The Jewel of Kedah



28. Getting to Langkawi

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By Road

Visitors travelling by road have to drive to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis on the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the main take-off points by ferry to Langkawi. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kedah takes about six hours while Kuala Perlis is an additional hour away. Car parking facilities are available at both jetties.

By Rail

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) or Malayan Railway provides comfortable and economical rail services from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar and Arau. From Alor Setar or Arau, you can take a taxi or bus to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis respectively and then proceed by ferry to Langkawi. For reservations please contact

KTMB Tel: +603 2267 1200 / 1 300 88 5862

By Air

Langkawi International Airport (Tel: +604 955 1311) at Padang Matsirat is about 20km from Kuah and 8km from the beach resort of Pantai Cenang. Langkawi is easily accessible from Malaysia’s main gateway, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), via the national carrier Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air. Langkawi is also accessible from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang via Malindo Air and Firefly. The budget carrier AirAsia flies to Langkawi from KLIA2. Langkawi can also be accessed from other parts of the country such as the neighbouring state of Penang (via AirAsia and Firefly). Visitors from Singapore can fly in to Langkawi via AirAsia and Scoot Air. AirAsia and China Southern connects Langkawi to Guangzhou in China.

Malaysia Airlines Tel: 1 300 88 3000 / +603 7843 3000

AirAsia Tel: 1600 85 8888

Silk Air Tel: +603 2692 3122

Malindo Air Tel: +603 7841 5388

Firefly Tel: +604 955 9622

By Sea

Ferry Services

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 about 1 hour 30 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes respectively. The journey from Penang to Langkawi by ferry takes about 2 hours 30 ­minutes. For enquiries and reservations please contact:

Kuala Kedah/Kuala Perlis – Langkawi

Ferryline Ventures Sdn. Bhd.

No. 81 & 83, Persiaran Bunga Raya

Langkawi Mall Phase 11

07000 Langkawi.

Langkawi Tel: +604 966 3988 / 8988 / 5889

Kuala Kedah Tel: +604 762 6295 / 6296

Kuala Perlis Tel: +604 985 1899 / 2690

Penang – Langkawi

Fast Ferry Ventures Sdn. Bhd.

No. 2, 1st Floor Green Hall

10200 Penang.

Tel: +604 262 0802

Langkawi – Penang

Fast Ferry Ventures Sdn. Bhd.

Counter No. 5, Satellite Complex Terminal Jetty

07000 Kuah, Langkawi

Tel: +604 966 0521

Satun (Thailand) – Langkawi

Langkawi Ferry Services Sdn. Bhd.

Counter No. F3S, Satellite Complex Terminal Jetty

07000 Kuah, Langkawi

Tel: +604 966 1125


A novel way to take a holiday to Langkawi is by cruise ship. Cruises are of varying duration depending on the ports of call en route to Langkawi. Embarkation points are at Port Klang and Singapore. For enquiries on cruise packages, contact your travel agent or the various cruise operators.

Star Cruises Tel: +603 2161 7798

Fast Facts


Mean annual temperature is between 24ºC and 33ºC. The dry season is from November to March.

Rent a Car (Hire and Drive)

Self-Drive car rental services are available on the island. Visitors are advised to rent from agencies with valid permits. Remember to drive on the  left side of the road in Malaysia. You are advised to look out for wildlife crossing while driving. For foreign visitors, an international driving licence is required.

Non-Working Days

Government offices are closed on Fridays and Saturdays but open on Sundays.

Banks and Money Changers

Banks and money changers are located in Kuah Town and Pantai Cenang. Banks are open from 9.30am to 4pm from Mondays to Fridays.  Money can be changed at most hotels, banks and at the airport.


Tourists are highly recommended to bring along their own mobile phone. Local sim cards can be purchased at a minimum cost at most convenience stores.

Medical Services

Twenty-four hour medical service is available at Klinik Mahsuri (Tel: +604 961 0961), a 10-minute drive from Kuah Town. Most clinics are located in Kuah.

Tourist Map of Malaysia

There is so much to do and so many places to see in Malaysia. To make sure that you don’t miss anything, use this handy map to navigate your way across the country and find great places to visit.


Perlis is the northern gateway to Malaysia. Despite its small size, Perlis has an abundance of attractions that make it a great destination.


Kedah is Malaysia’s largest paddy producing state. Delve into history in Lembah Bujang, the site of an ancient civilisation or relax in Langkawi, a world-famous resort island.


The site of a UNESCO World Heritage City, Penang is a holiday paradise with fabulous beach resorts and eclectic cultures. It is also the undisputable haven for foodies.


A tin-rich state in its heyday, Perak beckons with a range of sights and experiences. The state’s top attractions include Pangkor, an island getaway and Pangkor Laut, an internationally-acclaimed private island.


Hailed as the Cradle of Malay culture, Kelantan is a destination teeming with age-old arts, crafts and pastimes.


Beautiful islands, culture and nature give Terengganu its magical appeal. Dive, snorkel, sunbathe at the islands or journey to its hinterland to experience the best of nature.


The largest state in the peninsula beckons nature-enthusiasts with exciting eco-adventures. From Taman Negara, the oldest national park in the country, to the idyllic Tioman Island, Pahang is simply mesmerising.

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s dynamic capital city is bustling with attractions and activities. Explore the city by day and night.


Selangor is home to the country’s main airport KLIA, and the main gateway by sea, Port Klang. It is also the country’s most developed state with a long list of shopping malls and themed attractions.


Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia, is a well-planned township with impressive buildings, verdant parks, scenic lakes and beautiful bridges.

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Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, has a vast wilderness that contains numerous national parks including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park.


Located off the northwestern coast of Borneo, this island thrills visitors with its wreck diving sites, historical relics and duty-free shopping.


The birth place of the nation, Melaka is a treasure trove of history and heritage. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City for vestiges of the past.

Negeri Sembilan

Known for its fascinating Minangkabau culture and a unique social system, Negeri Sembilan is the place to learn age-old customs and traditions.


Visit Malaysia’s southern gateway, for a family vacation at the theme parks or escape to its islands for an unforgettable holiday.

Birdwatching Paradise

Enjoy birdwatching at 55 Important Bird Areas (IBA) throughout the country, tucked away at various habitats such as islands, coasts or lush lowland and montane rainforests.

Cool Highland Resorts

Love the cool highlands? Find refreshing destinations to unwind in Malaysia. From French-themed settings, energetic amusement parks to forest-clad hills, there is something for everyone.

Dining & Entertainment

Find the coolest, trendy spaces to hang out while you tickle your tastebuds with the best delights.

Fun & Fantasy

Find the fun and thrill that you are looking for in Malaysia. Meet your favourite characters, plunge down the world’s longest water slide or enjoy the rides and games!

Great Fishing Great Country

Get your rod ready to reel in the best catch in Malaysian waters.

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Dive in Paradise

Enjoy exploring the South China Sea, Andaman Sea, Celebes and Sulu seas for incredible sights from pelagic species, sea turtles to reefs, wrecks and more.

Homestay Experience

The best way to engage with the locals, a homestay programme gives a peek into the lifestyles, customs, cultures and pastimes of a local family.

Culinary Delights

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