Things to do with kids in Langkawi
Amazing beaches, five star resorts, thrilling watersports and breathtaking natural landscapes make Langkawi a must for your bucket list, but is there enough to keep the kids entertained? If your planning a a visit with the family, here are our recommendations of family friendly activities on this island paradise.
1. Sunset Cruise
Sail the Andaman sea onboard a beautiful yacht as you watch the sun go down over the island – sounds more like a honeymoon activity but this can be a great activity for families. There are many options available, most will include dinner and drinks and most of the boats are big enough for kids to explore while you soak in the glorious sunset and spectacular landscape.
Definitely not one to try if your kids are afraid of heights but its worth the white knuckle ride for the views from the top. The car takes visitors up 708m above sea level to Langkawi’s second highest peak of Mt. Machinchang. The trip all the way to the top takes about 20 minutes and for true thrill seekers, they offer glass bottomed gondolas. The base station is located at the oriental shopping village so you can pick up some souvenirs while you’re there.
Opened in 2004, this suspension bridge is built on top of the Machinchang mountain. A gulpworthy 100m above ground the bridge offers incredible views and allows you to get up close to otherwise inaccessible virgin jungle. The bridge is only accessible from the top of the SkyCab trip so you will need to brave that first!
Langkawi offers the best beaches in all of Malaysia so make sure you spend at least part of your trip building sandcastles and paddling in waves. Sand is powder fine, sea is perfectly clear and most are surrounded by jungle. One of our favourites is Tanjung Rhu, located on the North of the island, which is very secluded and can feel almost deserted. There are a few beach stalls offering food and drinks but little else to disturb the peace.
If you need to get out of the heat or get caught in a massive downpour this is a good place to spend an afternoon. Spanning nearly six acres, this is Malaysia’s largest aquarium and is packed full of fishy things to see. They have seals, penguins, sharks, giant rays and the enormous Amazonian arapaima – the biggest freshwater fish in the world and of course there’s the giant walk-through underwater tunnel tank which houses sharks, giant stingrays and green turtles.
Here the kids can get up close to many different types of animals and learn all about natural Langkawi along the way. See macaws and flamingos, raccoons and crocodiles (don’t worry, you don’t have to get up close to them!). This a definite must for any little animal lovers.
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Be careful if you’re driving at night, snakes enjoy warming up on the roads when the sun goes down.