Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

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Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Langkawi, Cenang Beach at night
Langkawi
Cenang Beach at night
Langkawi, Cenang Beach
Langkawi
Cenang Beach

Getting to and away from Langkawi

Flight
Langkawi has an airport in the western part of the island with regular connections to Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
Airlines: Air Asia, Firefly, Malaysian Airlines, Berjaya Air

Ferry
Ferry to Langkawi arrive at the ferry terminal in Kuah, the main town of the island in the eastern part of Langkawi. Langkawi can be reached by boat from these locations:
Kuala Perlis (travel time 75min)
Kuala Kedah (10min outside of Alor Setar, travel time 105min)
Georgetown, Penang (traveltime 2h 45min)
Koh Lipe (Thailand) (travel time 1h)
Satun (Thailand) (travel time 1h 15min)

click on the link to book a ferry ticket online:

Langkawi - Kuala Perlis Kuala Perlis - Langkawi
Langkawi - Kuala Kedah Kuala Kedah - Langkawi
Langkawi - Penang Penang - Langkawi

Click here for detailed travel information (ferry times, prices etc.) on getting to and away from Langkawi.

 

Bus Connections
main bus terminal: Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal
click on the link to book a bus ticket online:

Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Perlis Kuala Perlis - Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur - Alor Setar Alor Setar - Kuala Lumpur

 



Excellent alternative online resources:

Wikipidia:Langkawi



How to get to and away from Langkawi

Langkawi is a large island in the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia just south of the Thai border and about 30km from the mainland. It has ferry connections to Satun and Koh Lipe in Thailand as well as to Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Penang in Malaysia. Read on for more details ... more

Things to Do & See
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Langkawi Cable Car
The daring cable car ride that takes you up to Gunung Macincang at 708 metres offers spectactular views over the Island and is a must when visiting Langkawi ... more
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Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach)
This wide and long beach is the most popular beach on the island and the center of Langkawi's tourism infrastructure. It is a lively place also at night with various bars and restaurants. ... more
Gunung Raya
highest peak on Langkawi (881m) with spectacular views over the island and even to Thailand when it is clear ... more

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Tubotel
Budget Hotel, Langkawi
Unique accommodation concept located at its own jetty at the northern end of Pantai Cenang with unspoiled sea views and tubes to sleep in ... more
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Gecko Guesthouse
Hostel, Langkawi
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach ... more
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Crystal Yacht
Crystal Yacht offers sailing yacht cruises around Langkawi and the Andaman Sea ... more
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Rainbow Lodge
Hostel, Langkawi
3min from Cenang Beach with scenic mountain view, village landscape, quiet and peaceful surrounding and calm atmosphere. In-house restaurant and bar available. ... more
Tourism Busineses & Services
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Island Horses
Equestrian centre called "The Perdana Stables", operated by Island Horses Sdn Bhd, located near the Oriental Village offering fun rides, beach or jungle rides and mountain trail horse rides ... more
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Mega Water Sports
Specialized in water sports specifically jet ski rentals and jet ski tours, also offering luxury motor yacht getaways and other services ... more
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Crystal Yacht
Crystal Yacht offers sailing yacht cruises around Langkawi and the Andaman Sea ... more

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Transport
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Langkawi International Airport
Langkawi's airport is located in the west of the Island and has flight connections to Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore. ... more

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HOSTELS
Malibest Resort
Chalets, Langkawi
nice Budget Resort on Cenang Beach, RM 100 - RM 230 (Chalets). They also have really lovely treetop chalets (RM180, RM230) but you need to book in advance to get them, on-site indian restaurant ... more
Kedawang Beach Inn
Chalets, Langkawi
Friendly accommodation with guest kitchen on northern end of Tengah Beach (right south of Cenang Beach), RM70- RM110 ... more
Sandy Beach Resort
Hostel, Langkawi
Chalets on both sides of the road on Cenang Beach, from RM90 ... more

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Hotels in in Langkawi
HOSTELS
in Langkawi
Sandy Beach Resort
Chalets on both sides of the road on Cenang Beach, from RM90
Best Star Resort
2-storey hotel and 6 Chalets on Cenang Beach
Related Flyers / Brochures
Cook with Shuk, The Lighthouse, Langkawi
flyer for Chef Shuk's cooking school and The Lighthouse restaurant and beach bar at Pantai Tengah, Pulau Langkawi ... more