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Tropical island of Langkawi

Tropical Gem Langkawi

The tropical island of Langkawi is one of the most popular destinations within Malaysia. Though the island is recognised as one of the most beautiful islands in the world; you will never feel you're visiting a crowded tourist overrun island. Visit Langkawi for wonderful jungle, fantastic sightseeing and beautiful beaches. There is an abundance of accommodation available for every type of traveler, ranging from basic B&B's to luxurious 5-star resorts.

Crystal clear water at Perhentian Island

Perhentian Dream

One of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia is Perhentian Island, which actually consists of a big island and a small island. Both islands offer fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The islands are especially famous because of the laid-back atmosphere. Alongside the beaches you will find basic lodges, moderately luxurious resorts, cozy restaurants, dive centers and boat operators advertising their services ranging from water taxis to snorkeling trips.

Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Jetty Point

Jetty Point is the name for the harbor where all the boats from and to Langkawi arrive and depart. From Jetty Point you can take a boat to Penang, to the mainland or to Thailand. Langkawi Ferry Services operates fast air-conditioned boats from Jetty Point to Kuala Perlis (75 minutes), Kuala Kedah (105 minutes), Penang (165 minutes), and Satun in Thailand (75 minutes). Nearby Jetty Point is the popular Eagle Square and next to it the beautifully designed Lagenda Park. Within walking distance you can have a meal at the popular local food court that specializes in sea food.

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Tour offices and rental companies at Jetty Point

Jetty Point used to be a small and old fashioned harbor, but after a huge revamp it now is a modern facility where you can shop, eat, buy boat tickets and buy tours. There even is a bowling alley.

Shops at Jetty Point Langkawi Main entrance Jetty Point Langkawi

There also is a Starbucks Coffee. Starbucks offers free WIFI which is nice if you brought along your own laptop (or smart phone). If you are taking a boat from Langkawi don't go through customs too soon as there is nothing more but a huge waiting area with hundreds of chairs to sit on. Starbucks is a nice place to hang out.

Starbucks at Jetty Point Langkawi

For youngsters there is an amusement center in the far corner of Jetty Point mall. Great to kill time before the boat leaves.

Amusement center at Jetty Point Langkawi

In front of the Jetty Point entrance you can buy boat tickets and tours at one of the many small tour offices. Most of the shops also rent out cars and motorcycles. You can rent a local car for around RM120 per day (24hr); sometimes rental companies even offer standard cars for as low as RM80 per day (due to the competition). A 125cc motorcycle costs around RM40 per day (some rent it out even cheaper). Do carry an international motorcycle license as the rental companies are not allowed to rent out a motorcycle based on a driver's license from your own home country. It seems that police are checking often (especially in the Kuah area) whether foreign motorcycle drivers carry a valid motorcycle license. With many tours it is not always needed to book at the tour offices, some can be done easily by yourself (if you hire a car or motorbike that is).

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There is also a taxi counter; where you can buy a taxi ticket for a fixed price.

Taxi counter at Jetty Point Langkawi  

Map of Langkawi Island in Malaysia

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