Faces of
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.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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Langkawi, Malaysia

Kuah

address: Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Kuah-Langkawi.jpg, The main town on Langkawi and the place you arrive per boat from Penang, Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis or from Thailand.
view of shop house area in Kuah town towards the jetty in the background
The main town on Langkawi and the place you arrive per boat from Penang, Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis or from Thailand.

You probably won’t spend much time in Kuah. Once you arrive at the jetty, you can rent a car or get a taxi to get to the accommodations at the beaches.
The are many of duty free shops in Kuah. All of the island’s banks are there too. There are also many condominium apartment buildings in Kuah, for those who want to stay longer in Langkawi and rent a apartment.

 


Kuah jetty: the is where the boats from the mainland arrive image: Google Street View

 



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Hotels in in Langkawi
HOSTELS
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Langkawi Dormitorio
Backpacker accommodation at Pantai Cenang
Langgura Baron Resort
budget resort on Cenang Beach (RM120 - RM150)
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Datai Beach
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Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis, Penang
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Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
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