YOUR FREE LANGKAWI GUIDE
F ROM THE ASIA TRAVEL SPECIALISTS
An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is the country’s most enthusiastically promoted tourist destination. Away from the main island’s developed areas, Langkawi is rural with mountainous interior, villages, rice paddies and junglecovered hills. A dutyfree location, Langkawi is also the perfect place to buy cheap luxuries and it’s recognized for its excellent dive sites and what some say are the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia. Besides all that, sightseeing attractions that range from the Underwater World and the Cable Car & Skybridge to natural draws such as Langkawi’s offshore islets and the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls make Langkawi Malaysia’s most popular tourist destination.
SIM CARDS AND DIALING PREFIXES
F eaturing an equatorial climate, Langkawi is suited for yearround travel. Shielded from major winds and storms by the mainland on one side and Sumatra on the other, the island has two prevailing seasons – dry season (November to March) and wet season. Temperatures are fairly consistent during the day, ranging from 30°C to 35°C, while at night they drop to 28°C or 29°C; humidity levels remain high at about 80% throughout the year. The most rainfall occurs in September and October, as a result of the monsoon winds.
Malaysia’s three main cell phone service providers are Celcom, Digi and Maxis. You can obtain prepaid SIM cards almost anywhere – especially inside largescale shopping malls. Digi and Maxis are the most popular services, although Celcom has the most widespread coverage in Sabah and Sarawak. Each state has its own area code; to make a call to a landline in KL, dial 03 followed by the eightdigit number. Calls to mobile phones require a threedigit prefix, (Digi = 016, Maxis = 012 and Celcom = 019) followed by the seven digit subscriber number.
T he Malaysian currency is the Ringgit Malaysia (MYR or
RM) . US$1 roughly converts into MYR3.00 – you’ll find uptodate conversion rates at the top banner of the langkawiinfo.com.
Malaysia is eight hours ahead of GMT (the same as China,
Hong Kong and Singapore).
Main voltage in Malaysia is 220 volts. Connect to the reliable electricity supply (220V240V, 50 cycles) with a UKtype three squarepin or twoparallelflatpin (British BS1363) plugs.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
1 Stop Crisis Centre
+603 2164 0522
+603 6201 6088
Emergency Call From Mobile Phone
+603 8887 4000
+603 2093 9181
Flight Info KLIA
+603 8776 2000
1 300 88 3000
+603 7651 2222
Langkawi has no trains so the best way to get around the island is to rent a car. Roads are easy to navigate and traffic is almost nonexistent; you can rent a car when you exit the arrival hall of the Langkawi International Airport or book one in advance at http://www.langkawiinfo.com/rentcar/. If you’re arriving via the Kuah jetty, touts from travel agencies will approach you upon arrival – rates start at around RM60 per day, but drops with bargaining. The bus service that departs from the stand opposite the hospital runs only three routes out of Kuah – to Pantai Cenang, Padang Lalang and Pantai Kok. Alternatively, cabs are a good option – fares are a little pricey and taxis aren’t exactly ubiquitous – but they’re convenient. They don’t operate using a meter, rather with a set fare – a journey between Kuah and Pantai Cenang will cost you around RM24. There’s a taxi station at the Langkawi Fair mall and at the jetty. hhttp://www.langkawiinfo.com/info/gettingaround.htm
+603 2615 3333
Langkawi doesn’t have a comprehensive public transportation...