Embark on a journey to Langkawi, an idyllic Malaysian archipelago that beckons families with its blend of nature, adventure and relaxation. Unlike the typical beach destinations of Bali or Phuket, Langkawi offers a unique mix of experiences that cater to all ages, making it suitable for children and an ideal getaway for Singaporean families. 

In this guide, we'll explore the multitude of family-friendly activities that make Langkawi a must-visit destination. From thrilling skybridges to tranquil beach resorts, and interactive attractions for kids, discover what to do in Langkawi and why it’s one of the best retreats for families seeking both excitement and tranquillity.

1. Admire breathtaking views from the Langkawi cable car and SkyBridge

Any visit to Langkawi should include a ride on the SkyCab (Cable Car) up to the SkyBridge. Each SkyCab gondola holds up to six persons and you can opt for a glass-bottom gondola for a more immersive experience.

Start your journey at Base Station, located at the foothills of Machinchang mountain, and prepare for a scenic cable car ride offering views of local flora and fauna. The route travels over ancient jungle and rock formations located in one of the oldest parts of Southeast Asia, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

1,700 metres later, your next stop will be the Intermediate Cable Car Station (Middle Station) located along the eastern ridges of Machinchang mountain. Situated 650 metres above sea level, enjoy panoramic 360-degree views of Langkawi’s eastern cliffs, vertical chimneys, and surrounding islands. There are even opportunities for close observation of unique flora – perfect for introducing the little ones to the natural world’s beauty!

Finally, about 15 minutes after departing Base Station, you’ll reach Top Station located 708 metres above sea level. Two viewing platforms provide dramatic views of Langkawi, Southern Thailand, rock peaks, deep chasms, cliff walls, and pinnacles.

Top Station is also where you can purchase tickets for the famed Langkawi SkyBridge!

At 125 metres long, the SkyBridge is one of the world’s longest curve suspension bridges. From atop this lofty attraction, visitors can get a stunning view of the rolling green hills as well as the breathtaking blue sea views in the distance.

Address: Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd Cable Car Station, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 9:30am–6:00pm (Unless otherwise specified)
Price: SkyBridge - RM6.00 (S$1.70) for adults, RM4.00 (S$1.10) for children; Skycab - RM33.00 (S$9.50) to RM135.00 (S$38.70). Packages are available. Please view the official website here.

2. Discover the Oriental Village

Once you’ve landed back down at the SkyCab’s Base Station, it’s time to pay a visit to the Oriental Village nearby. Nestled in the foothills of Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park on Langkawi’s west coast, the Oriental Village offers a breathtaking surrounding with picturesque views ideal for photography enthusiasts.

A day-trip is highly recommended for the Oriental Village’s diverse offerings and scenic beauty, ranging from an open-air complex bustling with a variety of quirky stalls, retail stores, and restaurants to unique attractions including a spa with Thai massage services, an animal farm, and a 3D Art Museum. With so many things to do and ample sightseeing opportunities, it’s ideal for families with kids who want to explore a variety of activities at their own leisurely place.

Visitors can also savour authentic Malaysian dishes such as nasi lemak, chicken rice, nasi campur, and more at the Oriental Village’s casual dining options, including a food court. In fact there’s more than 95 dining outlets, stores, and kiosks throughout the complex, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect nibble to recharge your energy.

Admission is free, making it a cost-effective destination for families of any size. Its location is also approximately 45 minutes from Kuah Jetty and 20 minutes from Langkawi International Airport (LIA), so you can drop by at your own convenience right before or after your journey in or out of Langkawi.

Address: Oriental Village, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 8:30am–6:00pm
Price: Free

3. Feel mesmerised by marine life at Underwater World Langkawi

Aquariums are always a huge hit with kids of all ages, so a visit to Langkawi Underwater World is a must-have for any itinerary. Spanning nearly six acres, it’s one of Malaysia's largest aquariums housing around 4,000 aquatic species and offering a comprehensive look at marine biodiversity.

Embark on an educational journey through diverse aquatic ecosystems where you’ll learn about the unique characteristics and habitats of various marine and freshwater species.

Go from the Preview Tank featuring the Arapaima, the world’s largest freshwater fish, to the River Ecosystem showcasing freshwater fishes from around the world. In addition to the Tropical Garfish, Red Tailed Catfish and other aquatic wonders, keep a keen eye out for unique reptiles like the Leopard Gecko and Indonesian Blue Tongued Skink.

More tropical dazzlers await in the Tropical Rainforest exhibition, a walk-through aviary which flamingos, ruddy shelduck, pheasants, and free-flying birds like cockatoos and macaws call home alongside the knife fish, giant gourami, and marmoset. The Coral Reef is similarly bewitching, featuring  an underwater coral garden displaying the intricate symbiotic relationships within coral reefs, housing species like clown fish, damsels, and wrasse.

From there, move on to the Temperate Section where you can see  South American fur seals and African penguins in a naturalistic habitat, complete with an eight-metre viewing tunnel. Kids will also find the Venomous & Poisonous Section cool, where they can lay eyes on dangerous yet fascinating marine life like murray eels and lionfish, known for their sharp teeth and spiny fins.

Most of all, be sure to check out the 15-metre-long underwater tunnel, where close encounters with sharks, giant stingrays, groupers, and turtles await! There’s also the Penguinarium, a dedicated space to interact with adorable penguins.

