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Chinese New Year ! Langkawi Island,Malaysia - Archipelago Dreams
   
Tour Code: STS-MY-001 Price per person from: From RMB 7,590
Departure Date: 20 Jan, 2011 Click for Price Details
   
 
Summary:

An archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is like a precious emerald necklace laid upon the ocean. Once Malaysia's best-kept secret, today Langkawi attracts many visitors thanks to its lack of a monsoon season, its pristine beaches, wild jungles, and craggy mountains. The possibilities here are endless: island-hopping, scuba diving and snorkeling, discovering wildlife, relaxing on a beach, sampling delicious Malaysian cuisine...

Summary Itinetary Prices Features Notes Customize This Trip

Scuba diving in Langkawi

on the beach

Silver Sandy Beach

Marine Park Fish Feeding

the cable car in rainforest

Island Dream

Island Dream

Mertius Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa

Berjaya Langkawi Beach Resort

Berjaya Langkawi Beach Resort

Sheraton Langkawi- Pool

Sheraton Langkawi- Room

The Beach

Tour Dates Destinations Today's Activities Meals Include

   
Langkawi Island,Malaysia - Archipelago Dreams
Chinese New Year Special !
Departure Date: 20JAN, 2011

  

Flight schedule ( fly with Malaysia Airlines)

Date              Flight Number       Dep. City / Time             Arrival City/ Time                Duration            
20Jan            MH379                  Beijing/ 1650                   Kuala Lumpur /2235          6 hours 15 mins
21Jan            MH1438                Kuala Lumpur/ 1100        Langkawi /1155                 55 mins
27Jan            MH1459                Langkawi / 1930             Kuala Lumpur/ 2030          1 hour
28Jan            MH370                  Kuala Lumpur / 0050       Beijing / 0630                     6 hours 40 mins


Itinerary Outline
20Jan Beijng- Kuala Lumpur
Depart Beijing for Langkawi, upon arrival, check in the Pan Pacific Airport hotel
.
Overnight in Langkawi

* Pan Pacific Airport Hotel (4.5 Star), the best airport hotel in Malaysia, 4.5 star, full facilities, just connect the airport with an overpass, very convenient

21Jan Kuala Lumpur-
Langkawi
Take a mornig flight to Langkawi, upon arrival, you will be met at the airport, transfer to hotel..
Overnight in Langkawi.

22Jan-26Jan Langkawi (B)
Time at leisure. You could relax yourselves at the Pantai Chenang beach, or take a speedboat/motorboat to the ocean. As an island surround by azure blue seas that hold a rich variety of marine life, it’s no wonder that Langkawi has a buffet spread of culinary delights from the sea. There are dozens of agencies for every kind of activities like ping, sailing, spas or even golf..
Overnight in Langkawi.

27Jan-28Jan Langkawi- Kuala Lumpur- Beijing (B)

Enjoy the last moment in Langkawi till everning transfer to the airport for flight back to Beijing.

 

 

 

   

Package Rate -

                   
  Category Hotel Name Room Type Adult Share Twin Adult Extra Bed Child Extra Bed Child Share Existing Bed with Adults  
  Standard Mutiara Buran Bay Hotel Superior Cabana Garden  7,590 N/A N/A 5,480  
  First Class Mutiara Buran Bay Hotel Superior Cabana Seaview 7,810 N/A N/A 5,480  
  Superior Berjaya Langkawi Beach Resort & Spa Superior Chalet 8,150 7,090 6,980 5,580  
  Rainforest Chalet 8,870 7,090 6,980 5,580  
  Deluxe A Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort & Spa Superior Room 9,680 9,150 9,060 5,980  
  Garden View Room 10,780 9,150 9,060 5,980  
  Partial Seaview Room 10,980 9,150 9,060 5,980  
  B Westin Langkawi Beach Resort & Spa Deluxe Room 12,290 N/A 6,180 5,980  
  Deluxe Garden View 12,150 N/A 6,180 5,980  
  C The Danna Langkawi Merchant Room 10,530 7,550 6,490 5,980  
                   

  Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusive feature:
· Round trip economy class air ticket
· 6 nights hotel accommodation in Langkawi, 1 night hotel accommodation at Pan Pacific Airport Hotel in Kuala Lumpur,  based on twin sharing one twin room/ room type mentioned above· 

· Daily hotel full breakfast in Langkawi
· Return airport transfers in Langkawi by private vehicle
· All hotel government tax and service charges

* If staying at the Westing Langkawi Beach Resort & Spa or Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort & Spa, there are TWO DOUBLE BEDS in the room, no need to put extra bed, for family with kid(s), you will have enough room space.

