Kondo Istana Langkawi

Lot 575, Jalan Penarak, Kampung Padang Lalang, Mukin Kuah, Kedah, 07000, Malaysia
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Delicious Char Kueh Teow

by Arfah about Kondo Char Kueh Teow

It's just a simple restaurant by the street...right in front of Kondo Istana. It only opens at night..7.00 pm onwards. My favorite was its Char Kueh Teow...superb. The portion was small...enough for ppl with tiny stomach like me...hahahaha. It's Char Kueh Teow comes with a few big prawns, vege n clams. Definitely must try. It was so delicious...I had like 2 plates...


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Forum Posts

Langkawi or Perhentian

by gatorfan7

Hi, 3 women traveling to Malaysia first two weeks of July and deciding between Langkawi and Perhentian.

Our understanding is that it may rain a bit in the afternoon in Langkawi but not too much.

-Which has the better beaches?
-Which is cheaper? We have read that Perhentian is more expensive.
-Which would be better to travel to in July?
-Which has more to do besides snorkeling/beach? Hitting the beach will be our top activity but we are also interested in other cheap outings. We think that Perentian doesn't offer much besides the beach, at least compared to Langkawi.

-Also a consideration, we hope to have some adult beverages on the trip and we know it will be more expensive in Perhentian. Is there much of an (inexpensive) night scene in Perhentian?

Thanks a lot!

Re: Langkawi or Perhentian

by earthflyer

You will find more activities in Langkawi then in the Prehentian Islands but will be a bit more expensive. check out the cable ride to top of the mountain for some fantastic views but you will need a head for height.

There is not alot to do on the Perhentian Islands apart from sitting on the beach and snorkling.

Re: Langkawi or Perhentian

by Stepwalk

Although the Perhentians have better beaches the beaches in Langkawi are still very good especially Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah where there are good local cafes as well. At that time of year the Perhentians have dry weather being on the east coast but Langkawi is wetter being on the west coast. Personally, I found Langkawi to be quite inexpensive if you're outside the big resorts, especially the alcohol which is duty free on Langkawi. Langkawi definitely has more to do such as island hopping trip, cable car, self-drive around the island, fish farm visit, eating out (plenty of good and cheap options), and shopping in Kuah Town. However, there is also not much of a night scene on Langkawi other than eating out: not many later night venues at all!

Re: Langkawi or Perhentian

by hcosgrave

I would just add that the beaches on Lankowi, though very beautiful, are not great from a swimming point of view. Last December/January I found they all had stinging jellyfish larvae which can be offputting to some swimmers - though not dangerous. This may be only seasonal - or brought on by tidal or lunar cycles however it is a nuisence. They are not suitable for snorkeling at all due to poor visability. If you wish to snorkel while on Lankowi you should take the day trip to the marine park - half way between Lankowi and Penang - they are selling these excursions in all of the hotels and agencies and you will see an amazing amount of sealife including sharks and large groupers.

I have not been to the Perhentian Islands as it was an unsuitable time of year but many years ago I spent some time on Tioman - also on the east coast. The snorkeling off the beach was fantastic here and I understand that the Perhentians are just as good.

In summary my belief is that the perhentians are fantastic for laid back beach life with little nightlife apart from some good restaurants / bars.
Lankowi is a far more organised and commercialised place with duty free shopping, cable car, Mangrove swamp and marine park trips - though full blown nightlife is also limited to restaurants and some good late night bars in Pantai Cenang.

Hope this helps


Travel Tips for Pulau Langkawi

Of Curses and Legends

by bpacker

Many visitors to Langkawi would know that this sleepy little place has a storybook full of legends. The most noteworthy one of all is of course the sad story of a beautiful woman named Mahsuri.
According to the locals, a beautiful noble woman named Mahsuri was given a heinous death sentence for a crime she was falsely accused of. This poor lady was apprently speared to death on account of adultery despite her pleas of innocence. Since her pleas went unheard, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi before she died , predicting that it would not prosper until seven generations had passed. Eerily enough, Langkawi suffered a series of woes after that – crops that failed, invasion by the Siamese and Achenese, bypassed in mainstream development of Malaysia. etc.
Well the good news is, locals believe that seven generations have passed and concerted efforts to turn Langkawi into a tourist destination resulted in some economic growth...
Well, the tomb of Mahsuri stands somewhere on this island and if you're keen, you can drive there to take a look.

pantai teluk burau

by call_me_rhia

I am fond of Pantai Teluk Burau, not only because it's where we stayed but also because the scenery is breathtaking... scenery-wise it's the most beautiful place I saw in Langkawi. The coastline, especially at low tide (when you can walk out to nearby Burau island), is at times rugged - then it opens up to an amazing bay and a long white sandy beach fringed by lush tropical vegetation. The rainforest is only a few yeards away.

As for the water: not really excellent (yet better than panntai kok and pantai cenang) - it's quite dark in colour, not because it's murky but because it's rich in plancton (I think). Generally speaking it's not very transparent, making snorkeling impossible A swimsuit is all you need.


by kyoub

Down the road from the Awana Hotel is a very special place. A place where you can go to see Hornbills. They come by there early morning and at dusk. You can see them in the trees for several minutes before they move on.

Cheap Langkawi T-shirts

by fengshui about Billion Duty-Free Department Store

It is a normal looking department store which sells liquor and chocolates near the left side of front entrance. Then on the other side of front entrance, lots of "Langkawi" themed T-shirts are on sale.
Further in the store, all sort of products from baby diapers, cough syrup (my kid had a bad cough), household items, etc .... u name it, they have it. Incase u miss out something from your packing list, this is the place - reasonably priced. We managed to buy Langkawi T-shirts - RM5.00 for Adult (free size) - quite short for my hubby
RM4.50 for my kids - we chose the biggest size, so that my kids can wear them longer - worth our money! :)

On the First floor, on your right side of escalator, saw a really nice display shelf made from plastic which looks like glass. It was in a shape of a house with roof and many cubes - Can put all my mini bottles of liquor or mini bottle perfume collection on display and hang in my living room ..... Small one around RM35++ Bigger one RM70++. Problem is we will be having trouble to bring it home ..... so we did not buy it :(


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Address: Lot 575, Jalan Penarak, Kampung Padang Lalang, Mukin Kuah, Kedah, 07000, Malaysia