the Thai border.
Langkawi Itinerary: Where to Stay in Langkawi
There are 3 main areas of research when choosing your accommodation in Langkawi. Cenang Beach in Pantai Cenang, in the main town of Kuah or the northern quieter part of Langkawi.
Our Langkawi itinerary included staying at the Casa Deli Mar situated along the beautiful Cenang Beach. It is a four-star Boutique hotel with the team devoted to making your stay as relaxing as possible.
Staying there for a few days allowed us to chat with the team and guests about the best location for a holiday in Langkawi. It was a unanimous vote that Cenang Beach was number one for two main reasons, the nightlife and the safety of swimming in the ocean.
Apparently, holidaymakers from other parts of the island, especially from Kuah town came to Cenang Beach for the nightlife, restaurants and bars. Kuah is very quiet at night and not that much on offer in the form of entertainment. The northern quieter part of the island, some 40 minutes away is bordering on boring according to some.
Our tour driver informed us while the beaches of the north may be slightly better than Cenang Beach it is very steep only after a few steps into the water and quite deep. They are not considered easy beaches to swim in and to relax in the water.
We found Cenang Beach easy to access, swim in and was still quite shallow (up to my waist) even 10 or so meters offshore.
Casa del Mar Langkawi
At the Casa del Mar Langkawi you can choose from 32 rooms, all have spectacular views of the beach and ocean and are extremely well appointed.
A large pool dominates the spotlight dividing one row of rooms and suites from the other, with another row of suites as its backdrop. If you stayed in the poolrooms you would have a view of the pool, the beach and ocean.
Satkara is the Day Spa at Casa del Mar and is accessible from the front of the resort. It has recently been refurbished and has a number of couple’s rooms available. We’ve had couples massages in Bali before and have found them distracting as the girl’s signal or speak to each other during the massage. Thankfully the girls at Satkara are too professional for that.
We enjoyed an hour-long massage with the clock only ticking once we were on the massage table face down. Unlike some Spa’s where the time starts the moment the consultation does prior to the massage.
The food at the resort was high quality with the cocktail and wine lists extensive, unusual for a boutique hotel in Asia.
All meals are enjoyed at La Sal restaurant either on the covered verandah or deck area near the open-sided La Sal bar, next to the pool. Every table has a view of the beach and weather-permitting tables are set up right on the sand for dinner.
For a romantic dinner, you can request a special experience called La Luna. Your table is set up away from the main dining area on the beach so you can watch the sunset in private with your loved one, whilst enjoying a degustation menu and sipping the matching wines. The La Luna dining experience is extremely popular so I’d advise booking ahead.
Photo credit – Casa del Mar Langkawi
There are many places to stay in Langkawi, however, we feel the location, the friendly team and the detailed additions to the rooms and suites make Casa Del Mar the best place to stay in Langkawi in our opinion.
You can read an in-depth detailed review of the Casa del Mar here.
Langkawi Itinerary: What to do in Langkawi for 3 days
There are enough Langkawi tourist attractions to keep you busy for a few weeks if you had the time, however, as we only had a short stay, we still managed to see many interesting places in Langkawi and the highlights.
Langkawi sightseeing and island tour
After breakfast on our first morning, we were picked up from the Casa del Mar Langkawi and taken on a 4-hour tour of the island.
Our tour guide for the day was Helmi. Helmi was a wealth of information about Langkawi, her people, history, the Malay culture and numerous other pieces of interesting information. He reminded me very much of the Taxi driver we had in Kuala Lumpur which you can read about here.
Our first stop was at the Langkawi Cable Car or Langkawi SkyCab as it is also known. The cable car has been recognised numerous times for its feat of engineering. It sits 750 meters above sea level and is the steepest cable car in the world.
We hummed and harred about taking the cable car up to the top of Mount Mat Cincang due to the crowds and the long queue. So reverted to our usual conversation of “we are here now and might not be back” so bought a ticket and waited patiently.
We didn’t realise it was Malaysian School Holidays when we booked our trip to Singapore and Langkawi, so everywhere we visited had crowds of local tourists together with international tourists.
At the cable car, we could have jumped the queue, paid double and taken the express lane, cutting down on waiting time.
Turns out we didn’t have to worry about queuing or paying double, as we were plucked out of the crowd several times as we (think) were a couple, and obviously tourists, as I wasn’t wearing a burka ☺
There were scores of people in groups of 4 or more, which then left 2 seats in the cable car. Hence our promotion to the head of the queue!
So when you visit Langkawi Sky Cab keep an eye out for the staff scanning the crowds and signal to them that you are only a party of two. We calculated it saved us at least 2 hours!
Wat Koh Wanararm
Our next stop was at Wat Koh Wanararm, or Lucky Temple, as it is also known. It’s a Buddhist temple on the northeastern part of Langkawi.
Helmi advised that it was a kind of peace offering from the Malaysian government to the Thai people.
There are a couple of prayer houses, several Buddha’s, Stuppa’s and a large carved statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin. Kwan Yin appears to be carved from the limestone rock of the hill, however, according to Helmi, she was carved elsewhere and brought and assembled at Wat Koh Wanararm. Either way, it’s a spectacular statue and well worth visiting to see her.
