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    Sunset Watching at Pantai Tengah, Cenang

    by machomikemd Written Jun 16, 2014

    Favorite thing: if you just plain hanging around on a vacation to a beach paradise with no worries and no time pressure to do anything then try hanging around Pantai Cenan and Pantai Tengah during the sunset as you would see wonderful views of the sun setting down slowly and the color of the beach sand turning from white to gray and what better thing to do it while lying down in one of the beach beds lining the beach and having a cocktail or beer or two either with your friends or your loved one. the views here are priceless and the experience is wonderful. while seeing the sun set, you will see and can take many pictures of the many activities that are going at the patong beach front.

    Fondest memory: The Wonderful Sunset Views at the Andaman Sea which we experience here in Pulau Langkawi Malaysia and in Phuket Thailand

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    Malaysian Cigarettes

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 7, 2014

    Favorite thing: Malaysia has no local brand of Cigarettes, however, International Cigarette Brands have a major prescence in Malaysia as you can find a proliferation of Marlboros. Winston, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Dunhill, Salem, even the Japanese Mild Seven (now Known as Mevius) and even the Indonesian Cloved Cigarettes like Gudam Garang are being sold here. They are even cheaper in Langkawi as there is no 14% Excise Duty Tax levied on Cigarettes, which is done in the Mainland, as the Island is a duty free area and hence cigarettes, both locally produced and Imported are cheaper to buy than in Malaysia Mainland.

    Prices of Cigarettes here range from RM 6 to 10, which is cheaper by 1 to 3 RM per pack than in the Mainland.

    Fondest memory: an example is that a Pack of Mevius cost RM 8 here, instead of the RM 10 in the Mainland.

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    Malaysian Beers

    by machomikemd Written Jun 7, 2014

    Favorite thing: the only truly malaysian and singaporean beer is tiger beer but since the owners of the tiger beer are now owned by foreign conglomerates, the proliferation of many kinds of beers, lagers and ales abound in Malaysia and all of them are brewed by one company, the Guiness Anchor Berhad, based in Selangor and they brew Tiger Beer, Guinness, Heineken, Anchor Smooth, Anchor Strong, Kilkenny, Anglia Shandy, Malta, Paulaner, Strongbow, and Sol.

    and since Langkawi is a duty free area, buying both locally brewed beers and Internationally Brewed Beers are much cheaper to buy here than in other parts of Malaysia.

    Fondest memory: A can of Beer like Carlsber or Tiger or Heineken will cost 6 to 8 RM in convenience stores and bottles from 7 to 9 RM. it is cheaper to buy beer and drink at your hotel room than at the Bars and Lounges.

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    Tour Companies

    by machomikemd Written Jun 6, 2014

    Favorite thing: arriving at Langkawi without a tour package?

    don't fret as if you are staying in the bigger hotels and Inns, they have tie-ups with local tour companies and travel agencies and they can book you a tour you want. Or you can book a tour via a number of travel agencies and portable travel agencies in a vehicle that lines Jalan Pantai Tengan and Jalan Pantai Tengah and you can book your kind of tour for your budget on these tour agencies.

    Or you can book a tour on the travel agency we had which is called LEGEND ADMIRE and their phone number are: our travel agency is legend admire and their phone number is 017 587 85-11, 019 543 5441 ask for Dean.or Melissa.their main office is at Kuah Town and I've included their calling card in my Photos.

    Fondest memory: many tour companies and travel agencies line the major tourist areas

    legend admire tours calling card our tour agency office in kuah tour company in a vehicle in Pantai Cenang gassing up to island hopping tour
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    No Sales Tax and Service Charge in Langkawi

    by machomikemd Written Jun 5, 2014

    Favorite thing: Langkawi is the only place in Malaysia that have no sales tax and service charge when you buy items at the stores and eat at the restaurants and coffee shops and bars as it is the only area which is classified at a duty free and tax free place. so for a really good service when eating out here, feel free to give a generous tip to your waiters and busboys.

    Fondest memory: most items are duty free and no service charge is added to your bill in restaurants and bars.

