Langkawi port is located on largest island of the Langkawi archipelago of Malaysia. Langkawi is composed of 99 islands, and is duty-free to promote local attractions and sights. In 1987, the Lankawi port of call has become of the most progressive ports in Malaysia; it caters to cargo vessels and cruise ships as well. The transformation of the port to one of the largest in the country makes it a booming export area.
The creation of a duty-free zone on the island offers the Langkawi cruise port the opportunity to expand and accept a large influx of vessels during the summer season. Langkawi cruise terminal is surrounded by vast pristine beaches; it comes to life during tourist season. Further improvements and developments to the terminal are necessary to facilitate the island’s goal of becoming a major tourist destination.
Langkawi is the national hub for duty-free goods and products; local and international products sold here are affordable and easy on the pocket. The central shopping area is the town of Kuah. Visitors can find local beadworks, handbags and woodcarvings from local artisans. Goods classified as good for export to other regions are tax-free. The Pentai Cenang is home to various shops and stalls that sell handbags, beaded jewelries and fashion accessories.
An interesting place to shop is the Temoyong Night Market. Technically considered a local bazaar, you can find makeshift stalls and kiosks that sell a wide variety of tax-free goods and wares. This night market transfers from place to place in the Pantai Cenang; it is wise to ask locals about the current site of the market.
Things to See
The island’s main commercial center of Kuah is home to various landmarks that make it a tourist hotspot. One main attraction is the Dataran Lang or the “Eagle Square." The monument is in the form of an eagle perched on some rocks. The statue measures 39 feet and is the first sight that greets visitors entering Kuah by ferry. The landmark symbolizes the island and is surrounded with ponds, terraces and bridges.
The Taman Lagenda is another sight to visit. Lagenda displays attractive recreational areas dedicated to the myths and legends of the island. A museum located within the 124 acre grounds offers displays about the legend of two giants battling on the island; this led to the creation of Mat Cincang and Raya Mountains. A picturesque beach is also an added attraction to the park.
Restaurants and Bars
Malaysia offers its own blend of local and international cuisine. Seafood restaurants are the most in demand in the town. Selling fresh crabs, lobsters and prawns, these restaurants offer rare fish soups and sizzlers topped with local spices and vegetables. The Restoran Langkawi near Asia Hotel offers shellfish dishes and squid sizzlers.
Another seafood restaurant worth visiting is the Restoran Sangkar Ikan. Located just outside the town proper in Jalan Penarak, it offers an ambiance of dining under the stars and the freshest fish dishes offered on Langkawi Island.