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Langkawi Destination Manual



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.


Where is Langkawi ?

Langkawi is located west of Peninsular Malaysia between longitude 6° 21’ N and 99° 48’ E.

How Big is Langkawi ?

Consisting of some 99 islands, the total land area of all the islands combined is 47,848ha whereas the main island of Langkawi has a total of 32,000ha which is about the same size as Penang or Singapore. Palau Langkawi being the largest island within the archipelago is approximately 25km in length from north to south and 40 km east to west or 478.5km2.

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.






People of Langkawi
The population of Langkawi is approximately 64,000 and made up of 89% Malay, 8% Chinese and 3% other races.


One of the more confusing things about Langkawi weather is that it is the complete opposite to the East Coast of the peninsula. So when it’s raining there, the weather in Langkawi is normally good. However, Langkawi in general is a much drier rainforest that it’s East Coast counterpart even in the wet season as the islands are located well away from the main mountain ranges. Even during wet season it is very seldom that Langkawi experiences rain for extended periods of time. During these wetter periods, it rarely rains for more than 2-3 hours at a time.

Rainfall Chart

Langkawi Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Av. Max Temp (oC) 33 33 33 32 31 31 31 30 30 30 30 30
Av. Monthly Rain (mm) 25 25 101 202 254 228 254 304 304 355 228 76
Langkawi Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Av. Max Temp (oF) 92 92 91 90 88 88 87 86 86 86 86 87
Av. Monthly Rain (inches) 1 1 4 8 10 9 10 12 12 14 9 3

Check out the weather in Langkawi: Weather-Link

Tourism Season
Langkawi’s main tourist season is from Christmas through to the end of April. The island is often busy during domestic holiday periods such as Chinese New Year and Hari Raya. However, due to the warm year-round climate and low rainfall, Langkawi can be visited throughout the year.







Getting Here
Getting Here

Travelling by air is the most popular way for international tourists to arrive and the international airport is clean, spacious and modern. Airlines flying to Langkawi are

Malaysia Airlines    from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA),

Silk Air                     from Singapore, and

Air Asia                    from Singapore,

Firefly                       from Penang and Kuala Lumpur (Subang Airport) as well as the budget carrier

Air Asia                    from Kuala Lumpur (LCC Terminal).

Special Note: If you have to transfer between KLIA & KLCC terminal in Kuala Lumpur, please allow an extra 45 minutes for the transfer alone.

Ferry Services
Other options for travel to Langkawi include ferries from Kuala Kedah (Kedah), Kuala Perlis (Perlis), and Satun (Thailand) or via speedboat from the small Thai islands of Tarutao for part of the year.

There is also a modern ferry terminal located on Langkawi in Kuah that services the many ferries arriving from Malaysia and Thailand :
Ferry Terminal

Luckily there have been no major recorded security breaches though it is advisable to use hotels with sound security measures in place. There are minimal reports of petty theft and care should be taken at all times to valuables and self.







Tourist Visas
Malaysia offers citizens from many countries a three-month or one-month tourist visa upon arrival.

For a full list of eligible countries and alternatives please consult:


For more information on entry requirements consult the

Official Website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia

For the Malaysian Customs traveler guide consult:

Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (in english)

Whilst Langkawi has been fortunate in being a relatively virus-free and healthy destination, it is best to consult your medical practitioner or local travel advisory on any vaccinations that maybe required.

Getting Around
Getting Around

Being a small island, Langkawi is relatively easy to travel around. In Malaysia cars drive on the left side of the road. Direction signs tend to be in English as well as Bahasa Malaysia but many road signs are in Bahasa so it’s worth checking out the translations. Driving is quite relaxed although it’s best to drive carefully especially in rural areas.

Taxis are readily available and reception staff in resorts can make bookings for you. The taxis work on a fixed priced basis and we do recommend you check the rate card when your fare is quoted. Some taxi drivers speak better English then others and they can prove to be very useful for around the island trips as they can identify many points of interest. Taxis can be hired from the airport, all hotels and major attractions.

Hire Cars
Roads in Langkawi are well signposted and in good condition so hiring a car for a self-drive adventure is a good option. You will need to watch out for motorbike riders and the occasional water buffalo that may wander on the road. It is recommended that you use a licensed and insured car rental company to prevent any unpleasant surprises in the event of an accident. While cars hired from resorts and hotels maybe more expensive than those elsewhere it can be assumed that they are insured.

Kasina Car Rental ,    lgk@kasina.com.my

Tour Guides
Tour guides are available through most travel agencies and it is recommended that visitors request trained and licensed guides who practice the principles of responsible tourism.

Local Culture
Local Culture

Language Spoken
The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia however English is widely spoken and usually to a high standard in the hospitality industry. In fact, visitors who wish to practice the local language can be frustrated by locals answering questions in English.

The currency of Malaysia is Malaysian Ringgit. Money can be changed in many places from the airport to the banks in Kuah which tend to have the best exchange rates.

Exchange Rate Converter

Duty Free Island
Langkawi is a duty free port which means you can find real savings on high taxed items such as cigarettes, alcohol and some electrical items.

