2 Days in Langkawi

What to Do in Langkawi on a Short Stay

Make the most out of your 48 hours in Langkawi with our comprehensive list of the island’s best attractions, dining, shopping, and nightlife hotspots. A popular holiday destination in Malaysia, Langkawi boasts plenty of unspoiled beaches, marine parks, tranquil waterfalls, and historical sites while duty-free shopping malls offer imported alcohol, confectioneries, kitchenware, and apparel at attractive prices.

The island is especially recognised for its mangrove swamps, neighbouring islets and thriving coral system, so island-hopping and mangrove tours are readily available all year long. Finally, no holiday in Langkawi is complete without sampling local seafood dishes and enjoying dirt-cheap alcoholic beverages by the beach. For those looking to explore Langkawi in a short period of time, read on to discover what to do and see in Langkawi in two days.

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Day 1: Explore Langkawi’s Islets and Mangrove


After arriving and checking in, your first day is best spent exploring Langkawi’s islets and mangroves. Spanning almost 100 square kilometres, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is home to mangrove swamps, various wildlife, and a floating fish farm as well as limestone caves and formations that are over 500 million years old. Due to its popularity, you can easily find boat rentals, jet-ski tours and riverboat cruises that suit your budget and preference.

Available in the morning and afternoon, island-hopping in Langkawi entails a visit to three prominent islets surrounding the main island. Depending on season and tour operators, this half-day tour is priced between RM35 and RM50 per person. The Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Beras Basah islets allows for several hours of recreational activities such as swimming, paddle boating, snorkelling, and sunbathing, followed by an eagle feeding session at Singa Besar Island. It’s quite a magnificent display of white-bellied eagles swooping down from the sky to catch their prey on the water.

  • Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

    Kilim Karst Geoforest Park Langkawi, spanning almost 100 square kilometres, is noteworthy for mangrove swamps, pristine Read More»

  • Pulau Dayang Bunting

    Pulau Dayang Bunting Island

    Pulau Dayang Bunting, Langkawi’s second largest uninhabited island, is easily accessible via a 15-minute boat ride from Read More»

  • Pulau Singa Besar Island

    Pulau Singa Besar is a massive wildlife sanctuary 17km off the Langkawi coast that’s filled with unique rock formations, Read More»

In The Evening

After a long day of exploring during the day, the bustling Pantai Cenang is the ideal setting for a sunset dinner by the beach. Offering magnificent views of the Andaman Sea and Gunung Mat Cincang, these beachfront restaurants serve a variety of local, Asian, western, and European cuisine, not forgetting fresh seafood.

Thanks to its duty-free policy, Pantai Cenang is also fitted with rows of bars and lounges offering plenty of alcoholic offerings at attractive prices. Visitors can unwind on hammocks or beanbags on the beach, catch the latest match on LCD screens, strike up a conversation with fellow tourists or locals, and enjoy live music until late.

  • The Brasserie Langkawi

    The Brasserie Langkawi is a prominent beachfront restaurant in Langkawi where you can enjoy a wide array of Read More»

  • D’Reef Langkawi

    D’Reef Langkawi is a sleek open-air bar within The Cliff Restaurant, where patrons can enjoy a wide array of bar snacks Read More»

  • Yellow Cafe Langkawi

    Yellow Cafe Langkawi is a cheerful beachfront cafe in Pantai Cenang where guests can enjoy delicious local and western Read More»

  • The Sunset Deck

    Set within Bon Ton Resort Langkawi, The Sunset Deck is an upscale nightlife venue in Langkawi, offering a satisfying Read More»

  • Chin Chin Lounge and Bar

    Chin Chin Lounge and Bar is a mid-upscale funky Asian bar serving cocktails, liqueurs and wines at reasonable prices. Read More»

  • Little Lylia's Chill Out Bar

    Little Lylia's Chill Out Bar is a quaint reggae bar which is accessible via an alley between Rafi’s and Nasi Kandar Read More»

Day 2: Experience Langkawi’s Duty-Free Shopping

Start the second day of your Langkawi holiday with a morning hike to the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls (Seven Wells Waterfalls). Located in Mount Mat Cincang, the natural formation comprises a series of seven connected natural pools fed by seven separate waterfalls. After a steep climb to the top of the waterfalls, past huge rocks and through the seven pools, you’ll be greeted with beautiful views of Burau Bay and Pantai Kok. You are also likely to spot several macaques and hornbills along the way.

