The official Language is Bahasa Malaysia. However, English is widely used and understood.
The official religion is Islam, though there is proportion of Buddhists, Hindu's and Christians as well. Mosques and temples can be found in Langkawi. Most of the religious festivals are gazetted public holidays and are celebrated regardless of race.
Langkawi practices slightly different office hours from most of the states in Malaysia. Government offices are open from Saturday to Thursday from 8.15 am and close at 4.45 pm. They are closed on Friday and during public holidays. Banks are open for business at 9.30 am and close at 3.30 pm from Monday to Friday and on Saturday banking hours are from 9.30 am to 12.00 noon.
Money changer outlets can be found at along Pantai Cenang and at the airport which open daily. However, a note that some private businesses and shops might closed on Friday and/or Saturday morning.
Currency is called Malaysia Ringgit (MYR or RM) and comes in a note from RM1 to RM100 and cent from 5, 10, 20 and 50. Most currencies are accepted for exchange into MYR. Major credit cards are accepted at most major shopping complexes, restaurants and hotels. Tourists are reminded to have their passports ready when they wish to exchange traveler's cheques.
Emergency Facilities & Health Services
There is a General Hospital and numerous private clinics and doctors locally, which are linked with pharmacies nearby. There is also an ambulance, fire brigade, local police, army and navy bases located on the island. Tsunami warning systems are installed and notification systems are in place.
Voltage is 220 - 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets. Adapters are available.
The seasons in Langkawi are opposite to the Eastern side of Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo, Singapore and Kuala Lumpuer. So when it is raining there, it is normally good weather on our side. In general Langkawi has a much dryer rainforest that it's East coast cousins. Even in wet season the average rainfall is less than other nearby destinations as we are located well away from the mainland's mountain ranges. Even during wet season it is seldom we see continuous rain for extended periods. During these wetter periods, it rarely rains for more than 2-3 hours at a time.