Local travel agencies arrange transfer in cooperation with Thai agencies.
We were picked up by minibus (A/C) which took us to the harbour for the ferry to Thailand. There with one of these "open" busses to town, where a VIP-bus waited for us (great! and very comfortable) for onward transfer. In Trang we had a "stop over" for approx. 2,5 hours at the local travel agency's office, which turned out to be handy, as there was a huge department store just around the corner. Prices were really good and we did a lot of shopping - in fact time turned out to be to short ;-) . Then another minibus (A/C) took us and some locals to Koh Lanta Ferries and we were dropped off directly at our hotel on Koh Lanta!
The trip took the whole day but was transfer and sightseeing all in one!
Price for all this was approx. 35 to 40€ per person. (Bargaining was not possible!)
The moment you come out of the jetty/Airport, you will be swarmed by a host of travel agents asking you to make all the bookings including hopping Island tour, water sports, rental car/bikes throý them. Donýt bother much if you have all the booking done in advance. In my case, I talked to one guy called Ezan (mobile no. 019 2498694) because he promised me the best rate for a rental car and he was true. But later I realized, the rates quoted by almost all the agents are mostly same and they donýt cover insurance. Its not a major issue in Langkawi as driving is a smooth affair. He asked for my Driving License but said that in case I donýt have it, doesnýt mind. This was funny, as I was thinking a driving license was the most basic prerequisite for a rental car. We rented a 1.3 Litre Proton Wira (Local Made in Malaysia car) automatic gear transmission AC car with FM radio and costed us RM 60.00 per day. Manual version was available for RM 50.0 per day (Proton Iswara). This was new car, hardly 6 months old and was in excellent condition. We collected the car keys, local Langkawi Road Map (this map is also available on the website www.langkawi-online.com in pdf format). From the jetty, we just drove down to our Hotel. On the way, we filled 20 Ltrs petrol (worth RM 25.00) at a gas station in Kuah City. Langkawi is a small island and even if you go round the island two times, you would do less than 100 KMs. So 20 ltrs would be sufficient for 3-4 days. Gas stations are clearly marked on the main roads, are plentiful and the above mentioned Map gives indication of all the gas stations in the island. Most of them are open till 2000 hrs. The road markings are excellent except in few places and its difficult to get lost. People are more than helpful. The roads are smooth, narrow and winding at places but hardly any traffic. It was interesting to see markings on the road to indicate animal crossing and once on our way to Seven Wells waterfalls, we encountered a lot of monkeys crossing the road.
No...no....not asking you to ride a cow around the island :-) but we sighted this creature on the road there.
Driving in Langkawi is very easy. There is not much traffic on the island and coastal areas. Except in the town area (Kuah). For a whole day of driving, we only had to stop at 2 traffic lights - one in Kuah, and one nearer the jetty area.
We rented an auto Proton Wira (saloon car) for RM130 from the hotel we stayed in. And the rate is for 24 hrs. The map that was provided to us is the same as the one you can get from the Airport. It is not very detailed, but good enough.
One thing you need to look out for are the cows/buffalos/monkeys. The warnings signs are placed near plantations/forested areas, and they are there for a very good reason. When we were driving at night, imagine our shock when we saw a group of 7 to 8 cows (all glistening wet with mud) dashing out from the right side of the road. Luckily I noticed pairs of eyes reflecting our headlights.
Why rent a car?
- drive down to Tanjong Rhu, a scenic beach. it is quiet, and greta for seashell picking. Just park under the big tree along the beach, and you can spend an hour or two there
- visit the 'roaming' night market - check from your hotel where they are for the night
- make your way to barn Thai restaurants
- save on taxi fares
- drive along the coastal areas
- drive to the cable car base station, 7 wells waterfall etc.
Best of all, parking is practically free in many areas !
Wow , this is the most affortdable transport in my entire vacation . I rented a so called brand new (done bout 60'000 km) iswara for Rm40 a day .Advise to you guys, beware of agents who approach you when you are at the jetty or airport ( sky high prices ).Get your transport book before reaching there . I would recomend you this guys *(ehza 0192498694) (Thanks to eelaine)
As there is no public transport on the island except cab/taxi, the best way to explore the island is to drive. You can rent a car from the airport, jetty and from most of the resorts. The cost to hire a car is about RM50.
I managed to get a Nissan Sentra for RM80. If you are good at bargaining, you might get a really good price.
Cheap and budget flights are not only in United Kingdom. There are some local Ryan Air and Easyjet Airlines give you opportunity to get a cheap flight. Air Asia (www.airasia.com) offers some cheap flight from Kuala Lumpur. I got two return tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi for £26 including all taxes.
there is just only one way to get to your Hotel, Motel or Resort, which is Taxi. When you come out of the Arrival Hall, you will notice on your left side a desk, where you could hire a taxi. You tell them your destination and they have fixed prices for each destination. It is usually very cheap around £3 to £8 for one taxi with max of four passengers
We arrived by Cruise Ship at Langkawi. Waiting at the dock, are quite a few taxi drivers. Walking onto the Resort, we had a look around there, then asked a taxi driver here for his price. It was cheaper than the others so didn't bargain. Our driver was lovely, "no worries Langkawi" he would say when we wanted to lock the car. He was most obliging, would make many photo stops for me, and took us everywhere we wanted to go. We finished early, seen all we wanted, and gave him a tip for his excellent service. He spoke quite good English
If you don't want to rent a car or motorbike yourself, there are plenty of freelance drivers willing to show you around the island. The picture shows Dean who describes himself as a 'transporter'. His mobile phone number is 016-496 5368. He charges RM20 per hour and, on average, a tour of the island will take around 4 - 5 hours. This works out more expensive than hiring a car yourself, which can be done for as little as RM50 per day, but a driver will have local knowledge and you can relax while he does the driving.
