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Langkawi

Travel Guide Asia Malaysia Kedah Langkawi

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Introduction

Andaman Sea, Langkawi

Andaman Sea, Langkawi

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Langkawi is a duty free island located far north of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Kedah. There are ferries to this island from Penang and the mainland. If you are from Thailand, you may take the ferry from Satun for 45 minutes travel time.

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Sights and Activities

  • Cable car to Gunung Mat Cincang: This is definitely the highlight of the visit to Langkawi. The cable car ride starts from the Oriental Village. The return ticket costs 4 RM and is a lovely ride to the peak of the mountain and back with stops at two viewing stations. The winds are very rough up there and can be scary at times and the skybridge is closed for visitors when the winds get stronger. A visit to the oriental village and the cable car will take half day but the views from the top are worth the time.

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  • Private yacht sailing: For the ones who can afford to charter a private yacht, this is the best way to explore Langkawi's 99 islands.
  • Island hopping tours: At the airport terminal, numerous counters offer island hopping tours that visit a few of the islands like Pulau Daya Bunting (Isle of the pregnant maiden), Pulau Singa Besar etc.

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Getting There

By Plane

Langkawi International Airport (LGK) receives a range of flights. Air Asia operates flights to Langkawi and it costs around 160RM for a one-way flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi if you book early. There are also flights from Singapore with them. Other (sometimes seasonal) destinations include Guangzhou, Subang Airport, Penang, Hat Yai and Phuket.

By Train

There are no trains to the island from the mainland.

By Boat

The boats are the only other means of getting to Langkawi from the Malaysian mainland. There are boats plying the waters from Penang (~3 hours), Kuala Perlis (1 hour) and Kuala Kedah (1 1/2 hour).

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Taxis are a good way of travelling around Langkawi. One can book the airport taxi service at the rate of 100 RM for 4 hours. Alternatively, taxis can be called for any hotel you stay at.

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Sleep

Pantai Cenang beach area is highly touristy and has the most number of guesthouses and hotels concentrated within its small area. For those seeking a little quiet, it might be better to go further along the coast towards the Oriental Village or inland.

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Eagle Bay Hotel33 Persiaran Putra, Kuah KedahHotel72
Geopark DormitoryOriental Village, Seven Wells Road Burau BayHostel-
Kedawang Beach InnNo 7 Jalan Pantai ChenangGuesthouse-
Zackry Guest HouseLot.735 Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah, LangkawiHostel81
Holiday VIlla Beach Resort & Spa LangkawiLot 1698 Pantai Tengah Mukim KedawangHotel77
Rumah Cantik5 Kampung Tasik Anak Besar Pantai TengahGuesthouse-
Hotel Citin LangkawiNo. 3, Jalan Pekan KuahHotel77
Baiduri's PlaceJalan Pantai Cenang, Kg Tanjung Mali Mukim KedawangGuesthouse-
Tidoq Inn58, Kuala Teriang Mk Padang MatsiratGuesthouse-
AJ's House65, Kampung Kuala Teriang Padang MatsiratGUESTHOUSE-

Mid-Range

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Post

Pos Malaysia is the national postal service of Malaysia. Rates for sending a standard letter locally is 30 sen (20 gram) to 40 sen (up to 50 gram). International airmail has minimum rates ranging from RM1.00 to RM2.00, depending on destination. It costs 20 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme locally, or 50 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme to anywhere in the world.

Expedited Mail Service (EMS), branded locally as Poslaju, is available for both domestic and international destinations. Domestic EMS has a next day delivery guarantee. International EMS guarantees mails and parcels to be delivered out of the country by the following day. The time required to arrive at its destination will depend on clearance by authorities and the postal service of the destination country. For most countries, delivery of documents can be done in 3 to 5 days.

Generally, post offices are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, except the first Saturday of the month. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 6.3237
  • Longitude: 99.848007

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