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    Download Langkawi Maps and Use Phone GPS

    by machomikemd Written Jun 5, 2014

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    Favorite thing: in this age of the internet and Since most hotels and restaurants and bars in Pulau Langkawi offer free wifi service, the best thing to do is to download maps at your smartphone via google maps apps or other apps in your smartphone so that you can just punch the direction of various attractions around Pantai Cenang and beyond relative to your location (example is from Cenang Mall to the Public Beach of Pantai Tengah) and if you have an Iphone or Samsung Galaxy Phone, turn on the gps so that even if you are on the offline internet mode, you can still see your location relative to your destination (you can even drop a pin to your destination if using iphone) so you don;'t need to have the bulky pull up maps anymore.

    Fondest memory: getting around Pulau Pangkawi and beyond is easy using the gps and the google maps and other map apps in your smartphone once you used the free wifi service.

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    Airport Money Exhange

    by machomikemd Written Jun 2, 2014

    Favorite thing: the money exhange shops in Langkawi International Airport is different from other airports in the world in that the exhange rates here are the same in money exhange shops found in major tourist areas of Pulau Langkawi. you can change you money right away before boarding the tour van going to you hotel and save time on trying to find high rates in money exhange shops in Pantai Cenang/Tengah Areas.

    I have changed money at Maybank money exchange shop at the Airport and at the Maybank Money Exhange Shop at the Cenang Mall in Pantai Cenang and they have the same rates!

    but be sure to find out of they charge a commision. if they charge a commision, then you would get a lower rate. so stick to the money exhange shops that charges no commision even if lower rates as you would get a better deal.

    they are many money exhange shops in the airport where you can change your currency into Malaysian Ringgit (RM)

    Fondest memory: at present the exchange rate of 1 US Dollar is 3.15 Malaysian Ringgit

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    Money Exhange Shops in Langkawi

    by machomikemd Written Jun 2, 2014

    Favorite thing: there are numerous money exchange shops in and around the major tourist areas of Pulau Langkawi area and an advice for the wise: as much as possible, do not change your currency to malaysian ringgit at hotels since they give the lowest exhange rates.

    you're best bet to change your local currency into Malaysian Ringgit will be in Money Shops in the Cenang Mall and in Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah areas especiallyas they give the best exchange rates for other currencies. Even at the Airport! I changed money at Maybank money exchange shop at the Airport and at the Maybank Money Exhange Shop at the Cenang Mall in Pantai Cenang and they have the same rates!

    Fondest memory: but be sure to find out of they charge a commision. if they charge a commision, then you would get a lower rate. so stick to the money exhange shops that charges no commision even if lower rates as you would get a better deal.

    a tip: at present the exchange rate of 1 US Dollar is 3.15 Malaysian Ringgit

    maybank in cenang mall changing money at maybank cenang mall
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    Duty Free Area

    by machomikemd Written Jun 2, 2014

    Favorite thing: since 1987, Langkawi Island became a duty free area and since then a number of duty free shops have sprouted around the main tourist areas like Pantai Cenag and Tengah, Oriental Village, Kuah Town and also at the Airport.

    but first, a caution, although Langkawi is a duty free island, all stores or shopping centers do not offer items at duty free prices. There are designated stores and shopping centers for that and be sure to see at the front sign of the stores if they are duty free or not, but there are plenty of such stores & shopping centers in the island again in the areas I mentioned above, also check on the prices as the different stores have different prices.

    Fondest memory: you can buy as many duty free items you want here but it is limited to what you can stuff in your luggage without being over the allowed baggage limit of your airline and also the amount of items like alcohol or cigararettes that your home country allows you to bring from abroad.

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    Free WIFI in most Establishments

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 1, 2014

    Favorite thing: why go on Internet Roaming when you travel when the price of internet roaming is more atrocious than calling on your smarphone when most of the establishments in Langkawi, including the airport, various hotels, restaurants, bars, coffee houses and seafood restaurants offer free wifi to guests.

    you can update and post pictures on your facebook, instagram, four square, trip advisor and even here at virtual tourist for free.

    just ask the wifi password of the establishment you are staying or eating or having a drink.

