TripCanvas Editorial Team

TripCanvas Editorial Team

A collective of travel, food and adventure enthusiasts sharing stories about hidden gems and unexplored local attractions, aiming to showcase and help you explore the destination in its truest form.

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Visit the mighty Seven Wells Waterfall of Langkawi

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Telaga Tujuh, as the Seven Wells Waterfall is locally known, is the occurrence of seven wells that go on to overflow into each other, almost like seven natural infinity pools combined to give birth to one big waterfall. Located a short trip from Langkawi town centre, this collection of pools will take you back to your childhood days, when pools of water meant slides and swimming.

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How to get there

Like all things good, to truly enjoy the splendour of the waterfalls you have to work a little and walk up till the top, but be assured all that exercise is worth it all once you reach the top and slide into the higher pools. The walk to the top is gorgeous in itself and allows you to walk through the rainforest and experience the beauty of the place up close.

After almost an hour of climbing, you will be able to admire the work of nature, as the rocks have been polished and smoothed by the flowing stream of water to form a slide into the pools. After all that climbing and trekking, you won’t be able to resist sliding into one of the shallow pools for a swim and the perfect spot to just absorb the beauty of nature. While most of the view is of the surrounding flora and plant life, you can also spot the gorgeous blue waters of Buara Bay!

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The view from the top and the adrenaline rush from all the trekking up makes you realise why the Telaga Tujuh are on every tourist’s list of places to visit near Langkawi.

But here’s a word of caution when you visit this waterfalls. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt, so be sure you take care while getting in and out of the pool, as well as on the rocks near the cliffs as they can be very slippery. The safest and most convenient way to pay a visit to this natural wonder is with a local travel guide who can guide you every step of the way. Hire a local guide from Locaguide and take his help to explore this place. He will be the perfect person to tell you how to stay safe and also keep the pesky monkeys, that trouble the climbers, at a distance.

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Ride the steepest cable car in the world at Langkawi

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If you want to feel on top of the world, then riding the Langkawi Cable Car is a must! Also known as the Langkawi SkyCabs, the cable car rides offer a panoramic view of the entire island of Langkawi and its surrounding regions. High enough to get a direct view of the waterfalls and flora, the cable cars also allow you to spot the wildlife on the island.

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The Experience

Starting at the foot of Mt. Machincang, the cable cars go all the way till the top of the mountain at about 708 meters above sea level. The entire ride is split into two halves and you have the option of getting down at the middle stop.

The middle station allows you to walk till the viewing deck and get a closer look at the flora and birds around. And if you are lucky, you may even be able to see some wildlife catching up on their daily nap. If you want to include some activity into your day, you can opt to use the Sky trail and trek up from the middle station to the top. The rewarding view at the end is motivation enough to ensure you complete the trek.

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If you take the cable car further up to the top station, you will be welcomed with an unparalleled view of lush tropical forests and the surrounding ocean and islands. You can see the bigger picture, literally, with multiple sites and monuments all visible in the same frame from that height. Once at the top, walk along the Sky Bridge if you want to see the view of the mountains from a different perspective. Later, indulge in a meal 700 meters above sea level – the perfect reason to just cherish the view for a bit longer, before you begin the ride down

A Guided Experience

When planning your Langkawi itinerary, make sure to add a pit stop at the Langkawi Cable Car for a thrilling experience. Build a personalised itinerary with Locaguide and talk to your designated local travel expert to make time for this activity. Ask your local guide to also help you plan your day so you get to the top of the mountains at the right time to enjoy the view.

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Explore the protected Pulau Payar Marine Park

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The Pulau Payar Marine Park is a protected area comprising of 4 uninhabited islands, about 30 Kms from Langkawi. This marine park is best known for the opportunities it offers to explore the undersea world. Located a short trip from Langkawi by ferry, the park is the perfect place to try your first underwater experience. The park has the only coral reef garden near Malaysia and is a must visit when visiting the country.

