The official Language in Malaysia is Bahasa Malayu however English is widely accepted and understood by those working in tourism and the younger generation.
The official religion is Islam, though there is proportion of Buddhists, Hindu's and Christians as well. Mosques, churches and temples can all be found in Langkawi. Most of the religious festivals are gazette 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 at 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 changers in Pantai Cenang and at the airport are open every day. However the private businesses and most of the shops in Kuah close on Friday and Saturday morning.
The Malaysian currency is called Malaysian Ringgit (RM) and comes in notes from RM1 to 100 and cents from 1 to 50. Most currencies are accepted for exchange into Ringgit. 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
Langkawi is home to a modern hospital and there are numerous private doctors locally all of which are linked with pharmacies nearby. There is also an ambulance, fire brigade, local police and 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.
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.