by Mark

Langkawi location

Langkawi is located on the northwestern peninsula of Malaysia and is an archipelago of 99 islands at high tide and 104 at low tide. Situated closer to Thailand than to mainland Malaysia (just 25km away), its waters are where the Indian Ocean narrows to meet the Straits of Malacca.

Langkawi is located only 800km from the Equator and is blessed with year-round warm temperatures and warm waters. The archipelago is famous for its white beaches and the relaxed and its slow paced island life. However, the jewels in our tourism crown are also the Langkawi Geopark and its natural treasures of serrated mountains that are home to a vast array of birds, butterflies, reptiles and animals.

Langkawi is a duty free Island that makes for a great value holidaying.

Langkwi Topography

Langkawi Island is covered by 60% forest, mountains, mangroves and shrubs with 20% being agricultural land and 20%, developed areas. Of all the islands, approximately 90% is forest and only three of the islands have some form of development.

The topography varies from flat coastal plains of Pantai Cenang to the mountainous peaks of Gunung Raya (880m) and Gunung Machincang (713m). There are also many sandy beaches on the main island numerous deserted beaches on the other islands within the archipelago.

Langkawi Gazette

Updated: 16.05.2009 How to get a Visa The citizens of most western countries get a free 3months visa on entry. Free of charge.  But not all countries do. There are restrictions. A good site to check everything about the Custom- and Visa Regulations is here. It’s not a Government site, …

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Office for Consumer Protection

by Mark

There is somewhere in LADA (Langkawi Development Authority) an Officer responsible for Consumer Protection. To find him you can either go to the LADA Information Counter or to the Langkawi Tourist Information Center, and they will call him. This is useful to know. I had a situation with an electrical …

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Post Office Reliability

by Mark

  In the past, more and more complaints about missing letters and postcards came up in Langkawi. It was discussed on the Langkawi-Online Expat Forum in February 2008. In my own experience nothing went missing – but I receive everything registered and I send everything registered. I even got a …

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Drinking-Water

by Mark

  The tap-water in Langkawi might be ‘safe’ to drink – but certainly not healthy, as it contains sometimes quite a lot of chlorine. And the amount they put in obviously differs from time to time. The traditional Malay and Chinese way to handle this, is to always have a big …

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Opening Hours and Holidays

by Mark

Most Shops are closed on Friday: But some Chinese shops will be open on Friday.Same with most tourist orientated shops – they are open all week. Banks are closed on Sat and Sunday:But the AGRO Bank in Kuah (where you can pay all your bills, including the Water Bills) is closed …

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The Langkawi Hospital

by Mark

The Langkawi Hospital is a good hospital and pretty well equipped. But for several severe emergencies they still have to take the patients to Penang or the Mainland (Alor Setar). And this – until now – happens by using ferry transport. There is no Helicopter Service yet, although this would …

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  If something is ‘out of stock’, this is a completely normal fact of life here (very different from where I come from, Switzerland). So don’t blame the business. This also applies to pharmacies. Provision yourself with what you can get, when you can get it, in a large enough …

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Services in Langkawi

by Mark

  I just changed my address. I found a big house 6km away from Kuah for a low rent. My phone was switched over to the new address within a day. But Streamyx – my Internet Access – (which I need badly!!) was still not working after 7 days!….. Despite …

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