Langkawi Travel Tips
There are numerous reasons to visit Langkawi, a tropical paradise. The beautiful island is located off the west coast of Malaysia, surrounded by blue waters and covered in deep vegetation. The island is not only stunningly gorgeous, but it is also home to some of the world’s most magnificent beaches, wildlife, sealife with a variety of watersports and tourist attractions.
Paradise 101 has picked some of its top suggestions for planning a vacation to Langkawi.
Table of Contents
- When is the ideal time to visit Langkawi?
- How can I travel to Langkawi Island from the mainland?
- How long should I stay in Langkawi?
- How much money should you bring to Langkawi?
- .Where to exchange currency in Langkawi?
- Safety in Langkawi
- What to do in Langkawi
- Getting around Langkawi
- Language Used In Langkawi:
- Holidays in Langkawi:
- Medical Services Available in Langkawi:
- Police Stations:
- Goods Exempted from Duty:
- Immigration Process:
- Water in Langkawi
When is the ideal time to visit Langkawi?
Despite Langkawi’s wet season, which many tourists choose to avoid, the sun still shines from September to October. There is a distinct rainy and dry season in Langkawi. Rainstorms and monsoon-are common during the wet season, which typically occurs between May and November. The best weather occurs during the dry season, from December to April.
How can I travel to Langkawi Island from the mainland?
Langkawi is located several miles off Malaysia’s mainland, however, getting there has never been easier. Traveling to Langkawi has never been easier. Langkawi is easily accessible by plane and boat.
Reaching Langkawi by air
Singapore, Australia, and Japan are among the nations with which Langkawi International Airport (LGK) is well connected. Every year, about two million travelers pass through Langkawi’s little airport.
Getting to Langkawi by boat
It is possible to travel to and from Langkawi via ferry from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis, and Penang. For local travelers, there are roll-on-roll-off ferries that run between Kuala Perlis and Langkawi island, carrying cars and freight in addition to people.
How long should I stay in Langkawi?
In Langkawi, everything revolves around relaxation and rest. Life on the island is about withdrawing from the outside world and enjoying life at a slower pace. During your stay, you will be able to explore the island at your own pace without feeling pressured. The island can be explored by booking a guided tour through Naam a well-established travel company in Langkawi. As for the rest of the days, you can laze around on the beach at your hotel doing nothing at all or visit Paradise 101 and experience all the water activities available at Paradise 101.
How much money should you bring to Langkawi?
Malaysia, like many other nations in Southeast Asia, is quite affordable. You’ll spend the majority of your spending money on lodging, renting a car/motorbike, and eating out. As a starting point, RM 2500-3250 each day should be sufficient if you are traveling with one other person.
Your daily allowance will be increased based on the number of activities you plan to complete. Prior to your stay, we recommend making a list of your planned activities so you know how much to bring along. Another reason to bring extra cash to Langkawi is that it boasts a duty-free port with plenty of chocolates to take back to friends and family.
.Where to exchange currency in Langkawi?
The best place to convert foreign currency is at a bank, however licensed money changers can provide good rates on foreign currency. In Kuah Town, Pantai Cenang, or at the airport, you’ll find the majority of banks and money changers. From 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, banks are open. Although the conversion rates may not be as good, many larger hotels will exchange your currencies.
ATMs are available in Langkawi if you don’t want to carry a lot of currency. So that you don’t run into any problems, be sure to let your bank know that you plan on using your ATM while you’re away.
Safety in Langkawi
This is a safe place to visit, and the main beaches are safe to walk alone at night. There are monkeys on Langkawi which may be rather mischievous, especially in waterfalls and on lonely beaches. They’re the worst robbers on the island, so be on the lookout for them. For watersports activities and general marine standards, Naam is the choice of the operator on the Island.
What to do in Langkawi
The picturesque island of Langkawi is not short of things to do. From thrilling water sports to relaxing on the white sand beaches with the magnificent backdrop of the Andaman Sea. To get the most out of your trip we recommend taking a private tour around Langkawi, discovering points of interest whilst enjoying the raw beauty of the island. Langkawi has a range of exciting attractions across the island to keep you busy on your trip, along with various free activities for you to enjoy.
Discover Langkawi’s breathtaking views by taking a zip line across the island, hiring a jet ski, and riding into the crystal blue seas. There is no better way to finish your afternoon than watching the sunset whilst kayaking along the shores of the island. Experience a romantic dining experience like no other set sail on the open-air top deck of the Sea Falcon sipping on cocktails, and enjoy a three-course meal. There is something for everyone to enjoy on the island – whether you are seeking an adventure or a relaxing day.
It’s best to take a private tour of Langkawi to see all the sights and experience Langkawi’s natural beauty. Here are some ideas!
a) Visit Paradise 101
Paradise 101 is Langkawi’s number one eco-friendly private day-trip island. Whether you want to spend the day relaxing, enjoying some fantastic watersports activities or even spend the night at a private island party, our private island caters for all. Located near Telaga Harbour at Pantai Kok in Langkawi, Paradise 101 can be accessed via boat shuttle which gets to the island in minutes. Breathtaking views on the Mountains and the Andaman Sea from your very own private deck.