There is a walking track to Kwan Yin and at the back of the statue, the track continues upwards to a cave. Apparently, legend tells us that a large snake inhabits the cave so you visit at your own risk.
As time was against us we opted not to visit the snake and instead walked the grounds to take in the peace and serenity of the sacred place.
The day we visited there was no one else visiting the temple other than a few people setting up for a ceremony taking place the day afterwards.
After the temple, Helmi drove us to the northern beach of Tanjung Rhu, Ayer Hangat to show us what he thought was the most scenic beach in Langkawi, as the water was a different colour than Cenang beach.
It didn’t really appear any different to us so we spent little time there, nor did we visit any of the market stalls or booking desks for the Mangrove tours that are a popular attraction.
Next stop was Durian waterfall, known as this because, yes, durian trees are nearby and grow the smelly fruit that you either love or hate.
Although Helmi had mentioned that Langkawi had a lot of rain the week previous to our visit, the waterfall wasn’t flowing at full capacity.
Langkawi Eagle Square
Our last stop was Eagle Square in Kuah Town to see the enormous 12-metre tall symbol of Langkawi.
It’s well worth a visit to the square as you can also watch the ferries and boats on the harbour and take in the scenery of the backdrop to Kuah. Oh, and be careful if you are wearing thongs (flip-flops) as the tiles are very slippery, especially if it has rained.
If you are interested in Duty-Free Shopping Langkawi there are plenty of stores with the best buys for alcohol, chocolate and…Pyrex. Yes, Pyrex. According to Helmi, his wife says that there are no better prices on the planet for Pyrex than Langkawi (who knew? ☺) with her friends visiting often from Mainland Malaysia to snap up the bargains.
The things you learn!
Our tour ended in Kuah at the yacht club, as Kevin wanted to meet with a boat broker for a friend of his about a boat for sale.
After a late lunch, we caught an Uber back to the Cas del Mar. Yes, Uber is even available on Langkawi, it surprised us too!
Mega Water Sports
It was time to test our skills with some Langkawi water sports. Casa del Mar recommended and arranged a 4-hour jet ski tour, island hopping Langkawi style. It is Tour 2 on Mega Water Sports menu, the Dayang Bunting Island Tour.
Don’t worry if you are a little rusty or haven’t ridden a jet ski, Mega Water Sports are super professional and explain all the safety features. They also explain how they want you to ride the jet ski, where you will be going and what the water conditions are on the day.
Their motto is safety first followed by fun! The tour isn’t all about following the leader either, as your guide will give you a few different opportunities to have your own to time to “play”. There are strict instructions NOT to throw your partner off the back of the ski (thank goodness) as I know where I’d have ended up!
Arm (no that’s not a typo) was our guide for the day. He’s a fantastic guide with a great sense of humour. He’s been working for Mega Water Sports for 6 years and really hates his job. Of course, I’m kidding, he loves his “office” for the day, meeting people from around the world, being in nature and riding Jet Skis.
We visited 8 different islands, their beauty astounding. Sheer limestone cliffs formed by the ocean and weather-beaten into various shapes and sizes. You won’t have the opportunity to marvel at Mother Nature from the land so a Jet Ski tour is a must.
This is also true seeing the Sea Eagles being fed. Tour boats toss food for them and several swoops down to retrieve the food. Then they glide away until it’s time for the next morsel to be caught.
Unfortunately, I completely missed any photo opportunities as my phone was buried deep within the Jet Ski cavity and not easily reachable at the exact time we were watching the Sea Eagles.
Although we didn’t do any parasailing in Langkawi, we could see them scooting about the ocean daily from Casa del Mar. Several companies operate along Cenang beach, however, always check to see if they are a professional operation having the correct insurance coverage.
The team at Casa del Mar emphasised this several times to us, that they only align and recommend local companies that had the correct insurance in place.
Langkawi Itinerary: Where to eat in Langkawi
As I’ve previously mentioned, we were advised people tend to head to Cenang beach for nightly entertainment and dinner.
There are several bars and restaurants dotted along the coastline of Cenang beach with the Cliff Restaurant at the end of the beach. We fully intended to dine at the Cliff Restaurant, however, the food and ambience at La Sal Restaurant and Bar were excellent so ate all of our meals there. Plus, there are enough dishes on the menu for you to dine for a couple of weeks or so and not eat the same dish twice.
The nights we dined at La Sal there were several other visitors from other resorts and hotels, a testimony to the quality of the food and service.
We tried several dishes using Australian Lamb (we export our best Lamb) seafood, salads, curries and chicken.
The quality was excellent and it was obvious to us that the chefs knew how to showcase an ingredient with just the right selection of herbs and spices to enhance the dish.
No matter what length of time you have for your Langkawi holidays you’ll find plenty to do in Langkawi.
Need a question answered about your Langkawi itinerary? Leave your question in the comments and we’ll be happy to answer.
Note: We were guests at Casa del Mar Langkawi and Mega Water Sports, however, our thoughts and opinions are our own.