 

Exclusions-
- Air tax ( approx RMB1,900 per adult, RMB1,810 per child)
- Other services NOT mentioned in the INCLUSIONS.

Andaman Beach Resort & Spa
Official Website: http://www.theandaman.com/
         
Situated on 10 acres of property and divided into two sections, this resort caters to a variety of tastes and preferences. The Andaman Wing at the Club Andaman Beach Resort features contemporary styles and fully equipped modern facilities while the Bungalows were designed to allow guests to relax and bring them closer to nature. There’s a lot to do at this resort as well and guests can enjoy spa services, a traditional bazaar area, Thai cooking classes and special theme parties and discovery nights. In addition, there is a wide range of fun and exciting activities designed for children available each day.
Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort & Spa
Official Website: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=281
         
Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. Experience the celebrated “ahhhhh” of the Sheraton Sweet SleeperSM Bed. Relax alongside our infinity pool which overlooks the Andaman Sea. Or spend some time exploring the resort and observe the exotic flora and fauna which are home to magnificent Hornbills, Dusky Leaf Monkeys, and Flying Lemurs.
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
Official Website: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=283
         
Island Paradise Infused with breathtaking natural beauty, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa is a haven of sandy beaches, the beautiful Andaman Sea and lush tropical foliage. The nearby harbor of Langkawi and famous shopping of Kuah town add further temptation.
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa
Official Website: http://www.meritus-hotels.com/
         
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa The Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa is a youthful resort distinguished by traditional Malaysian village architecture and set amidst tropical gardens and the vast sandy beach. There are 350 rooms in the two-story hotel, all equipped with the most up-to-date amenities. Every room in the hotel offers robes, bathroom phone, balcony / terrace, air conditioning and private safe. The hotel boasts car rental, a boutique, mail service, morning call, salon and baggage handling among its services. Guests may make use of the hotel's recreational and leisure facilities including poolside bar, golf, snooker/billiards, squash courts and sauna. There are also a number of water sports available such as boating, windsurfing, water sports, scuba diving and fishing. Children are especially catered for with Kiki club activities and babysitting services are available to parents.
Berjaya Langkawi Beach Resort
Official Website: http://www.berjayahotel.com/
         
Berjaya Langkawi Beach Resort Nestled amidst the rainforests and emerald waters of Andaman Sea, Berjaya Langkawi Resort is perfect for a getaway. Sitting on Burau Bay, this property boasts traditional and sophisticated rooms and suites that are surrounded by 70 acres of land. Indeed a tropical paradise, this resort guarantees a rejuvenating experience by which guests can take a stroll to the emerald waters, visit the 500 year old rainforest and then relax by the sandy beach. A magical and marvelous place, for leisure guests can visit UNESCO World Geopark,visit the sanctuary for inspired spa treatments, and embrace this harmonious retreat only at Berjaya Langkawi Resort

Langkawi

We list some useful travel notes that may help you prepare for traveling in Langkawi, including some attractions notes, the special notes for shoppings, how to explore the real local restaurants even the local traffic conditions...
Get around

There is effectively no public transport on the island, so your choices are to use taxis or to rent a car, motorbike/scooter, or bicycle.

 

By taxi

A taxi from the Airport to Pantai Cenang costs RM18. You can buy a coupon at the taxi desk in the airport. From the ferry terminal to Pantai Cenang the price is RM24. For those arriving at the Kuah Jetty and going into Kuah Town, the price is RM8.

