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
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
- Family Travel
Sorry, not really a custom, just advice
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)
- Women's Travel
Of Curses and Legends
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.
Pisang Handicraft and Art Village
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.
Protect the local wildlife
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.