As a result, Langkawi is home to several beautiful beaches. In terms of size, Pantai Cenang is the largest and most magnificent, measuring nearly the same length as Boracay, but twice as wide. Since Pantai Cenang is one of the island’s main tourism hot spots, there are a lot of hotels and restaurants in the area.
Head over and enjoy a late afternoon stroll on the beach while taking in a spectacular sunset over the ocean! Return to Pantai Cenang for supper and drinks at one of the many restaurants or bars that line the beachfront in the evening. Spend your first evening in Langkawi here.
c) Langkawi Cable Car & SkyBridge
A bird’s eye view of the island can be had from this vantage point. SkyCab is a three-station cable car system with a total distance of over 1,700 meters. Both the middle and top stations include observation decks that provide 360-degree views of the island.
You can also take a walk on the SkyBridge, which is one of the world’s longest curving suspension bridges at 125 meters, which is located about 100 meters above the summit of Mount Machinchang. Not for the faint-hearted.
Telaga Tujuh is undoubtedly the most magnificent waterfall on the island. Translated to English as Seven Wells, the tallest waterfall in Langkawi is located just around the corner from the Sky Bridge and is one of the top things to do in Langkawi. Far below among the treetops, you may have noticed it from the cable car ride.
Seven Wells is best viewed from two primary locations. To reach the top of the waterfall, a steep but brief trek is required. You can then stand on a small viewing platform and watch the water plummet under you. Seven natural swimming pools at the top of the waterfall give it its name, and in the midday heat, the refreshing water will be an irresistible dip.
e) Visit Kuah Town
Known as Kuah Town, Langkawi’s most developed neighborhood, it is home to many businesses, hotels, and restaurants. Eagle Square is also located here. If you’re taking a ferry to Langkawi, you’ll dock here.
f) Island Hopping
Island hopping is one of the activities that you should not miss. There are 102 islands in Langkawi and most of them are uninhabited. Pulau Dayang Bunting has a beautiful freshwater lake where you can swim in the morning. Hundreds of eagles, Langkawi’s icon, can be seen around the islands, feasting in hidden bays.
Getting around Langkawi
By Taxi: It is the primary mode of public transit. You can find them just about anywhere. As there is no meter, the fee must be agreed upon before the trip. A cab rental for a few hours is a good method to see the island. An RM15 hourly rate would be charged for this service.
By Bus: Avoid taking the bus as it only stops at a few spots and you may have to wait for a long time to get on one before you can leave.
By car: You can rent a car at your hotel or at any travel agency with no difficulty. Renting a car with a driver is the best and most reccoemnded way to see Langkawi together with our local driver/guide.
By Motorbike / Scooter: The greatest way to explore Langkawi is by motorbike or scooter. It’s not a problem because the majority of the roads are in excellent condition and are well maintained. Motorbikes can be rented from a variety of travel agencies or through your hotel. The cost each day is roughly RM 30 (6 euros, 8 dollars).
By Bicycle: For the most active participants, this option is available. It costs roughly 12 RM a day to use the service.
Although driving in Langkawi Island is rather safe, always wear a safety belt or helmet while doing so. In addition, you’ll need a valid driver’s license.
Language Used In Langkawi:
The primary language used in Langkawi is Bahasa Malaysia, but English is commonly both spoken understood.
Holidays in Langkawi:
Langkawi observes Kedah state holidays. Weekends fall on Thursdays and Fridays, but most businesses will remain open on Thursdays as well. The week officially begins on Saturday.
Medical Services Available in Langkawi:
Kuah town has a hospital and several private clinics.
The police headquarters are in Kuah, but police stations can be found in all districts. Langkawi is relatively safe in comparison to larger cities, but precautions should be taken, such as traveling in groups and avoiding quiet areas.
Goods Exempted from Duty:
Foreign nationals visiting Malaysia for 48 hours or less are exempt from duty on purchases of souvenirs, gifts, and personal items up to RM500. Specific items are subject to a duty-free limit, including alcohol (up to one liter), tobacco (up to 225g, or 200 cigarettes), one pair of leather footwear, new clothing (up to three pieces), and cosmetics and personal hygiene items (not including powder or hair products).
Visas are required for citizens of North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, and China to enter Malaysia. Other foreigners are allowed to enter Malaysia without a visa for up to one month. Please confirm this beforehand with your nearest Malaysian Embassy or consular office, as regulations could change over time especially now during the Covid period. ** Do check Government websites for the latest Covid-19 updates and travel restrictions before you travel.
Water in Langkawi
In Malaysia, tap water is fine to consume, but some hotels install filtration systems or provide bottled water to guests as a safety precaution.
With the help of Paradise 101, you will be guaranteed to make everlasting memories with your family and friends at Langkawi. Find out how our team can make your trip to Langkawi an unforgettable experience by contacting us today!