I have visited Malaysia umpteen times but never had much time to spend in Langkawi. It was touch and go types. Maybe this year I will. 😀
Langkawi, a group of islands north of Penang is also known as the Jewel of Kedah. It is, by far the most frequented destination for the Malaysians. Of course lot of Foreign tourists too go there, but the objectives are different.
While some tourists visits Langkawi to chill out in the sun, go swimming, snorkeling or Scuba diving, may be a hike in the woods, see the great eagle at sunrise and sunset, or maybe just not do anything, the other group would like to go shopping in the many duty free shops. Langkawi Duty Free Shopping is a must for all travelers that visit this beautiful island in the Andaman Sea.
Yes. The whole island is a duty free zone! 😀
You simply can not miss it.
Most duty free shops are around the small town of Kuah, which is probably where you will alight if you take the ferry and also have several hotels, which makes it all the more worth the while. You can find individual malls or chain of malls like Zon.
Apart from all the imported stuff like electronics goods, liquor, perfumes, cigarettes one can even find local artifacts like cookware and batik printed clothes. I remember when I was in Cameron Highlands, I had met an Australian gentleman, who after finishing his stay there, went to Langkawi to buy some software for his use.
While many find it to be a good pastime to do window shopping, many travelers generally navigate towards the alcohol or perfumes sections. I am told Liquor is quite inexpensive and in the same breath I have been warned to check manufacturing and expiry dates. One of the places I would surely try to go is the Teow Soon Huat, which I am told is one of the best duty free shops.
So Kuah town here I come. 😀
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