After seven generations, the curse has been lifted. Finally, Langkawi is now making a name for itself.
Days before arriving in Langkawi, I had heard about a curse on the island. During the 18th century, a young woman named Mahsuri Binti Pandak Mayah was accused of adultery. Before she was executed by stabbing, Mahsuri cursed the island with seven generations of bad luck.
For years, Langkawi failed to prosper, leading many locals to believe in the unfortunate jinx. As luck would have it that recently, the seven generations of time has passed. Finally, Langkawi is no longer a sleepy little Malaysian island. If you have three nights to spare in Southeast Asia, here are some of the best things to do in Langkawi for an ideal weekend getaway.
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Ride the cable car to reach the Langkawi Sky Bridge.
Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
To cross the famous Sky Bridge, you’ll need to ride several cable cars or the Langkawi SkyCab. The 2.2 kilometers sky bridge is the world’s longest free span and curved bridge at 660 meters above sea level. Once reaching the top, you can cross the glass-paneled bridge, and take in the breathtaking coastal view of the island. It takes several cable cars to arrive at the top, and you’ll need to buy additional tickets at various counters.
Hike up to see the Telaga Tujuh Waterfall.
Mukim, Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
A quick 15-minute walk from the Langkawi Sky Bridge (or a 4-minute Grab app ride if you’re a female solo traveler, and don’t feel safe walking in the mountains,) there’s the Seven Wells Waterfall, or the Telaga Tujuh Waterfall. Situated on the second highest mountain on the island, it requires 600 steps to hike up in order to reach the fall. Legend implies that the waterfall is home to fairies and the water contains healing powers.
Tour the mangroves at Kilim Geoforest Park.
Kilim River Tourism Jetty, Mukim Kampung Kilim, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Kilim Geoforest Park is the first geopark in Southeast Asia with its impressive 100 square kilometers of natural landscapes, beautiful mangroves, magnificent karsts, animal caves, herds of eagles and small islands. Take a boat tour and discover the biodiversity of Langkawi, the driver will stop at various points like: bat cave, fish farms and feeding eagles.
Note: If you prefer to watch the eagles for the purpose of remaining ethical, feel free to ask your driver to NOT feed chicken cutlets to the eagles.
See a fire show at Kalut Cafe And Bar.
2, Jalan Pantai Chenang, Kampung Lubok Buaya, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Wondering what you should do at night? Head over to Kalut Cafe And Bar around 7:30 p.m. for an impressive and jaw-dropping fire show. If you miss it, don’t worry, there’s one more spectacular performance at 9 p.m. Walk along the beach, and you’ll catch several fire handlers practicing with different tricks and fire pits. If you can’t get enough, there’s more shows at the Anak Hantu Beach Bar.
Soak in the sun on Pantai Cenang Beach.
Langkawi is prized for its tranquil beaches as there are several throughout the island that you can explore. The most accessible and touristic is the Pantai Cenang Beach, where two kilometers of white sand is bordered by the blue sea and coconut trees. Along Pantai Cenang, there are numerous restaurants, bars serving seafoods retrieved freshly from the ocean. Tons of water sports are available: jet-skis, parasailing, kayaking…just to name. a few.
Chow down dinner at a night market.
There are several night markets in Langkawi, making them ideal places to interact with the local community while tasting local delights. The most accessible is the Pantai Cenang night market which is located in a parking lot near the main beach. Night markets are called pasar malam in Malay, they typically open from dusk to late evenings. In addition to traditional Malaysian dishes like nasi lemak and fresh fruit juices, there are also plenty of iconic foods from other cultures.
Stay at The RIYAZ Lavanya Langkawi.
Jl. Teluk Baru, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay, enjoy contemporary luxury at The RIYAZ Lavanya Langkawi. The newly opened hotel is a mere 15-minute car ride from the airport, and a few steps from Langkawi’s world-renowned pristine beaches. The hotel is modern and stylish, with one or two-bedroom apartments, suites and villas. The rooftop pool and the bar area are relaxing, private and completely refined.