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There are loads of fun things to do in Langkawi with kids. Have you been? It’s one of our favorite places in Malaysia, and there are lots of Langkawi attractions and activities for adventurous travelers to explore. Read on!

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Things to do in Langkawi Malaysia

Beautiful beaches, sparkling waterfalls, and verdant jungles — that’s what I like about Langkawi.  If you’re going to Thailand or Malaysia, consider a visit to this beautiful island. Here are our favorite things to do in Langkawi with kids.

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Where is Langkawi Island?

Langkawi island is one of Malaysia’s northernmost territories. Langkawi Malaysia sits in the Malacca Strait, quite close to the Thai border. Lots of planes land on Langkawi Island from Asia and the Middle East, but you can also reach the island by ferry. We took the ferry once from Kuala Kedah (2 hours) and once from Penang (3 hours).

If you choose the ferry from Penang, bring socks and a jacket. They blast the air conditioning on that boat to ridiculous levels. We were thrilled to be back in the heat & humidity after that ride!

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Getting Around Langkawi with Kids

Like in peninsular Malaysia, the roads on Langkawi Island are well-maintained. Some people rent motorbikes or take taxis around the island, but we’ve always rented a car. There are rental agents near the dock where the ferries arrive.

For North American friends, remember that cars here drive on the left, and the steering wheel is on the right. Be prepared for this, especially if you get a car with a manual transmission. Driving a stick with my left hand took some getting used to!

Things to Do in Langkawi with Kids

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There are a lot of fun things to do in Langkawi with kids, Here are are a few of our favorites, but before I get into it, let me make a small public service announcement:

Don’t Feed the Monkeys!

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The macaques that live in Langkawi Malaysia are quite tame…and increasingly bold. A lot of tourists feed them, but this is a bad idea on multiple levels. First of all, human food isn’t good for them, and they’ll become more accustomed to getting a free meal than finding the right food for them.

More importantly, macaques are brave enough as it is. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want them to be any more aggressive and grabbing things out of my hands…or out of my children’s. You may see people throwing them (or even handing them) food, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Explain to your kids why.

Of course, this applies not only to Langkawi Malaysia or to monkeys. In general, you shouldn’t feed wild animals. With macaques, however, it’s a more pressing issue because things could get dangerous.

Okay! Enough of my silly lecture — now onto the best things to do in Langkawi with kids!

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Top Things to Do in Langkawi With Kids

Oriental Village

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I’ll start with this Asia-themed “village” since many things to do Langkawi are in the same area. Oriental Village is not really a theme park, but it does have many kids attractions. There’s a small zip line, a few indoor activities such as a “6D” (?) Theater, and a petting zoo for bunnies.

That’s not the only animals they have here, however. There are also snakes, a tiger, and an elephant, all of whom have a quality of life I am uncertain of. We didn’t pay money to see them.

In addition, you’ll find cafes and restaurants here, as well. Restrooms, too, but have a 50-cent ringgit piece ready.

Art in Paradise

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One of the Oriental Village’s attractions. If you like taking silly family selfies, then this place is for you. This is a huge complex with huge trompe l’oeil paintings. Step in front of these 3D-looking walls, and suddenly you can be surfing, flying, or possibly feeding a dinosaur.

SkyCab

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This cable car is one of the steepest in the world. As it rises, you get great views of the ocean and the jungle below. There’s not much to do at the top except admire the view and take the SkyBridge (mentioned below). That said, it was totally worth it for us.

We had considered walking the trail (“Sky Trail”) back down, but the kids insisted on the cable car. Good thing, too. It turns out that the trail was being repaired at the time.

SkyBridge

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This suspension bridge perches atop to small mountain peaks. You reach it by the cable car, but acrophobic travelers beware: it’s a long drop. The bridge occasionally closes due to strong winds.

Telagah Tujuh (7 Wells Waterfalls)

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Not too far from the Oriental Village, you’ll find this beautiful falls. We’ve been several times, and water levels differed dramatically, so you’ve been warned. Aside from a refreshing swim, one highlight was seeing a hornbill in the parking lot.

Oh, and I nearly died during our first visit, but that was all my fault, not the waterfalls’.

Duck Tour

Half truck, half boat, these amphibious vehicles give you a unique view of Langkawi Island life. That said, this particular duck tour doesn’t stand out. When we did it, it was basically a loop route without a guide explaining what we saw.

If you’ve never done a duck tour and think the kids would get a thrill experiencing a wheeled vehicle entering the water, then go for it. If you’ve done this before, give it a pass.

