Langkawi is a picture perfect tropical gem that is guaranteed to deliver an awe-inspiring experience. This breath-taking archipelago is situated on the Malaysian west coast and consists of 99 different islands, each one more beautiful than the last.
Boasting crystal clear azure waters, this destination is ideal for anyone looking to take a dive and explore its underwater treasure trove. Nature lovers will also be thrilled with its unspoilt sandy beaches, luscious jungles and abundance of incredible activities on offer.
A shopper’s paradise:
The entirety of Langkawi is a duty free area, having been granted tax free status in 1987, which played a big role in the area becoming a major tourist destination. This means that items like alcohol are much cheaper than other parts of Malaysia.
Another major factor in its transformation was the independence from the British in 1957. It’s hard to imagine how this incredible tropical paradise would be like today if its history was written differently.
A winged icon:
The giant eagle found at Dataran Lang hasn’t become an icon of Langkawi by accident. It was actually built with that intention. This is due to the rumoured origin of its name, with ‘lang’ meaning eagle and ‘kawi’ meaning reddish brown. Thus a brown eagle was chosen for the symbol for the island.
Plan for the weekend:
Weekends here take place on Thursday and Friday, with the week beginning on a Saturday. While this doesn’t affect too much on a Thursday, as most businesses stay open, that is not the case on Friday. Therefore, you should plan your trips with that in mind.
Know when to tip:
Tipping is not necessary in Langkawi. However, if you feel like you have received some exceptional service, then you are welcome to go ahead and add an extra reward to the bill.
Understand the Visa requirements:
The maximum you can stay for without a visa is a month, so keep this in mind if you’re planning a particularly extensive trip.
Stay on the right side of the law:
In Malaysia, the drug laws are extremely strict. Even the tiniest amount of substances can land someone in prison. It’s therefore strongly advised that you steer clear of drugs completely during your visit.
Getting Around Langkawi
“Langawi Island is one of my best memories of my vacation in Malaysia! I suggest renting a motorbike or a car and head up to the great and almost deserted beaches on the North. For a perfect view of the island, take the cable car and, as for water sports, I had a lot of fun taking a jet ski tour and doing parasailing in Cenang. Enjoy Lankawi, I know I did!”
By Yulia, Miss Tourist
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If you want to explore all the amazing attractions that Langkawi has to offer, you will need to rely on road transport. Although the island is very small in size, vehicles are necessary to reach all the different destinations. The good news is though that the maximum driving distance should never be longer than 40 minutes, so you won’t be wasting time in a car when you could be out experiencing the wonders of this Malaysian gem.
Renting a car can be a good option, as the main roads tend to be quiet and well maintained. This can also be an affordable option, with well priced rentals available across the island. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles or motorcycles. Just be aware if you opt for the latter, that you’ll need a license and you will be required by law to wear a helmet.
“It’s tons of fun to rent a car on Langkawi and drive around to the various black sand beaches, the cable car, and to generally just get lost. You can’t go too far astray on this little island! Another bonus: It’s tax-free so a few sundowners won’t set you back as far as they would on the mainland.”
By Kristin, Be My Travel Muse
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However, if you don’t fancy negotiating the side roads, taxis are a fantastic choice too. They are the most popular way of getting around Langkawi, however, they can be a more expensive option with a 15-minute driving clocking up to around SG$5. It’s a good idea to discuss the price of your journey with your driver beforehand. Despite this though, they are the most convenient method of transport, being easily found across the island, especially around the tourist attraction, airport and major travel links.
Unfortunately, the bus service in Langkawi is very limited in terms of routes and are known for running very infrequently. They are therefore best avoided.
Flights to Langkawi
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When you arrive for your holiday in Langkawi, you will land in the Langkawi International Airport. Located in Padang Matsirat, this airport also serves as a popular tourist attraction, due to it also being home to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.
Direct flights here are available from various Singapore airports, with four airlines offering around 17 flights a week from Singapore Changi Airport. Prices of flights vary depending on the airline you choose and the time of the year you travel, but the cheapest return price comes in at around SG$69. The average flight time for the 729km journey between Singapore Changi and Langkawi Airport is 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Now you know everything you need to start planning your incredible Langkawi escape, all that’s left is to book your flights. Visit the Expedia website to find the best prices for flights to Langkawi.