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....
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.
I mentioned a poor Internet Service in my Warning and Danger tips (SBR).
But I found a good one! This is a nicely run internet place, unlike SBR. The machines are in decent condition and the guy running the place seems to understand networks and how to configure them.
You are also welcome to plug in your own lap top if you have one.
It may be a little tricky to find. Along Cenang Beach Road is a Fujifilm place and opposite there is a small road going away from the beach. The internet place is located just up this road.
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.
I'll encourage anyone who is visiting Langkawi for the first time to try the cable car.
The single most perfect moment in my trip occured during my cable ride.
I saw 2 sea eagles circling the balmy blue skies and felt so free and happy.
Fondest memory: Hmm... the sleepy blue seas and skies, the lazy "island" feeling where time is non-existent, etc etc
Favorite thing: Cenang, and from what I have seen of the rest of Langkawi, is very clean. The resorts clean up their stretch of beach every morning so that the sand is free of debris, flotsam and jetsam. On the roads the only mess is falling coconuts and palm fronds.
Finding this small beach used mainly by locals. I'm not sure of the name but the location is very close to the Ibrahim Hussein Foundation Museum, which can be found on tourist maps.
When we got there the beach was deserted apart from a few locals and a troop of macaques. The water is warm and inviting with no jellyfish. A small stall is located on the beach where you can buy drinks and fresh fruit.
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.
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
Kuah has night markets twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The market is not big but it has a lot of atmosphere. On sale are everyday household items and food, food, food. It seems that people can't seem to get enough of the food and by all account it is cheap, hot and delicious. The Malaysian satay can be found here at 30 cents a stick and it is a steal.
Kuah is about 40kms from Pantain Cenang and you can either choose to drive there or get hired transport like a taxi. There are plenty of waiting taxis near the night market in Kuah so there are no worries about getting a ride back home.
The market is situated across from the river which is accessible from a bridge. It starts as early as 6pm into the late night and it is well-worth a visit to catch a traditional slice of the Malaysian life and sample the food.
Favorite thing: Basically if you arrive to the airport or jetthy and would like to rent a car, you better not get it with the hoocker there, but go to cenang area and there are a lots of shops or travel agent rent their bikes or car in cheap price, if it in a normal day you can get it like car rental for RM60/day or motobike RM15-20/day. sometimes in a pick seasons the price will be higher, sometimes can reach to RM80-RM100/day.
Just read these fun facts about Malaysia from Emily Young from the internet, posted April 2010
1.They drive on the Left side of the road.
2.Islam is the official religion of the country.
3.Shoes must always be removed when entering a Malaysian home. Sometimes even in shops you had to take your shoes off upon entering.
4.Never use your finger to point at things. You must point with your thumb.
5.It is considered rude to not try something when offered.
6.The official language is Malay (Bahasa Melayu).
7.The average temperature is between 70F to 90F; however, in the jungle the temperature was 105-115F.
8.Most of the coffees and teas are sweetened with TONS of sugar.
9.Times Square Mall is the largest mall in Malaysia with 15 floors, a rollercoaster, bowling alley, 3 Starbucks, a Wendy's, and a hotel.
10.Singapore is just a 5 hour bus ride away from Kuala Lumpur (capital city).
11.Tons and tons of rice is consumed everyday in Malaysia.
Favorite thing: A good way to see the wildlife we found, was to do a boat trip on on the river. Here we saw the wild Eagles, [heaps of them],Bats, Lace Moniters in the water and on river side branches, and plenty of Monkeys.