Langkawi is predominately made up of Malays who are Muslims. There is however a small percentage of Buddhists, Hindus and Christians on the island and most religious holidays are celebrated.

Working Hours
Due to the importance of Friday prayers for Muslims the business week for most activities in Langkawi is from Sunday to Thursday. Many shops and businesses will be closed on Fridays, reopening after midday on Saturday. However this does not apply to banks which are open the Malaysian wide hours of Monday to Friday.

Public Holidays 2009
January 1                        New Year’s Day
January 20                    Sultan of Kedah’s Birthday
January 26-27            Chinese New Year
March 9                     Prophet Muhamad Birthday
May 1                       Labour Day
June 6                      Agong’s Birthday
August 31                       National Day
September 20-21   Hari Raya Puasa
October 17               Deepavali
November 27           Hari Raya Haji
December 25            Christmas Day

Events Calendar: See Community Agenda (for the current month) and Coming Events for future months.

History of Langkawi

Centuries ago, skilled storytellers on the mainland made a living from spinning wondrous, spectacular tales of folklore, history, myths and legends of celestial beings, demons, warriors, giants, beautiful maidens and gallant heroes. Langkawi was inaccessible to local folk in those days and not many ventured to the islands and stories of these mysterious islands developed into legends. The Langkawi islands were frequented by pirates who made a living from plundering passing boats and travellers who chose to sail in their waters. The myths are still woven strongly into the lifestyle of the local people.




Local Legends

With a geological history dating back 500 million years, the islands contain unique rock formations that stir the imagination and baffle the mind. Some of the more colourful ones include;

The Family Feud – Gunung Raya, Gunung Machincang and Kuah
The various peaks on the island such as Gunung Raya, (the highest mountain on the island), Gunung Machincang, Bukit Sewar, Belaga Pecah and Telaga Air Hangat and the main town of Kuah were named according to the incidents which transpired as a result of family feuds. These first three mountains were purported to be humans while Belaga Pecah (meaning broken pot) was believed to be the spot where a large pot containing gravy (kuah) was spilt after the pot, used as a missile in the feud, broke there. A cauldron of boiling water was also used as a missile in the fight and the spot where it landed became a series of hot springs gushing into the air. These gave rise to Telaga Air Hangat (meaning hot well water).

Mahsuri’s Curse
Best known is the story of the Princess Mahsuri who lived in Langkawi in the 14th century. Mahsuri laid a curse on the islands following the wrongful accusation that she had committed adultery while betrothed to the Sultan of Kedah. When a soldier pierced a kris (dagger) into her bosom, he drew white fluid instead of blood. This was viewed as a sign of her innocence. Others are of the opinion that a white mist that suddenly enveloped the spot of her execution was an illustration of mourning over her undeserved punishment.
Before she was killed Mahsuri laid a curse on Langkawi for the act of injustice. She condemned the island to seven generations of bad luck. Thus, for the seven generations, it had been a land of isolation and misfortune. The end of this curse ties in with the start of tourism development in Langkawi.

Essential Services
Essential Services

There are a number of police stations on Langkawi and the police are generally helpful to tourists. Below are the contact numbers:

Langkawi Police Station – Kuah    6 04 966 6222
Marine Police – Kuah                               6 04 966 8672
Ayer Hangat – Tanjung Rhu              6 04 959 1223
Airport – Matsirat                                          6 04 955 1090
Pantai Cenang                                        6 04 955 1090
Telaga Harbour – Pantai Kok               6 04 959 1223

Langkawi Ambulance Station         6 04 966 3333

There is reasonably well-equipped hospital on the island which can cope with minor emergencies. Anyone with a more serious illness or injury is transported by ferry to the mainland to the Alor Star Hospital. A helicopter evacuation service is currently in the process of applying for operational licenses.

Langkawi Base Hospital                6 04 966 3333
Alor Star Base Hospital                  6 04 740 6233

There are numerous dentists on the Island performing high quality work as well as very affordable prices. Many visitors to Langkawi do take advantage of these services.

Dr Chew  Dental Clinic in Kuah     6 04 966 0661
Dr Rosila Dental Clinic in Kuah     6 04 966 1580

Similar to dental, the staff are well trained with good testing equipment. Frames and glasses are definitely much cheaper that Europe and normally glasses can be completed within 48 hours depending on public holidays etc. This is popular with many European guests who can save a large amount of money on their glasses. Mr Lim at Jetty Point has a great reputation. There are also creditable opticians in Pantai Cenang and Langkawi Parade Shopping malls.

There are a number of medical clinics on the island serviced by GP’s who can deal with moderate illnesses.

Klinik Delima:                                 6 04 955 5545

District Office
This is similar to a local council and it is responsible for any Island wide emergencies within Langkawi.

District Office:                                604 966 7186

Chemist / Pharmacy
There are three excellent pharmacies on the island which can provide medication for most minor illnesses and topical injuries. They are located in Pantai Cenang, Kuah and Padang Matsirat

Banking services are available in Kuah through a number of different banks. Foreign exchanges operate at the airport, ferry terminal and in various locations throughout popular tourist areas.

