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.

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

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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

 



Hotels in in Langkawi
HOSTELS
in Langkawi
Rainbow Lodge
3min from Cenang Beach with scenic mountain view, village landscape, quiet and peaceful surrounding and calm atmosphere. In-house restaurant and bar available.
Fox Hill Langkawi holiday resort
Small resort in the heart of Langkawi on the road to Makam Mahsuri with a house for backpackers who want to be in the middle of nature
Things to do & see
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
Datai Beach
Langkawis most exclusiv beach in the north-west of the island. Home to the super-exclusiv Datai and Andaman Resorts ... more
Things to do & see
Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street). ... more

Kampong Glam / Arab Street, Singapore
Kampong Glam is a heritage neighbourhood in Singapore with many beautifully refurbished shophouses and the Sultan Mosque as it's landmark. The area around Arab Street host many middle eastern restaurants, textile and fabric shops. ... more