I found in Langkawi that not only are Credit Cards accepted but almost universally, so are Debit Cards.
I used my UK Debit Card quite freely here in the Bank ATM's and had no problem withdrawing cash, my UK Bank doesn't charge commision on withdrawls either regardless of the Currency.
Another card I used less was the Travelex Card, which I got at the Travel Agents and loaded it with Emergency Money in case it was needed and again I had no problems in using it in Langkawi or at Kuala Lumpur Airport.
Definately the highlight of my trip!....it was amazing to have the opportunity to swim with sharks and baracuda's. The sharks are about 2m long but they dont attack, the baracuda's though will attack if provoked. The boat ride to Pulau Payar takes about 1 hour and this is pretty dull. The guides at the snorkelling site are really good and they tend to sometimes almost drag you into the deeper end to ensure you get to see the wide variety of fishes and you never miss anything. So this is definately not for the ones who would panic looking into the deep depth of the ocean. Life vests provided are the better type so there is never any worry. Lunch is a bit crap so dont expect too much. After negotiations and because it was off-peak season, i managed to pay RM90 per person for the whole package. The package includes them picking you up from your hotel, the boat ride, the guide, equipment, lunch, boat ride back and be dropped off at your hotel.
Fondest memory: Sharks ! and old mean looking Baracuda with a missing front tooth
Favorite thing: If you need to call home, buy a telephone card. Calling to England was very cheap (I think around 0.5 RM per minute. There is loads of phoneboxes on the Cenang beach road. Don't worry if some don't work - just walk to the next one. We tried 3 phoneboxes before we were able to be connected with England :-))
Favorite thing: Only four of the 99 islands are inhabited - Pulau Langkawi ( the main island ), Pulau Tuba, Pulau Rebak and Pulau Dayang Bunting. The population is an estimated 54,000 of which 90% are Malays. The other ethic groups consist mainly of Chinese, Indians and Thais.
Favorite thing: Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands separated from mainland Malaysia by the Straits of Malacca, is a district of the state of Kedah in Northern Malaysia and lies approximately 51km west of Kedah. The total land mass of the islands is 47,848 hectares, while the main island of Langkawi itself has a total of 32,000 hectares. The main island spans about 25km from north to south and slightly more for east and west. The coastal areas consist of flat, alluvial plains punctuated with limestone ridges. Two thirds of the island is dominated by forest - covered mountains, hills and natural vegetation.
Favorite thing: Pulau Langkawi has a sunny, hot and humid, tropical climate with an average annual temperature of about 32 degrees Celsius. The rainy season is during August / September, although there are occasional showers throughout the year.
The honey of Langkawi is that it is a duty free place all over! But still there are differents, for example airport duty free is most expencive,coz they say they are from Kuala-Lumpur duty free devision... Anyhow the best prices are "hiding" somewhere in Kuah Town and Chenang area.
Fondest memory: Ground Zero party...
Fondest memory: This was a pre-Christmas trip staying at The Andaman on Datai Bay which was SOO great that we just stayed there most of the time and didn't really venture out to see the rest of Langkawi... but we did go on the cable car trip up Gunung Mat Chinchang which was nice, and we had dinner at a restaurant in the middle of a mangrove forest... very mysterious and romantic. Please see the rest of my travel tips for details.
Pulau Langkawi is still untouch of their forest
and the beautiful beaches and small Island make it so amazing to have a better view.
Last but not least is the local people's was very helpful and friendly when i got loss on the way to some of interesting places.
Fondest memory: The best memory at Pulau Langkawi is that the beauty and relax places around the Island like don't want to go home.
I loved to go out on my balcony early every morning and watch the beautiful sunrise.
The scenery changed every second as I watched the sun come up over the nearby islands.
There was always a boat in the water adding to the picture.
One thing to take note when you're going to a foreign place is the weather. Esp in Langkawi, there's really no point going there to trek the hills and waterfalls in rainy weather, is there? On the other hand, if you're going there to dive and you're a keen fan of drift diving, the rain won't really pose a problem.
Here's the weather chart for your convenience..
Typical Annual Weather Pattern:
Temp Rain Sun
deg C deg F mm inch hours
January 33 92 35 1 9
February 33 92 35 1 9
March 33 91 105 4 8
April 32 90 190 8 9
May 31 88 240 10 6
June 31 88 235 9 6
July 31 87 255 10 6
August 30 86 290 12 7
September 30 86 310 12 4
October 30 86 340 14 5
November 30 86 220 9 6
December 31 87 85 3 8
Fondest memory: It was actually quite dry when I was in Langkawi, so dry that there wasn't much water left in the waterfalls! Grrr....
Favorite thing: I have been here twice but was long time ago during my high school time with friends to visit to expect something very unexpected very nothing actually attracts me except buying no duty cigarettes and liquors but unfortunately none are in my list, therefore I spent 2 not so satisfying trip to Langkawi and don't feel to return unless a real big revolutionary change for me to go back to have a look. If I want to visit the Malay village, I have hundreds better locations to go, why spend the time here to look at this.
Suggested Itinerary :-
- Rent a car to explore the island
- Places to go to will be 7 wells waterfall, cable car ride, Pantai Pasir Hitam (black sand beach) (it is just a small stretch...5 mins there will do), Terembun waterfall
- end off with dinner at Barn Thai Restaurant, be there about 6.45pm, and walk 20 mins into the mangrove area while there's still light.
- Breakfast at Breakfast Bar (Pantai Cenang area)
- Go to Kuah Town to stock up on your groceries/shopping
- Go to the jetty area to take a look at the huge eagle structure
-along the way, enjoy the coastal view - also watch out for the off shore island of the 'Pregnant Maid'
- drive along the east side of the island
- spend the late afternoon at Tanjong Rhu beach for the sunset, collecting seashells
- make a trip to the night market**
- Go on a island hopping/snorkelling day trip to Pulau Payar
- Make a trip to Pantai Kok for the sunset
- have a seafood dinner at one of the restaurants near Pantai Kok
- hang out at the beach, before you make your way to the airport for home sweet home
**Extract of tip from fellow VirtualTourist member - Popee - "The night markets can be found at various villages on different days:
Monday - Ulu Melaka, Tuesday - Kedawang, Wednesday - Kuah, Thursday - Temoyong, Friday - Air Hangat, Saturday - Kuah, Sunday - Padang Masirat "
Favorite thing: there are no shortage of these scene in Langkawi. There are so many places where you could sit down at a beach and enjoy either sunrise or sunset. It was amazing to experience such a wonderful view. It is so energetic and it calms you down from inside.
Favorite thing: Langkawi Island is full of strange surprises but one thing which I notice was the traffic lights. The main traffic lights in town is not traditional traffic lights, it also shows the timer. You could see that when the signal will become red and when it will become green again. It was something strange for me.