Boat Harbours
Langkawi is a popular sailing destination and as such there are four marinas in Langkawi, The Royal Langkawi Yacht Club in Kuah, Telaga Harbour near Pantai Kok, Awana Porto Malai near Pantai Tengah and Rebak Marina situated on Rebak Island. Aside from this you will also find many boats moored and at anchor around the islands.

Telaga Harbour:                 6 04 959 2202
Kuah Harbour:                    6 04 966 4078
Rebak Marina:                   6 04 966 5566
Awana Porto Malai            6 04 955 5111 (ext 6672)

There is a Thai Consulate located at Bayview Hotel in Kuah. All other foreign consulates or embassies are located in Kuala Lumpur or Penang. As far as we know at the moment, this consulate can not give Visas for Thailand.

Power in Langkawi is provided by TNB. It is 220 volts and a three square pin plug is used.

Most established hotels & resorts provide a broad range of high speed broadband and wireless internet.

Tap water in Langkawi is potable by local authority recommendation though it is advisable to drink bottled water.







Natural Highlights
Natural Highlights

Environmental Considerations
The waters around Langkawi can be slightly cloudy due to the sand base and shallow waters but are warm and relatively safe. There are only mild currents, though generally no surf and in the area is only a small numbers of unpleasant sea creatures. However there are some things to be aware of for your safety and the conservation of the natural environment:

• We do not recommend picking up and removing shells from the beach. Without these shells we will not have a beach and hermit crabs will not have homes.

• Depending on the time of year and prevailing tides we sometimes have jellyfish close to shore. This period is generally from January to March and it is believed that these are not life threatening but you may receive a painful sting. There are over 2,000 species of jellyfish worldwide and approximately 80% of these have no effect on humans. For protection in these periods, we recommend you swim in safely nets or use jellyfish protective suites.

• On some islands coral reefs are forming and it is recommended that you avoid standing on the coral as it can give you a nasty cut. Avoid sea urchins (black spiky creatures) as they have a painful sting.

• Be aware of tides and currents and keep an eye on your distance from the beach at all times.

• Check that your jet skis and parasailing operator is licensed with appropriate insurance cover.


Langkawi Geopark is Malaysia’s first Geopark and is located in the far northern corner of peninsular Malaysia with a total land area of about 478km². Langkawi has been dubbed the birthplace of the region. Much of Langkawi’s geological history was linked to occurrences in the old super continent Pangea and southern hemispheric Gondwanaland dating back 550 million years ago.

The Langkawi archipelago with so many islands has gone through many geological, botanical and zoological changes. Being next to the Isthmus of Kra in Thailand and, being connected and disconnected to the mainland by rising and falling water levels, a great morphology has happened to shape present day Langkawi. A variety of birds visits the islands and, through their droppings, introduce new species of plants. Reptilian species, high up on the food chain, reign here with the absence of their wild feline neighbours and have become bigger. This has afforded Langkawi many unique features which are seen best in the Geopark. Mangroves are an essential part of keeping the ecosystem in balance as they act as a nursery for large number of animal fish and shellfish species. A trip through the mangroves presents a chance to see giant monitor lizards, snakes, bats, a variety of birdlife and maybe even sea otters and dolphins.

For more Geopark Information see here







Langkawi’s beaches are what draw thousands of visitors to Langkawi every year. They are renowned for their bright white colour and fine softness. They are mostly clean and safe and have the added benefit of not being over-run with hawkers disturbing those relaxing on the beach. Most beaches are accessible to the public and have food outlets nearby.

Pantai Cenang
Pantai Cenang is probably the liveliest beach with an abundance of white sand and an array of restaurants, bars, live music venues and watersport activities. It is also a favourite place to relax at day’s end to watch the sunset.

Pantai Tengah
Pantai Tengah is a peaceful beach with a slightly steeper gradient and deeper water. This is a favourite for relaxing with an array of watersports, restaurants and bars.

Pantai Tanjung Rhu
Tanjung Rhu is one of the most beautiful beaches lined with casuarinas and 22km from Kuah. It is generally quite peaceful with the occasional fishing and tour boat sailing past.

Pantai Datai Bay
Pantai Datai bay is only accessible or through the Andaman and the Datai Resorts and access is only for in-house guests unless you arrive by the sea. With less development here, the waters tend to be clearer than those of Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah.

Other Beaches in Langkawi
There are numerous other beaches (or pantai) such as Pantai Kok, Pantai Burau Bay, Pantai Yuluk Yu, Pantai Teluk Baru & Pantai Senari near Rebak Island which is used exclusively by Rebak Island Resort Langkawi – A Taj Hotel. As the arcepeligo has so many islands, some guests like to be dropped off for the day at one of several idyllic remote island beaches for a picnic, walk and a swim.

Flora and Fauna
Whilst many of our guests come to relax on the beach to work on their tan, Langkawi’s natural beauty and amazing flora and fauna are the major draw cards and therefore important assets to the region. Guests are welcomed to the area to experience its beauty but are encouraged to assist in maintaining the land through sustainable tourism.

