Pulau Langkawi Local Customs

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    by Tattugran Updated Dec 24, 2005

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    It always help to know when you go to a different country when the public holidays are as it can effect your plans .I have listed the ones I knwo of for Langkawi here. Hope it helps
    Jan 01 - New Year's Day
    Jan 08 & 09 - Hari Raya Puasa
    Feb 05 & 06 - Chinese New Year
    Feb 01 - Federal Territory Day (Kuala Lumpur and Labuan only)
    Mar 16 - Hari Raya Haji
    Apr 06 - Awal Muharram
    May 01 - Workers' Day
    May 18 - Wesak Day
    Jun 03 - Birthday of Sri Paduka Baginda Yang di Pertuan Agong
    Jul 15 - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad SAW
    Aug 31 - National Day
    Oct 28 - Deepavali (except in Sarawak and Labuan)
    Dec 25 - Christmas
    Dec 27 & 28 - Hari Raya Puasa


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    by Tattugran Updated Nov 23, 2005

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    Remove shoes when enter a home or place of worship
    Dress neatly in suitable attire that covers arms and legs when entering places of worship
    Handle food with your right hand
    Do not point your foot at anyone
    Do not touch a locals head
    Do not put your feet on the table
    Give or receive money or gifts with your right hand
    Topless swimming is inapprorpiate here
    When greeting a muslim offer your right hand then bring it towards you ...lightly touching your heart.This is the traditional Salam ...or greeting of acceptance
    Hindus greet with a Namaste (in Hindi) or Vanakam (Tamil).Both palms are brought together as in prayer at midchest level.
    With a Chinese you may shake hands.
    If you are unsure of what greeting to use just smile and nod your head
    The official language is Bahasa Melayu however English is commonly used and spoken by all

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    by ahcoln Updated Apr 27, 2005

    Many legends of langkawi and Mahsuri story is the most famous one. Click this link if you have the interests to know more http://langkawi-info.com/info/legends.htm

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    Sorry, not really a custom, just advice

    by xxangelxx Written Dec 29, 2004

    If you are feeling hassled by hotel staff or locals asking where you are from etc just try walking around with a friend (preferably male if you are female - males, and women with children do not get hassled so much)

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    Of Curses and Legends

    by bpacker Written Jun 20, 2004

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    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.

    File picture of Mahsuri

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    Pisang Handicraft and Art Village

    by Imbi Written Jan 23, 2004

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    Pisang Handicraft and Art Village is another place to find some cultural stuff of Malaysia. Hand-drawn batik, accessories, pewter, marble, wood carving. Its all there. Yu can also experience people working there.

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    Protect the local wildlife

    by kyoub Written Jan 16, 2006

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    There are signs along the roads stating that you should be on the lookout for wildlife in the area. Slow down for wildlife crossing the road.

    Watch out for monkeys
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