|: : Introduction to Langkawi : :
Welcome and thank-you for visiting. We at LangkawiResorts.com
have put together this information more as a primer for the
first or second time visitor - certainly 'old Langkawi hands'
will already know most of this material. That said, this should
get most people off to a good start. If you are looking for
more information on Langkawi there are any number of good
guide books from which to choose (we prefer the Footprints
and Rough Guide series). BTW, if you are one of those old
Langkawi hands and you think we missed something, don't hesitate
to drop us an e-mail.
Consisting of some 99 islands, the total land area of all the islands
combined is 47,848 hectares whereas Langkawi itself has a total
of 32,000 hectares. Langkawi is approximately 25km in length from
north to south and 40 km east to west.
Much of the island's interior landscape is rugged and hilly with
a dense tropical forest that covers some towering woodland mountains.
However there are a number of good beaches scattered around the
Malaysia is keen to develop its tourism sector and Langkawi
plays an important role. Getting to Langkawi has never been
easier with several national and international flights a day.
For more info on how to get to Langkawi,
Malaysia's government has long been promoting Bahasa Melayu as the
'national language' in an effort to promote national unity. Even
so most people on Langkawi speak English well - so much so that
even if you do speak Bahasa Melayu (or Bahasa Indonesian) most folks
will reply to you in English just to practice.
Quick travel facts:
- Total population of Malaysia is approximately 21 million persons.
- Total population of Langkawi is approximately 60,000.
- Local time on Langkawi is GMT + 8 hours (same as KL and Singapore).
- Electricity is 220-240 volts A.C. at 50 hertz.
- Economy: rubber plantations, rice farming and tourism.