Saturday, 14 June 2014

TRANSPORTATION

HOW TO GET THERE?

ARRIVAL BY AIR

For tourists with a little more budget to spare, you can just fly in to Langkawi. The island boasts an international airport that can accommodate B747s with the capability to handle 2.5 million passengers annually and 1,000 passengers during peak hours. Located in Padang Mat Sirat, the airport is about 20km from Kuah town and 8km from the beach resorts in Pantai Cenang. Direct air services from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore are provided by Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, AirAsia, Silk Air and Berjaya Air. There are also direct or connecting international flights to Langkawi from Finland, Korea, Kazakhstan and Russia. Please check with your airline agents for current scheduling.




Firefly
Firefly is Malaysia's first community airline, flying from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang 8 times a week, from Penang 7 times a week, and from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) once a week to Langkawi. Wholly owned by Malaysia Airlines, Firefly operates on the basis of incredible value as well as convenient flight timings.


For reservations, please contact:

Firefly

Tel: +603-7845 4543




Malindo Air
Malindo Air is a joint venture airline between Malaysia and Indonesia (MALaysia - INDOnesia). The airline offers low-cost fares to and fro destinations in Asia like Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Malindo Air flies daily to Langkawi  with increased frequency in the near future.


For reservations, please contact: 

Malindo Air

Tel: +603-7841 5388



Malaysia Airlines (MAS)
MAS is the largest national carrier that flies 36 times per week from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Langkawi. Expect exclusive service and bespoke comforts to suit your travelling needs from Malaysia’s largest domestic air carrier.


For reservations, please contact: 

Malaysia Airlines

Tel: +603-746 3000

AirAsia
Travelling on AirAsia can be cheap and could get cheaper if you plan ahead and get a promotional fare. AirAsia flies from Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 65 times a week, from Penang 8 times a week, and from Singapore 7 times a week to Langkawi. Check out their website for flight schedules and ongoing or upcoming promotions.


For reservations, please contact:

Air Asia

Tel: +603-202 7777




Berjaya Air
With a growing reputation for versatility, efficiency and impeccable professionalism, Berjaya Air offers smaller aircrafts with limited passenger capacity, catering to the niche market of private and personalised comforts. Berjaya Air flies out 4 times a week to Langkawi from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.


For reservations, please contact:

Berjaya Air

Tel : +603-7845 8382/ 7845 8378



SilkAir
As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir serves the short-haul destinations in the Singapore Airlines Group network with a presence in the airline markets of Southeast Asia, North Asia, West Asia and more. SilkAir flies to Langkawi 4 times a week and departs from Terminal 2 of Changi Airport. 123


For reservations, please contact:

SilkAir

Tel: +603-2692 3122



ARRIVAL BY SEA

If you’re on a budget or want to have a different travel experience, ride the waves to Langkawi! Ferries and cruises to Langkawi offer tourists the unique and natural experience of travelling over water to the mystical islands of Langkawi.

Ferry
The ferries operate four routes to Langkawi from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis, Penang and Satun, Thailand around the clock – all onto the Kuah Jetty of Langkawi. Ferries are running daily every 45 mins (Kuala Perlis) from 7.00am - 7.00pm. The time it’ll take to ferry to Langkawi varies, according to where you’re travelling from, ferry operator and sometimes the weather. Usually it will take you from as soon as 1 hour to sometimes over 2 hours to get there.



From Kuala Kedah
Fare
Type
Adult Economy
Child Economy
One Way
RM 25.00
RM 17.00
Return
RM 46.00
RM 34.00
Details
Open
Frequency*
Duration*
7am - 7pm
Daily, 10 trips per day or, once every 45 minutes
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
* The above rates & time schedule are subject to changes without prior notice.

For details please contact:
Kuala Kedah Office Ticket Counter
04-762 6295

From Kuala Perlis
Fare
Type
Adult Economy
Child Economy
One Way
RM 25.00
RM 17.00
Return
RM 46.00
RM 34.00
Details
Open
Frequency*
Duration*
7am - 7pm
Daily, 10 trips per day or, once every 45 minutes
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
* The above rates & time schedule are subject to changes without prior notice.

For details please contact:
Kuala Perlis Office Ticket Counter
04-985 1899

From Penang
Fare
Type
Adult Economy
Child Economy
One Way
RM 60.00
RM 45.00
Return
RM 115.00
RM 85.00
Details
Open
Frequency*
Duration*
-
2 trips per day
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes
* The above rates & time schedule are subject to changes without prior notice.