Langkawi’s distinct wet and dry seasons have produced some unique and fascinating plant life. During the wet season the island is a lush tropical paradise that has huge growing capabilities but during dry season when it doesn’t rain for months, the plant life adapts often by shedding leaves.

Another interesting phenomenon that has occurred over thousands of years is that the plants have learned to “communicate with each other” and have scheduled non-conflicting flowering periods so that they all have the opportunity to be fertilised and propagated by the birds, bees and the wind.

Some particular features of the Langkawi flora are the incredibly slow-growing cycads (Cycas clivicola), slipper orchids and, rattans that grow up to 175m in length. In fact one square kilometre of Langkawi’s rainforest maybe home to up to 150 different tree species.

Langkawi has a diverse range of animals, reptiles and birds. Reptiles and birds on the island can grow up to 20% bigger than on the mainland and this is displayed well by the water monitor lizard which can be spotted growing up to 2.5m in length! Bird watching in Langkawi is fantastic with up to 230 species calling Langkawi home throughout the year. Of note is the great hornbill with a wing span of up to 1.5m.

Langkawi has been awarded UNESCO Geopark status for its beautiful geo-heritage features dating back 500 million years. Our island is blessed with amazing flora and fauna, below are some points that you may find interesting.

• Langkawi has 238 species of birds, which is double the number in the UK, and 354 recorded species of butterfly

• While certain studies of lowland tropical rainforest in Malaysia have revealed many tree species, the forests of Langkawi are not as species rich but they also contain large numbers of species.

• Langkawi is home to an unusual flying mammal called a colugo or flying lemur. The island is also the habitat of squirrels, dusky-leaf monkey and long-tailed macaque.

• In terms of marine life, over the course of the year, three whale species visit the island, along with the whale shark which is found year round, four species of dolphins and sea otters can also be spotted.

• The monitor lizard also calls Langkawi home, and it can grow to similar lengths as the Komodo dragon.

• The mangroves are simply beautiful and we highly recommend that you take the opportunity to explore them. If you are feeling up to a little exercise, definitely consider the sea kayak through the mangroves.

• The Langkawi Cable Car is a, deservedly, award winning and popular tourist attraction. It has the longest single span and is the steepest in the world.


Environmental Initiatives
There are several tour operators in Langkawi and some of these are dedicated to adopting environmentally-friendly practices. These include – not participating in eagle feeding (this has detrimental effects on the health and breeding capacity of the birds), the containment of the monkey population to ensure overcrowding doesn’t become an issue and, continuing efforts to ensure Langkawi’s unique natural habitat is preserved. One such operator is even building a solar-powered boat!

Nature Based Tours

Mangrove Kayak Adventure
Kayaks are more manoeuvrable, narrower and generate no noise to disturb the wildlife. With less noise there is a greater chance of seeing more of the wilderness. Most tours start from the Kilim River Jetty but also operate in other areas.





Mangrove Boat Trips
These highly recommended guided tours take visitors through Langkawi’s ecologically important mangroves. Mangroves are usually teeming with wildlife such as birds, butterflies and monitor lizards.






Langkawi Cable Car
Panorama Langkawi Cable Car covers a total distance of 2.2km linking the base station at the foothill of Machincang to the top station where commanding views of Langkawi are possible.

Panorama Cable Car    ildan@langkawicablecar.com.my , info@langkawicablecar.com.my

Bird Watching
Langkawi is home to a rich variety of birdlife, with many rare species. We can arrange for guided tours to take you to the right places for best chances of viewing variety.

Nature Cycling Trip
Ride a bicycle through river banks, rice paddy fields and forest in this 4 hour trip and experience Langkawi from a totally different point of view.

Some Nature Operators
Dev’s Adventure Tours
Jungle Walla Tours
Langkawi Canopy Adventures
Trip Advisor





Quad Bikes
Quad bike rides are available at the base of Mt Machincang and near the Oriental Village and cable car. Adventures are from 15-minute test runs to two-hour jungle adventures. You can experience open fields, mud baths, rocky paths, rainforest and river crossings.

Langkawi Adventures  www.langkawiadventures.com






Alor Star

Alor Star is located in the northern part of Kedah, 30km across the Straits of Malacca from Langkawi and 300km from Kuala Lumpur. The town was originally called Kota Star until 1943 when it was changed to Alor Star. Government departments, royal sites, many heritage buildings, museums and cultural centres are located here.

Some of the state’s tourism attractions include the Rice Museum which is a fitting tribute to Kedah’s most important agricultural crop. For those who love rock climbing and trekking, Mount Keriang is the place to visit. Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad house is also located in Kedah and is a popular place for locals to inspect. Other recommended places of interest include the Royal Orchestra Hall, State Art Gallery, Grand Audience Hall, Zahir Mosque, Royal Museum, Tunku Abdul Rahman’s House of Freedom and the Alor Star Tower.

Sungai Sedim is a recreational forest in Kedah located 30 km northeast of Kulim and two hour’s drive from Alor Star. It is being privately developed into an extreme sports recreational centre with sporting activities such as whitewater rafting and tubing. Sungai River is a fast-flowing river with a 17 km stretch of water that’s ideal for white-water rafting. There is also a canopy walk through the tree tops which offers a bird’s eye view of the surrounding rainforest.

Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia both flight from the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport. Ferry services to and from Langkawi depart from Kuala Kedah.






Water Based

If you are a sailor, there are many options for you to choose, from small hobie cats’ right through to self-sail catamarans and five-star luxury sail boats for full charters.

If you prefer to motor rather than sail Langkawi offers numerous boats for charter from small vessels right up to 34m boats.

Some Charter Operators
Blue water Star Sailing
Crystal Yacht
Pippen Marine
Simpson Marine
Trip Advisor

Sea Kayaking
There are many resorts that have tandem canoes fitted with comfortable seatbacks and watertight compartments for safe sea kayaking. Adventurers can have lunch packed by their resort and head off to a nearby island for a picnic lunch.




Island Hopping

With so many islands to enjoy, hop till you drop. There are a variety of island hopping tours on the island offering different experiences. You can visit the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden and experience this freshwater paradise. We recommend that you ensure that your operator has the proper licenses, safety equipment and insurance coverage.

Palau Payar Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
East Marine offers guided, full-day snorkelling and diving trips to Palau Payar Marine Park. Each trip starts with a hotel transfer to the jetty where you will board a boat for the one-hour trip to Payar Island. Lunch is included in the package. It should be pointed out that Palau Payar is used by visitors from both Langkawi and Penang. Because of this, the area used for snorkelling can sometimes get crowded. The visibility can also vary and so it may be worthwhile inquiring at the time of booking. The southern Thai Island of Koh Lipe can also be accessed for day snorkelling and diving trips.

East Marine
Langkawi Coral
Koh Lipe Day Adventures


Datai Bay Golf Course
Nestled between the northern foothills of Gunung Machincang and Datai Bay, the 6,000m long course is made up of fairways of Bermuda grass and greens of tifdwarf grass. The course undulates in all directions and a lost ball is probably….lost. You will see monkeys in the trees and hornbills in the air so it’s a bit of an eco experience as well. It is a 30-minute taxi ride from Pantai Cenang to the course. Uniquely, this course has a 19th hole that is not a bar! To finish you will need to clear 160m stretch over the sea, a rocky shore and a bunker. The club house is well serviced with a pro shop, restaurant and full buggy facility.

Datai Bay Golf Club        sales@dataigolf.com

Gunung Raya Golf Course
As the name suggests, the club lies in the foothills of Mount Raya. It is the most popular course on the island, being less expensive than the Datai and easier to play. The 6,377m course is turf with Zoysia Matrella grass ending with superb greens of Tifdwarf Bermuda. You will see an abundance of wildlife on your way around this stunning setting of mountains and mangroves. The first nine holes are deceptively forgiving lulling you into a false sense of security before you reach the 13th, 14th and 15th where the trees, lakes and bunkers are ball magnets. Facilities include an open driving range and pro shop, club house, café and changing rooms. Buggies are essential and these are plentiful.

Gunung Raya Golf Club      reservation@goldgr.com.my

99 Degrees East Golf Course
Langkawi may soon host international golf events with the development of two 18 whole world class golf courses.
The plan is a part of a RM2.8 Billion township, resorts and golf club located in Ulu Melaka near Kuah.

The first nine holes should be playable by June 2009 and the following 9 holes by January 2010.

99 Degrees Golf Club      enquiries@99degrees.com

Adventure Tours

Langkawi Canopy Adventures
Jürgen Zimmerer, apart from being a hypnotist who can help you give up smoking and an iron man participant and trainer, is another of the island’s passionate environmentalists who also runs a number of adventure and eco tours. The Canopy Adventure is based upon the concept used in the film “Medicine Man”. Essentially you will go through sections of the islands rainforest on wires approximately 10m off the ground in the tree canopy itself, finishing off with a flying fox run. It’s exhilarating and requires a moderate level of fitness and a sense of adventure.

Langkawi Canopy Adventures       juergzim@yahoo.com

Jungle Trekking
Walks through the jungles and even on the Machincang ridge, at the top of the cable car, can be arranged with a number of eco-operators. Night walks can also be arranged to see different wildlife.






Horse Riding
Island Horses runs a stable of well-kept horses for treks into the jungle and along the beach at the foothills of Gunung Machincang, near the cable car. The rides cater for all levels from non riders to Olympic standard participants.

Langkawi Horses        info@langkawi-islandhorses.com

Self Drive
Driving around the island of Langkawi at your own pace is definitely the way to go for those who prefer to see the island at their leisure. Cars can be hired in many locations around the island or through your hotel but we recommend you use a reputable and licensed operator. Most rental cars from hotels are insured. Enjoy the island under your own steam. Langkawi’s roads are in good condition and are well signposted. It is useful to know that BERHENTI means STOP. Hotel concierges can assist with a map of the island. Possible drives include:

• The Cable Car and Oriental Village

• Telaga Tujuh – Seven Wells

• A drive over to Datai Bay

• Lunch at the top of Gunung Raya

• Tanjung Rhu Beach for some sunbathing

• Telaga Air Hangat – hot water springs

• Durian Perangin Waterfall

• Makam Mahsuri – Mahsuri’s Mausoleum

Other Activities





Underwater World
Underwater World is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquariums in South East Asia. The concept and theme of the aquarium is geared towards knowledge, education and environment.
Laman Padi
Located on Pantai Cenang, Laman Padi showcases the history, heritage and development of the nation’s rice growing industry. Among the attractions here is a rice museum displaying artefacts, charts and photographs and for the uninitiated, try your hand at padi planting using both traditional as well as modern methods of cultivation.

