The Datai Langkawi is a microcosm of the natural offerings the island possesses. Langkawi has a unique paleogeological history that bedrocks the myriad of biodiversity and landscapes. Make time for an excursion to get the full picture of Langkawi.
Jungle trekking is an excellent way to explore Langkawi’s lowland rainforests and discover the many diverse types of flora and fauna that are unique to this special island, and the even more adventurous can join a tour of the rainforest after dark. After being met at dusk by your guide, you will be driven to the summit of the mighty Gunung Raya, Langkawi’s highest mountain at 881 metres. Passing under the rainforest canopy will give you the opportunity to spot many of the birds and animals that call the island home. Reaching the peak of the mountain at sunset, you can take a moment to absorb a glorious bird’s-eye view of Langkawi before returning down the mountain, this time on the lookout for elusive nocturnal animals including the Colugo (flying lemur).
As one of the island’s most famous attractions, no visit to Langkawi is complete without a trip on its famous cable-car system, followed by an invigorating trek down Machincang mountain. As you ascend in the cable car, take in aerial views of lush virgin rainforest and cascading jungle waterfalls - on a clear day it is possible to see as far as Thailand’s southern archipelago - before hiking down to the Langkawi Sky Bridge and continuing along the Sky Trail, as your guide explains the many flora and fauna to be found en route.
A great option for active families is the Langkawi UNESCO Geopark mangrove cruise to explore the island’s astonishing limestone cliffs, fjords and sea stacks from the comfort of your boat. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for land-walking fish, kites, dolphins and otters. Alternatively, take a scenic route on a mangrove river cruise, which will give you the opportunity to explore these astonishingly resilient forests and the birds and animals that live in them, including Langkawi’s famous white-bellied sea eagles. Afterwards, stop off for a delicious home-cooked lunch with a local family before enjoying a dip in the cool, refreshing waters of a nearby jungle pool.
The Southern Island Geopark Tour is an excellent way to discover both Langkawi’s famous ecosystem and its myths and legends. Visit Pulau Dayang Bunting, where you can swim in the mystical freshwater Lake of the Pregnant Maiden. Then cruise slowly to Pulau Singa Besar island, spotting more of Langkawi’s famous eagles and kites along the way, before relaxing on the beaches at Teluk Cawi or Beras Basah Island.
Experienced ornithologists and budding enthusiasts alike will not fail to be mesmerised on a bird-watching tour. Home to approximately 267 different species, Langkawi offers a variety of different environments and landscapes to birdwatch, from mountains, rainforests and mangrove forests to paddy fields and scrubland. Depending on the time of year, you can take part in either a half-day or two-day tour to experience both Langkawi’s endemic and migrant bird communities.
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