For details please contact:
Penang Office Ticket Counter
04-264 2088

From Satun, Thailand
Fare
Type
Adult Economy
Child Economy
One Way
RM 30.00 (Thai Baht 300.00)
RM 25.00 (Thai Baht 230.00)
Return
RM 60.00 (Thai Baht 600.00)
RM 46.00 (Thai Baht 460.00)
Details
Open
Frequency*
Duration*
-
3 trips per day
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
* The above rates & time schedule are subject to changes without prior notice.

For details please contact:
Satun Office Ticket Counter
(6674) 725 295



Cruise
A novel way to take a holiday to Langkawi is by cruise ship. Cruises are of varying durations depending on the ports of call en-route to Langkawi. For enquiries on cruise packages, contact your travel agents or these cruise liners for enquiries and reservations:


Starcruise

Tel: +603-301 1313



Empress Cruise Line

Tel: +603-466 7888


LANGKAWI FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Let's Join And Give Support

Langkawi is a statuesque island of grace and beauty, however that does not mean she does not know how to let loose and live it up. Malaysia celebrates a number of annual religious festivals, so penciled into Langkawi’s social calendar is an array of prominent cultural festivals. The standard Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas celebrations are celebrated with pomp and circumstance but the island also commemorates a number of minor religious festivals. In addition to that Langkawi hosts some interesting, home-grown sporting events including the Langkawi International Maritime And Aerospace (LIMA) , Iron Man Langkawi, Le Tour De Langkawi, Festival Kraf Langkawi and even the quirky Fire Extinguishing Competition.

1.     IRONMAN LANGKAWI MALAYSIA


The iconic IRONMAN® brand and event series is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of IRONMAN® in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Now it’s in Langkawi.


2.   LANGKAWI INTENATIONAL MARITIME AND AEROSPACE (LIMA)


The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition is the premier destination for aerospace and maritime manufacturers targeting the Asia Pacific growth markets from the defence, enforcement, civil and commercial sectors. For nearly 25 years. LIMA has been serving exhibitor needs by assembling key decision makers and specifiers from across the region for this biennial 5 day event


3.   LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI


Cast into epic battles from the start, another world-class peloton is expected for the 19th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) will be kept on their toes from start to finish. Set to cover a total distance of 1,506.5km over 10 stages, the UCI 2.HC (hors category) race featuring again as one of the biggest events on the UCI Asia Tour calendar, will also bring viewers through a myriad of breathtaking sceneries on offer in Peninsula Malaysia.


4.   FESTIVAL KRAF LANGKAWI


Various activities are held each year campaign to attract visitors come to Langkawi Craft Complex and buy handicrafts made in Malaysia. In addition, it can nurture and cultivate the attitude of loving art craft heritage of Malaysia.

                                                     
5.   NAMINARA KOREA @ NATURALLY LANGKAWI


Smart partnership programme between two islands to promote tourism through culture exchange. This is 2nd edition of the programme consist cultures, arts, foods, and tourism.


6.   LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL REGATTA PERDANA


Sailors will compete in challenging categories which include Optimist, Lager Full Rig, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Int 420 & Wind Surfing, Byte and Big Techno.


7.   LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL LAKSA CARNIVAL (LILAC)


Sample the traditional rice-noodle delicacy, savoring the distinctive flavors typical for various regions of Malaysia. Spiced-up with secret ingredients, no dish tastes as the other. Get great recipes from local and international Laksa Masters, join a Video & Photo Laksa contest, or have fun when participating in the Laksa Eating Competition. There are also Chefs from Vietnam, Philippine, Indonesia, Thailand and Korea to serve their delicious foods.