Kota Mahsuri
The legend of Mahsuri is one of Langkawi’s most famous legends. This mausoleum in the centre of the island marks the spot where Mahsuri, the fair maiden, who was unjustly accused of adultery, was buried. Mahsuri’s story is Langkawi’s most famous legend. In the museum you can see a very impressive recorded interpretation of the legend. The grounds of the complex have a number of traditional Malay houses, local entertainment, traditional cooking demonstration & live theatre of the legend of Matsuri .

Atma Alam Batik Art Village
Start your visit with the batik workshop, where you are invited to take part in and then from here take your time to enjoy the original batik and other artwork that adorns the gallery walls. Browse the showrooms for wonderful silk and cotton household items, clothing and accessories as well as other regional mementos. This very welcoming art village and gallery is situated in Padang Matsirat and they also have a showroom at Oriental Village.

Langkawi Wildlife Park
Get to know some animal and bird species in a lush tropical garden setting. They have covered walkways between displays and also have a shop selling natural stones, crystals and pearl jewellery.

Cooking Classes
These are offered at some of the larger hotels such as The Sheraton, The Andaman, Four Seasons & Rebak Island Resort. Check with reception for times and the style of food they are showcasing on the day.

Langkawi Elephant Adventures

At the turn of the 19th century, elephants were still part of Malaysia’s heritage. Langkawi Elephant Adventures offers jungle rides, feeding sessions and bathing sessions. Located at the Oriental Village it makes a pleasant combined tour with a visit to the cable car.


Mr. Zaini Abd Karim – Nature Marine Eco-Tours – Mobile: 012 459-6652 or Mr. Syukri – Mobile: 019 516-6151.

Craft and Cultural Centre
Just passed Gunung Raya is the Craft Centre which offers an array of local handicrafts at very reasonable prices. It also showcases talented artisans making handicrafts and an interactive display of batik making. Also within the complex is a room dedicated to the fascinating legends and folklores of the island.


In Malaysia eating is a national past-time. So follows that Langkawi has a large variety of restaurants ranging from local stalls with plastic chairs and limited kitchens to high end five-star restaurants. Malaysian food is varied with the three main styles being Malay, Chinese and Indian but within each styles there is a lot of variation.

The most popular eating areas on the island are Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah. Wandering along the street you can find traditional Malay food, Chinese cuisine and of course, many Western delights. There are excellent Italian, Japanese and Indian restaurants as well as café food. Some of these are even located right on the beach. Kuah also offers many outlets, particularly for local seafood dishes.

For something special many hotels offer exclusive beach dining experiences with multi-course menus and extensive wine menus. For further details consult:


Bars and Entertainment
Langkawi is not generally known for its wild night life but there are a number of bars throughout the island. Popular are beachside bars which vary from simple bars for a quiet drink and a chat to premium cocktail bars. There are a few late night clubs on the island located in Pantai Tangah as well as in various hotels and resorts.


Langkawi has some small shopping malls as well as a variety of local or tourist shopping strips. Most basic products are available on the island and souvenirs abound. There are a number of duty free stores that offer competitive prices on confectionary, alcohol, cigarettes and electronic products.

There are local markets every evening on Langkawi but in a different location. These markets offer an insight into local life with fresh fruit and vegetable stalls as well as hawker stalls that offer a taste of many local specialities.






There is an abundance of spas on Langkawi offering a variety of treatments from local Malay massage to Thai massage and from body treatments to manicure and pedicures. The experiences offered are from all-day, five-star therapies in tropical surroundings or a foot massage on top of Machincang at the cable car to traditional Ayurvedic medicine treatments.

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH Hotels) – Langkawi
Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH Hotels) – Langkawi

If you are looking for a great selection of places to stay with discount prices, visit Langkawi Hotel for more information.

