LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LGK)
Langkawi International Airport is the main airport serving the duty-free island of Langkawi in the Malaysian state of Kedah. Built in 1993, the airport is located 13km from Kuah City, the capital city of Langkawi. The airlines that fly to Langkawi International Airport are AirAsia (Guangzhou, KL, Penang, Singapore), Firefly (Kota Bahru, KL, Penang), Malaysia Airlines (KL), Malindo Air (KL), Rayani Air (KL), SilkAir (Singapore) and Tigerair (Singapore). There are no direct flights from Hong Kong to Langkawi, with most flights transiting at either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. The flight times typically take at least 6 hours. Once every 2 years, the airport serves as the venue for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) which is an international aerospace event for aviation industry and aero performances for the public. The next LIMA event will take place in 2017. The airport is quite small and has some basic amenities such as a few small retail shops, a bank outlet, and ATM machines.
Langkawi does not have a public transport system. As such, travellers should either hire a taxi or rent a car. Motorcycles are also available for rent. For those who wish to hire a taxi, they are easily available at the airport. Simply purchase a coupon at the taxi desks in the Arrival Hall and proceed outside to the sidewalk. Hand the coupon over to one of the taxi drivers waiting outside. Taxi fares vary and range from RM 20-50 (HKD 38-94). Car rentals are the more cost-effective mode of transport and are reasonably priced on Langkawi Island. There is a car rental counter near the exit of the Arrival Hall which offer standard rates. However, there will be travel agency representatives who offer more competitive rates. There are also plenty of hotels and resorts available for travellers, and prices are competitive.
Langkawi is a beautiful tropical island which offers travellers the chance to soak up the sun and swim in the waters of the Malacca Strait. Langkawi is actually made up of about 100 islands that together form an archipelago. While most of these islands are uninhabited, some of them have been designated specifically for tourism. Some of these islands include Pulau Payar Marine Park, which is an excellent location for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts, and Rebak Island, which is home to the exclusive Rebak Island Resort. There are many island tours available from operators who are in abundance on Langkawi Island. However, do note that most tour do not operate during the monsoon season from July to mid-September due to the unpredictable sea conditions. Other interesting things to do include visiting the Langkawi Sky Bridge, taking a ride on the Langkawi Cable Car and hiking up the 881 metre high Gunung Raya, the highest peak in Langkawi.
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