Now now, don’t make a rookie mistake like me and think that Kuah is where everything is happening. No doubt, it is the main area in Langkawi, but it is not the fun area. I only discovered that when I arrived. Nonetheless, there are still many things to do there!
Kuah is mainly popular because it is near the jetty. You can take boats out to the islands or other parts of Malaysia and Thailand. This also means that there are many tour agencies for day trips out to the sea. It’s a lot cheaper than Pentai Cenang, which is the touristic area. Let’s see what you can do in Kuah, Langkawi.
Kuah Town Centre
Kuah town is filled with small restaurants, duty-free shops and local bites. I would recommend Pusat Bandar Kuah area. It is an organised area with one-way roads with 90°. There, you will find local market in tents once you enter the area. The night markets open on Wednesday and Saturday nights. On other days, some clothing shops open for tourists.
Further down, you will meet with more stores selling Thai and Malaysian products. There are also lots of Malay, Thai and Chinese food there. We ate Chinese seafood there and it was great.
You can also shop there. Beers are so cheap they make me cry tears of joy. I can’t drink any, for I was driving. Nonetheless, the beers there are around RM3.90, which is less than US$1! They also sell chocolates and biscuits, but they aren’t as cheap. Word of advice: Do not buy any local food there, because they don’t taste as good! Just buy the beer.
And for those who are still old-fashioned like me, you need to know that the place to get stamps for your postcards is in Kuah Town as well. I spent the entire trip looking for stamps and I only finally found them in the airport’s little kiosk. Everyone keeps saying that you can get stamps in many small shops, but that is not true. Address: Jalan Kisap (closes on Friday)
How can one miss out on this? Kuah Jetty is perhaps one of the main reasons why Kuah is so popular. There are ferries out to islands and other place and depart from Langkawi. There are many tour agencies there too. The prices are the same because it is managed by the same organisation, but the prices are also decent. Just go there in the morning and negotiate with the people for your preferred day trip and leave from there. It is definitely cheaper than hotels.
Beside Kuah Jetty, you have the Eagle Square. A large eagle is perched atop the park, overlooking the island. Eagles are a commonly used symbol in Langkawi. What I love most about Eagle Garden is that the architecture around it is very Middle Eastern styled! It reminds me of Doha’s Souq Waqif with the Arabian design and white color tones.
This is another thing to do at Kuah Jetty. It’s funny because it is supposed to be filled with huge balloons and a large hot air balloon. However when I was there, everything was deflated. I guess it would look super grand on days it is operating. There is a huge helium balloon where you can go up and see a great view of Langkawi.
Langkawi Fish Farm
Another place for food not too far away is on the east side of Kuah, by the sea. I had dinner there and we splurge a little more with the food. There are about 3-5 Chinese seafood restaurants along the road, so just pick any for a nice meal if you like.
Address: The street along Jalan Inderaloka, Kedah
Contact: +60 49666000
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