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 homestaysCredit: @the_accidental_influencers on Instagram
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 activitiesCredit: Underwater World Langkawi on Facebook
- 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 activitiesCredit: @jacqulinealfano on Instagram
- 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 centersCredit: @mimirahzia on Instagram
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
For those who are planning to visit Langkawi when it reopens, make sure to
- Geopark Discovery Center
- Art Gallery
- Paddy Field
stay safe and adhere to social distancing measures at all times!