Name –  www Location Emails * Tot. Rooms
Awana Porto Malai Resort Tanjung Malai apml@genting.com.my 4 209
Berjaya Langkawi Resort – Malaysia Burau Bay reservation@b-langkawi.com.my 4 409
Bayview Hotel Langkawi Kuah bayviewlangkawi@bayviewhotels.com 4 282
Bon Ton / Temple Tree Pantai Cenang info@bontonresort.com.my 4 21
Casa del Mar Langkawi Pantai Cenang info@casadelmar-langkawi.com 4 34
The Frangipani Resort & Spa Pantai Tengah rsvn@frangipanilangkawi.com 4 118
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Tanjung Rhu reservation.lan@fourseasons.com 5 91
Helang Hotel Padang Matsirat hotelhelang@po.jaring.my 4 232
Holiday Villa Pantai Tengah reservation@lgkhvl.com 4 346
Langkawi Lagoon Resort Padang Matsirat rsvp@langkawilagoonresort.com 4 154
Langkasuka Padang Matsirat langresort@po.jaring.my 4 214
Meritus Pelangi Resort & Spa Pantai Cenang pelangi.pbl@meritus-hotels.com 5 331
Mutiara Burau Bay Beach Resort Burau Bay sales@mutiarahotels.com 4 150
Tanjung Sanctuary Resort & Spa  Jln Teluk Nibung reservations@tanjungsanctuary.com.my 5 31
Tanjung Rhu Resort Tanjung Rhu resort@tanjungrhu.com.my 5 136
Rebak Island Resort Langkawi – A Taj Hotel Pulau Rebak rmresv.malaysia@tajhotels.com 5 82
The Andaman Andaman Bay sales@ghmhotels.com 5 187
The Datai Datai Bay datai@ghmhotels.com 5 122
Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort & Spa Jln. Teluk Nibung langkawireservation.00281@
5 238
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa Kuah westin.langkawi@westin.com 5 222


MICE – Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events

Langkawi as a destination is a unique location with a diverse array of experiences to impress yours guests.

Event Management Companies
Event management Companies are based in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore with a number of satellite offices in Langkawi. Ask your hotel provider for a list of suitable companies.

Team Building
Learn to Sail in Your Own Sailing Regatta
This is done near Kuah at the Bella Vista Hotel and can be completed as a regatta.

Wilderness Langkawi

High Ropes
Wilderness Malaysia is the first and only outdoor education centre in Malaysia to conduct high ropes courses onboard a ship. This ropes course is built onboard our training vessel, the “Reef Explorer” and provides the perfect setting to challenge personal perceptions and build self-confidence.

Wilderness Langkawi

Car Rallies
Most nationalities are able to drive in Langkawi if over the age of 21 and have a current full driver’s licence and not a provisional licence. You will need the actual licence and your passport when registering the vehicle. Langkawi is quite easy to drive around with open roads, western road rules and generally low levels of traffic. Signs are very good and a group car rally can be easily arranged by most hotels with some level of preparation.

Kasina Car Rental

Langkawi’s golf courses are well set up for group bookings with buggies and hire equipment available.

Datai Bay Golf Club      sales@dataigolf.com

Gunung Raya                 reservation@golfgr.com.my

99 Degrees East          enquiries@99degrees.com

Yoga, Pilates and Fitness
Ann’s V Fitness Centre offers complete onsite and offsite activities from boot camps, to yoga to dance training and performances.

Ann V Fitness                info@annvfitness.com

MORAC Go-Karting
Morac also provides other services including go-karting classes and lectures especially on go-karting skills.

MORAC Langkawi:   corporatecomm@mofaz.com    6 04 955 5827

Mangrove Wetlands and Bat Caves Tour
The mangroves and wetlands area of the Kilim Geopark area host a diverse array of flora and fauna.





Langkawi Canopy Adventures
The Langkawi Canopy Adventure is based upon the concept used in the film “Medicine Man”. Essentially you will go through sections of the island’s rainforest on wires approximately 10m off the ground in the tree canopy itself, finishing off with a flying fox run. It is exhilarating and requires a moderate level of fitness and a sense of adventure.
Langkawi Canopy Adventures       juergzim@yahoo.com

Other Team Building Activities
Many other team building activities can be completed depending upon what the hotel, destination management company or tour operator you select. Some other ideas are jungle treks, raft building, initiative games, sea kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, fishing and boat charters.

Charter Boats and Sailing
Charter boats are available to carry up to 150 passengers on “Lili Marleen”. The islands ensure that the waters are smooth for sailing and guest comfort.

Blue Water Star Sailing

Crystal Yacht

Pippen Marine

Simpson Marine

Off-Site Catering & Group Restaurants
Most of the larger hotels and resorts can undertake off-site catering and in the wetter months, marquees are available for hire. Langkawi has an array of restaurants on offer with many styles of cuisines available.
Just ask your hotel or resort for suggestions, though please find below some selected venues.

Bon Ton                     – Pantai Cenang      info@bontonresort.com.my            P. 604 955 6787

Cenang Boat Quay  – Pantai Cenang      chenangboatquay@yahoo.com     P. 604 968 1808

L’Osteria                   – Pantai Tengah       osteria_langkawi@hotmail.com    P. 604 955 2133

Mare Blue Italian      – Telaga Harbour                                                                P. 604 959 3830

Tapaz                        – Telaga Harbour      alexsigi@yahoo.com

The Light House       – Pantai Tengah       shucor@streamyx.com                   P. 604 955 2586

Matsuri International Exhibition Centre
The MIEC is the largest exhibition and convention facility in Langkawi with an area of approximately 71,400m2. Its facilities are of international standard and suitable for all conventions and exhibitions catering for up to 3,000 participants. It is equipped with an exhibition centre, function rooms, lounge rooms, VIP suites, gallery and viewing deck.
Matsuri International Exhibition Centre:   info@tourismlangkawi.gov.my

Getting Around for Groups
Buses ranging from 12 to 50-seater modern vans and coaches are available from a number of suppliers and tour operators throughout Langkawi. All the five-star properties offer VIP limousine transfers upon request using vehicles such as Mercedes and Jaguars.