Next, visit the vertigo-inducing Langkawi Sky Bridge, a 125-metre-long curved pedestrian bridge that overlooks Gunung Mat Cincang, Telaja Tujuh waterfalls, and several islets surrounding Langkawi. Accessible via the Langkawi Cable Car, tickets are priced at RM35 for adults and RM25 for children (2-12 years old). Once you’ve arrived the final station (approximately 700 metres above sea level), it’s a ten-minute walk to the stainless steel bridge.

Kick start your duty-free shopping spree at Oriental Village, an Asian-themed dining, shopping, and entertainment hub at the base of the Langkawi Cable Car. A major portion of the shops here offer duty-free goods, casual attire, souvenirs, and local handicrafts.

  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

    Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

    Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls is billed as the island’s most wonderful natural attraction. Set on Langkawi’s western Read More»

  • Langkawi Cable Car

    Langkawi Cable Car

    Langkawi Cable Car takes visitors on a vertiginous 15-minute ride to the top of mount Mat Cincang, offering
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  • Oriental Village

    Oriental Village

    The Oriental Village is the site where you can purchase tickets to ride the Langkawi Cable Car. With a backdrop of the Read More»


For the best shopping deals in Langkawi, look no further than Kuah Town, which is a 20-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport. You'll find rows of standalone perfume stores, cigar shops, confectionary outlets, wine boutiques, sports outlets, massive shopping malls, and department stores selling imported goods at discounted prices.

Dining-wise, there's plenty of local seafood and Chinese eateries scattered across Kuah, while fast-food joints such as McDonald’s and KFC are located within the Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall if you’re looking for a quick bite while shopping.

  • The Zon Shopping Paradise

    The Zon Shopping Paradise Langkawi is a massive duty-free shopping complex in tourist-friendly Pantai Cenang. Spanning Read More»

  • Jetty Point Complex

    Jetty Point Complex

    Jetty Point Complex is a two-storey shopping mall conveniently located at the entrance of Kuah Jetty. It is a Read More»

  • Night Markets in Langkawi

    Night markets in Langkawi are held every day of the week, taking place in prominent locations such as Pantai Cenang, Read More»

  • Langkawi Fish Farm Restaurant

    Langkawi Fish Farm Restaurant is one of Langkawi’s oldest seafood restaurants, which has a loyal following thanks to its Read More»

  • Anjung Damai

    Anjung Damai

    Anjung Damai is an exclusive fine dining option at the award-winning The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. Perfect for a Read More»

  • Seasonal Tastes Restaurant

    Seasonal Tastes Restaurant

    Seasonal Tastes Restaurant is a trendy family restaurant at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. Well frequented for Read More»

Where to Stay?

Unsure of where to stay during your two-day holiday in Langkawi? Catering to travellers of various budget levels and preferences, accommodation in Langkawi ranges from modest hostels for backpackers to luxurious beach resorts for the affluent. To help you find the right place to stay, we’ve compiled an extensive inventory of hotels that are categorised according to popularity, location, budget, and preference.

  • Top 10 Hotels in Langkawi

    Top 10 Hotels in Langkawi

    Our 10 Best Hotels in Langkawi offers luxurious accommodations with impeccable service, top-notch facilities, and easy Read More»

  • 10 Best Langkawi Luxury Resorts

    10 Best Luxury Resorts

    Featuring state-of-the-art guestrooms, teakwood jungle villas and tricked-out traditional cabins, our best luxury Read More»

  • 10 Best Langkawi Budget Hotels

    10 Best Affordable Hotels

    Our best budget hotels in Langkawi features value-for-money accommodations with great beachside views, affordable dining Read More»

  • 10 Best Langkawi Beach Resorts

    10 Best Beach Resorts

    Situated along the tranquil Andaman Sea, our 10 Best Langkawi Beach Resorts offer quality guestrooms with breathtaking Read More»

  • 10 Best Spa Hotels in Langkawi

    The best spa resorts in Langkawi are renowned for their extensive range of holistic services, friendly therapists with Read More»

  • Best Langkawi Villas

    Langkawi villas are beautifully nestled along pristine white beaches, with breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea and Read More»

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