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Country rank: 2 out of 7 Places To Visit In Malaysia

Sub-Region: Northwestern Coast of Malaysia


Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: January-March (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Langkawi (Check Flights)


"Malaysia's Mini Paradise "

Langkawi Tourism

Langkawi is often referred to as the Jewel of Kedah, as a result of its lush natural and tropical beauty. It is a group of islands located in the clear Andaman Sea and is also a duty-free zone!

Spread out with clean beaches, sparkling blue waters and forests, Langkawi is a tourists paradise. Also known as Langkawi Permata Kedah or Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, the 99 islands that make up this place are an ideal spot for some rest and relaxation. The choicest seafood, tons of spas and other fun activities will make your stay in Langkawi real fun.

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Langkawi is duty-free so youd better make the most of it! 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 d_cor pieces, etc. To shop for local handicrafts, visit Kompleks Budaya Kraf, at the Northeastern Coast.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

The island of Langkawi has been mentioned in history by many travellers. It 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. Langkawi was indeed attacked by the Siamese, 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.

Langkawi has quite a good nightlife. Its bars and pubs are frequented by couples and groups of friends, as well as those travelling solo. When here, visit Little Lylias, the beach bar, naam OMG!, a sports bar, Bam-Boo-Baa, which is an open-air lounge and Lepak Bistro, which has air conditioning and even board games!

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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