 

By car or motorbike/scooter

Renting a car or motorbike/scooter is highly recommended. This can be done at the airport, the port complex, or from shops on Pantai Cenang. Do not rent from touts, as many are operating illegally without permits and usually without insurance. But they don´t care. Renting an air-conditioned mid-sized sedan costs RM70-RM150 per day (depending on model, condition and length of stay) and a 150cc motorbike/scooter costs RM40 to RM45 per day. Cheaper but usually very used and older are the semi-automatic 115ccm bikes for RM25 a day. Remember to have sufficient fuel in the tank as gas stations are far from one another. However, rental agencies do not care how much fuel is in the tank when the vehicle is returned so do not spend more on fuel than you have to. Fuel only costs about RM 1.85 a litre and you should return the bikes with the same filling level as you picked it up. Some rentals do check the level and mark it when you sign the slip. Remember to drive safely and slowly on the island and on the left side of the road. There are tourists, children and animals like chickens, cows and even buffaloes crossing. Take care not to run over the beautiful snakes or monitors. Cattle and snakes like to lie on the road at night; the blacktop radiates heat.

 

By bicycle

You can rent bicycles in many of the hotels. Expect to pay between RM10 and RM30 per day.

See
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls aka Seven Wells, (Gunung Mat Cincang, Northwest corner of the island, 45 kms from Kuah, walking distance from Oriental village and cable car (10 minutes)), ☎ +6049667789. This waterfall is named after the seven natural pools along its path. Legend has it that fairies used to come down to the pools to bathe and frolic. There are 2 viewing areas at Telaga Tujuh. The lower area is at the base of the waterfall and the higher area is where the 7 pools are. You can bathe in the pools and even slide down the slick rock between them. Be warned, to get to the 7 pools, you have to climb 300+ steps which can get quite slippery when wet. As with most Malaysian tourist sites, the toilet facilities are not maintained and rubbish is strewn everywhere. There is also a jungle trekking course available at the site which will lead you through a trail of up to 2500m, up 2 different mountains. This trail is achievable with slippers, but it is best to wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots as some segments of the trail are nearly vertical. Be warned that these trails are not recommended for family trips.  

Gunung Raya, (Take the snaking paved road through the jungle). The tallest mountain on the island, at 881m. Spectacular views from the lookout point on the top. There is a resort hotel serving meals and indifferent coffee at the summit. there is a lookout tower which one may climb for 10rm.  
Crocodile Adventureland, Jalan Datai, Mk. Ayer Hangat 07000 (On the way to Teluk Datai), ☎ +6049592559, . Daily, 9am to 6pm, Show Time: Daily at 11.15am & 2.45pm, Hourly feedings. Over 1,000 crocodiles and alligators. Witness a unique boxing match of man vs crocodile, or take a ride in a rickshaw drawn by a crocodile. this attraction will not be enjoyed by european visitors, the crocodiles are inbred and deformed. Adult RM15 , Child RM10 (below 12 yrs).  
Laman Padi Rice Garden, (Northern end of Pantai Cenang, opposite Casa Del Mar Hotel), ☎ 955 4312. 10am-6pm. Rice fields and nice landscaping. Museum in English details process of cultivating rice. Free.  

Legend Garden, (400 metres from Kuah Jetty beside the CHOGM Park and Al-Hana Mosque.), ☎ +6049664223,. 8:00am to 11:00pm daily. Beautiful garden located on 50 acres, designed based on Langkawi heritage. Adults: RM5, Children: RM2.50.  
Underwater World, (Pantai Cenang), ☎ +6049556100,  9:30AM-6:30PM on weekdays and 9:30AM-8:30PM on weekends. An indoor aquarium. Try to catch the feeding times (see website for details). RM38 for adults and RM28 for children..  
 
Underwater World
Eagle Square,. The square, featuring a giant eagle statue, is beautifully landscaped with scenic ponds, bridges and coverd terraces, and is especially beautiful when illuminated at night. 
Oriental Village, . Asian-themed village featuring restaurants, an exotic snake charmer, jugglers, silat displays, traditional music, kite flying demonstrations, palmistry, portrait painting. A miserable elephant is forced offer rides to tourists. In future, a tiger may be added into the collection of their non-native wildlife. Rent a segway to scoot around Oriental Village.  

Galeria Perdana,. 10am to 5pm, closed Mondays. Museum featuring gifts Malaysia has received from foreign countries. RM3. 

