Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. This Jewel of Kedah (Langkawi Permata Kedah), is located at the north west of Peninsular Malaysia, adjacent to the Thai border. The tropical paradise of Malaysia is home to forested hills, beautiful conservation geopark, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.
Weather: Langkawi has a tropical weather with warm, sunny and rainy days all year round. Langkawi has a true dry season from December to February while March to November is a long raining season, with September being the wettest month.
Time zone: Similar to Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi is on UTC/GMT +8:00
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Language: Although the official language is Malay, English is widely spoken and understood by the locals.
Reasons to Visit Langkawi
Duty-free shopping. Langkawi is a duty-free island. This is the place to be if you are looking to haul back duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate.
Tips: Even though you can get your duty-free supplies anywhere on the island, we recommend shopping at Teow Soon Huat Mega Department Store, a one-stop department for all your imported tobacco, liquor and confectionery products. Head towards Kuah town, look out for Langkawi Parade Megamall (Teow Soon Huat is the anchor tenant) along the main road.
Address: A14-15 Pokok Asam, Kuah 07000 Langkawi
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Photo: Langkawi Parade
Photo: Langkawi Parade
Beaches. Surrounded by clear turquoise sea, Langkawi offers many beautiful beaches. Some of the popular beaches are Pantai Tengah, Burau Bay, Pantai Kok and Datai Bay, with Pantai Cenang being the favourite among visitors. Pantai Cenang is a picturesque beach with long stretches of fine white sand. It has numerous restaurants and bars for evening entertainment, several hosting live music and for watching the sun set. The beach is lined with tall coconut and casuarina trees.
If popular beaches aren’t your fancy, there are more private beaches towards the north of the island. My personal favourite is Pasir Tengkorak Beach where it is hidden, hence less crowded and the sands are so soft and fine, it felt like powder.
Pasir Tengkorak Beach
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