Langkawi is a land that seems to have a magnet at its very heart. It is a feeling that is magical and is difficult to understand unless you have experienced but once visited you are surely compelled to come back and may even want to stay forever.
Maybe its Langkawi’s clear white sand, magical breeze, maybe the friendly people, or maybe even the influence from spirits (Mahsuri) that certainly abide in this place.
Langkawi archipelago is situated in Kedah, Malaysia with latitudes 6°10'N to 6°30'N and longitudes 99°35'E to 100°E. With an estimated 100,000 populations, it is also considered as one of the quieter and moderately slower paced islands. Like many islands in Malaysia, Langkawi has developed a world of its own. Daily life on Langkawi is culturally linked to fishing and cement production in the midst of breathtaking panoramas of cultivated rice terraces, impressive views and pristine beaches.
Lying up north of Peninsula, Langkawi can boast a tropical monsoon climate with an average temperature of around 24 Celsius to 33 Celsius. The raining season is between April and October and the dry season stars from November to March.
The national language is Bahasa Malaysia. English is understood too and those originating from Thailand speak fluent Thai. Langkawi is accessible by sea, rail and air.
Getting to Langkawi
With increasing number of direct flights from many parts of the world, getting to Langkawi is easy.
There are three main take-off points by ferry to Langkawi namely; Penang, Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kedah takes about 6 hours while Kuala Perlis is another hour away or so. Car parking facilities are available at all there points.
The Langkawi International Airport at Padang Matsirat caters to domestic flights provided by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia on a daily basis. Silk Air and Tiger Air also fly regularly from Singapore to this beautiful island.
The journey to Langkawi from Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis take 1 hour 15 minutes and 45 minters respectively. Meanwhile, from ferry from Penang takes about 3 hours.
There are many modes of transport to help you get around in Langkawi. A variety of excellent half day, full day and overnight packages are available.
Rent or hire a coach/driver who will also act as your guide.
Whilst walking about, you will be barraged with constant questions of "Transport, transport?". Competition is tight and many divers know several languages. Tell the driver your desired route and negotiate a fee.
An importance virtue to have while on the road in Langkawi is patience. Although the road system is quite reasonable (condition wise), it can be heavily congested at peak seasons.