As you enter into Langkawi airport you are handed over a tourist activity map. It shows you thousand attractions which makes you wonder whether it’s a small island or a heaven for exactly each and everything a person on a vacation is looking for. Whether it is a group of friends, young honeymoon couples or a whole lot of family, Langkawi satisfies all.
Here are some highlights of our trip to Langkawi with kids with traveler mama tips, places to visit, things to eat and more.
Langkawi Tourist Attractions
It seemed actually difficult to schedule our unplanned trip, but eventually, we had a great time. Starting and ending the day early was very advantageous, as there are very fewer night activities on the island.
Because there is so much to do, planning itself takes a lot of time. If you’re a good driver, then it is advised to rent a car or scooter which is available on a very reasonable rate, and drive through the beautiful lush green roads, explore the island all day. Try to start your day in the early morning and finish it off by 6 pm, because after that it’s all dark and quiet. Night activities can possibly be a stroll on the streets, souvenir shopping, having street food for dinner or enjoying beachside BBQ.
Day 1 – Beach Day
Start off your day with yoga on the beach side and make most of your mornings and daytime exploring your resort and surroundings on foot.
Our beach activities included Para-Sailing (which was my main reason for visiting Langkawi) and Jet-ski rides. Another interesting activity for families or group of people was the Banana Boat ride which is fun for 10 years and above.
The first day we enjoyed playing on the beach with kids along with all the water activities. Scuba diving, Snorkeling and Kayaking are also worth living the experience.
Day 2 – Sky Bridge
The second day we were engaged in visiting the famous Sky Bridge which was simply amazing in reality; nothing compared to whatever comes in the pictures or movies. The Cable car that takes you up there gives stunning views of the green hills meeting the ocean. The sight of white yachts parked near the jetty from the cable car deck make you want to stare at them all day long.
During this highland tour, you should include this amazing 3D art museum which is an awesome spot for taking Instagram photos.
Bear in mind it rains almost every day in Langkawi, so keep a margin for a couple of wasted hours while scheduling your day. If the rain doesn’t disturb your schedule, it means you can enjoy some time relaxing in the heavenly spas in the evening.
Day 3 – Eagle Square and Island Hopping
You can easily book Island Hopping tour from your hotel or any nearby marketplace. The tour includes a ferry ride to the 3 famous islands and Lake of the Pregnant Maiden which is beautiful.
At the end of the tour, you can drop off at the iconic Eagle Square and explore nearby markets and restaurants. If you still have the energy then visit Taman Legenda; which is an open-air sculpture museum at the waterfront depicting the legends of Langkawi island, while the kids can stretch after the long boat ride.
Where to Stay in Langkawi
Staying closer to the Langkawi airport was the best decision. Usually, we don’t prefer hotels near the airport, but since the island is so small, commuting to the attractions and catching our early morning flight was not a hassle this time.
Despite the fact that we missed our baggage on the flight from KL to Langkawi, the friendly staff of our hotel and the airport, both cooperated a lot and did not make us feel anxious at all. The Magnificent resort Meritus Pelangi was the most relaxing part of our stay on Langkawi island entirely because there were families with all sizes of kids and our little ones had a great time at their pool and kiki club.
What to Eat in Langkawi
If your taste palette is ready for some new flavor kicks, then Malaysia is just the right place for you.
Belonging to Pakistani-Indian cuisine belt, to me Malaysian spices tasted unique in their own way. One of my favorites from their cuisine was Mei Goreng (noodles) with a sweet and spicy sauce served with egg and prawns.
Thanks to our resort’s buffet restaurant “Spice Market”, we got a chance to experience a vast variety of their food in just three nights stay. Another favorite dish was Nasi Lemak, which my husband constantly used to call Nasi Malinga (I don’t know why). It is rice and curry with egg and roasted peanuts as a side which gives a crunch to the flavorsome moist bite. Apart from that, we noticed Arabic food is quite popular in Langkawi because of it being a favorite vacation spot for Arab tourists.
For kids, the most popular foodstuff was french fries, fish n chips, nuggets, rice, and instant noodle jars which are sold at every grocery shop. For the baby, I had to pack cereals, and cookies kind of finger foods.
Where to Shop Souvenirs
Always remember, the best souvenirs you will ever find will be sold right at the spot next to the tourist attraction. Those shops may seem expensive, but trust me you will never find those fridge magnets or show pieces anywhere else. Compromise on the quantity, but get those little memories which will be a reminder of that beautiful experience.
One of my favorite shops was on the Pantai Cenang street near our hotel. It had all sorts of handicrafts which were at reasonable prices. I wished to buy everything, but because we had limited luggage to carry, I could only buy a set of weaved trays, batik, a salad bowl made of bamboo, some handcrafted unique photo frames and a couple of fancy hair clips.
Tips for Traveling to Langkawi Island with Kids
- Do not expect pleasant weather all the time. Because of it being a tropical island, it can get really hot at times during the day and cold during and after rain.
- Do not plan any activity after 5 pm, as almost everything shuts down after that.
- If you have Asian/African skin color and do not wish further tanning, then use sunscreen and wear hats all the time during the day.
- Don’t bother to take strollers to the hilly part of the island (sky bridge tour, etc), just baby carrier would be enough.
- Pack flip flops or sandals, they can be worn almost everywhere.
- Buy a foldable umbrella in advance.
- There is a lot of moisture in the air, so if you have oily skin problems then don’t forget to pack your face-wash. P.s (my nose piercing went bad throughout the stay)
- Fill in a USB with your kids’ favorite movies for the long nights in case they are bored.
- The humid atmosphere will not let the clothes dry outdoors, it is better to get them laundered or dry them in your airconditioned room.
- Carry a mosquito repellant lotion and apply it before leaving the room after sunset.
- Book a hotel that has kids play area and babysitter facility. You will surely thank me later 😉
Where to Relax in Langkawi
Far-east Asia is famous for its heavenly spas that have the most relaxing massages menu. Yes, you read it right, they have a complete detailed menu of their massages and massage oils!
The two spas that were on our hotel street were Satkara and Alun-Alun. They were a bit costly but the super clean and soundless ambiance refreshed us in the evening after long hours of walking and exploring the island. I tried their foot reflexology which was extremely comforting and put me to sleep right away. The part which I loved the most was their honey-ginger tea served with a slice of lemon floating inside. Being (not such a huge) fan of tea, I hesitated for a moment but after that Chinese-faced woman’s insisting I tasted it and it was delightful, in-fact the cherry on top for my massage break.