Sunday, 1 June 2014

WHAT TO DO IN LANGKAWI

IT ISN'T HARD TO PLAN YOUR DAY EXPLORING THIS ISLAND

1. Langkawi Diving

Snorkeling and scuba diving are activities everybody, young or old, experienced or amateur, can do and enjoy. With minimum equipment and preparation requirements, snorkeling especially can be enjoyed as a family since all you need are fins and a mask to get a glimpse at the amazing undersea world. While it is possible to snorkel and scuba dive around the main island of Pulau Langkawi, these activities are best done at the reefs around the Pulau Payar Marine Park, 19 nautical miles off Langkawi Island. A fantastic place some consider on par with Tioman and Redang’s offerings, the simplicity of the setup and arrangement for snorkeling and diving activities here make it incredibly popular for amateur and advance enthusiasts


2.   Langkawi Golf

When you tee off in Langkawi, you really cannot get a better view: after all what could be more beautiful than the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea in the distant horizon. Langkawi’s exclusive golf courses, rivalling some of the best in Asia, are amazing putting greens that provide you with world class facilities, in addition to the gorgeous vistas. The island has three courses, all in great locations: Golf Club Datai Bay is where the elite tee of at, Gunung Raya Golf Resort is situated at the base of mythical Raya Mountain and 99 East Golf Club, the first golf club to be built on the island, has a moderately-challenging course, making it perfect for newbies.


3.   Langkawi Sailing

The Langkawi group, with its 104 islands offers great sailing and plenty of protected anchorages. Over the last few years the area has become an established sailing destination with events like the annual Langkawi Regatta, attracting boats from all over the world. Langkawi now has four marinas and several bases offering facilities for yachts around the islands. Some of the marinas are part of resort developments offering all the amenities of first class resort hotels in addition to yacht services



4. Langkawi Spa

The perfect blend of relaxation and exciting activity await you in Langkawi: the island’s sandy coves and gorgeous underwater action make diving and snorkelling favourite activities for the adventurous. Meanwhile those looking to sample the country’s rich heritage can check out Langkawi’s cultural sightseeing spots ranging from traditional mosques like Al-Hana to the legendary tomb of Mahsuri at Kota Mahsuri. However those looking to simply enjoy the island’s beautiful landscape while resting on a comfortable bed under the hands of an experienced masseur can take comfort in the fact that most major hotels offer spa treatments with attractive packages.


5.   Langkawi Sport & Recreation

Langkawi's white sand beaches, sandy coves, crystal clear waters and mountainous interior with lush jungles makes it the ideal place for a variety of sporting and recreational events. The most popular activity here is diving, with Pulau Payar Marine Park hosting an exclusive line-up of diving classes to suit any level, from beginners to advanced enthusiasts. Golfing at one of Langkawi’s high end resorts is also a not-to-be-missed experience for serious putters: after all what could be better than taking a swing with the mountains at your back and the cool sea breezes to keep you company. Besides that horse back riding, sailing, fishing and more are available to keep you occupied during your stay on this west coast jewel.

Monday, 26 May 2014

WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT IN LANGKAWI


TOP RESTAURANT IN LANGKAWI
Most Popular Dining Experiences in Langkawi

Langkawi’s most popular eating areas are located in Kuah, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok. Seafood eateries are abundant, most restaurants serve Westernised takes on local dishes (meaning they’re not too spicy) and there are a few good pizza-and-pasta places.


Worth special mention is the Red Tomato Splash Beach Café in Pantai Cenang and Domino’s in Kuah – but upscale restaurants such as Nam Restaurant in Pantai Cenang are also must-visit eateries when you come to the island.


1.       BNZ SEMPOY’Y NASI CAMPUR


It may as hot as blue blazes in this stall but the tasty fare will more than make up for it. There’s such a wide variety of dishes to go with your rice – try the ayam masak lemak and the sambal grilled fish – that you’ll be hard-pressed to make a choice. Operated by a husband-and-wife team, the food here is exceptionally cheap and worth every cent.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:30
Location: Stall 3, Gerai Mara, Padang Matsirat (opposite Masjid Padang Matsirat)


2.       BOOM BOOM CORNER VIEW RESTAURANT 


Shaded by a bright red canopy and located at the junction of Jalan Pantai Tengah and Jalang Pantai Cenang, Boom Boom Corner is the place to sample some authentic Indian/Pakistani fare. Service is prompt and the interior is dimly lit by red lights. Specialties include roti bom, naan, tandoori chicken and briyani rice as well as the teh tarik.

