Langkawi International Airport is located at the south-western part of the island of Langkawi in the state of Kedah, Malaysia. It is one of the seven international airports in the country, and connects Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s capital), Penang, Subang, and Singapore. It is a public type airport operated by the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, serving Langkawi and Perlis. It is situated at Padang Matsirat, about a 25-minutre drive from Kuah, the town centre. The airport itself is a tourist attraction, home to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, an international aerospace event that features aero perfomances.
What to see & do
Langkawi is a cluster of 99 islands off the coast of Kedah. Its largest town and capital is Kuah, the entry point for those who are travelling by ferry from the mainland or Penang. It was given a World Geopark status in 2007 by UNESCO. Geoparks are geographical areas where local protection, education, and development focus on geological heritage. Three of Langkawi Geopark’s main conservation areas and most popular tourist destinations are Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, and the Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park.
The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park (Kilim River) has three interconnected river estuaries that run from the Kisap Village up to Tanjung Rhu. Explore Langkawi’s rich wildlife in these estuaries. Limestone caves and mangroves also found in the area. Outside the Kilim River lies the Pirate Lagoon, with a cave entrance from the sea leading to a lagoon that features limestone formations and smaller caves.
Ride the Langkawi Cable Car to reach the summit of Gunung Mat Chinchang, the second highest mountain in the area, and see the Langkawi Sky Bridge. This is a 125-metre curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge. The summit also offers a breath-taking view of the main island. There are attractions at the start of the cable car in Oriental Village. Tourists can visit the Art in Paradise, a 3D art museum.
Langkawi has two main islands. The southern islands are more popular to tourists than the more secluded northeast islands. Langkawi offers several must-see beaches and lakes. Pantai Cenang is popular for its long stretches of fine white sand. It is also known for its nightlife, with restaurants and bars offering entertainment for tourists as they watch the sun set. Other beach destinations include the Pantai Tengah, Pantai Tengah, Burau Bay where tourists can see migratory birds, Pantai Kok with its limestone hills, and Datai Bay which is known for its sandy beach and forest. For sailing enthusiasts, head to Dendang Island which is a favourite destination of sailing yacht tour operators.
Other popular destinations in Langkawi Island are the Field of Burnt Rice, Hot Springs, Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) and the Beach of Black Sand. Boat tours are available to reach attractions including Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories), and Gua Langsir (Curtain Cave).
How to get around within Langkawi
Take a taxi from the airport. Visitors can buy a coupon at the Airport Taxi Counters located at the baggage claim area and terminal exit area. There is a main road that runs through the entire island. Getting around the island can be done by car, by motorbike/scooter, and by bicycle. Due to lack of public transport in Langkawi, it is best for travellers to rent a car or a motorbike/scooter, which is available from the airport. Bicycles can also be rented from many of the hotels in Langkawi.
How to get there
Visitors from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Subang, or Singapore can take a flight to Langkawi International Airport. The flights are provided by AirAsia, Firefly, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, SilkAir, and Tigerair. By sea, take a ferry from Kuala Perlis and Penang.
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