Langkawi has a tropical monsoon climate with temperature remain quite consistent throughout the year. The rainy season is from September till early January. The hottest month is in Febuary. For more details http://www.worldweather.org/020/c00085.htm
Some Historical facts
Langkawi is known of it's Mahsuri legend. This legend is about a young woman by the name of Mahsuri was accused of adultery and being executed in the public despite pleaded innocence. Before her last breath she cursed on this island of having extremely bad luck for seven generations.
In 1821 Kedah was conquered by Siam. Thai influence in culture and food remains visible till today. It also go through a brief Japanese occupation of Malaya during World War II. The Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909 transferred power to the British, who held the state until Malaysia independence day on 31st of Aug 1957.
To promote tourism, this island was granted tax-free status in 1987, before that it was sleepy and backward. Development and economic growth ever since then, life has never been the same for Langkawian. The local folks believed and they are very much relieve that finally the seven generation of Mahsuri's curse has eventually ended.
The International Maritime and Air Show (LIMA) is held yearly there, since 2000 it also host Malaysian Ironman triathlon. As of todate tourist attraction to Langkawi are besides it's offer the island best duty-free goods shopping, it has nice beautiful beaches, clear turquoise water at Pulau Paya Marine Park for it's popular site for diving and snorkelling.
Langkawi International Airport at Padang Matsirat facilitate easy get into Langkawi. Car Rental service, restaurant, banks, money charging counter, banks, duty free shopping archade are available at this airport. There are many air flights that you can choose to travel with. From KLIA the service are provided by MAS (Malaysia Airlines), from LCCT Air Asia have an interval of 1 hrs flight to Langkawi that the journey only takes 50 mins. From Singapore twice daily flight are provided by Silk Air. The newly launched air service by FireFly that takes off from Penang and old subang airport also could be opt for for budget flight. However Firefly flight schedules are very limited.
Air fares Schedules can be checked and book on line
KTM comfortable and economical rail services you can opt for to head to Alor Setar (Kedah) and Arau (Perlis) being the nearest station to head to Langkawi. Taxis, public bus are available to Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis to help you to proceed by Express Ferry Services.
To cater for accomodation need there are many range types of hotels from budget hotels to hostel bed to suit every need. If need accomodation that can be easily accessible to hawker food then choose your accomodation at Kuah town. For backpacker standard choose your accomodation at Pantai Cenang. For cool air on the summit of Gunung Raya you can have luxurious living on the tallest mountain at langkawi http://www.dcoconuthillresort.com/ For high class stay with easy acess to the beautiful beach you can choose some resort at Tanjung Rhu or Datai to face the Adaman Sea.
Move around at Langkawi
Due to duty free status, cars are affordable to the langkawian therefore there are hardly any public buses around. Car rental service can be done just immediately after you land at the airport or at Kuah ferry terminal. During opt peak season a proton wira manual car is rent out at RM50 per day. If you intend to be at Langkawi more than 2 weeks you can opt to ship your own car there by container with the fees of only RM80. Shipping of such items can be arrange at our Klang Port.
My Field Trip Report 7th of November till 14th of November
Due to unaware of where are the hotspots for birding at Langkawi , I took the apportunities to registered myself for the MNS Selangor branch birding trip to Langkawi on 7th till 10th of November. Me and another birder to maximize the monies and effort that we have occured we extended our stay till 14th of November. As each of us are responsible to makes our arrangement to reach Langkawi on our own for tour, to save the hassle of travelling I book a seat to fly in by Air Asia AK6304 depart from LCCT at 11:25am and landed at 12:05pm, even though it was schedule to the arrival time is 12:25pm. It was a smooth flight, custom check are very relax due to it is a local flight for Malaysian.
Since most of them have arrived before me, therefore we start the trip by detoured into the Airport to pick me and another lady participant, we then head to the petronas petrol station nearby the airport for fuel refill on two of the van that we hired for this trip. After that we head for a malay kampung style lunch at the local restaurant. I pick up fried cat fish, wild ferns, salted egg to go with our local rice as my lunch. Food is a bit pricey compares with Malay food store near by my office here in KL here even though this island is a duty free island. Anyway sea food are fresh here in Langkawi Island.
Nice view though.. This is a view at resort at the summit of Gunug Raya. At this time of moment this resort is under renovation. However Tea, Coffee are open for sell at their Coffee house.
This is the pool side at D'Coconut Hill resort. We saw a small flocks of male and female Asian-Fairy Bluebird here.As we head down this Changeable-Hawk Eagle darp morph caught us by surprise. In order not to frighten this bird we get down from the van to stand a distance away to take it's photo.