I hadn’t heard much about this island before I started doing some pre-travel planning of the trip to Malaysia. Actually, who am I kidding, I knew absolutely nothing about the existence of Langkawi, let along the little stunning Perhential islands on the East coast of the country.
Your geography teacher can only teach you so much!
Travel 1 geography 0.
So I’ve decided to give you guys all the info I’ve gathered during my stay in this lovely island. Sharing is caring, isn’t it?
How to get there
There’s many ways of getting to the island, including different forms of transportation and budget. The easiest (and sometimes more expensive) way is to fly there from either Kuala Lumpur or Penang. You can also take a ferry, with Penang being the most convenient departure location. Here is more info about the schedule and fares.
Do your research before your trip, but don’t trust everything you read on the net. You will find many misconceptions and erroneous information about lots of things and places. ATM are very common in both Cameron Highlands and Langkawi and, similarly, there is a way to get from CH to the island. There’s a small company that runs minibuses to Kuala Kedha (from where you take the ferry), though you have to book in advance and hope for at least 6 people to book the same trip. As of April 2015 the price was RM85 ($20).
Just one warning: the road is very twisty for the first hour and the drivers tend to drive quite fast, and some of them don’t even have insurance. So, just to be safe, tell the driver to slow down a bit – and down all the pills and gums you have for travel motion sickness!
The ferry to the island takes about 1.5hours and costs about RM ($).
Where to stay
Most tourists stay in Kuah, where the ferry will drop you off. There’s plenty of shops and restaurants and it’s close to the departure location of the day snorkelling trip to the Pulau Marine Park, south of Langkawi.
Cenang is another affordable option. It’s on the west side of the island and it’s equally filled with shops, restaurants and a couple of malls. The Duty Free store sells incredibly cheap liquors and chocolates!
The northern coast of the island has the best beaches, some of which are private as they belong to some of the expensive resorts located along the coast.
Things to do
Though the rhythm of the lifestyle of the island is rather slow, as you’d expect, there’s quite a few things you can do in the island – apart from relaxing on the beach, of course.
From water sports like parasailing and jet skiing to snorkelling and diving, you’ve got plenty to choose from. There are also a few golf courses around the island and they are beautiful! I mean, look at this prime view from The Golf Club Datai Bay…
The most famous attraction in the island is the SkyCab, “the longest free span mono-cable car”. It is part of a complex of activities and attractions that also include the SkyBridge, “the longest free span and curved bridge in the world”. The island of records, you could say! I’ll keep the details and photos for the next post.
If you run out of things to do during your stay, just jump on the ferry and head over to Thailand! Exciting, right? Just walk around the shops (in either Kedah or Cenang) and you will find numerous little travel agencies that have posters on display with ferry fares to Thai islands such as Koh Lipe, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and even Koh Samui.
Your best option to get around the island is to rent a car. A small yet functional car will cost you around $20-25 dollars for the day. Considering the cheap cost of fuel, getting your own car for the day is much more convenient than paying multiple taxis. You can also rent motorbikes and bikes if you like.
If you are staying in Cenang, a taxi to and from the SkyCab will cost you RM80 ($20). There’s no public transport to get there.
Taxi fares are quite reasonable. Taximeters are not very common among cheap taxis, so make sure to ask and agree on a price with the driver before you enter the vehicle.
Have you ever been to Langkawi? What’s the most beautiful island you’ve been to in Malaysia?