You can explore the deep open waters of the Andaman sea or just swim and snorkel in the calm shallow waters. Being a protected park, the water is clean and pristine, which is perfect for spotting a whole bunch of underwater life. Swim with the black tipped baby sharks that stay near the seabed or spot the great barracuda, resident to the area.

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Things to do and see

The Pulau Payar Marine Park has a jetty that leads you from your boat to the island and offers spectacular views of the horizon and the sea. The best place to spot most of the marine life is right under the jetty, and with the clear waters, you can spot most even as you snorkel in the sea. Furthermore,the park has numerous diving spots where you can find specific kinds of marine life. Pick one which will show you the life underwater that you haven’t seen before.

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Moreover, if you aren’t keen on getting in the water, the park also has picnic tables and barbecue spots for you to enjoy your food and sit back and watch the sunset over the horizon while other tourists enjoy swimming in the sea.

Places like these are best visited along with a local guide who would know the ins and outs of it. A local travel guide from Locaguide will be able to help you plan and book a trip to the marine park as well as rent underwater gear from reliable vendors. Make this visit to the Pulau Payar National Park a memorable one and keeping it hassle-free with the help of a local expert and soak in the natural abundance.

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Witness the unique Langkawi squid challenge

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Watching someone fish can be quite boring, but watching over 25 teams trying to win a squid challenge that goes on through the night is a whole other experience. The squid challenge held in Langkawi attracts people from across the globe and over 100’s of kilos of squid are captured throughout the night. While planning your Langkawi itinerary, take into account that you will spend a night watching and cheering as multiple boats speed out to the sea in the night to capture squid and win multiple prizes

Starting at sunset, the sight of watching the sea light up with the floodlights used by the boats is definitely worth seeing. As the night progresses, you will see kilos over kilos of squid being brought to shore and measured to note who captured which squid and who the winners are. Watch the locals use their age-old techniques to capture squid and compare it with the methods used by the foreigners. You will be amazed by the skill sets on display and shocked at the different techniques used to capture squids.

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While the boats full of fishermen are busy trying to win the competition, you can cheer them on along with the rest of the crowd gathered on the beach. 

As the night progresses on you can walk about trying squids cooked in different styles and maybe try to guess which boat will capture the most squids for a fun time. Watching the men on the boats come back to shore to know their fate in the competition gets a buzz around the neighbouring beach as the prize distribution is eagerly awaited by everyone. Almost every year a record is broken, either in the kilo’s captured or the largest squid. Who knows, maybe you get to witness a new record get made during the night?

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Events like these are not heavily advertised or hyped and are mostly known to the locals in the community. If you are keen to be a part of such unique activities, we recommend hiring a local travel guide from Locaguide who can give you access to this event and many more! Whether you want to learn new things about the local community or just join in on the fun, Langkawi will never be the same again!

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Revel In The International Water Festival Of Langkawi

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If you love a challenge and are fond of water, then the Langkawi Water Festival is one event you should attend when touring Malaysia. Started in 2002, this international water festival has grown over the years to include multiple fun games and beach parties and food stalls that take you on a sensory roller coaster ride.

Take part in the festival

As part of the festival, you can choose to participate in a wide range of competitions and test your skills against the locals and other tourists from across the globe. Experience an adrenaline rush from kayaking between the islands in an attempt to win the kayak race, or choose to show your creative side by entering in the sandcastle building competition. Get a chance to participate in an underwater treasure hunt or stay dry as you compete in a beach volleyball tournament. If you prefer something less strenuous, but still want to compete, then try your luck in one of the many fishing competitions during the festival or maybe set out to win the title of the slippery pole challenge.

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Even if you do not wish to compete, the Water festival is still worth it. Witness some of the crazy activities, loud cries and fiery race among the competitors. Join in the music and dance celebrations on the last day or maybe just gorge on some yummy food available throughout the festival. The Water Festival definitely increases the number of things you can do in Langkawi and can be a festival you remember and tell stories about for life.