Summer Palace, (Pantai Kok). now closed; the building is a monument to the foolishness of man. Adults RM5, Children RM3.50. 

Ibrahim Hussein Foundation Museum, (Teluk Datai), ☎ 959 4669,. 10am-6pm. Abstract paintings RM12. 

Do

 Beaches

Pantai Cenang - The most popular beach in Langkawi, features fine powdery sand and many beachfront restaurants and bars. Located at the south-western tip of the island, 2km long.

Pantai Tengah - Located just south of and contiguously with Pantai Cenang. 1 km long. Means ‘Middle Beach’. Peaceful and tranquil alternative to the hustle and bustle of Pantai Cenang. All inclusive resorts popular with families.

Pantai Kok - Isolated, relatively undisturbed stretch of beach in the western part of Langkawi Island, 12km north of Pantai Cenang. Telaga Harbour as well cable-car ride to the peak of Mat Cincang Mountain and the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls are located here.

Tanjung Rhu - northernmost tip of the island. Centuries-old limestone caves, mangroves, waterways, limestone crags and sandy beaches make it a nature lover's paradise. This beach is made up of 2 long stretches that include Tanjong Rhu Resort and Four Seasons..

Datai Bay - The most expensive resorts are located here.

Burau Bay - Beach lined with rocky outcrops located at the West Coast of Langkawi. Nearby Burau island is also a roosting place for migratory birds.

Pantai Pasir Hitam - Means ‘Black Sand’. The sand is mixed in white and black shades, due to rich tin and iron ore deposits.

Pasir Tengkorak - Very beautiful small beach in the North of the island.

 

Other Activities

Cable Car Ride & Hanging Bridge, (in Oriental village, close to Pantai Kok), +604959 4225. Ride the cable car to the top of Gunung Mat chinchang and walk across the 700m high Sky Bridge for a spectacular view of the islands and Thailand. Includes a very steep section which is spectacular both going up and coming down. Doesn't operate in bad weather. Also it doesn't run during the regular maintenance days, check before you go. Officially you are not allowed to take food and drink on the cable car, but they seem not to be checking backpacks (when unlucky and all your water is taken by the security, you can buy one at the top). If they are not operating, or you are really into hiking, you can trek partway up the mountain through the jungle. To do this, from the parking lot at Telagah Tujuh Waterfalls go left just before the road goes really uphill and then turn left again at the water reservoir. The trek is very steep most of the way and in a pretty bad condition because the contractors laying down the piping for cables littered garbage all the way to the top. Only attempt this if you are fit and have good hiking boots. Temperatures at the top of the mountain are 4 to 5 degrees lower than at sea level. RM30 Adult, RM20 child

Langkawi Cineplex, A-14-15 Pokok Asam, Kuah 10th floor of Langkawi Parade Shopping Complex, +6049661006 (), Only movie theatre in Langkawi. Current Hollywood and local films. http://langkawicineplex.com RM10

Go-Karting, Lot67, Jalan Pantai Cenang, 604-955 5827/604-955 5792. Morac International Karting features a 1000m track. RM35 for 10 minutes in Swiss Hutless Kart or RM100 for 15 minutes in faster YamahaKart

Golf, (Northern part of the island), +60 959 2620. There is a world-class, 18-hole golf course located near the Datai resort. RM400 for 18 holes or RM300 for 9 holes

Yoga Now, 15 Lorong Keramat, Pantai Cenang (Follow the signboards for Yoga Now on the road behind Rasa Restaurant - 10 mins walk from the beach.), +60 16 2715 082 (), . Daily yoga classes 9 am - 11 am and 4 pm - 6 pm.. Traditional Hatha Yoga classes in English (also French, Dutch and Chinese). Run by an Irish/Malaysian couple. Yoga retreats and workshops are also available." http://www.yoganowmalaysia.com 50 rm for a 2 hour drop in class, 400 rm for a 10 class pass..  

 

Buy

ATMs and Money Exchange booths are available at the Langkawi Airport, at Langkawi Parade Shopping Complex and next to Underwater World at Pantai Cenang.

Langkawi is a duty-free island, and alcohol is significantly cheaper here than in the rest of Malaysia.