VIP Air Transfers
Corporate jets and helicopters can be arranged for VIP’s, for that special treat or as a surprise for a client.
To charter these contact:

Various Locations:    Chapman freeborn Charters   65 6542 1316
Ex Kuala Lumpur:      Weststar Aviation,                    60 19 278 3217
Ex Kuala Lumpur:      Oxy Sky Group                          60 3 5569 9500
Ex Singapore:            Gerard De Vaz                         65 9819 3136

Audio Visual Companies
Most established hotels with conference facilities have suitable audio-visual equipment for hire.
For a more extensive range please contact your hotel or destination management company.

It you are looking to photograph some part or your entire event, these contact details may be useful.

Shen Photography     bjyphoto@yahoo.com,
Affendy Photo             photo@affendy.com,

MAH Hotels with Group Facilities (MICE)
MAH Hotels with Group (MICE) Facilities

Name / www Stars TTL Gst Rms TTL Conf Rms Capac. AV Data Project. AV
Video Conf.
Themed Events Off-site Catering
Awana Porto Malai Resort 4 209 8 450 Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited
Berjaya Resort 4 502 10 1000 Yes No Yes Yes No
Casa del Mar Langkawi 4 34 1 25 Yes No No Limited Limited
Bayview Hotel Langkawi 4 282 10 800 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Frangipani Resort & Spa 4 118 1 50 No No No Yes No
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi 5 90 3 80 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Helang Hotel 3 218 9 150 No No No Limited Limited
Holiday Villa 4 346 7 360 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Langkawi Lagoon Resort 4 154 8 500 Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa 5 331 12 700 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tanjung Rhu Resort 5 136 1 100 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rebak Island Resort – A Taj Hotel 5 82 1 110 Yes No Yes Yes Limited
The Andaman 5 186 7 300 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
The Datai 5 110 1 20 Yes No No Yes Yes
Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort 5 238 4 450 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa 5 222 5 400 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

MAH Hotels – Alor Star Hotels with Group Facilities

StarCity Hotel Alor Star
3 98 4 1200 Yes No Yes Yes No

Getting Married in Langkawi
Getting Married in Langkawi

A wedding on the golden sands of Langkawi is truly a special event. Whether it be a small or large function there are a number of locations and options from which to choose. For many, the legal wedding formalities are performed at the local Registry Office but it can also be arranged for the officer to come to a location of your choice by applying for a special license.

Regulations and Procedures
As in every country there are a number of things that must be done and forms to be filled out before your marriage can be solemnised. Please note that you must be in Langkawi for seven days prior to the wedding day.

You have a choice of three different procedures to getting married – all three have the same legal effect.

1. Marriage at the office of the Registrar of Marriages

2. Marriage through a religious ceremony, custom or usage such as a temple or church where the temple/church official is appointed

3. Assistant Registrar or marriage by special license from the Chief Minister

Firstly you will need to gather together the following documents;

• Passports accompanied by a photocopy of the data page and date of latest entry page into Malaysia.

• Original full birth certificates

• One coloured passport-size photograph

• Application form “Borang JPN KCO1” for normal or special marriages

• Affidavit of marital status such as a certificate of no impediment

• If previous marriages were terminated by divorce, both parties must submit original or certified copy of final or absolute divorce decree. If terminated by death of a spouse, submit original or certified copy of the death and marriage certificates.

• A copy of the passport of both witnesses

Marriage application forms, translation application forms and the special license form can be obtained from the Registration Office in Kuah. Please note that all forms are in Bahasa Malaysian so a translator will be needed for non-Bahasa Malaysian speakers.

Once you have all your forms filled in and documents checked you will need to make an appointment to have the forms signed by the Court Registrar at the courthouse before making an appointment with the District Officer to have the marriage approved. Please note that this process can take up 4-5 hours. After approval, the forms need to be lodged back at the Registry Office. This process can be done up to 21 days prior to the wedding but should be done at least two working days prior to the wedding to avoid complications.

If you are solemnising your marriage at the Registry Office you will need to make an appointment with them. You will need to take into account working days and public holidays. If you have a special license then you will need to arrange the time and date that you wish the ceremony to take place with the Registry Office.

Key Contacts
Check out your Embassy/High Commission or Consulates website in Malaysia for the correct procedure for your country. The process does differ slightly from place to place in Malaysia but check out:

the Government site for this

Wedding Organisers
It is advisable to appoint a wedding organiser due to the three organisations that require information and the possible language barrier. Check with your hotel if they complete their own or please feel free to contact the following for assistance:

Adam Malik:       adammalik_sh@hotmail.com

Nasha Hashim    Langkawi Wedding Planner


Disclaimer of Information:
Information within this document may change at any time without notice and the writer and organisation can take no responsibility for any loss, injury, or complaint about any business, feature and service mentioned above.

Date updated:
20th March 2009

Written by
Jason Kruse
Casa del Mar Langkawi


Originally from : http://www.langkawi-destination-manual.com/


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