Opening Hours: 18:00 – 22:30
Location: Jalan Pantai Tengah & Jalan Pantai Cenang (nearby Aseania Hotel)
Cuisine: Indian & Pakistani
Price Range: Affordable


3.       NAM RESTAURANT


Nam – one of the most popular and well-regarded restaurants in Langkawi – boasts a well-executed menu, with Thai and local influences especially evident. Try the crispy Indian-style samosas, barbecued rock lobster tails, char-grilled rack of lamb and steamed apple, macadamia and butterscotch pudding. Although a bit on the pricey side, the sumptuous fare and luxurious atmosphere make it truly worth your dollar.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Location: Bon Ton Restaurant & Resort, Pantai Cenang
Cuisine: Fusion
Price Range: Expensive


4.       RED TOMATO SPLASH BEACH CAFÉ


This particular tomato is quite difficult to locate – the entrance is shaded by trees and the flanking buildings seem to dwarf it. Run by expats, it serves some of the best western food on the island. The interior is jungle-green and fire-engine red; the pizzas are especially tasty and the prices are pretty reasonable. Try the toasted sandwiches and bruschetta; the pleasant staff will serve you anything from the breakfast menu all day long as long as the eatery isn’t too crowded.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 15:00; 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday – Thursday
Location: Jalan Pantai Cenang
Tel: 603 955 9118
Cuisine: Western
Price Range: Affordable


 5.       RESTORAN KAK YAH KONDO


Locals will tell you that this outdoor eatery may not look like much but the food here is definitely tasty and worth every cent. Located opposite Kondo Istana, this restaurant serves a good range of freshly-cooked Malay dishes, including roti canai, roti arab, nasi campur and char kway teow.

Opening Hours: 16:00 – 02:00 (closed on Thursdays)
Location: Opposite Lot 757, Jalan Penarak, Kampung Padang Lalang, Mukim Kuah
Price Range: Budget


6.       RESTORAN PAK YA NASI AYAM


Restoran Pak Haji Ayam is the perfect eatery for foreigners; if you’re not feeling adventurous but you’d like to sample a cheap yet simple local dish, then the nasi ayam at this place will be sure to whet your appetite. Nasi ayam comprises chicken stock-flavoured rice served with grilled or roasted chicken and garnished with cucumber slices, salad and home-made spicy dip.

Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:00
Location: No. 85 & 86, Persiaran Mutiara, Pusat Dagangan, Kelana Mas
Tel: 6019 563 8320
Price Range: Budget


7.       WONDERLAND FOOD RESTAURANT 


Locals claim that Wonderland serves up the best seafood on Langkawi Island; offering local favourites of traditionally cooked seafood entrees, the chilli crab is especially flavoursome. Service is friendly and prompt and the atmosphere is lovely.

Opening Hours: 17:30 – 23:30
Location: Wonderland Food Store, Lot 179, 180, 181 Pusat Perniagaan Kelana Mas, Jalan Trimula, Kuah
Price Range: Affordable


8.       TOMATO NASI KANDAR


This restaurant is known as one of the cheapest places in Langkawi for excellent fare at cheap prices; locals swear by this eatery, filled with plastic tables and chairs, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The 24-hour joint serves up tasty food no matter the hour; food is always fresh and although the outside seating area is as hot as blue blazes, the food makes the agony worthwhile.

Opening Hours: 24-hours (closed Fridays: 13:15 – 14:30; Tuesdays)
Location: Bangunan Majlis Perbandaran Langkawi, Jalan Pantai Cenang (opposite Langkawi Boutique Hotel)
Cuisine: Mamak
Price Range: Budget



9.       RESTORAN SITI FATIMAH


Located along Jalan Mata Air, this family-owned Malay restaurant is well known amongst locals. Featuring a wide spread of dishes, laid out buffet-style, Siti Fatimah has mostly northern-Malay cuisine at reasonable prices. Try the fried sambal fish, coconut chicken curry and the gulai ikan talang masin (salted fish curry.) Staff members are friendly and efficient.

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 17:00 Thursday - Tuesday
Location: Bt. 5 ¼, Jalan Kampung Tok Senik, Kawasan Mata Air, Ulu Melaka
Cuisine: Northern Malay

Price Range: Budget


10.       THE LOAF 


The Loaf, a Japanese style bakery & bistro, which is owned by Tun Dr. Mahathir, has been estab-lished to complement Langkawi to be the world-class resort in South East Asia. Hence our mission is to provide the highest quality bakery products to satisfy every sense of seasoned and experienced tourist from all over the world.

Opening Hours: Daily, 8am – 11pm
Location: Lot No C9, Perdana Quay, Telaga Harbour Park, Pantai Kok, 07000 Langkawi

Tel: +604 959 4866