Hotel tariffs and retail goods are exempt from government duty. Visitors with more than 48 hours stay in Langkawi are exempt on items like wines and liquor (1 liter), tobacco (200 cigarettes), apparel, cosmetics, souvenirs and gifts, food and food preparations and portable electronic items (one item).

Shop around before buying: the airport is probably the most expensive place to buy anything. Shop in Kuah town for batik, tobacco products and chocolate confectioneries.

Langkawi Parade Shopping Complex, A-14-15 Pokok Asam, Kuah (In Kuah, 10 minute ride from the Kuah Jetty), +6049667528. Daily, 10:00am – 10:00pm. One of the largest duty-free shopping complexes in Langkawi. A one-stop shopping location for wines & liquors, chocolates, local souvenirs, clothing & beachwear, luggage, home decor, electronics and much more. Grocery store on bottom level offering fresh and frozen foods. Affordable.  

The Zon Duty-Free Shopping Complex, (Pantai Cenang, next to Underwater World), +6049555300. Daily, 9:00am – 7:00pm. Cheap place to buy cigars, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, clothing, electronics, chocolates, and biscuits.  

Kompleks Budaya Kraf, (Northeastern Coast). Enormous handicrafts center built in Neo-Islamic style  

KV Tobacco, 136, Kompleks Kelana Mas (5 minutes walk away from Kuah, in an area called the Trimula), +6019-5422558. Daily, 1:30pm-8:30pm. Very affordably priced & well stocked tobacco and cigar shop. Easily recognizable by a big orange signboard, and door painting by the left. Has a variety of Cuban cigars, rare European smoking pipes and packed tobaccos. Knowledgeable and friendly shop owner

 

Eat

Practically all resorts have their own restaurants and most tourists choose to eat in, but there are a few other options as well. Be adventurous and strike out on your own to savour the numerous foods at the stalls and restaurants all over Langkawi. Try one of the many seafood restaurants. Having said that, beware of certain restaurants advertised in the brochures targeting tourists. An example of such restaurant is the 'Coco Beach Restaurant', close to the airport.

If you choose order seafood or fish, take note if the price is by weight or by a set price for the dish. The unwary can be hit with a much larger bill than expected. Also, beware of restaurants telling you that they only have the bigger size lobsters available, as that is what they tell everyone (a common practice at Coco Beach Restaurant and Palm View Restaurant, at Pantai Cenang). When your lobster or crab is served, you will discover that you will definitely be paying for 900g of shell instead of meat! To counter this, order fish, squid and prawns to be safe.

 

Budget

For a taste of simple Malay-style breakfast, just walk up to a small stall opposite the Underwater World in the mornings and feast on the famous freshly-prepared banana leaf-wrapped nasi lemak (steamed rice in coconut milk). The price is most affordable at less than RM 2 for a pack. Go local and enjoy this with a glass of hot teh tarik or really good local coffee. This very unassuming stall is just simple and great (clean too!) The nasi lemak comes with curried beef, squid in chili, friend salted fish or chicken.

AddaMaya Café, (Pantai Cenang (near Haji Ramli's; or opposite Nadia's Comfort Inn)). - small, cosy place for meals and coffee. The chef can whip up great meals - from local dishes to western fast food easily (and in that little cabin of his). Problem is, it can get a bit dusty as it is located fronting the main road. Locals like to come here for good food at reasonable prices. 

Rafi's Place, (sandwiched between Restoran Aliah's and Tomato Nasi Kandar on Pantai Cenang). Rustic shack. No visible signboard either but ask around and you will find Rafi's. Rafi is a Penangite but has been on the island since 1988 so he considers himself very much local. Ask him for recommendations and he'll happily tell you. Ample parking space in front of his 'shack'. Good ambiance especially early mornings. nasi lemak (RM3), local tea and coffee (RM1).  

Tomato Nasi Kandar, (Opposite Langkawi Boutique Hotel). Typical budget Indian food establishment with patrons all day (and night!) long. Very crowded even in the wee hours of the morning. They serve an enormous variety of dishes, from the flavoured roti varieties to naan, briyani and kebabs. The standard is quite high - to an extent where the meal is extremely value-for-money. The only problem is that their waiters are exceedingly bad at taking orders. RM1-3 for roti, RM 4-10 for main dishes

Restoran Fatimah, (Near the Kampung Tok Senik Resort on the road to Ulu Melaka). Try this for really authentic Malay food. Their lunch spread is amazing - so amazing that they attract bus loads of Malaysian visitors. Just enjoy the food and leave your cultural baggage and complaints behind as you will be in a totally different ambiance but friendly, nevertheless. 

