Langkawi FAQs

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Area geography

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, separated from mainland Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. Located near the border of Thailand, it has a land area of 528 square kilometres (204 square miles). Langkawi is a district in the state of Kedah in Northern Malaysia, approximately 51 kilometres west of Kedah. The island’s highest point is Gunung Raya, approximately 890 metres above sea level. Two-thirds of the island consists of forest-covered mountains, hills and natural vegetation.

Notes currencies cards

Ringgit (MYR, Symbol RM) often referred to as the Malaysian Dollar is the official currency of Malaysia. While notes are in denominations of RM 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1, coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 sen. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are widely accepted. Diners Club is accepted at shopping centres, departmental stores and some posh restaurants and hotels. ATMs can be found in the Langkawi Airport, or Kuah Town and most accept international credit cards like Visa, MasterCard and others. Travellers cheques are accepted by all banks, hotels and departmental stores. If you are looking to exchange your currency, the best currency for exchange is the Pound Sterling, although US Dollars are also widely accepted. One can exchange foreign currency from all commercial banks in the city.

Cellular service for tourists

The most popular prepaid services include Celcom, Maxis, DiGi, Maxis and Telekom Cellular. Celcom service providers sell a local pre-paid SIM that can be used with international cellular phones. All incoming calls are free of charge, and outgoing calls are charged on peak and off peak rates.

Wifi internet

WiFi hotspots can be found in hotels, airports and coffee shops. Internet cafes can also be found around town, but don’t forget to check with your concierge or local tourist information centre about the best places close by. The usual charges are about RM 5 to RM 10 per hour.

Drinking laws

The legal age for alcohol consumption and purchase is 18 years. Liquor is available in pubs, supermarkets and provision stores. While most nightspots shut at 1 am, there are some places that stay open till later.

Tipping

Tipping is not mandatory in Langkawi, unless of course you would like to leave a tip for good service. RM 5 - 10 is generally considered a good tipping amount.

Custom visa

A visa is required to travel to Malaysia. Get in touch with your Malaysian consulate to apply for a visa. The processing time generally varies depending on the city where you are applying from. Passports should be valid for at least six months after the date of arrival in Malaysia.

There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency notes or travellers cheques that one can bring into the country, however amounts exceeding RM 10,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency must be declared. Travellers can carry up to 1 litre of alcohol and 1 carton of cigarettes without paying duty; amounts above that will be subject to local taxes. Malaysia has a very strict drug-abuse policy, including death sentence for convicted drug traffickers. 

Safety

Langkawi is not theft-prone; in fact it is extremely safe as compared to Indonesia, Thailand or Philippines. Locals are very friendly and helpful. However, be careful with your belongings, especially when travelling on overnight trains and buses. Women should keep a close watch on their handbags. It is advised to put away your passport, flight tickets, extra cash and travellers cheques, along with any extra credit or ATM cards into the safe the minute you check-in at a hotel.

General information

Languages spoken

Bahasa Malay, English

Time zones

IST + 2.5 hours

Major religions

Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism

Domestic international calling codes

(0) 4 (area code) / + 60 (country code)

Electricity standards

240 V/ 50 Hz. UK-style three-pin plugs are used.

Common greetings

Hello- Hello

Good Morning- Selamat Pagi

Good Evening- Selamat Petang

Goodbye- Selamat Jalan / Selamat Tinggal

Thank you- Terima Kasih

Sorry- Minta maaf

Do you speak English?- adakah anda bercakap bahasa Inggeris

I do not understand- i tidak faham

No- tidak

Yes- ya

I don’t know- saya tidak tahu

How are you?- Apa khabar?

What is your name?- Nama kau apa

My name is _____- Nama saya (your name)

Where is the washroom?- Tandas / Bilik Air

Is this vegetarian? ( point to a dish in a menu card)- ini adalah vegetarian

Where is this? (point to a monument, amenity on a paper/map)- di mana

How much does this cost?- Berapa harga?

Too expensive!- terlalu mahal

A little cheaper- sedikit lebih murah

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Emergency numbers

Common Emergency Number: 999

Malaysia Tourist Office, KL: +60 (0)3 2615 8188 or www.tourism.gov.my