Language

Bahasa Malaysia is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Currency

Ringgit is the official currency, but some resorts and establishments do accept other notes or offer foreign exchange (check with them for the service). The current exchange rate is around RM3.70 to USD 1.00 – but, consult banks for the latest exchange rates prior to your trip. Kuah town and the airport is where you will find most of the banks and money-changers. Banks open daily from 09:30 to 15:30. On Thursdays, they are open from 09:30 to 12:00 and are closed on Saturdays.

Holidays

Langkawi follows the Kedah state holidays. Weekends fall on Thursdays and Fridays but most businesses will continue operating normal business hours on Thursdays too. The official start of the week is on Saturday.


 

Medical Services

There is a hospital and various private clinics in Kuah town.

Police

The police headquarters is in Kuah, but there are police stations in all the districts. Langkawi is relatively safe compared to the bigger cities, but do take precautions such as travelling in groups and avoiding quiet places.

Tipping

Tipping is not necessary unless you’ve had good service.

Electricity

Malaysia’s electricity follows the 240 volt 50-cycle system.

Immigration

Citizens of North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and China need visas to enter Malaysia. Other foreigners may enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month. Please consult your nearest Malaysian Embassy or consular office to confirm this arrangement, as regulations may change over time.

Water

Tap water is safe for drinking in Malaysia, but some hotels install filtration systems or provide bottled water for guests as an added precaution.

Duty-free Goods

Foreign nationals visiting Malaysia for 48 hours or less receive a duty exemption for the purchase of souvenirs, gifts and items intended for personal use up to a limit of RM500. There is a duty-free limit for certain types of items: booze (up to one litre), tobacco (up to 225g, or 200 cigarettes), one pair of leather footwear, new clothing (up to three pieces), as well as cosmetics and personal hygiene items (not including powder or hair products).

Drugs

All drugs are prohibited in Malaysia and laws are strictly enforced. There is a death penalty for anyone caught carrying a certain amount for trafficking, and even possession of the smallest amount can land one in very serious trouble.


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