To enjoy the international water festival, we highly recommend you hire a local guide who can help you be a part of the festivities in whichever way you want. Create a customised travel itinerary on a portal like Locaguide to include this event in your travel plan and also get access to a local guide who will help you participate in the event. Given the uniqueness of the event, we wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes one of your favourite things to do in Langkawi!

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Detox at the natural springs in Ayer Hangat Village

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A short drive from Langkawi’s Kuah town is a scenic little village called Ayer Hangat, which literally translates into Hot Water. Known for its naturally found saltwater hot spring, a dip in these waters is said to have multiple health benefits. The village is actually a complex built around the hot spring wells and includes a hot water Jacuzzi, pond and spa and beautifully landscaped gardens.

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The Ayer Hangat Village may not be in at the top of people’s list of places to visit in Langkawi, but it is highly underrated. The hot springs offer the perfect setting for unwinding and letting go of any physical or mental stress. Spending a whole day at the village is equivalent to a spa getaway as you start off by soaking your feet in the hot spring wells and then go on to take a full body dip in the Jacuzzi. Rich in mineral content, the spring water is known to heal skin irritations and joint aches naturally.

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The various offerings

If you prefer to be pampered with a foot reflexology treatment instead of sitting in a Jacuzzi, the Ayer Hangat village has a service that offers a variety of foot massages and you can select one to your liking. The gorgeous landscaped gardens also boast of a reflexology pathway, where you can walk and enjoy the relaxation that a foot massage would provide. Made of small river stones of various sizes, the pathway has a dry and wet section and is quite relaxing to walk on.

Plan a trip to this unique attraction in Langkawi with Locaguide‘s customised itinerary planning feature and discuss with your designated local travel guide on how to make the most of this visit. Opt for a visit to the Ayer Hangat Village instead of a typical day at the spa and let nature spell its magic on your mind and body.

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Get acquainted with local culture at Mari Mari Cultural Village

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A short trip from Kota Kinabalu, Mari Mari is a village where the ethnic culture of the Borneo tribes is kept alive. The village houses five of the indigenous Borneo tribes, who continue to live in their old ways. The lifestyle, culture and history of each tribe is shared with the tourist who visit Mari Mari Cultural Village.

You can see first hand how they lived, how they worked, what they wore and their customs and traditions that set them apart from each other. Tales of the tribe’s rich past are told and ancient customs of the tribes are shared with everyone who visits them. You can partake in the customs and activities to experience them personally. Each tribe showcases their hunting skills and survival skills to the tourists who come to experience the cultural village.

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You can taste and eat the local food of the tribes and see how they prepared the food and maybe even try your hand at preparing a dish. Moreover as you sit to eat with them, each tribe will share tales of their ancestors and how their tribe name came about and what it stands for. The experience of eating in a village that is ancient beyond time is something you are bound to remember forever.

Spending half a day at the cultural village of Mari Mari is something you will truly enjoy, as the experience is something unlike any other you will find elsewhere. However, being a short trip from Kota Kinabalu, the surrounding is a natural habit of rainforest trees and the silence you hear is an escape from the hustle bustle of the city.

Furthermore, the experience of visiting the Mari Mari Cultural Village gets even better if you have a local travel guide accompanying you, who can help you translate and understand the stories of the tribes and help you grasp the true essence of the cultural village. Find yourself a suitable local guide from Locaguide and plan a personalized itinerary with their help. Visit this cultural village with him and get a glimpse of tribal life in the Borneo islands.

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Marvel at the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

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Built to give the impression that it is floating on water, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is a must-see sight in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah in Malaysia. Four minarets, a blue dome and a golden dome are the striking features of the mosque. Closely resembling Medina’s Nawabi Mosque, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is an architectural marvel in itself!

As you walk through the mosque you’ll notice that the design is highly influenced by the Arabic form of architecture. Known locally as the floating Mosque, the true beauty of the mosque can be seen when paddle boating on the man-made lagoon towards the mosque.

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The mosque hopes to incorporate the local community’s religious, social and economic aspects and has a joint project of a fish farm within its grounds. It also houses four madrassas and a healthcare clinic for the community’s welfare.

