Langkawi comprises a group of 99 tropical islands lying off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia, about 30 km from Kuala Perlis and 51 km from Kuala Kedah on the mainland. The main island is known as Pulau Langkawi. The islands are shrouded with an intriguing heritage of myths and legends, which feature ogres and gigantic birds, warriors and fairy princessses, battles and romance.
As a natural paradise, the islands are perhaps unmatched anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Fine beaches offer sun-filled days of complete relaxation. The clear emerald waters around the islands are perfect for a host of watersports and recreational activities. The enchanting marine life beneath waters of lankawi beckon diving enthusiasts.
Kilim Geoforest Park - Tropical island Kasrt landscape (lime stone),unique and amongst the most beautiful in the world
Langkawi has been accorded the Geopark status by UNESCO, for its beautiful geological history dating back 500-million odd years, the islands contain unique rock formations that stir the imagination and baffle the mind.
Langkawi is perfect for doing everything or nothing at all. Ejjoy nature-based activities, or simply laze by the beach. There is also a host of unique attractions for those who enjoy sightseeing. The gentle smiles and warm hospitality will soon charm you. Come to Langkawi for a holiday unlike any other.
Mean annual temperature is between 24°C and 33°C. The dry season is from November to March.
Cars can be hired for around RM80 per day depending on the type of vehicle (remember in Malaysia to drive on the left side of the road).
Motorcycles and bicycles are an easy alternative to discover the island. Rental ranges from RM25 per day. You are advised to look out for wildlife crossing while driving. For foreign visitors, an international driving license is required.
Government offices are closed on Fridays but open on Sundays.
Banks and Money Changers
Bank and money changers are located at Kuah Town. Banks are open from 9.30am to 4pm from Monday to Fridays and 9.30am to 12noon on Saturdays. Money can be changed at most hotels, banks and at the airport. And ATM machines are located at Kuah Town, Pantai Cenang at the Underwater World Langkawi Complex and at the airport.
Pay phone located mostsly at Kuah and Cenang Beach can be used with Telekom phone cards.
Twenty-four hour medical service is available at Langkawi Hospital (Phn: 04 966 3333), a 10-minute drive from Kuah Town. Most clinics are located in Kuah.
Shopping and Dining
Langkawi is an ideal destination to do some shopping as it offers an attractive range of duty-free goods. Most of the island's shopping establishments can be found in and around Kuah. A good place to start one's shopping spree is the modern Langkawi Mall, Langkawi Fair Shopping Complex and Jetty Point Duty Free Complex offering a wide selection of items such as perfumes, cosmetics, leather wear, sports gear, ladie's accessories, confectionery, liquor and cigarettes. The Langkawi International Fashin Zone (LIFZ) at the Oriental Village offers a one-stop shopping - local style, should head to the bazaars in the main town as well as Cenang and Black Sand Beach. Here, visitors can mingle with the jostling crowd and join in the excitement of haggling. Pick out a dainty batik outfit or select a fancy handicraft piece for your loved ones. Remember to sample the delicious local spread on sale before heading elsewhere.
Visitors to the the Langkawi Underwater World and Langkawi Cable Car may also get their hands on some great buys such as pewter, crystals abd glassware at the shopping outlets located in the vicinity. Visitors are allowed to bring back to the mainland one bottle of liquor and one carton of cigarettes after staying at least 48 hours on the island. Credit cards are accepted at most outlets in Kuah.
The island is reputed for its delicious fresh seafood including scrumtious local, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Continental, Middle Eastern and other international cuisine. From the spicy to the sweet and sour, Langkawi has it all. Dine by the beach at clean open-air eateries surrounded by swaying palms and the cool breeze. For a unique dining experience, walk down a dimly lit wooden walkway through a mangrove swampp and arrive at an exquisite restaurant.