About Langkawi

About Langkawi

When it comes to the experiencing the natural splendor of the Andaman Sea, there is no better way to do so than visiting the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi. This archipelago of rich natural beauty has always been an ideal vacation destination for many tourists from all around the world. A Malaysian treasure in its own right, Langkawi remains a popular diving attraction for those that wish to venture through the vast underwater world of Malaysia.

  • Langkawi

    Langkawi

    Around 30 kilometers in Northwestern Malaysia’s mainland coast, the Jewel of Kedah or Langkawi Permata Kedah, resides. This vast archipelago of around 104 islands is located in the country of Malaysia and the state of Kedah. The clusters of islands surrounds a total land mass of almost 48,000 hectares while the mainland at 32,000 hectares. With its vast land mass surrounded by the beauty that is the Andaman Sea, Langkawi has marked its reputation all over the world as one of the most prestigious dive destinations in Asia. Thousands of tourists flock to Malaysia to experience diving in Langkawi, as well as its beautiful mountain peaks and jungle foliage.

  • History

    Langkawi thrives with beautiful forestry and lovely sandy beaches that has hailed it as one of the mostvisited tourist spots in all of Asia. The name Langkawi was said to have originated from the words “helang” which is Malay for eagle and “kawi” which is Sanskrit for marble. Helang-kawi was later shortened to Langkawi. The island has made it through the primary cultural influence of the Thai, and originally the Sultanate of Kedah, for several years. This was followed by British colonization and then finally Thai monarchy.

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    The islands were also known to be a popular hiding ground for pirates as the dense woodland and jungle area provided the much needed privacy that man sought after in those parts. The turning point for the development of Langkawi was when Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohammad set foot on the island to serve it as a doctor. This man later became the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia and once appointed, contributed greatly to the development and modernization of Langkawi. The highlight of the development was when Langkawi was deemed duty-free status. Tourist and visitors from all over Asia and across the globe flocked to Langkawi to savor some of the many affordable goods that were offered. Hotels, restaurants and other establishments also set foot on Langkawi, providing a vast commercialized Utopia that jolted the development into the 21st century.

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  • Getting to Langkawi and Around

    People from across the globe can get to Langkawi via air or boat depending on their personal preference. By air one can take either the Air Asia or Malaysian Airlines trip at Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi. Connecting flights are available depending on the airline of choice and the availability of the flights as the seasons dictate what is available, when and where. Other tourists prefer to come to Langkawi from the mainland to the Kuah jetty.

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    Once at the island, there are various ways to get around, again depending on the tourists’ personal preferences. Tourists mostly prefer either taking a taxi or renting a car, in order to get to any place they prefer regardless of it being on the main network of roads or not. Other tourists prefer travelling via bus which is limited to a few distinct locations en route. The motorbike is another rental option and is a cheaper alternative and a preferred one for those who wish to rough it as the uneven and earthy terrain will make for a bumpy ride, just be careful out there and don’t forget your helmet!

    Langkawi is a sight to behold that can be experienced best first hand, therefore taking long walks and strolls across the island is still by far the best way to get around and experience all that it has to offer.

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  • Useful Information

  • Climate

    Langkawi retains a tropical equatorial climate all throughout the year with the seasonal monsoons from time to time. The rainy season is usually from the month of April to May and from October to November. Throughout the day the weather is hot and sunny while rainfall usually makes its way to the island during the evening. The rainfall is at 100 inches or 2500 millimeters. Average temperatures are at 24 to 33 degrees Celsius yet usually linger around the 30 degree mark.

  • Currency

    The official currency of Langkawi Is the Ringgit or RM. As Langkawi is part of Malaysia, the Malaysian ringgit is the currency utilized there. Being a commercialized and popular tourist spot, there are several establishments that accept the US Dollar. As a general practice for any tourist however, it is advised that you carry along with you a considerable amount of the local currency in order to avoid tight spots where a money changer is unavailable.

  • Electricity

    Electricity at Langkawi and neighboring Malaysian regions is at 240 volts, 50 cycles. If you have devices that are not compatible with 240 volts then you may need to purchase a converter or a transformer. The outlets here generally accept the two parallel flat pins with ground pin type plug. Again, if the appliances you bring with you are not compatible you may need to purchase an adapter as well.

  • Time Zone

    Malaysian Time Zones follow the MST or Malaysia Standard Time which is ahead of the GMT or Greenwich Mean Time by 8 hours. Daylight Saving Time is not practiced with the Malaysia time. Langkawi follows the same time zone as it is primarily found in Malaysia.

  • Telecommunications

    Telecommunications come in the Main lines, mobile cellular, radio, television and internet. Domestic telephone lines are provided via Peninsular Malaysia and international lines Intelsat. Mobile cellular lines are provided primarily by Maxis, DiGi, U Mobile, TM Berhad and Celcom. Television has a variety of providers depending on what viewers wish to subscribe to, or to what particular package your accommodations have applied for. The internet also has various providers which offer Dialup, broadband, Blackberry and Wimax.

  • Immigration

    The necessity of a visa will depend on where the tourist is from. Some foreigners may not require a visa or are permitted if their visit is a month or less. To check and see the necessary paperwork you may require to get into Langkawi, it is advised that you first consult with the Malaysian consular office or embassy to enlighten yourself on what you will need.

  • Langkawi Frequently Asked Questions

    Langkawi is truly a magnificent paradise filled with beauty and adventure, fit to satisfy the various expectations of any tourist that ventures here. If you are travelling to Langkawi for the first time there are certain things you may need to familiarize yourself with in order to make the best out of your vacation here. Listed below are some of the frequently asked questions you may be pondering about when you plan your visit to Langkawi.

    When is the best diving season in Langkawi?

    The islands across the south of Langkawi are a haven to divers from all across the globe. There are 2 seasons in Langkawi and divers will have a unique experience at either the southwest monsoon or the northeast monsoon. The most preferred diving time however is in the dry season which is between November and April.

    How easy is it to get to Langkawi?

    Because of the international airport on the island as well as several connecting ferry’s from the mainland, it is quite easy to get to Langkawi. Travelers can venture to the island via boat or by air and can select from a variety of travel packages to suit the budget.

    What is the common language in Langkawi?

    The official language spoken in Langkaw is Bahasa Malaysia or Malay. For general purposes the English language is the preferred language especially for official purposes and business. Chinese dialects and Thai are also spoken in some areas.

    Aside from diving, what are the other attractions available?

    As diving is still the best attraction in Langkawi one could assume that there is not much more the island has to offer. On the contrary, Langkawi is full of exciting activities for any tourist to enjoy. There are several other water sports that one can consider including snorkeling, jet skiing, boat rides to name a few. The attractions at Langkawi include the Cable Car and Skybridge featuring magnificent views of the island, the Al-Hana Mosque, Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman and Dataran Lang in Kuah, Gelleria Perdana, the Langkawi Bird Paradise and Wildlife Park in Pantai Kok, Mahsuri’s Tomb in Padan Matsirat, Sungai Kilim Nature Park at the Kilim River, a beautiful Sunset Dinner Cruise and the Underwater world at Pantai Cenang.

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