Forested hills, romantic white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters greet visitors to tropical Pulau Langkawi, the largest of the 99 islands in Langkawi archipelago.
Known mysteriously as “Legendary Island” because of myths associated with its ancient geological formations, it drifts serenely alongside Malaysia in the azure Andaman Sea.
First time travelling to Langkawi? Here are the important things that you should know about this beautiful island.
As it is part of Malaysia, the official language use here is Bahasa Malaysia, but English is widely spoken and understood by the local.
Ringgit is the official currency, but some resorts and establishments do accept other notes or offer foreign exchange (check with them for the service).
The current exchange rate is around RM3.80 to USD 1.00 – but, you should consult banks for the latest exchange rates prior to your trip.
Finding the banks and money changers is easy in Kuah town and the airport. Banks open daily from 09:30 to 15:30. On Thursdays, they are open from 09:30 to 12:00 and are closed on Saturdays.
Langkawi follows the Kedah state holidays.
Weekends for them fall on Thursdays and Fridays but most businesses will be operating normal business hours on Thursdays too. The official start of the week is on Saturday.
ELECTRICITY & POWER SOCKET
The power socket use in Malaysia are of type G, and the electricity follows the 240 volt 50-cycle system.
It’s safe to bring you travel adapter here.
Citizens of North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and China need visas to enter Malaysia.
Other foreigners may enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month.
As regulations may change over time, do consult your nearest Malaysian Embassy or consular office to confirm this arrangement.
Water Tap water is safe for drinking in Malaysia, but some hotels install filtration systems or provide bottled water for guests as an added precaution.
Foreign nationals visiting Malaysia for 48 hours or less receive a duty exemption for the purchase of souvenirs, gifts and items intended for personal use up to a limit of RM500.
There is a duty-free limit for certain types of items: booze (up to one litre), tobacco (up to 225g, or 200 cigarettes), one pair of leather footwear, new clothing (up to three pieces), as well as cosmetics and personal hygiene items (not including powder or hair products).
All drugs are prohibited in Malaysia and laws are strictly enforced. There is a death penalty for anyone caught carrying a certain amount for trafficking, and even possession of the smallest amount can land one in very serious trouble.