Address: Jalan Pantai Chenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00am–6:00pm; School & public holidays, 9:30am–6.30pm
Price: Adult – RM53.00 (S$15.20); Children (3-12 years old) - RM43.00 (S412.30); Senior citizens (60 years old & above) - RM33.00 (S$9.50)

4. Retreat in a cabin within a tranquil forest

For those seeking a serene island weekend getaway or quality family time amidst nature, Langkawi offers unique cabin retreats, designed for tranquillity and relaxation. Gain one of the best opportunities to connect with nature while enjoying modern comforts and amenities. These getaways are ideal for families, couples, or solo travellers simply looking for a peaceful escape away from the city.

Some popular resorts for families to consider include the Ambong Rainforest Retreat, a sustainable luxury resort set in a rainforest environment. The Ambong features private infinity pools with breathtaking sea views for capturing either sunrises or sunsets, activities including yoga, hiking, kayaking, and rejuvenating spa treatments, and an on-site restaurant serving a fusion of local and international cuisine.

There’s also Village 19 Retreat Langkawi situated in a former coconut grove in Kampung Sungai Cenang. Comprising  seven quaint houses amidst lush greenery, palm trees, and local wildlife, the facilities here include a relaxing pool area, a well-stocked library, and yoga classes. You can also rent a bike or book a guided tour to explore Langkawi’s attractions, soaking up the archipelago’s beauty.

Finally, consider the Secret Retreats Langkawi Boutique Resorts for a themed holiday you won’t forget. Be it jungle, beach, or heritage, each property boasts a unique charm and style that’ll keep you wanting more. Amenities vary across specific properties but include pools, spas, beautifully landscaped gardens, and exquisite dining options.

These boutique resorts provide an intimate and personalised stay experience, highlighting the diverse beauty of Langkawi. Nightly prices range from RM464.95 (S$133) and may vary depending on seasonality and availability.

5. Feel like a child again at Splash Out

Splash Out is Langkawi’s renowned water theme park, perfect for families and anyone seeking fun-filled aquatic adventures. From thrilling water slides to relaxing wave pools, it features an array of rides and attractions catering to all ages.

The park’s design and attractions are inspired by historical explorers and marine voyagers, adding to its charm and allure. Every  visit offers a unique journey of discovery, adventure, and sheer fun in a splashing good environment making it an ideal destination for a day family bonding in Langkawi. The park is also located nearby the Bella Vista Waterfront hotel for families who’d like to stay nearby during their visit.

Key attractions to check out include the Wild Water six-foot wave pool ideal for chilling and splashing around; Sprinkle Island, a gigantic water sprinkler area designed especially for kids; and River of Life, where you can enjoy a serene float along calm waters for a peaceful escape amidst the park’s excitement.

Excitement, you say? Yup, Splash Out has tonnes of exciting thrill rides and water slides to look forward to! The high-speed Ragin’ Racers water slides reach up to 50 kilometre per hour, ending with a splash. Poseidon’s Revenge is another intergalactic-themed slide featuring uphill hydro jets and a breathtaking plunge into a visually stimulating black hole. There’s also Splash-Tacular, an adrenaline-pumping slide with hydro jets, creating an exhilarating uphill journey followed by a rapid descent; and Perfect Storm, a 40-degree bowl-shaped raft ride with a twisting kaleidoscope effect, culminating in a splashy ground landing. Finally, for the ultimate thrill seekers, be sure to check Shipwreck Falls off your bucket list, an extreme slide with steep drops, vertical climbs, and reverse motion, leading to a splash pool!

Once you’ve tired yourself out, recharge at one of the various dining options throughout the water park. Seafarers Heaven is a food court concept offering a mix of Asian, Indian, Arabic cusines and fast food options, so everyone can chow down on their favourite post-pool dishes. There’s also restaurants including Straits Kitchen, Surf & Turf, Splash Burger, and more, ensuring a delightful dining experience for all park guests.

Address: 79, Persiaran Mutiara 2, Pusat Perdagangan Kelana Mas, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00am–7:00pm. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays
Price: Adult - RM50.00 (S414.30); Child & Senior citizen (Above 60 years old) - RM35.00 (S$10)

A fun family vacation 90 minutes away from Singapore

Only a short flight from Singapore, Langkawi can be your next destination for an unforgettable family holiday. From the thrilling heights of the SkyCab and SkyBridge to the interactive discoveries at the Underwater World, each adventure is a chapter in your family’s travel diary. Make memories that will be treasured for a lifetime - be it while splashing in the sun-kissed waves or sharing a quiet moment under the lush canopies of the rainforest. So pack your water bottles and towels, gather your loved ones, and jet off to  Langkawi.


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Best time to visit
The best time to visit Langkawi is between November and April, which are typically the driest months for Malaysia’s west coast. However, it’s best to still keep a travel umbrella, raincoat, or poncho in your luggage as you’ll never know when a tropical shower might hit!

The official currency of Langkawi is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR or RM). You can buy currencies at real-time exchange rates and collect your currencies at Changi Airport using Changi Recommends FX

The most convenient way to travel around Langkawi, especially if you’re travelling with kids, is via taxi, private hire vehicle, or self-drive. There are several car rental agents located around Kuah Jetty and  Langkawi International Airport (LIA), making it convenient to pick up your vehicle the moment you arrive. Other transportation options include bus services (which span across Langkawi but have limited stops and long wait times), motorbikes, and bicycles.

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