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

Money Safety

by Mark

  I personally do not use Credit Cards. I have 2 close friends who had money deducted from their credit cards after using them in an ATM on Langkawi. One was an ATM in the Airport, the other the ATM of a big bank in Kuah. Both got their money back eventually …

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Safety, Corruption, Criminality

by Mark

Safety Langkawi is a pretty safe place to be. Also for Women.They can walk alone through Kuah at night without any problem.It is certainly much safer than Thailand. And you will very probably not encounter any dangerous situation.   Corruption There is no corruption here on the level a ‘normal …

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This is mainly important for 2 things: For cars which then are restricted to Langkawi (with the exception of 2 weeks per year) – and for the alcohol. A beer here – e.g. a can of Carlsberg – costs RM1.80 in the shop and a carton (24) RM 35 to 36 …

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Road Safety

by Mark

Road Safety I estimate the road toll to be about 3 times higher than in a western country. That means about one person dead every 3 days through a road accident on Langkawi. I understand if you do not want to believe me. Check it out.   Dangerous Drivers Hmm… …

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Renting a Motorbike or a Car

by Mark

There is no public transport and the Taxis are too expensive in the long run. In short: you probably need to rent a car or a motor bike.   The price for renting a car is today (February 2008) : Kind of car per day per week per month Key …

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Roadmaps

by Mark

 Langkawi has no Road Maps The map given to the tourists is so incredibly bad, that in the center of Kuah, one of the main roads is simply missing. Most of them have no street names shown. The problem is not a simple one: Patrick of the printed Langkawi Link told me: …

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The Taxis

by Mark

  Pricing, how it works They have a clear price system, which is noted down at a few central taxi stations. The most central station is in the car park beside the Bay View Hotel in Kuah. But if you are not there or not aware of the price – …

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Tthere is no Public Transport on this Island. But what about all the Bus stations we see on the Main Roads? They are – so far – just to gather the children together for the School Bus. ——————————————– Although there are no ‘official public busses’ – there is a kind …

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