There are many reasons why you should travel to the tropical paradise of Langkawi. The charming island is located on the West Coast of Malaysia, covered in dense jungle and surrounded by turquoise sea. The island is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but hosts a range of activities, exquisite cuisine and is home to the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Planning your trip to Langkawi is super exciting – here at Paradise 101 we have selected some of our top tips to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
When is the best time to go to Langkawi?
Weather is always a major factor when planning a vacation, but is less of a concern when booking a holiday to Langkawi. The island is one of the most stable amongst the Malaysian islands as it is shielded from major winds and storms by the mainland and Sumatra. Temperatures range between 30-35 degrees centigrade during the day and 28-29 degrees centigrade at night, making it a great place to visit all year around. September to October is Langkawi’s rainy season, which many tourists like to avoid – but even then it rarely rains and the sun still shines.
How to get to Langkawi Island?
Langkawi is located several miles off Malaysia’s mainland, however, getting there has never been easier. Langkawi is very easy to reach through air and by boat.
Reaching Langkawi by air
Langkawi International Airport (LGK) is well connected with not only points in Malaysia but countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Australia and Japan. Langkawi airport is small but stays busy with over two million passengers passing through annually. Flights do not always show up on major booking sites , so checking out airline sites directly will ensure you get the best deal – Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, AirAsia, SilkAir, TigerAir, and Firefly.
Getting to Langkawi by boat
There are regular ferry services from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Penang to Langkawi (Kuah Jetty) and back. If you are planning on bringing a car over from the mainland, there are roll-on-roll-off ferries that operate between Kuala Perlis and Langkawi island – carrying cars and cargo along with passengers.
How much money should you bring to Langkawi?
Like other Southeast Asia countries, Malaysia is very cheap. The majority of your spending money will go on accommodation, hiring a car/motorbike and food. If you do everything modestly and are splitting the cost with one other person, a starting budget of 200-250RM (approx. £36-46) per day should be good. Increasing your daily allowance based on the number of activities you would like to do. We recommend pre-planning activities prior to your visit, so you have a better idea of how much to bring out with you. Also Langkawi has a duty free port, so you might want to bring some extra money for shopping!
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, hire a jet ski and ride into the crystal blue seas. There is no better way to finish your afternoon than watching the sun set 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 enjoying a three-course meal. There is something for everyone to enjoy on the island – whether you are seeking an adventure or a relaxing day.
How to get around Langkawi
Langkawi is relatively big and spread out but getting round the island is not an issue.
- Taxi is the main public transport system, before your ride there will be a fixed price – a great way to relax whilst you get chauffeured around the beautiful island.
- Rental Car/Motorbikes are an excellent way to get around the island. Langkawi is pretty much deserted so you will find yourself driving around without seeing another car for miles, with the exception of maybe a couple of areas like Kuah Town and Pantai Cenang. But don’t forget in Langkawi they drive on the left hand side of the road!
- Bicycle is the most active option but allows you to really explore and appreciate the raw beauty of the island. You can hire a bike on the island for as cheap as 12 RM a day.
At Paradise 101, it is our mission to help you create unforgettable memories with family and friends. Contact our team today and see how we can make your trip to Langkawi the experience of your dreams.