 

Mid-range

Artisans Pizza Cafe, (Pantai Cenang). Offers freshly cooked pizzas with both traditional and Malaysian toppings. The satay pizza and sambal pizza are particularly good. You can dine in or takeaway and they also deliver to guesthouses and the beach. Their house specialties: Hungarian Gnoulash and Madam's Fishbake are particularly awesome. RM 15 for main courses. RM 30-38 for 11 inch pizzas.  

Babylon Mat Lounge & BBQ, (Right on Pantai Cenang). Mats are laid out on the sand for guests to sit on and there is a a low table with a candle. They also have a live band or playlist that is passed off as a DJ. Some travellers have expressed concern about the over-friendliness of staff toward female patrons and have complained about poor service. 

Breakfast Station, (A couple of minutes walk from Restoran Haji Ramli). Lunch starts/breakfast ends at 12PM. Great Balinese decor, rustic with cozy ambiance. Fantastic and fantastic Nasi Lemak. The Western spread is a pleasant surprise. Best omelette in town. Lavazza Coffee for RM4.  

Beach Garden Resort's Beer Garden, . Happy hour from 15:00 - 19:00PM. Offers 1st class Western & Malay dishes in a stylish holiday - beach atmosphere. Superb wine selection, draft beer and German wheat beer (own import) as well as cocktails. 

Cenang Boat Quay, Pantai Cenang. Offers a variety of Pizza, German Sausages, Pasta, local dishes and fusion food. Opening in April 2009 is a Grill Fish hawker. The concept here is by individual hawker selling the different styles of food. Amazing Sunset view at the Quay. A Must TRY!! 

Champor Champur, Pantai Cenang. Moderately wacky fusion food in a fusion setting courtesy of a Dutch-Malaysian couple with an affinity for Africa. Great ambiance - feels like eating in an outdoor garden.  

Difiqa, (Pantai Cenang, close to Red Tomato). Great for tasting Roti Canai at breakfast with some very spicy dips as accompaniment, Less than RM5 for 2! Great tasting local coffee and fresh fish too.  

Fat Mum Restaurant, Pantai Tengah, 012-4707863. Just up the road from Awana Resort. Great authentic local Chinese seafood restaurant, good food for a reasonable price.  

Hole in the Wall Fishfarm & Restaurant, Kilim River, northeast part of the island (Call for free shuttle), 049675301, . Floating on the river, part of the amazing scenery of the Kilim Mangrove Forest. They serve the freshest Malay style seafood you will be able to eat on Langkawi island. The traditional dishes of freshly caught fish, prawns, crab, lobster etc. are famous.Shuttle service from Kilim jetty to the fishfarm restaurant and return is free of charge for lunch and dinner guests. If you book a Mangrove Tour, you will most definitely end up having your lunch here. However, you may want to give their package buffet a pass and try their dishes. 

Restoran Haji Ramli, (Pantai Cenang). Open till 1AM. Your Nasi Campur haunt by day and run-of-the-mill Tom Yam shack by night. 'Ikan Bakar' - Grilled fish and other fresh seafood a'la carte after 3PM. Fresh terubuk (shad) which is unheard off in the mainland! Grab a couple of fist-sized prawns and cuttlefish (squid) cooked Tom Yam style for a gastronomical lesson in local seafood. Their seafood dishes average 4-4.5 RM per 100g, and they can be cooked in a myriad of different styles that will surely suit your tastes. Meat dishes vary from 6-12 RM. RM 10-20 for a complete meal.  

Malay House, (Pantai Tengah). Offers good but not necessarily authentic Malay food in an atmospheric garden full of lush greenery, water features and exotic art.  

