Langkawi, also known as Pulau Langkawi (Langkawi Island) is actually an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea consisting of one large island surrounded with relatively smaller islands. The largest island is Langkawi Island while other islands with their own specific names. Located in the northern region of Malaysia, Langkawi is an administrative district in the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to Thailand border. Langkawi was declared as a duty free island in 1987 by then Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad to further increase tourism activities on the island.
Since June 2007, Langkawi was given Geopark status by UNESCO. It is the first Geopark status given not only in Malaysia, but Southeast Asia. Three of its main conservation areas in Langkawi Geopark are Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest park (Island of the Pregnant Maiden Lake). Langkawi geodiversity are found at various natural & man made exposures in various parts of the islands. Rocky coasts and peaks, caves and waterfalls are the best and most common natural exposures found in Langkawi islands. Some important exposures have been classified as geoheritage site, containing one or more types of geodiversities. So far, 97 geo-heritage sites have been identified throughout Langkawi Geopark.
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Langkawi is one of top tourism destination in Malaysia for both local and foreign tourists. Apart from natural attractions such as beaches, small islands, a lake, mangrove conservation area, hot-water spring and waterfalls, Langkawi also have man-made attractions such as Underwater World Langkawi aquarium, Mount Machincang Cable Car, Legend of Mahsuri Complex, Langkawi Wildlife Park animal sanctuary, 5D Art Museum, and Langkawi Crafts Complex.
Tour operators in Langkawi usually offers activities ranging from sightseeing, adventure and water sports. Sightseeing activities includes Island Hopping Trip, Kilim Geopark Mangrove Tour, Island Tour and Sunset Cruise Tour. For adventurous travelers, Skytrek Adventure Trekking, Canopy Walk and Abseiling, Fishing Trip and ATV Tour. On the beach area, various watersports activities are offered such as Jet Ski Rides, Banana Boat, Parasailing and Kayaking.
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Duty Free Shopping
For local tourists, Langkawi is famous for its duty free shopping. At the time the Duty Free status was given, a lot of products can be purchased at lower price in Langkawi. However since reduction and removal of sales tax to consumer products a few years back, only a selection of products are left which have significant difference between taxed and duty free. Common duty free products in Langkawi are imported textiles, home & kitchen equipment, tobacco products, liquors, and vehicles (limited to use in Langkawi only).
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Things you need to know before coming to Langkawi.