When is Langkawi opening?
On 17 July 2021, the Ministry Of Tourism, Arts & Culture (MOTAC) announced that they're working on launching Langkawi as the first pilot destination for Malaysia's COVID-19 Free Destination Program. Set to kick off in three phases, the first phase will see the reopening of Langkawi to leisure travelers due to its secluded location, international and domestic flight networks, and small population.
As of 2 September 2021, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob confirmed that Langkawi will reopen to domestic travellers starting September 16. Other popular Malaysian islands will follow suit depending on whether the vaccination target is met.
If you're planning a quick getaway to the island, here's a list of 7 main tourism activities that have been green-lighted by MOTAC!
Things to do in Langkawi
1. Accommodations at hotels and homestays
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These include all facilities within the premises, business events such as meetings, incentives, convention and exhibitions, as well as cultural events.
2. Leisure, recreational and social activities
- Beach activities
- Water sports
- Scuba diving
- Extreme and adventure sports
- Nature parks, farms, zoos and aquariums
3. Special interest tourism activities
- Scuba diving
4. Eco-geo adventure activities
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- Cave trekking
- Jungle trekking
5. Premises of art, culture and heritage
- Art galleries
- Cultural heritage art center or villages
- Staging of cultural performances
6. Theme parks and family entertainment centers
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Langkawi's first-ever water theme park, Splash out Langkawi, will also be open to tourists this coming 16 September. You can read more about Splash Out Langkawi here.
7. Academic visits
- Geopark Discovery Center
- Art Gallery
- Paddy Field
For those who are planning to visit Langkawi when it reopens, make sure to stay safe and adhere to social distancing measures at all times!