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Kuah town, capital of Langkawi

Kuah Town on Langkawi Island

Kuah is the most important town on Langkawi Island. Though it is not an actual city, local people from Langkawi refer to it as a city. Kuah is a nice and small town with a relaxed atmosphere. There are no big malls, no heavy traffic and also no places to eat on every corner. Langkawi Island has a duty free status. You can buy cheap liquor, cigarettes, fragrances and other souvenirs in Kuah. Kuah has a couple of hotels, but you will find better accommodation outside of the city.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.


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Kuching in Sarawak

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Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

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Kuah Town on Langkawi Island

Kuah City Center

The town of Kuah lies in the southeast of the main island and is the capital of Langkawi Island in the northwestern part of Malaysia. The town has about 13.000 inhabitants and it usually looks quiet with a relaxed atmosphere, just like the rest of the archipelago of Langkawi. Georgetown, the capital of the nearby island of Penang is a bustling town compared to Kuah Town. Langkawi is an island that nearly every tourist will visit when one is visiting Malaysia. A visit to the town of Kuah is recommended as it is the only place to do some real shopping on the island.

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Duty-free status

Boats in Kuah Town in Langkawi

Since the introduction of the tax-free status, the town has gone through a transformation and has grown into a small city. Before 1987, Kuah was the only place where you could find accommodation for the night. The centre of Kuah has some old-fashioned shops. In most stores you can purchase liquor and tobacco (tax-free). On the outskirts of the town you will find one of the few places in Langkawi where you can do real 'Western' shopping; there you can find the Langkawi Fair. In Kuah you also have several internet cafes. If your resort has no internet, then Kuah is pretty much the only place where this is possible.

Jetty Point shops

If you get tired of the food of your resort or hotel on Langkawi, you might want to consider having dinner at a one of the hawkers along the streets in Kuah. Between Langkawi Fair and the Jetty Point there is a pretty decent food court. Jetty Point is the place where all boats to the mainland, to Penang and to Thailand (Koh Lipe) depart and arrive. Right in front of the building you can find numerous small shops that sell tickets to many destinations. Here you will also find many small offices that sell tours around the island. The Jetty Point Complex has some nice shops; including a Starbucks with wifi.

Lagenda Park Langkawi map

Should you decide to visit the beautiful island of Langkawi; I would personally not stay in or directly around Kuah. The town is nice, but only for a daytrip or short visit. Langkawi has numerous wonderful resorts all throughout the island. Another thing is that Kuah doesn't have a real beach, so sunbathers can only enjoy the sun at the swimming pool. Some nice attractions in Kuah are: Eagle Square and Lagenda Park. As Langkawi is a small island, many other great attractions are also easy to visit.


Popular restaurants (& foodcourts) on Langkawi Island


Popular hotels in Kuah

Below a list with some of the better hotels in and directly around Kuah.

Below a list with some of the better hotels in the rest of Langkawi.

Click here to check out all available hotels and resorts at Langkawi island.


Map of Kuah

Below you can see a map of Kuah. You can simply scroll through the map with your mouse. Use the markers on the left to zoom in or out of the city map.

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