Being a place of worship by the Islamic community you are required to dress modestly with your head covered. It’s considered respectable if you remove your footwear at the entrance. Once you remove your footwear you can go to the taps and wash your hands and feet before you enter the inner parts of the mosque. If you are a non-muslim, you won’t be allowed in during prayer hours, but the call to prayer is something you should stop and listen to at least once when you are in Malaysia.

Ask the locals in the mosque for the history of the mosque and they will happily tell you why certain things are done in a particular manner. A local travel guide can also help in this regard. You can find yourself a suitable travel guide from a portal like Locaguide, who can not only accompany you on your Kota Kinabalu city tour but also help you understand the cultural, historic and social significance of these beautiful structures.

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Once you have had your fill of the inside of the mosque, head out to watch the sunset over the city of Kota Kinabalu and the man-made lake. Just sitting around in the shade can calm you, allow you to deeply introspect and find some peace within yourself.

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Experience pristine beauty at the Kinabalu National Park

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The Kinabalu National Park

The Kinabalu National Park is a World UNESCO site. Home to over thousands of birds and mammals, the Kinabalu National Park features very high on everyone’s list of places to see in Malaysia. Moreover with multiple parts within the park, you can easily spend a whole day of your Kota Kinabalu itinerary at the Kinabalu National Park.

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Things to do and see

If you hope to experience everything the park has to offer, start early and carry a change of clothes with you. You can choose what all you want to spend your time doing at the park, However we recommend you hire a local travel guide to help you find your way around the park easily. A travel guide from Locaguide will be able to advise you on how to experience the Kinabalu National Park in the best manner possible.

Interact with the cattle and sheep at the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, as you feed the sheep and watch them frolic in the open fields. Watching the sheep fight to eat what you offer them and the others playing and grazing in the fields is therapeutic in its own way!

Next, head to the butterfly farm that has a spectacular variety of butterflies all around, surrounded by a variety of fauna present in the park. Moreover a walk through this part of the park allows you to see butterflies of every colour imaginable and you’ll be shocked to see how large a few of them can get!

Furthermore, the canopy walks at this park allows you to observe the flora and fauna the park has to offer along with a variety of landscapes. You can spend a good 2 hours, walking and exploring the park and still feel like you haven’t spent enough time in it.

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As you walk around and explore more of the park, let the beauty of nature and the landscapes you just saw sink in and engulf you!

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Take a ride on the North Borneo Railway

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The Experience

The North Borneo Railway takes you back into the history of Malaysia! Previously used to transport tobacco from the center of Malaysia’s to the coastal places, However now, the railways is  a common trip taken by tourists who wish to spend half a day watching the countryside go by and enjoying a good bit of souvenir shopping and local food.

Departing at 9:30 am from Kota Kinabalu, the train offers you a choice of local breakfast options, as you ride the train to the town of Kinarut. As you enjoy your breakfast you can watch the train pass through the city and across the coastline, through open fields. At Kinarut you are free to disembark the train and explore the town. A popular place for many tourists to shop, the town has a selection of souvenirs shops and options you can select from.

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Things to do and see

From Kinarut, the train takes you ahead to Papar, where you can walk around and interact with the locals before the train turns around to head back to Kota Kinabalu. On the journey back, the North Borneo Railway tours offer you a meal for lunch, and you can even get an opportunity to chat with the railway engineer to see how the old wood fire engine is restored and hear how the railway works. 

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The North Borneo Railway is an experience not to be missed if you want to get a glimpse of and soak in the rich history of Malaysia or simply just chose to relax and go for a long ride to watch the gorgeous landscapes. No trip to Kota Kinabalu is complete without spending a morning aboard the North Borneo Railway and experiencing the city from a different perspective. 

Not sure how to go about booking a trip on this historic train? Let Locaguide’s local travel experts help you out. Build a personalised Kota Kinabalu itinerary of your choice and consult with your guide about including this attraction as per your convenience.

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