Langkawi Cruises, Malaysia
- If you’ve got a head for heights, take the Langkawi Cable Car to the top of the Gunung Machinchang Mountain. Soak up the views from the peak and the Langkawi Sky Bridge. This suspended walkway curves high above the leafy canopy, and offers the best panoramas of the island.
- Tanjung Rhu delivers one of the best sunbathing scenes in Langkawi. Rocky islands out to sea are like a scaled-down version of Vietnam’s Halong Bay, and you can explore limestone caves and mangroves when you’re not on the pale sands.
- At Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, you’ll be able to dip your toe in Langkawi’s top-rated natural attraction. The name translates as ‘Seven Wells’, but what you get is a series of pools and channels with waterfalls trickling between them.
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The main attraction on this trip is Langkawi’s mountain-scaling cable car. To start the day, though, you’ll spend time at the Rice Garden Museum. View the traditional tools that are used to tend paddies, and learn about the island’s history of rice cultivation. Next, you’ll visit the Oriental Village – an entertainment and shopping complex that’s themed like a local settlement. It shares the same postcode as the cable car’s base station, so you won’t have to walk far to start your ascent. Take a seat in one of the gondolas, and you’re ready to begin the steep climb up Machinchang Mountain. The sweeping panoramas are only bettered by the views from the top, so remember to pack your camera. You’ll be able to see the tree-blanketed hills melt into the Strait of Malacca from up here, and when you’re back at ground level, there’s a wedge of free time to grab a bite at the Oriental Village.
From soaring statues to tapping trees, this trip takes in an armful of Langkawi’s best bits. You’ll start with a visit to Dataran Lang – or Eagle Square in plainer terms. This star-shaped platform juts out into Kuah Bay, with a 40-foot statue of a flapping eagle perched on top. The whole thing’s a nod to Langkawi’s name, which is an old Malay mixture of the words helang and kawi – which mean eagle and reddish-brown. Next, you’ll head to a museum that’s packed with thousands of gifts and awards that were heaped on Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister. Things get rural after this, as you visit a rubber plantation on the outskirts of the town. Watch as incisions are made in the bark of rubber trees, and latex is extracted in a process known as ‘tapping’. Last up, you’ll pop to Atma Alam – an art village where pretty batik fabrics are designed and printed.
You’ll see Langkawi from the water on this tour, as you explore the dense mangroves and wildlife-filled caves by boat. Once you’re aboard, you’ll coast between the grass-tufted limestone peaks that line up on either side of Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. This weaving river’s an animal lover’s dream, so a set of binoculars wouldn’t be a bad idea. When you reach the mangroves, keep your eyes peeled – it’s not uncommon to spot monitor lizards, macaque monkeys and otters here. You might hear the patter of wings when you enter the low-ceilinged bat cave – there’s no sign of Bruce Wayne in this version, though. Wild eagles are native to these parts, and if the situation’s right, you’ll be able to watch them feed once they’ve finished swooping among the lagoons and rocky outcrops.