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LANGKAWI : KEDAH - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

TRAVEL GUIDE

 
 

 

FAST FACTS

 

CLIMATE

Mean annual temperature is between 24?C and 33?C. The dry season is from November to March.

 

VEHICLE RENTAL

Cars can be hired for around RM80 per day depending on the type of vehicle (remember in Malaysia so drive on the left side of the road). Motorcycles and bicycles are an easy alternative to discover the island, Rental ranges from RM25 per day. You are advised to look out for wildlife crossing while driving. For foreign visitors, an international driving licence is required.

 

NON-WORKING DAYS

Government offices are closed on Fridays but open on Sundays.

 

BANKS AND MONEY CHANGERS

Banks and money changers are located at Kuah Town. Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.00pm (Mondays to Fridays) and 9.30am so 12.00 noon (Saturdays). Money can be changed at ?most hotels, banks and at the airport.

 

PHONES

Pay phones located mostly at Kuah and Cenang Beach can be used with Telekom phone cards.

 

MEDICAL SERVICES

Twenty-four hour medical service is available at Langkawi Hospital (604-966 3333), a 10-minute drive from Kuah Town. Most clinics are located in Kuah.

 
 
 

ACTIVITIES, ATTRACTION & ADVENTURES

 

 

Many come to Langkawi to simply relax, escape city life and take a walk on the beach. For those who want to discover more, there are many attractions and adventure activities. Langkawi Islands are situated in the Malaysian state of Kedah, 30km off the coast from the small fishing port of Kuala Perlis and on the maritime border with Thailand. The main island covers an area of 478km2 and much of this remains untouched and covered in tropical rainforest. Most of the 65,000 islanders are farming and fisher folk who lead an unhurried life. The main town of Kuah is also the terminal for incoming ferries and includes many duty-free stores, services, facilities and restaurants.

 

Food is an integral part of Malaysia, especially on Langkawi where visitors can experience Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai and international cuisines. Discover the best local food at night markets and stalls. Try charcoal-grilled satay, spicy curries or home-cooked banana fritters. Relax after dark at one of the many candlelit restaurants, whether local or western, for a wonderfully fresh meal.Langkawi offers a range of activities ? water- sports are popular with snorkeling, diving, cruising, yachting and fishing available. Enjoy a day cruise to a deserted island to appreciate Langkawi?s unspoilt natural charm. Alternatively, try jungle trekking, rainforest canopy adventures, mangrove cruising, horse riding, go-kart, cycling, bird watching or ride the cable car.

 

Try one of the many spas, play a round of golf or rent a car and see the sights. At day?s end, laze on the beach and watch the sun go down. Langkawi has the most spectacular sunsets which are not to be missed. While Langkawi does not allude to having it all, it offers a unique tropical encounter for the senses in a setting of unparalleted beauty.

 
 
 

IT'S JUNGLE OUT THERE

 

Somewhere, depending upon the time of day, on or around one of the 99 Langkawi Islands, it?s possible to observe a pod of Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphins swimming, Brahminy Kites soaring above, Oriental Pied Hornbills swooping through rainforests, Butterfly Lizards scurrying from their sandy burrows, Colugos gliding amongst the forest, monkeys swinging through the trees, elongated mangrove seeds falling into the mudflats or water cascading from waterfalls protruding from ancient rock formations. Some call it nature tourism, others ecotourism. On Langkawi, we see it as the passing of time - a process that has been ongoing for millions of years and we like it just as it is. Share with us Langkawi?s many natural features that have helped sustain our people for centuries. Work with us so that all our children can continue to enjoy Langkawi?s amazing natural attractions.

Langkawi's Natural Assets

Langkawi is a complex island group that is difficult to simplify ecologically. There are several main vegetation communities and marine ecosystems. Many Langkawi plant species have closer affinity to those of Thailand than of mainland Malaysia. While much of Langkawi is dominated by limestone, Mount Mat Chincang is sandstone and Mount Raya, granite. Land and sea caves have formed in the limestone over millions of years and are now home to specially adapted flora and fauna.

 

Limestone Topography

 

 

Only 0.3% of Malaysia?s land surface is covered by limestone but this rock type supports 13% of Malaysia?s flowering plants and ferns. Therefore, it?s ecologically very important. Karst morphology is the term given to topography which is characterised by jagged edges, caves, cliffs and sea stacks. Langkawi?s many jagged islands and hills are typical examples of this landscape.

 

Marine Ecosystems

Langkawi is situated in the southern Andaman Sea and the waters are important as a marine habitat and a source of income for fisherfolk. Attempts are being made to sustainably harvest the fish and to protect the very asset that attracts tourists. Many species live in these waters with some of the more interesting species being the dolphins and Whale Sharks. Whale Sharks are complex, harmless plankton-eaters and the biggest fish in the world growing up to 14m in length.

 

Rainforests

Malaysian rainforests are the world?s oldest and most complex ecosystems and thrive because of the consistently warm and moist climate. They are commonly called dipterocarp (two-winged seeds) because of the dominant tree type. Explore accessible rainforests at Seven Wells, Mount Raya and the Datai area.

 

Wetlands & Mangroves

The extensive mangroves on Langkawi?s northern and eastern margins are important as fish-breeding grounds and animal habitats. They also protect the foreshore from erosion. In addition paddy fields are home to specialised fauna. The best time to appreciate the amazing greenness of the young plants is from August to September.

 

White Meranti - Gerutu Forest

Not all trees on Langkawi are evergreen - some are semi-deciduous which means they shed their leaves especially during the drier months from December to March. The leaves turn yellow and fall off, Opening visitors? eyes to Langkawi?s natural features is done in many different ways by our community. It?s part of our folklore, family values and education.

 
 
 

PLEASE DO

 
  1. Use the services of responsible local guides.

  2. Respect the rights of animals.

  3. Use less plastic.

  4. Lead by example - if others litter, clean up after them.

  5. Minimize noise and activity in natural areas so as not to disturb nature.

  6. Support the efforts of local environmental organisations like the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and the World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWFM).

  7. Enjoy yourself and tell others about Langkawi?s wonderful natural assets.

  8. Drive cautiously to avoid road kills.

  9. Enjoy nature in the wild.

 
 
 

PLEASE DON'T

 
  1. Litter - especially plastic bottles or bags.

  2. Change, destroy or move plants, nests, shells, limestone and coral.

  3. Disturb animals or other nature lovers.

  4. Feed animals - they consume natural not human products.

  5. Try to pat animals (especially monkeys) as they are wild.

  6. Buy seashells or coral products as this only encourages unsustainable practices.

  7. Talk loudly in caves.

 
 
 
 
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