There are plenty of things to do in Langkawi when it rains, as the island experiences seasonal rainfall every year. Surrounded by a vast ocean and tiny islets, Langkawi is popular for its excellent diving and snorkelling, as well as paddy fields, waterfalls and lush rainforest.
Heavy rainfall due to monsoon winds typically occurs in September and October. During the rainy season, visitors still flock to the island to enjoy a wide range of activities, including shopping for duty-free goods, enjoying pampering massages and visiting historical complexes and indoor attractions. The following list of the most popular rainy day activities in Langkawi is perfect for those who aren’t keen on staying in their hotel room during their holiday.
- Grand Island Tour
- Mangrove Forest & Eagle Watching Tour
- Sunset Cocktail Cruise
- Half-Day Island Hopping
- Mangrove Forest & Eagle Watching
- Private Cable Car & Oriental Village Visit
- Private Half-Day Island Hopping Experience
- Helicopter Experience Over Dayang Bunting Lake
- Scenic Cruise with Lunch
- Half-Day Langkawi Island Tour
Duty-free shopping malls in Langkawi are mostly located in Kuah Town and Pantai Cenang, where you can find a wide range of tobacco products, liquors, chocolates, sportswear, luggage, perfumes and kitchenware, among other items. Can you sometimes get discounts between 25% and 75% from international brands. Some of Langkawi’s most popular shops for duty-free goods also offer additional discounts during annual celebrations and if you’re buying in bulk. Some of the island’s most popular shopping venues include The Zon Shopping Paradise, Perniagaan Haji Ismail Group and Teow Soon Huat Duty-Free Shopping. Read More...
Spas in Langkawi are the next best thing to enjoy on a rainy day in Langkawi, as these retreats provide some much-needed rejuvenation, especially if you’ve been out and about the day before. Travellers on a modest budget can find plenty of standalone spas along Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah that offer an extensive menu of facials, traditional massages and body treatments. If you’re staying in a five-star resort, you don’t even need to venture outside as award-winning spas with elegant suites and private villas are just a few steps away from your room. Read More...
Underwater World Langkawi in Pantai Cenang houses more than 500 species of sea creatures, including sharks, stingrays and turtles. You’ll also be able to see harbour seals, rock hopper penguins, seahorses, flamingos and mandarin ducks. One of the highlights is a 15-metre walkthrough underwater tunnel, where you can enjoy close-up views of some of the residents. Open daily from 09:30, this indoor attraction is next to The Zon Shopping Paradise and Coco Valley. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 09:30 – 18:30, Friday – Sunday 09:30 – 22:30
- Address: Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 6100
- Price Range: RM46 (adults) and RM36 (children aged 3 to 12 years old)
Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum features more than 200 impressive artworks that appear almost lifelike when photographed. Hailed as the largest 3D art museum in Malaysia and second-largest in the world, there are nine interactive zones within this three-storey building, including optical illusion, aquatic, safari, fantasy, classic, castles, landscapes, Egyptian and Malaysian zones. This unique attraction is situated next to the iconic Langkawi Cable Car in Oriental Village, with entrance fees for foreign visitors priced at RM38 for adults and RM28 for children. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Oriental Village, Burau Bay, Langkawi
- Tel: +6013 491 1124
- Price Range: RM38 (adults) and RM28 (children)
Langkawi Craft Complex is an expansive museum in Langkawi, where you can see an extensive display of traditional Malaysian handicrafts. The displays include demonstrations of crafts-making methods, such as weaving, batik painting, wood carving and plaiting. Established in 1966, exhibits at the complex range from forest-based products, local fabrics, ceramics and metal artefacts to unique objects representing Malaysia’s various ethnic groups. Some of its most noteworthy exhibitions include local legends and traditional wedding ceremonies in Malaysia. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00
- Location: Teluk Yu, Mukim Bohor, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 959 1913
Atma Alam Batik Art Village is a batik centre designed primarily to attract tourists and to promote the art of batik in Langkawi. Located in Padang Matsirat, owners Aza Osman (an oil painter) and Roshadah Yusof (a batik artist) designed the half-acre centre as a place to showcase the creative spirit of batik. The centre is divided into several sections, including a showroom, workshop, art and batik gallery and handicraft display primarily showcasing works by local artists. Also a great place to unleash your kids’ creativity, the centre hosts art classes where students learn to turn plain white fabric into beautiful art pieces with batik prints. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 20:00
- Address: Kampung Padang Matsirat, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 2615 or +604 955 1227
Telaga Harbour Park is a 27-acre bay with berthing facilities, though it’s most noteworthy for housing Perdana Quay, a boardwalk just opposite the marina. Located along Pantai Kok, this township is surrounded by some of Langkawi’s most luxurious resorts, as well as the iconic Langkawi Cable Car and Langkawi Sky Bridge. It gets especially busy with foreign travellers after dark, thanks to its laidback setting and breathtaking sunset views, as well as extensive food offerings that range from Italian and Russian to Japanese and Spanish. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – Late
- Address: Pantai Kok, Langkawi
Laman Padi Museum shows the history of rice cultivation. It comprises several exhibits, including a Heritage Gallery that displays various activities surrounding rice planting. There’s also a Paddy Gallery, which has great views of a multi-tiered rooftop rice garden. On sunny days, visitors can try their hand at rice farming, but there are also periodic rice-based food demonstrations, festivities and themed exhibitions throughout the year. Situated just 10 minutes away from Langkawi International Airport, the complex houses a popular restaurant called Laman Ria, which serves up traditional Malay recipes and kuih (local delicacies). A gift shop sells rice-themed handicrafts at reasonable prices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00
- Location: Laman Padi, Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 4312
Galeria Perdana displays the many gifts and awards presented to former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir and his wife, Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. It is found a little further down the road from the Langkawi Bird Paradise in Mukim Air Hangat. It features an intricately hand-painted ceiling and over 2,500 exhibits on display, including porcelain, crystal, silver, textile and copper pieces as well as weapons, plaques, musical instruments, Islamic art and paintings. Open daily, entrance to the gallery is free for all visitors. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 17:30
- Address: Kilim, Mukim Air Hangat, Pantai Kok, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 959 1498 or +604 959 1863
Upsidow Langkawi Upside Down House
Upsidow Langkawi Upside Down House is a family-friendly attraction in Langkawi. It was constructed using recycled materials such as oil drums, bicycle wheels and discarded furniture. Set along Jalan Padang Matsirat, the two-storey house spans almost 300 square metres and is divided into a music room, living room, bedroom, bathroom and a garage housing a vintage car. You can also head to the rooftop area, which is fitted with a viewing deck overlooking Langkawi’s rice fields, rainforest and mountain range. There’s an onsite food court, where visitors can also enjoy western dishes such as tacos, burgers and pizzas at an upcycled shipping container with brightly-coloured seats.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 21:00
- Address: Jalan Padang Matsirat, Langkawi
- Tel: +6017 582 2889
- Price Range: RM25 (adults) and RM20 (children), additional RM5 for meal