The best way to explore this beautiful island is hire a car. Hiring a car is easy, it is around £20 for twenty four hours, fuel is very cheap as well. the most important thing is there is hardly any traffic on island so it is very relaxing to drive around.
It's quite difficult to bargain with taxis in Langkawi. They usually don't budge if you want a lower price. It should usually cost between 6-25 myr, 6 is when you want to travel a short distance, like the ferry point to kuah, and 20/25myr for getting from example, kuah to the west side of the island.
I think the best way is to rent a car if you or someone you are travelling with, can drive. It's quite cheap, I think car rentals can vary from 20-80 myr a day for the Isawara Proton (all those grey standard rental cards,its a manual), I got mine for 40myr a day from the Langkasuaka resort package.
We filled it with half a tank for about 40 myr. We didn't use it up in 2 days, maybe used 2/3s of it.
The car is really good if you want to go to alot of places, and some places like the beaches, might not have a steady flow of taxis coming, so its better driving.
I heard it is possible to rent a taxi by hour, but i haven't seen people doing that while i was there.
The Langkawi International Airport at Padang Matsirat is about 20km from Kuah and eight km from the beach resorts in Pantai Cenang. Direct air services from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi are provided by Malaysia Airlines on a daily basis and Air Asia five times weekly. Silk Air also flies regularly from Singapore to the island. There are also direct international flights to Langkawi from Osaka and Taipei.
Express ferries provide regular services daily to Langkawi from both Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. The journey to Langkawi from Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis takes 1 hour 15 minutes respectively. For enquiries and reservations please contact:
Langkawi : 04-996 8823 / 04-966 8820
Kuala Kedah : 04-762 3823
Kuala Perlis : 04-985 5823
Kuala Kedah : 04-762 1201 / 04-762 2341
Langakwi : 04-966 7868 / 04-966 6950
Kuala Perlis : 04-985 4494 / 04-985 4563
Penang : 04-262 5630 / 04-262 5631
SAMAVEST SDN BHD
Langkawi : 04-966 6310 / 04-966 6816
Kuala Kedah : 04-762 3052
Kuala Perlis : 04-985 4440
LANGKAWI FERRY SERVICES SDN BHD
Langkawi : 04-966 9439 / 04-966 1125
Kuala Perlis : 04-985 2690
Kuala Kedah : 04-762 4524
Langkawi : 04-966 5784
Penang : 04-263 1943
to get around langkawi, the best way is to rent a car.. langkawi put in place a pretty good road system with fantastic road signs (the best i've ever seen in malaysia).. so, it's really easy to drive around.. it's cheap and convenient.. it goes as low as rm50 a day for a small car.. i paid rm150 for a new nissan sentra for two days.. definitely the best way to get around langkawi..
the company we rented the car from gave us a pretty good rate and the car was in quite a good condition.. they are sr langkawi travel and tours at booth number 9 in the arrival hall of langkawi international airport.. definitaly recommended especially is you're flying into the island..
take the cable car to the to top of gunung mat chinchang.. get a lovely view from the top.. and the steep ascend and descent make the ride an exciting one!
the base station is located within the oriental village.. the journey covers a total of 2.2 km at an incline of 42 degrees! from here, you get breathtaking view of the surrounding lush greem rainforests, the telaga tujuh waterfalls, the blue ocean and some of the pristine islands that make up the langkawi island cluster.. as you approach the middle station, look out for the unique rock formation from some 450 million years ago! the top station, standing at 709 m above sea level, holds two viewing platforms that allows for an amazing view that goes right up to south thailand.. truly a wonderful experience!
the price for this dramatic experience will set you back rm15 for an adult and rm5 for a child between the ages of 3 and 12..
the cable car operates from 10:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. daily except for tuesday and wednesday where it starts its operations an hour later at 11:00 a.m. however, operation hours are also dependent on wind speed condition..
the only way to go eagle feeding and fish feeing is by boat.. the usual prices quoted by the tour agents is rm75 per person for mangrove river, crocodile cave, eagle feeding, bat cave and fish breeding farm with a packed lunch.. or rm160 if it comes with a lunch at barn thai.. however, we found a cheaper alternative.. that is hiring a whole boat (that can take up to a maximum of 8 pax) at the jetty for rm200.. this will give you all of the above except for the lunch.. the money save is enough for a feast of fresh seafood at the fish farm!
also to be noted is that the visit to the crocodile cave is depedent on the tides.. we missed it coz the tides were too high for us to go thru.. for that, the boat ppl gave charged us rm180 instead.. :P