Known for being a tax-free island within Malaysia, Langkawi was my home for six lovely months. This little island has much more to offer than just duty-free cocktails, and I spent my days roaming around in search of beautiful backdrops and stunning sunset spots. There’s one thing this island is never short of; stunning views that make your camera smile.
If you’re looking for the best place in Langkawi for that perfect Instagram shot, here are five of my faves.
Sunset at Cenang Beach
The busier of the two beaches within the main touristy area of Langkawi, Cenang Beach might be the best place in Langkawi for the devout sunbather. There are plenty of sun loungers, shisha spots and bars along the beach to keep you entertained throughout the day. If you’re anything like me and tend to avoid the sun (read: very pale), don’t worry – this became one of my favorite places on the island in the evenings, too.
Here, it was a bit of a ritual to drop everything at 7pm and make your way to the beach for sunset. In my year of travelling, I don’t think I’ve seen a sunset that comes close to the beauty of Langkawi’s. More beach bars open in the evening, so take bug spray as you’ll be sat on the sand itself. It’s also the best place in Langkawi to catch one of the famous fire shows – they’re on every night that are well worth catching!
If you’re craving something slightly quieter, head to Pantai Tengah – it’s a little further down the coast and takes around 20 minutes to walk to from the main area of Cenang. You’ll get an incredible view of sunset here, too, with the added beauty of parasailer silhouettes, as this beach is famous for its water-sports.
Panoramic Views at Nest Rooftop
Somewhat of an institution on the island, Nest boasts the only rooftop open to the public. Their breakfast serves up delicious local food as well as continental offerings, while evenings bring a relaxed feel with Malaysian and Western delights.
They host live music and DJ evenings, and have recently launched a free BYO service – enjoy 360° views of the island while kicking back with a Tiger, or buy one of their delicious fresh juices or mocktails. This is a lovely sunset spot, too, but what rooftop isn’t?
If you’re heading up in the daytime, take plenty of sunscreen as you’ll be in the ideal place to catch some rays. For the morning-people among you (firstly; how?!), try heading up early to watch the sun rise over the island and enjoy a homemade breakfast and lots of coffee.
Langkawi’s cable car experience is not for the faint-hearted! Travel up into the clouds and experience the island from high above. This is easily the best place in Langkawi to look over the island – the views are incredible. However, do check the weather before you go to guarantee a fog-free photo. Entry costs around rm55 – roughly 18USD.
The cable car will take you up to a spot over 700m above sea level, where you can walk along the ‘SkyBridge’ and enjoy the views. Bear in mind that this is pretty high up – if you suffer from vertigo, this isn’t for you! Try and go early in the morning to avoid queuing in the heat, and take your bathers for the next part…
Seven Wells Waterfall is a great place to cool off on your way down from the cable car. It might not have all the grandeur of some of Bali’s waterfalls, but it’s definitely worth a visit. It brags a drop of over 90m so is the perfect backdrop to all the classic photos you could possible want to take – bikini goddess under the water; yoga pose on one leg and all those other gems. There are a few natural pools for you to lounge around in as well – great to escape the hot weather.
There are a few other waterfalls on the island if you fancy spending the day scootering around. Head to Temurun Waterfall and enjoy the nearby Black Sand Beach, Tanjung Rhu beach and, locals’ favorite, Skull Beach. May as well make a day of it, ey?
Island hopping is one of those things that everyone seems to do in Thailand, but it’s a fun way to spend the day in Langkawi, too. Each package varies in price and itinerary, but most involve a fun snorkelling trip and a visit to the famous eagle-feeding spot. You’ll probably take a trip to Pregnant Maiden Lake, too, a natural beauty believed to boost fertility to those who bather there – steady on!
Fishing can be added on to your trip, or you can stop off at some of the beaches on nearby islands. These trips can be done in groups or you can hire a private boat (and driver) for the day, take a few beers and soak up some rays on the deck.
So, there we have it. Sure, I don’t travel just for the photos, but it’s pretty nice to have some envy-inducing snaps to post on Instagram. Langkawi has some great little places out of the main touristy areas, so rent a moped and zip around to find you own favorite spots. Enjoy!