Langkawi Crystal: Hand blown glass
We always make a trip to Langkawi Cyrstal for hand blown glassware. This makes great gifts to give others or for yourself.
There are pieces in all price ranges and no one pressures you to buy.
It is much better to go to the site where they are made than to buy them in a gift shop.
What to buy: Everything is duty free but that doesn't mean that they are cheap.
I especially like to buy the paperweights because they travel well.
What to pay: How much or little that you want to spend.
- Arts and Culture
The Shopping Mall With McDonalds At The Front: Best For Booze!
I forgot to take note of the name of the shopping mall but the supermarket in there sells a wide choice of good quality cigars, cigarettes and alcohol.
What to buy: Wine, scotch, rum, brandy, tequila, gin, bacardi, vodka, beer... (you get the picture)
What to pay: Compared to a crate of 24 cans of Carlsberg for RM118 on sale in Kuala Lumpur you pay RM36 in Langkawi.
Compared to RM48.00 for a bottle of Malibu rum at the KLIA airport, you pay RM27.00 for the same in Langkawi.
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
Langkawi Fair: ONE STOP SHOPPING AT ITS BEST
This is Langkawi's first and finest shopping mall with Duty Free shops, great restaurants, batik and art galleries amazing gifts. Relax and browse in air-conditioned comfort at Langkawi Fair - your one-stop shopping destination.
The mall is the best place for you to get all those sourvineers for your friends and loved ones back home
It is the largest duty free mall on the island.
HOURS OF BUSINESS:
10 am to 10 pm
What to buy: Anything, clothing, batiks, gifts for family and friends, craft ware, everythign is duty free
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
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Night Markets or Pasar Malam as the local calls it. Most locals will go to do their daily glossaries shopping and marketing. You can buy from hot cooked food, fresh vegetables, fresh meat and clothings. My favorite dish is Ayam Percik (Spicy Barbeque Chicken) and Asam Laksa (Rice Noodles in Spicy Fish Gravy), it will only cost you RM1 to RM2 - Yum! Yum!
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
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.
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.
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.. :)
Kedai Gamat Asli - Hj Shaari: Malay Traditional Medicine & Gamat (Sea Cucumber)
The shop is situated in the heart of Kuah Town. This is my favourite 'Gamat' / Sea Cucumber oil from other shops in Langkawi. Why the oil here is so special? Its because the mixture of the oil with many local plant roots & herbs making it more stronger and effective.
The product being sold here is not only 'Gamat' but there are varieties of traditional medicine personally made by the owner being offered here.
They are also runs a budget motel behind the shop with aircondition & tv room.
All the product is being made at their manufacturing site in KEDA Village, Langkawi.
What to buy: 1) Gamat oil
2) King of Wood
3) Traditional Viagra (Tongkat Ali)
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
RFA Centre: World of Perfumes
It's a perfumes shop. You can find almost all brands of perfumes here. I wouldn't really say they're so cheap...but I noticed most of the perfumes are sold at RM30 less than the usual price...so I guess it's quite worth it to buy perfumes here. For example 50 ml J'dore eu d parfum is sold at RM210...other places... it's like RM240...so there's some discount there...though not much...still worth it.
Nusantara Maju: Variety products made from gamat
It's a mall selling so many products made from gamat. Gamat or sea slug...some ppl also call it sea cucumber is believed to be an excellent healing thing. Gamat is processed into oil, cream, drinks, soaps, n etc. They're sold at reasonable prices.
What to pay: You can get 14 bottles of gamat oil for RM10, gamat soaps RM5 per piece n other products between RM5-RM15.
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..
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.
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