Arriving to Langkawi
Langkawi is easily accessible by air, land and sea. There are several points of departure including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.
That said, the two major entry points to Langkawi are the Langkawi International Airport located at Padang Matsirat on the western side of the island and Lembong Habour along the central southern coast.
From the beginning Malaysia's government has been eager to develop (and promote) the island of Langkawi as a 'green' destination. That said visitors are prohibited from driving their own motor vehicles to Langkawi in an effort to reduce pollution & traffic congestion.
As such, most visitors end up relying on taxis and public buses. However renting a car or motorcycle is also an viable option (and usually less expense) for a day trip around the island. Roads are well maintained with clear signage. As well, bicycles can be rented for short scenic trips around your hotel.
An older but still widely used method of traveling to Langkawi is by ship. There are cruise ships that embark from Port Klang (Star Cruise terminal) and Singapore. As well, there are several ferries departing throughout the day from Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis to Langkawi. If you travel to Langkawi by car, bus or train you will need to transfer to the ferry once you reach Kuala Kedah or Perlis, to continue on to Langkawi. The ferry trip itself takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Kuala Kedah and 45 minutes Kuala Perlis (but allow extra time to board and disembark). There is also another ferry service serving Penang.
For those with the time, the ferry is both leisurely and economical with fares ranging from RM 15.00 to RM 25.00.