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Island hopping and other boat tours

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The boat tour we did here is one of the best things to do in Langkawi Malaysia. The karst formations remind me of Krabi, Thailand, which isn’t that far away.

You ride through mangrove forests, stop at a fish farm on the water for lunch, and visit a small bat cave. We went with a company called Langkawi Nature (aka Dev’s Adventure Tours), and I was glad I did. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. They also offer kayak tours. Now that the kids know their way around a paddle, we may try that next time.

Other Tours in Langkawi with Kids

Langkawi Mangrove Forest and Eagle Watching Tour

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Langkawi Archipelago Jet Ski Tour Including Dayang Bunting Island

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The Langkawi Night Markets

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We’re big fans of night markets, and we enjoyed the ones we visited on Langkawi Island thoroughly. There are different night markets in Langkawi Malaysia almost every night of the week. Our favorite was the Kuah Night Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Many of our kids’ favorite Malaysian foods were here.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Pulau Payar Marine Park

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Pulau Payar is a small island about 20km south of Langkawi Island. Many of the tour operators that bring you here aren’t passionate about their work, and it shows. However, the trip is worthwhile all the same, and even better if you charter a boat for yourself.

This place can get crowded in the afternoon, so try and arrive as early as possible. Visibility is better the further you go out, usually. Now that our kids want to learn to scuba dive, they may toss the snorkel masks and go deeper next time.

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Have You Been to Langkawi with Kids?

What did you do? Where did you stay? How was your experience? I’d love to hear how it compares with other places you’ve been in Malaysia and elsewhere in the region. Let us know in the comments, or contact me directly.

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Comments

  1. Fun time Jason! Amazing how folks still feel wild monkeys; no thinking happening there as if you gave it a second thought, you’d know it was a bad idea. As for the sky bridge I had a rough encounter with a bouncy hanging bridge here in New Zealand the other day LOL. Or swinging bridge. The height scared me but I could handle it OK; the bounce after each step made my stomach turn. Nauseating.

    Ryan

  2. Emily Slater says:

    What a fantastic article. Thankyou so much for all your tips and information. We have just got back from 2 weeks in karon on phuket, which we loved. We are thinking Penang next year. Please can I ask if you can recommend a town we can be based in? Karon was great as we had a brilliant hotel for our daughter, couple of little water slides etc, but in 1 minutes walk we were eating in restaurants with the locals. We are hoping to find a similar set up in Penang, where we have a plethora of markets/restaurants right on our doorstep.. does anywhere spring to mind?! Thanks!

    • Hi Emily. We really like Penang. So much, in fact, that we were based there for around a year! I’ve written a big post on Penang hotels, which should help. There are two main areas I recommend staying in Penang: Georgetown (GT) and Batu Ferringhi (BF).

      GT is the UNESCO area with lots of history, food options and things to do but crowded & loud. BF is much melower with more ourdoor things to do (beach, Butterfly park, obstacle course, indoor playground, etc). The bigger resorts (the ones with waterslides, etc) are there. Lots of restaurants and hawker stalls too. Judging by your comment, I’d start your search in Batu Ferringhi.

  3. Any resorts or hotels you recommend at Langkawi which are kid friendly

    • Hi Asad!

      Yes, there are several kid-friendly hotels/resorts in Langkawi.

      Four Seasons Resort Langkawi offers many activities for younger kids and teens too, and is located in front of not-so-crowded beach.

      The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa also has kids club (4-12 y/o) and is located close to the jetty, which makes for easier access to other restaurant options.

      The Danna Langkawi on the west side of the island can be another option if your kids aren’t babies. They have kiddie club and offer babysitting services, but promote themselves more as an adults’ hotel. However, their staff is well-trained to accommodate families and children.

      Berjaya Langkawi Resort is another one on the west side of the island with a private beach behind the property. Being close to the jungle, you get to enjoy both. That said, bear in mind that monkeys (macaques which are occasionally aggressive) are frequently on the property. Also, this is a huge resort, so if your room is at the far end (away from the front desk), it’s a bit of walk. They have shuttles, but their frequency is not always enough.

      Good luck and enjoy Asad, and let us know how it goes!

  4. IMHO…. oriental village is TERRIBLE!
    the kayak tours are brilliant if you get a good guide to explain stuff.

    • Yeah, it won’t win any awards, but I thought it was worth mentioning since there are food and accommodation there, as well as the entrance to the Skycab. Thanks for the tip on kayak tours!

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