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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.

Shopping malls

Langkawi is a beautiful island; tourists come here for the fabulous beaches and the beautiful nature. If you want to do some serious shopping Langkawi is not the best island to be at; although it is a duty-free island. For real shopping you should visit Kuala Lumpur or Georgetown. Wine and strong liquor, tobacco, chocolate and perfumes are cheap compared to the rest of Malaysia.

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Langkawi Fair

Langkawi Fair is located on the south side of the island at the edge of the capital Kuah. This is the biggest shopping mall on the island and it has much to offer. However, it is a bit of an outdated mall. On the ground floor (next to the fountain) you'll find a man who specializes in reflexology, after a visit chances are you will be ridden of all your pains. Also there is a good hairdresser at the ground floor where you can get a decent hair cut for a low price. At the back of the complex you will find a big supermarket - Billion Supermarket - with a small department store next to it. Here they mostly sell drinks, cigarettes, and cheap clothing. We usually get ourselves some snacks for the trip (during day trips to the island) at this large supermarket.

There are also a few shops where you can buy CDs and DVDs, the quality is ok but they are obviously copies. Left of the entrance you have a shop where art is sold. Here, we have always seen beautiful works of art and paintings. You can also drink coffee at this small shop; it is also a kind of mini coffee house. On the top floor you've got a large teashop, here you can buy various types of tea. You can also try the types of tea before buying.

You've also got a small food court, where you can eat fine local food, but a pleasant atmosphere is hard to find. It is really more an inn for the locals who work in the mall.

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Other shopping options at Langkawi Island

Pantai Cenang

There are many small shops along Jalan Pantai Chenang where you can mainly buy t-shirts and souvenirs. Typical shops that you will always see at a popular tourist destination; Pantai Cenang is the most popular area on the island. There are also quite a few 7/11 supermarkets.

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Langkawi Parade Megamall

Together with Langkawi Fair the biggest mall on the island. The mall has numerous international brands. There is also a warehouse and supermarket, and the only cineplex on the island.

Langkawi Parade Megamall

Jetty Point

At 150mtr distance from Langkawi Fair you can find the Jetty Point, the main Langkawi harbor. Here you have some shops, a bowling alley, an amusement center, a Starbucks and a couple of places to eat.

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ZON Duty Free Complex

There's also the ZON Duty Free complex; located next to Langkawi Underwater World at Pantai Cenang. This is one of the places to buy duty-free alcohol, cigarettes, candy and perfumes. There's an ATM nearby.

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Airport

At the airport there are also a couple of small shops. If you haven't had time to buy tobacco or liquor in Kuah, then this is your last chance to make use of the duty-free prices. There are some ATMs here and also a Starbucks Coffee.

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Kuah City Center

In Kuah center you can find many small duty-free shops. Most of them sell either liquor, tobacco, chocolates or perfumes. During the day Kuah is a bit of a dull town, but at night it is very nice to walk over the night market. Especially the huge Saturday night market is very popular among locals and tourists. This night market starts every Saturday evening (around 6pm) at the basic Baron Hotel, nearby Kuah city center.

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Map of Langkawi Island in Malaysia

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