A special location to commence your sightseeing tour is to start at Kuah town itself, where the tourist information centre is based ( next to the town's mosque). Grab all of the brochures and maps which you could want and you're ready to go.
Within the vicinity of the jetty together with the tourist data center is the harbourside's parklands which houses the Dataran Lang and Lagenda Park - the former a landscaped square with a concrete statue of the Langkawi eagle as well as the latter a 20-hectare park commemorating the island's legends in sculptural form.
Heading west from Kuah town will take you to the rural countryside boxed in by paddy fields. Let the road signs lead you to Makam Mahsuri, the grave of the island's well-known heroine. Being the island's most well-known legend, this tomb/shrine is to Langkawi what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
Going back to the principal road will lead you to Pantai Cenang, the island's longest stretch of beach with the most happening nightlife. This beach houses the a high concentration of of accommodation providers, from budget chalets to five-star resorts, and is for that reason the liveliest spot.
Laman Padi, a rice museum is in addition located at Pantai Cenang for those curious about all facets of rice farming. The Underwater World, an enormous aquarium with a interesting collection of freshwater and marine life is further down the exact same road.
From Pantai Cenang, take the route to the airport. A go-cart racing centre is situated en route for those who are game to participate. Past the airport is the tiny town of Padang Matsirat where the quite disappointing Beras Terbakar or Field of Burnt Rice can be found. Legend has it burnt rice still appear, the remnants of an 18th-century crop which was put to torch by local villagers to prevent invading Siamese troops from taking it. At possibly the most, you'll see a pitiful bowl of burnt rice in a plastic casing flanked by a signage.
From the Padang Matsirat junction, follow the signage to Pantai Kok, a picturesque stretch of beach which some say is the finest in Langkawi. You'll come upon a red Thai-style structure along this road which was truly a Hollywood prop for the film Anna as well as the King starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yuen Fatt. Built as the Summer Palace for the Siamese monarch within the story, the structure has since been recycled as a tourist attraction. The admission charge is actually a bit steep but the place itself is well maintained and worth a go to. Cultural performances also are carried out at regular intervals here.
Beyond Pantai Kok is Burau Bay, the other contender for accolade of the island's most lovely beach. Burau Bay is in fact a delightful cove flanked by the mysterious peaks of Gunung Mat Cincang. Two resorts sit on both ends of this cove: the Burau Bay Resort as well as the Berjaya Langkawi Beach Resort, both built to blend with the surrounding area.
Further up from Burau Bay is the waterfalls of Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells), a playground of fairies as reported by local folklore. Only the fit and enthusiastic outdoor-type should attempt the thirty-minute hike up the falls. Back track from Telaga Tujuh and turn towards Datai Bay, where 250 million-year-old rainforest meet the sea, or so the catalog claims.
Two of the island's most luxurious resorts, The Datai as well as the Andaman are nestled among trees in seclusion here. A breathtaking golf course together with a spectacular waterfall are likewise in the vicinity. The coastal road along Datai will also lead you past the Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation, a showcase for Malaysia's most well-known artist, together with a Crocodile Farm where the major attraction is a deformed croc.
Moving up the north coast, you will bump into Pasir Hitam (The Beach of Black Sand) where the sand is streaked in black, and Kompleks Budaya Kraf, a crafts' complex of traditional conventional craft products including batik, silverware and pottery.
At Padang Lalang turn right for Tanjung Rhu (Rhu Cape), a lovely beach with shallow lagoons and vast sand flats throughout low tide. Visitors can likewise hire boat rides here to mangrove forests along with the legendary caves nearby.
Head west on the primary road back to Kuah and you will past Air Hangat Village, a cultural centre around a natural hot spring, as well as the Galeria Perdana, a museum devoted to Prime Minister Dato' Seri Dr. Mahatir's collection of gifts.
Besides attractions on Pulau Langkawi, one can go island hopping to the neighbouring isles, every with their own coves of crystal-clear waters, snorkeling spots, eerie caves and fascinating folklore.
Top on the list of must-see islands are Pulau Dayang Bunting, the archipelago's second largest island with a freshwater lake in the center, Pulau Singa Besar which houses a wildlife sanctuary, and also the superb Pulau Payar, a designated marine park teeming with corals, fishes and baby sharks.