Mimi, (A few minutes walk from Underwater World, on the opposite side of the road.). Greatest 'Ikan Bakar' or grilled fish with tantalizing self-made sauce. . Also offers a variety of traditional Malay dishes like tomyam and 'ayam masak merah' (chicken cooked in non-spicy sauce). Snapper or grouper RM4 per 100 gram.  

Oasis, (Pantai Tengah/Cenang). A great beach hangout serving western meals and drinks. It comes alive in the evenings. 

Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant, Lot 1225 Jalan Pantai Cenang, +6049554128, . 11am-3pm. Dinner: 6pm-11pm. Some tables having water views. They have fresh seafood displayed out front. Choose from a wide range of cuisines, including dishes prepared in Malay, Thai, Chinese, and Western styles.  

Rasa Restaurant, (Pantai Cenang). Good Malaysian food with reasonable prices. Seating available outdoor in courtyard overlooking main road or inside. 

Red Tomato Garden Cafe, (Pantai Cenang, in front of AB Motel), +60125136046. Saturday to Thursday from 9:00am to 10:30pm, Closed Friday.. Free WiFi. Look out for the owners red mini parked in front of the place. Has great western breakfast and lunch menus, and pasta and pizza for dinner. Home made bread, good choice of cheeses. Gluten free pasta is available. Free WI-FI! Owned by a German lady.  

Rose Tea 2, (Pantai Cenang). Outstanding Thai food. Great price and great service. Closed on Friday.    

Sun Cafe, (Pantai Tengah), . A friendly and relaxing restaurant that offers a variety of Western food, Italian food, and Malaysian food. They also serve a range of hot and cold beverages - from cappuccino to milkshake, from fruit juice to mocktail. If you love fish, try their Fillet of Barracuda. It's light and healthy. They are also open for dinner too. It is a great place for a delightful meal or a casual conversation over a cup of coffee.  

Taj Mahal, Landcon Square (opposit Zon Shopping Mall). Huge open sided restaurant (also has an air-con room opposite for hot days). Specialises in Arabic and North Indian dishes all of which are very healthy, very tasty and very cheap. Very popular with locals and with Indian and Arabic holidaymakers. Great place to just sit around for a few hours occasionally ordering another batch of fresh flat breads and dips.  

T. Jay's Italian Bistro & Pizzeria, (Pantai Cenang, Opposite Underwater World), +6049553995. 8.00am to 11.00pm. Though this place looks a little sleepy, they make some great wood-fired pizzas. T Jay's Special pizza is recommended.  

Telaga Arabic Cafe and Restaurant, (Pantai Cenang). The same kitchen serves an indoor dining area and a large outdoor area across the street. Good good with reasonable prices. Stay and enjoy some of the best hookah/shisha (tobacco water pipe) smoking anywhere.  

Tulsi Garden, Pantai Tengah. Good Indian food (northern and southern). You may even get to talk to the owner, Palani on some nights. Quiet place to have dinner and chat with friends. Best part is you can ask the chef to tone down the chili or spiciness levels.  

USSR Restaurant, (Telaga Harbour Park). Russian fare. Waterside restaurant with tables overlooking the harbor. Managed by Russian expats who serve up the real deal.  

 

Splurge

Feast @ Sheraton, . International buffet and ala carte menu. A varieties menu from unique local cuisine to western dishes. Choose to dine inside in air-conditioned environment or having your dine at terrace while enjoying the nature environment overlooking the Andaman Sea.  

La Sal at Casa del Mar, (Pantai Cenang, on the beach), . As expected on holiday, dining is a relaxed, quality experience at your Home by the Sea. Food offers the best in Modern Asian and Western Cuisine with a focus high quality fresh produce and is served by attentive and friendly staff. The bar offers a wide variety of wine from the old and new worlds. The cocktail list is exciting and innovative with themed cocktails around our magical sunset, pool side relaxation and post dinner period.  

The Light House, (The edge of Pantai Tengah). Fantastic food on the beach wonderful views 

The Loaf, LOT NO. C9 Perdana Quay (Telaga Harbour Park), +60495948668AM to 11PM; closed Thursday. Japanese style bakery & bistro owned by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia. Quality breads and full meals. Amazing view of the harbour and the yachts especially if you have your breakfast al-fresco outside. Attentive staff. Try Tun's Favourite Breakfast set (2 softboiled eggs, a bowl of mutton curry and thick toasted bread) with coffee and orange juice. Good place to have a leisurely breakfast. Bread from RM4.  

