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"Malaysia's Mini Paradise "

Langkawi Tourism

Attracting over 3 million travellers annually, Langkawi, or the Jewel of Kedah State, is an archipelago of 99 islands in Malaysia. Sprawled over the turquoise Malacca Strait, Langkawi flaunts serene beaches interspersed with cliffs and rainforests, expansive rice paddies, chic promenades, historical relics, and art galleries, bustling bazaars and duty-free shops.

Langkawi’s beaches like Pantai Kok, Pantai Tengah and Tengkorak are not only perfect for sunbathing but also feature white sands, nearby museums, and seafood cafes. Pulau Payar Marine Park is a diving hotspot, as are Tanjung Rhu and Pantai Cenang Beach for snorkelling. Popular hiking destinations include Gunung Raya, the region’s tallest peak with a golf course at its foot, Skytrail Jungle housing 500-year-old flora, and Langkawi Wildlife Park. Tourists love walking on the glass bridge at an elevation of 2,300 feet around Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.

Learn about Langkawi and Malaysia’s history at Galeria Perdana Museum, Mahsuri Tomb and Museum, take a mangrove cruise at Kilim Karst Geopark, spend fun-filled afternoons at Eagle Square, and unwind at natural hot spring baths in Air Hangat Village. To put a perfect finishing touch to your Langkawi tour, relish street food at Ulu Melaka, and take home souvenirs and handicrafts from Kedawang and Temoyong Night Markets.

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Exchanging Money in Langkawi

In Langkawi, you can exchange currency as soon as you land, at the airport. You can do the same at the jetty area, shopping malls or even avail of various ATMs, for this purpose.

Daily Budget for Langkawi

A budgeted trip would cost you about RM 97, excluding accommodation. A mid-range trip will cost you RM 200 . A luxurious stay in this city would come up to RM 500.

Religion of Langkawi

Langkawi has a lot of Malays who are Muslims. This is followed by some Buddhists, Hindus and Christians.

Langkawi Customs

Tipping is not mandatory here. Again, it depends on whether or not you like the service provided. Some places specifically have signs that ask you to not leave tips, so watch out for those.

Language of Langkawi

Malay is the official language of Langkawi. English is also quite commonly spoken and understood. Chinese, Siamese and other local dialects are also spoken here.

History of Langkawi

The island of Langkawi t was initially occupated by seafarers. Legend says that in the 18th century, a woman named Mahsuri was wrongfully accused and sentenced to death. Because it was not her fault, she cursed the island before she died, saying that her curse would last for seven whole generations. The Siamese indeed attacked Langkawi after that. It was also later captured by the British. After all of that, Langkawi was nothing more than a quiet and scenic spot. But in 1986, when the then Prime Minister saw its potential, he decided to turn it into a tourist resort and area.

Nightlife in Langkawi

Langkawi has quite a good nightlife. Its bars and pubs are frequented by couples and groups of friends and those travelling solo.

  • Hang out at the beachside cafes and bars, enjoying live music, delicious cocktails, and sumptuous food. Yellow Bar at Jalan Pantai Tengah is one of the most popular spots.
  • For a more traditional pub experience, head to Charlie's Bar and Grill, where you can enjoy great food and drinks in a lovely ambience.
  • If you are looking for a luxurious evening, head over to The St. Regis, Langkawi, for exotic drinks and food, complete with poolside service.
  • Not to be missed out on the night markets here also offer a superb shopping and street food culinary experience. Temoyong Night Market has many vendors selling delicious and fast street food. You can also try your luck at bagging some souvenirs here.
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Shopping in Langkawi

Langkawi is duty-free so it is a shopaholic's delight.

  • Langkawi Parade Megamall is the biggest duty-free mall for some great shopping.
  • Zon Duty-Free Shopping Complex is another such example. Over here, you can shop for chocolates, alcohol, electronic gadgets, home decor pieces, etc.
  • To shop for local handicrafts, visit Kompleks Budaya Kraf, on the Northeastern Coast.
  • For a great night market experience head over to Temoyong Night Market.

Currency in Langkawi

The currency used here is the Malaysian Ringgitt (RM). There are no problems at all when it comes to foreign exchange.

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What is the best time to visit Langkawi?

November to March is the best time to visit Langkawi, as this is when peninsular Malaysia receives the most sunshine. The weather during this period is relatively cold and pleasant. Although Langkawi falls into the tropical zone, it does not experience severe or unstable weather changes that Malaysia typically does. The reason behind it is that Langkawi is well-protected by the island of Sumatra on its west and the Malaysian mainland on its east. Due to its strategic location, the temperatures remain fairly consistent throughout the year, hovering between 25 degree to 34 degree Celsius. This region experiences two distinct seasons, namely the wet season from April to October and the dry season from November to March. February is considered as the hottest month of the year, while September to October is the wettest period. During monsoon, the rains last for only 2-3 hours and are usually followed by sunshine.
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What is the local food in Langkawi?

At Langkawi, you will find one hundred per cent authentic Malay cuisine. Fresh seafood like lobsters, king prawns, squids, etc are also very famous. You will find no dearth of restaurants here, most of them also offering international cuisine options.
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What is the best way to reach Langkawi?

Langkawi is most easily accessible by air, by road and via ferries.
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How much does a package cost for Langkawi?

The packages for Langkawi start at INR 8710 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top hotels in Langkawi?

There are 520 in Langkawi which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Langkawi are ZEN Rooms Villa Bunga Padi, homestay puteri langkawi, Sabandy House B&B, Foxi villa Langkawi196 佛系休闲别墅兰卡威196, Nidzam homestay, Luxury Villa Langkawi. You can see all the hotels in Langkawi here

What are the things to do in Langkawi?

The top things to do in Langkawi are Dataran Lang, Langkawi Sky Bridge, Langkawi Cable Car, Underwater World, Gunung Raya, Pulau Payar Marine Park. You can see all the places to visit in Langkawi here

What are the places near Langkawi?

The top places near to Langkawi are Georgetown which is 116 km from Langkawi, Penang which is located 119 km from Langkawi, Perlis which is located 45 km from Langkawi, Kuala lumpur which is located 413 km from Langkawi, Phi phi islands which is located 193 km from Langkawi

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