Rent a car, dont expect to get cabs easily!
I'm not too sure if this was only coz it was Feb (off season??) but we had a few problems when it came to getting around the island. Most hotels arrange cabs at ease, but if you're sightseeing and its past sunset, you're not going to stumble upon cabs on the islands lovely though quiet roads!
Most people rent cars, which is economical and gives you the freedom to explore.
So when you get to the island 1. get a good map 2. rent a car!
Transportation From Jetty
From the Jetty, you can share the fare of taxis with other tourists where the fare is per taxi and not per person. If you can get to share the taxi with others you can split the fares.
I once shared a car taxi with another passenger whos going to town (RM4-00) and paid the balance of RM12 for the rest of the trip to Pantai Tengah.
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You can either get the ferrys from :-
1. Kuala Kedah
If youre already in Kedah, this is a good option, but still the trip is not worth it because the ferry will take the open sea route where the journey can be rough depending on the weather. The trip will take you about 1 hr and 40 minutes and sometimes longer (reason: they want to save the fuel!!) which is quite long. Those prone to sea sick better take off from Kuala Perlis.
2. Kuala Perlis
If youre in Alor Setar Kedah and want to get to Kuala Perlis, better take the taxis or bus at Sahab Perdana. The trip will be about 40 minutes from Alor Setar.
Those coming from Thailand will find it easier to get the ferrys in Kuala Perlis. From the border of Bukit Kayu Hitam, it will only take you about 30 minutes drive; thanks to the new high way. The jetty here is always crowded because even those in Kedah prefer the 45 minutes ferry trip.
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Jusy outside the hotel is a taxi rank. the taxi's are cheap, the drivers freindly and very helpful.
We hired a taxi for the day at a cost 120 ringetts. the driver acted as a guide and gave us a list of places to choose from, unlike some drivers in other places we have visited,who insist they take you to certain places, where they get commision from the vendors.
Our driver spoke good English and pointed out various land marks and some of their history.All in all we enjoyed our day out.,ending in Eagle square, after duty free shopping
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This is the main terminal for ferries to Penang and the coral reefs around Langkawi. The terminal also has a shopping mall with a KFC. Cars may be hired here too. We hired a car to drive around the entire island in 4 hours.
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Driving round and about.. cheap and easy
The easiest way to travel around Langkawi is renting a mini motorbike (mopet). As cheap as 25 Ringgit (malaysian currency), you will be able to rent a mopet and a 5 ringgit petrol will get you a round trip the island and back.
No license required. Remember: to go for a few rounds of test driving in some car parks before embarking your exploring trips
Rental place: along pantai cenang. Ask your motel.
Mainly by boats
When in Langkawi, go to the pier and hop on large sea boats to visit the outlying islands.If you fancy island hopping, contact one of those local agens to arrange a 1-day journey of your choice. Here you see a typical boat commuting between the island and the floating marine world.
Renting a car
I rent a car in Langkawi to get around as that much easier. Public bus? I dont think so. You could as well rent a motorcycle but I dont recommend that to you if you come during this month of August as it's raining.
Get in the car and run around with it. Although there will be a heavy rain but still you could go and check out some places with it.
You could rent a car once you arrived in Jetty Kuah as there is plenty of counter who do that service.
You can get to Langkawi by air or by ferry. There are two point on the mainland from where you can get the ferry, at Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. The journey these days has been considerably shortened and it takes about an hour to reach.
If you arrive by air, you will find that airport is quite close to hotel belt on the southwestern part of the island.
The jetty is at the other end of the islands on the southestern part where the main town 'Kuah' located.
I hated this boat!
Took the ferry from Georgetown to Langkawi. Took about 2.5 hours!
The trip over was rough and tough! I was one of only two people who lost their breakfast! Thunderstorms, rain, stormy seas and ME just don't mix!
(On the way home it was much better!)
Getting Around Langkawi
The best way to get around the Island is to rent a car. Taxi's are kind of expensive , and if you do much Island travel it will be more expensive than renting a car. You can rent a car when you enter hte arrival area at the airport. The companies will rent you a car, and set up tours for snorkeling, Scuba, you can get a better rate if you scheduale all thru the company. I got a Rental car for 3 days, and Snorkeling trip for RM320 or $85 US.
The roads are good and well marked, maps are free at the airport. You can also rent Motor Scooters.
the way to get around.......
these motor bikes.. are so cheap to hire.... they cost between 30 and 40 RM a day ..depends how many days you want it......
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A HELMET
Drive around the island
Langkiwi is a very easy island to drive around on by yourself. There are good roads and they are well marked. Lease a car at the airport, at your hotel, or in Kuah.
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Fly to Langkawi
Malaysia Airlines will get you to Langkawi from many domestic locations, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang.
The airport is 30 km from Kuah.
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Getting to Langkawi by boat from Penang
There are several travel agents located near the Queen Victoria memorial clocktower in Georgetown.
I used Fast Ferry Ventures
11 Light Street, 10200 Penang
The one-way fare is 35 Ringgits.
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