Mare Blu, (Perdana Quay, Telaga Harbour Park), +6049593830,. The only authentic Italian restaurant on Langkawi island. The restaurant offers typical Italian food, good wines and draft beer. The Mediterranean style surrounding is just beautiful and the tables are set up right on the waterfront. 

Papadam, (Pantai Cenang (Near Underwater World)). Indian restaurant that also serves Arabic food.  

Sunsutra, Jalan Teluk Baru (Pantai Tengah), . Fine dining restaurant that serves great Western food too. If you're a big fan of lamb, you must try their lamb shank. Tender and full of flavours. Its portion is huge too! Good for someone who wants a hearty meal.  

Unkaizan, Lot395 Jalan Telok Baru Pantai (Near to Awana Porto Malai), +60495541186pm-11pm. Japanese restaurant, with excellent food and wonderful service!  

 

Drink

Because of Langkawi's tax-free status, alcohol is much cheaper than in the rest of Malaysia. Religious Muslims do not consume alcoholic drinks, and while they do tolerate non Muslims who do, try not to behave in a rowdy imbibed manner near them, their houses, mosques, and please respect local culture and communal sensitivities. For those living on a budget, you can obtain alcohol at cheap prices from the local duty free shops - the larger the outlets, the lower the prices. Expect to pay RM 25 for 1L Absolut, RM 45 for 1L Kahlua, RM 60 for 1L Bailey's RM 1.85 for 330ml can beer.

Chime Nightclub @ Sheraton, . Takes on a complete personality change and is Langkawi’s hottest night spot, starting with “sun-downers” on the terrace. Features night live entertainment with stunning performance from musician band while DJ spinning the music all night long. 

Little Lylias Langkawi]. Beach Bar  

Sunba Retro Bar, Jalan Teluk Baru (Pantai Tengah), +6049531801, Until 3AM.  

 

Post

The main post office in Kuah Town. Mini Post Offices can be found in Padang Mat Sirat and in the Padi Complex in Pantai Cenang. Courier service, Poslaju shop can be found at Taman Berlian, Kuah.

Internet

Broadband is available and many Internet cafés can be found along Pantai Tengah, Pantai Cenang and Kuah. In addition, many of the upscale hotels and resorts provide free wi-fi. Red Tomato Garden Cafe & Casa del Mar also provides free wi-fi.

 

Stay healthy

Langkawi has a lot of mosquitoes so don't forget to use mosquito repellent.

Also, temperatures can be hot, so be sure to stay hydrated.

 

Stay safe

Be careful driving around Langkawi at night. Although main roads are well-lit, some of the more minor roads are not very well lit and may pass through Kampungs (traditional Malay villages) or rural areas where the locals seem to take a very casual approach to road safety. Drive slow and watch out for erratically piloted motorbikes, pedestrians and livestock. Inside Kuah Town, watch out for errors in the road arrows - they may lead you into wrong lanes or into barricades.

Crime is generally not a problem on Langkawi, especially compared to the larger cities in Malaysia. In theory, you don't even have to lock your car, because it cannot get off the island without customs knowing about it!

Beware of smart wild monkeys. Those at Tengkorak beach attack humans who have food. If attacked, pick up stones (or just pretend to do so) and throw them at the monkeys, this will scare them away.

Jellyfish are increasingly prevalent and have caused at least one death - a Swedish tourist in early 2010.

 

Respect

Langkawi is a Geopark but still needs to improve its environmental friendliness. Don't participate in certain activities such as eagle feeding and monkey feeding as this harms the animals by encouranging them to become reliant on tourists and you may give them the wrong food. Also softly suggesting to the locals that littering or using plastic is not good for the environment will greatly assist over time.

 Get out

Ko Lipe— Great diving and snorkeling at the only inhabited island in Tarutao National Marine Park, a short speedboat ride (1.5 hrs) away on the Thai side of the border.

Ko Tarutao another island in Tarutoa National Marine Park, however does not suffer from the rapid development issues faced by Ko Lipe.