    Fondest memory: many commercial places offer free wifi

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    Bottled Water

    by machomikemd Written May 31, 2014

    Favorite thing: as in any major cities, people don't generally trust tap water and hence the water refilling stations and water bottling companies are making a killing selling various kinds of bottled water like distilled water, spring water, mountain spring water, alkaline water, purified water and more and here in Pulau Langkawi is no Different so yopu can buy bottled water everywhere like in convenience stores or restaurants or hotels and Cenang Mall. they come in different sizes and the average prize of a 500 ml bottle water will be RM 1.80 and for larger sizes like 1 liter bottles will costs RM 3. with the tropical and humid climate, you will buy lots of them here and again are available everywhere.

    Fondest memory: you hotel gives complimentary bottled water everyday.

    bottled water is more expensive in touristy areas like Langkawy Sky Cable or Bird Paradise and Wildlife Park.

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    ATM's in Pulau Langkawi

    by machomikemd Updated May 31, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Again a word of caution, if your are not the type who wants pass on charges on withdrawing money through international Automated Machines and rather use your credit cards to save on withdrawal fees, then just use your credit cards ok. Like in major cities, the ATM's here are mostly affiliated to international consortiums like Plus or Discover or Cirrus. Again a caveat, when you withdraw money via atms, there are 2 pass on charges (the first is by your local bank in your country and the second is the local bank here in Malaysia) so I would recommend you withdraw large sums since the charges are the same whether you withdraw a pitiful amount or a large one.

    Major local ATM's here are from Maybank and CIMB.

    Fondest memory: There are few ATM Machines in Langkawi and they you can only find them mostly at the Airport, Pantai Cenang (at Underwater World Entrrance and The Cenang Mall) and in Kuahn Town.

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    Malaysian Ringgit (RM)

    by machomikemd Written May 31, 2014

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    Favorite thing: the Malaysian Ringgit ( RM) is the official currency of the federal states of Malaysia. the malaysian currency was named the Malaysian Dollar before 1975 and since then, the Ringgit (which means jagged in bahasa malaysia) was adopted as the Name of the currency. The malaysian riggit comes at RM 1, RM 5, RM 10, RM 20, RM 50, RM 100, RM 500, and RM1000 denominations and for the coins, they are at 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen and finally the 1 ringgit coin.

    Fondest memory: Present exchange rate for 1 US Dollar is 3.15 Malaysian Ringgit.

    other major currencies like the euro, british pound, singapore dollar, thai baht, philippine peso, Hong Kong Dollar and others can be exchanged for the Ringgit at the several money exhange shops in Langkawi.

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    Walking Around Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah

    by machomikemd Written May 31, 2014

    Favorite thing: if you don't want to spend on riding taxis while going around the Pantai Cenan and Pantai Tengah Areas, don't fret as these two main tourist areas facing the beaches have well paved pedestrian foothpaths that are made of concrete and are well lit at night with bright lamp posts. the only downside here is that the walks are long and for example from our hotel in Pantai Tengah to Underwater World is a goofd 1.7 kilometer walk and up to Cenang Mall is up to 2.5 kilometers long. but still, you can save on taxi fare, although they don't cheat you here, the taxi fares are higher.

    Fondest memory: well paved foothpaths around tourist areas of Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah

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    Langkawi - Duty Free Island

    by aussirose Written Nov 3, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The whole of Langkawi, like many islands in Malaysia, is duty free. Being duty free, beer is cheap in town. We kept this in mind and bought our beers in town and took them back to our accommodation rather than drink them at the hotel which would cost more than double the price. There are a few large duty free shops in Kuah where everything was so cheap! I bought a good bottle of scotch for less than half the price back home.

    My favourite place for shopping was Pentai Cenang. The main street has lots of nice clothing shops and my favourite jewelry shop - CinnamOn's. You simply must check this shop out. You'll see a pic of it here along with another one of Jesse holding this friendly cat in the shop that had the most amazing coloured bright green eyes.

    CinnamOn's Crafted Jewelry Pentai Cenang Shopping main street at Pentai Cenang Langkawi Jesse holds lovely cat at CinnemOn's Pentai Cenang Shopping main street at Pentai Cenang Langkawi Shopping main street at Pentai Cenang Langkawi
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