Langkawi, Malaysia

Stay Safe & Healthy


Langkawi is a safe travel destination and with a small population of just around 64,000, experiences a level of crime that is much lower than in the cities.
In theory, you do not even have to lock your car, because it cannot get off the island without the authorities knowing about it! Around 1.4 million visitors come to Langkawi each year but pickpocketing against tourists are uncommon. Even persistent touting on tourists is uncommon and you are very much left on your own or unhindered. Furthermore, the islanders are polite, friendly and will generally assist tourists requesting assistance.

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Be careful driving around Langkawi and watch out for erratically piloted motorbikes, pedestrians and livestocks, especially at night. Although the main roads in the urban areas are well lighted, some of the more minor roads passing through the kampungs (villages) may not be well lighted. Furthermore, some locals in the kampungs take a casual approach to road safety. Beware of the occasional water buffaloes and cows found on the road in the rural areas. Also beware not to hit the occasional wild animals such as monkeys, monitor lizards and snakes on the road near the jungle fringes.

Driving in Langkawi

Driving in Langkawi

Keeping Hydrated
Langkawi is located in the tropics and near the equator. Therefore, expect hot weather year around and gets its hottest between 12.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. Be sure to remain hydrated at all times and do not wait to get thirsty to drink.
Furthermore, do not expose yourself to the hot sun for too long. Dehydration accounts for a large percentage of the holiday illnesses in the tropics. Clean bottled water is widely available and preferably drink the water at room temperature rather than cold. 

Langkawi can have lots of mosquitoes depending on the time of year and location. Your are more likely to be exposed to mosquitoes where there are stagnant waters such as mangrove swamps and ponds. You can purchase insect repellents which you can rub or spray to your skin from the supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies.

Beware of wild and smart monkeys who sometimes attack humans who have food. If attacked, pick up stones or branches (or just pretend to do so) and throw them at the monkeys, this will scare them away. Also, do not carry plastic bags as the monkeys often associate these with food.

Jelly fishes are prevalent in some parts of Langkawi. Most often they cause minor to painful stings but on rare occasions death. The popular beaches of Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Datai Ba, Burau Bay and Tanjung Rhu are generally safe for swimming.
Beach in Langkawi

Dipping into the beach

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