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Burau Bay - Langkawi
In the Northwest, just below the
territorial waters of Thailand, is the Langkawi Archipelago. It exists of 99
islands, of which only three are habituated. The inhabitants are real
Malaysians. This in contrary of the peninsula. The Malaysian government has
tried to give Pulau Langkawi (the main island) a touristy view. An airport
has been made, there are regular ferry's to the mainland and in
1987 the island got a duty free status. Nevertheless the stream of coming
tourists is disappointing. The great advantage of this all is, that Langkawi
became a quiet destination for holidays.
In promoting Langkawi as a green holiday destination, the government
has prohibited visitors from bringing in their own cars and vehicles in an effort to control pollution and traffic congestion. As such, visitors must rely
on taxis, rented cars and motorbikes, bicycles and public transportation.
The ferry's de part from Kuala Perlis,
George Town (Penang), Kuala Kedah and
Saturn (Thailand). You can take from Penang a very fast boat (hydrofoil) to
make a full day excursion to Langkawi. A lot of Malaysians and tourist do
that, because they want to do tax free shopping.
The islands are a truly paradise for those who want to spot butterfly's and
birds. There are on the island specimens of butterfly's, that you can't find elsewhere
in Malaysia. The island of Langkawi has quiet beaches and you can be
transported to one of the deserted islands to have a sunbath. The main island
has a lot of beautiful bays, where you can discover coral (don't take that
with you!) and a lot of sea flora and fauna.
Langkawi has a lot of beautiful and luxury resorts. After a busy life in your
home country it's a relief to find such a rest on Langkawi. As visitors are not allowed to bring their cars into Langkawi, rented cars
are the norm. If you prefer to do your own driving, then the alternative
(motorbike taxi) would be for you to rent a car from the beach resorts; most of them have
vehicles for rent or will gladly arrange to rent one for you from someone else. The normal rate is around RM100 per day.
You can make several trips on the island and the shopping is tax-free. In Kuah
are several shopping malls.
Primarily the island is those who want to rest and love its simplicity and natural glory.
The surroundings are beautiful. The dark green rock in front of the
coast line are rising up till 60 meter ou of the blue sea and are covered with
There's a little nightlife on the island and those who want more nightlife, can better choose
for Penang as a holiday destination.
Langkawi is very loved by the Penangites, who love to come there for a rest.
Although I got the idea, that it is also for shopping tax free. If you're
going from Penang for a day excursion to Langkawi, the will ask you to bring a
bottle of liquor home for them.
Deserted beaches on Langkawi
"We stayed in the Pelangi Beach
Resort. It's about a half hour drive by taxi from the town of Kuah. The resort has a large, beautiful, open lounge and reception. It was directly
situated at a beautiful beach and you could walk very far into the sea.
There was also a beautiful swimming pool, surrounded by two storied chalets,
who were built in traditional style. These chalets are the hotel rooms. Little
transportation cars, also used for golfing, will take your luggage to the
At night there was not much to do in the hotel and outside the hotel.
Opposite the hotel there was a sort of open museum, where you could see, how
they cultivated rice. We went to the sea aquarium by bus, where we saw the
fish which live in the Langkawi sea. We made an island tour and did some
shopping tax free".
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Kuah Town - Langkawi
Kuah is the capital city of
the island. This is the first place upon arrival to the island by ferry.
Since they gave Langkawi a duty free status, Kuah town changed a lot. It
changed from a quiet, little town to a little city with beautiful shopping
malls. Almost every shop is filled with tax free products, like cigarettes and
cigars, clothes, electronically equipment and liquor.
Before 1987 Kuah was the only place, where you could stay for the night.
Entrance fees of the main
attractions of Langkawi:
subject to change without prior notice)
Farm - Local Malaysian
Farm - Foreigner