Shopping in Langkawi competes with the pristine beaches and vast mountains as the best reasons to visit this tropical island. Under its duty-free status, the island has a large concentration of shopping malls and retail outlets that stock in-demand items from all over the world. From cigarettes, liquor and chocolates to luggage, apparel, perfumes, and cooking utensils, Langkawi has become a favourite holiday destination among Malaysians as well as foreign tourists.
Travellers can also take delight in the fact that the Langkawi shopping scene is not only limited to modern establishment selling imported goods. In this island, unique handmade souvenirs and authentic batik and songket prints are available in abundance and sold at attractive prices. Langkawi hosts a night market which is held at different locales each day of the week, with rows upon rows of booths displaying a vast array of exquisite apparels, trinkets and souvenirs with intricate carvings, fresh produce, as well as local delicacies and snacks.