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Visiting Langkawi: A Guide for Tourists

January 27th, 2010 by

Langkawi, formally known as Palau Langkawi, is one of 99 islands that make up the stunning Lakgkawi archipelago.

Flying to Langkawi -1 Pictures from Above

Often referred to as the “Legendary Island,” there are dozens of incredible myths surrounding the formation of the island and the way it drifts in the ocean alongside the mainland of Malaysia. Langkawi is a stunning place to visit and you should be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime.

When to Visit Langkawi

The Westin Langkawi  Resort , formerly The Sheraton Perdana hotel

Langkawi is a great place to visit year round. There really isn’t a “bad” season because the temperatures usually hover between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 to 32.2 degrees Celsius) throughout the entire year. The hottest temperatures usually hit during the month of February and the coolest during the month of October but there really aren’t huge differences in between.

Langkawi Cable Car, Mt Matcinchang

Rain, on the other hand, is a different story. The rainiest season in Langkawi is between the months of September and November. During the rainy season you can expect about two hours of rain each day, usually in the afternoon.  The driest season is between November and April.

Transportation throughout Langkawi

Sunset at Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia

There are limited modes of transportation on the island of Langkawi. The best way to get around is either by taxi, car, or motorbike. The moment you land on the dock at Kuah you’ll be swarmed by rental agents looking for tourists to rent to. Prices for a rental car will vary significantly depending on the season in which you visit.

Langkawi - nice postcard picture??

Motorbikes are cheaper to rent than cars but we often recommend against renting a motorbike in a foreign destination, especially if you aren’t familiar with the rules of the road. If you do rent a bike, make sure you wear a helmet and observe all traffic laws – you may be the only one doing so.

Health and Safety in Langkawi

The Westin Langkawi  Resort , formerly The Sheraton Perdana hotel

The island of Langkawi is a gorgeous place to visit and is, for the most part, very safe. The area is developing, though, so there is a high level of petty crime as poorer locals target wealthy tourists flaunting their wealth. Make sure you treat your possessions as you would on any other trip. Don’t carry money or valuables you don’t really need and never leave your personal property unattended, especially on the beach.

Etiquette in Langkawi

Anna & the King Summer Palace, Langkawi_1

Throughout most of Malaysia you’ll find that tipping is not a practiced habit. You do not have to leave a tip in any area – restaurant, taxi, or hotel – unless specifically noted. You can, of course, leave a tip for good service if you feel inclined. In most places, it will not be refused. Sometimes tipping a waiter, doorman, or concierge will get you better service in restaurants and bars.

The Culture of Langkawi

Langkawi Eagle Looking for Fish

Langkawi’s culture revolves around the eagle, the immaculate bird that inhabits much of the island. For a brief period during the 20th century, Langkawi was controlled by Thailand, so don’t be surprised if you see Thai influence throughout the area. Life in Langkawi is, for the most part, very laid back but you will notice some areas that are busier thanks to modernization. Some of the area’s resorts cater more to very wealthy clientele and offer a number of astounding amenities.

Things to Do in Langkawi

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi

There are plenty of fun and engaging attractions throughout Langkawi to keep you entertained during your stay. Here are a few of the most popular:

Expiring Afternoon in Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi

Tanjung Rhu is an incredible beach with a gorgeous cove and stunning views. If you visit at low tide you might even have the chance to walk over to neighboring island in waters no higher than your knees!

Croc Farm, Langkawi, Malaysia_1

At Makam Mahsuri you’ll find the tomb of a woman who was accused of adultery. According to legend, she was sentenced to death and when she was stabbed she bled white blood – a sign of her innocence. Visitors to Makam Mahsuri can visit her tomb.


Crocodile Farm is yet another incredible attraction you and your family will enjoy while on the island of Langkawi. The farm is home to more than 3,000 crocodiles which are often harvested for their skin to make leather products. Not a great place for animal lovers but an interesting tourist attraction nonetheless.

Laman Padi

Laman Padi is a gorgeous rice garden dedicated to honoring the grain that has long fed the Asians. The rice garden features a museum dedicated to sharing the history of rice with visitors. There’s even a restaurant where you can sample some of the area’s finest rice dishes.

There are dozens of incredible Langkawi hotels to choose from, ranging from standard accommodations to luxury resorts. Book a room in the hotel of your choice, pack your bags, and prepare for a week or so of pure relaxation. You deserve it!

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