From zip lines and jungle trekking to boating and abseiling, our expert at the St Regis shares his adventurer’s guide to Langkawi
By Arlindo Guimaraes, Recreation Manager at St. Regis Langkawi
The only site in Southeast Asia to have been granted UNESCO Geopark status, Langkawi is the perfect getaway for adventurous travellers who enjoy the idea of discovering islands, exploring the magic of hidden waterfalls in the jungle or simply finding the perfect spot to enjoy fresh seafood. Set against a wilderness backdrop of mountains, the pristine 10 million-year-old rainforest is home to a wealth of flora and fauna, you may well spot Dusky langurs, Tokay geckos and Sunda colugos during your stay….
An expert’s guide to Langkawi
For thrill seekers …
Experiencing the famous sky bridge by cable car is a must-try for those who dare. It’s truly a thrill seekers dream and an iconic landmark here in Langkawi. It features the world’s steepest cable car, a bridge suspended 660 metres above sea level, zip wires and rope bridges in the rainforest canopy. It remains one of the most popular attractions for visitors and locals because the views above of the Geopark landscape are truly breathtaking.
Not for the faint-hearted, the UMGAWA Zipline Eco Canopy Tour is a raw and rugged jungle canopy adventure featuring 12 multi-length ziplines through towering trees over the Seven Wells waterfall. If you really enjoy adventure, you can go on the ‘Double Jeopardy’ zipline which is a thrilling final abseil descent. It’s open seven days a week from sunrise until sunset so if you plan well, you can avoid big swarms of people by going at a quieter, calmer time of the day.
For nature enthusiasts …
Langkawi is a nature lover’s dream and the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is home to one of the most diverse tropical ecosystems on the planet – think monitor lizards, sleeping vipers and even walking fish. You can easily organise boating and hiking excursions into the nature preserve. What makes this so special is the up-close encounters you can have with exotic animals as well as Malaysia’s most ancient geological formations.
Mangrove tours are also an incredibly popular attraction for visitors and, depending on the hotel you stay at, you can have exclusive access to a specially organised tour. Among the exclusive guest offerings at The St. Regis Langkawi, visitors can a embark on forest boat cruise, where they will join a local family to enjoy home-cooked lunch, and then embark on a short 450m trek to a quiet jungle pool for a refreshing swim. The hotel also offers four-hour kayaking trips to the mangroves of Langkawi.
For the Swimmers …
Tourists always want recommendations on the best places to swim and I often point them in the direction of our magnificent waterfalls – there is nothing greater than swimming in nature’s pools and there is no shortage of these in Langkawi. Two great options are Durian Perangin, a 14-tier waterfall cascading down the slope of Gunung Raya Mountain or Seven Wells which is arguably the most beautiful waterfall on the Island and one of our biggest attractions.