Any duty-free shop: Buying alcoholic beverages
What to buy: Langkawi Island is well-known for its duty-free shopping. Among all things, alcoholic beverages are popular on the island. But, I personally think that beers and hard liquors , that's available on the island, are sort of watered down. They tastes funny. So, just one advice for everyone, dont be greedy and buy unselectively. Taste first and then decide. You dont wanna pay for nothing.
Teow Soon Huat Bhd: Largest Supermarket in Langkawi?
This shop is about 2 to 3 storeys high. It is more a department store cum supermarket. It is indicated in the Langkawi map that you get from the airport.
I am not too sure about whether the prices are competitive, but there's a good range of things from food, drinks, chocolates to suitcases and electrical items
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Complex Membeli- Belah: Best in town
It is the biggest one roof shopping place in Langkawi. It is located in Kuah, and have different kind of shops. I will not say it is shoppers paradise but still it is like a paradise when you enter in this air conditioned shopping centre when it is 35 C outside.
All: Duty Free Shopping
In Kuah, the main town on the island, are several 'Duty Free' places. The whole island, in fact, enjoys this status. The shops resemble duty free places at airports with the selection of goods they have on display. I found that the shops selling electronic goods, such as cameras, did not have the latest models available, as can be found in Singapore and KL for instance. Research prices carefully as a non-discounted price without duty on Langkawi may be higher than a discounted price elsewhere with duty.
The name 'Kuah' is a Malay word meaning 'gravy' and is associated with an ancient legend of two battling giants who overturned a gigantic pot of curry (kuah) at the spot where the town now stands.
Once a rustic town with few streets, present day Kuah is a thriving centre of modern hotels and shopping-cum-business complexes, but without the over-crowding and bustle of modern cities.
Kuah is a duty free shopping haven with a wide variety of goods sold at attractive prices and its restaurants offer excellent culinary delights, especially fresh seafood.
langkawi craft complex (craft & cultural centre): all the local crafts under on roof..
this place is a huge complex housing all the local malaysian crafts under one roof.. they have everything from metal artifacts, fabrics, ceramics, ethnic craftwork right up to items from the forest.. there's also a demonstration area where handiwork such as weaving, batik painting, wood carving and plaiting is done.. to top it all, the prices of the items sold here are pretty reasonable as well..
this place opens daily from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.. admission is free! :)
What to buy: all the local craft that takes you fancy.. we bought some egg shaped marbles as souvenirs.. makes a pretty nice deco for the desk.. :)
local products in langkawi
other than being a duty free island, langkawi also have a lot of locally produced items to offer.. some of which are not available anywhere else..
What to buy: some of the local products worth looking at is this healing ointment called gamat.. it's actually made of sea cucumber.. the story goes that a long time ago, a fisherman stepped on one of these creatures and had his legs glued with the sitcky white secretion from the sea cucumber.. in his frustration, he took an axe and hacked up all the sea cucumber around him.. the next morning, he found that all the hacked up sea cucumber are all healed and whole again.. that gave him the idea.. if the sea cucumber could heal itself, then it should also be able to heal people’s wounds.. thus, the “minyak gamat” industry began..
other than that, other items to consider buying is batik sarong, t-shirt, crytal, marble, etc.
langkawi island: duty free haven
langkawi is a tax free island.. so, shopping becomes a must do when you're here..
What to buy: things that most malaysians buy are alcoholic drinks (beer is cheaper than mineral water here), imported chocolates and ciggies.. :)
What to pay: the prices at the shops in town are pretty standard.. not much bargaining to do.. only thing is if you're paying cash, they might slash the listed price a little..
Mostly lots of duty free shops. Things here are cheaper than on the mainland. No barganing in the stores. There are some shop lots that sell local items and you can bargin. Some shops to see are "Jetty Point" Kamdar, Kraft Malaysia. Commercial area of Kuah Town. Langkawi Mall.
What to buy: The usual things in the Duty Free shops, Liquor, electronics, clothes, chocolets, high end perfumes, Rolexes.
OIB Utara Enterprise: Anchovies
Plenty of anchovies to choose from...they're so fresh too.
What to pay: Depends on the type of fish you choose. It's between RM15-RM25 a kg. Also sold in small packs at RM4-RM10.
Paradise Craft: Slightly Expensive Souvenirs
It's a souvenirs shop as well...you can find all sorts of souvenirs here...the only thing is they're a bit expensive.
in Kuah town: Duty free
What to buy: Liquour, beer, tobacco, chocolates
What to pay: Beer has definetly gone up, it use to be as cheap as RM1 [many years back] but 2007, its got up to RM1.70 but also varies in brands.
The Zon Duty Free: Duty Free Shop - Underwater World
After visiting the Underwater World, you may want to shops for duty free stuffs at The Zon. It is in the same building of the Underwater World.
What to buy: Perfumes, chocolates, clothes, tobacco etc.
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Kuah Town has all kinds of shops. You can find crafts, clothing, art as well as liquor. Everything is duty free so that's a bonus.
Awana Shops: Buy some souvenirs
Awana has several little shops on the boardwalk.
They have clothing and souvenirs.
What we bought was at a very good price.
Some shops are closed during Chinese New Year.
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