Langkawi is a duty-free shopping haven offering
an attractive range of local and imported goods for those with a yen for
Most of the island's shopping establishments can
be found in and around Kuah. A good place to start one's shopping spree is
the modern Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall, consisting of 100 retail lots housed
in a 2-storey building. Its anchor tenant, the Samudra Duty Free Department
Store, stocks a wide selection of items such as perfumes and fragrances,
cosmetics, leather wear, sports gear, ladies' accessories, confectionery,
liquor and cigarettes.
The other shopping outlets to check out in Kuah is the
Langkawi Duty Free (M) Sdn. Bhd and the Saga Shopping Centre. The former
sells a range of duty free items and the latter a variety of imported kitchenware
and household appliances,clothing, luggage, confectionery and assorted goods.
There are also other shops where shoppers can browse for bargains and perhaps
pick up some local items. The Teow Soon Huat Departmental Store in Pokok
Assam just outside the town is another shopping outlet which Is worthwhile
exploring. Visitors to the Langkawi Underwater World at Pantai Cenang should
not miss the one Shopping Paradise Duty Free Centre housed within the same
complex. The wide range of items on sale include cigarette, liquor, cosmetics,
watches, fashion ware, jewellery, confectionery and batik.
Another popular shopping stops especially for visitors
departing Langkawi by ferry is the Jetty Point Duty Free Complex, a 5-minute
taxi ride from Kuah. Here, there is also an attractive range of duty free
items available including ladies and men's apparel and bric-a-brac.
Among the many choices for shoppers include souvenir
items such as pewter, handicraft, batik, crystals and glassware.Others include
confectionery, liquor, silk fabrics, perfumes and fragrances, cosmetics,
shoes and seafood items.Visitors are allowed to bring back to the mainland
one bottle of liquor and one carton of cigarettes after staying at least
48 hours on the island.
"Air Gamat" products are available at Langkawi's
general store and at many roadside stalls in Kuah's main
Minyak Gamat is made from air gamat,
literally translated as "sea-slug juice", or by its more palatable title
of "sea-cucumber juice". Local believe in its healing qualities curing a
number of ailments.
As strange as this may sound, air gamat is also
used as a vitality and virility tonic when mixed with other traditional herbs
like tongkat ali, the famed rainforest root.
Read more about this
"Traditional Healer of Langkawi".
Decorative ornaments made from seashells can be
found on a number of shops on Langkawi, perhaps being promoted as "native
products". Demand for such "handicrafts" will inevitably accelerate the
disappearance of local shells , corals and marine life.
Even the ferocious crocodile is no
match for commerce. This little fella (RM439.00) on the left is one of many
stuffed baby crocodiles for sale at the island's Crocodile Farm.
Crocodile leather goods and preserved
crocodile meat are also on sale.
Gifts and Household
Souvenir and gift shops can be found near the
Jetty Point Duty Free Complex where items
range from coconut to marble products. Most of them are well-crafted and
affordable but not all of them are produced locally.
Products from neighbouring Thailand and Indonesia
are also widely sold here, probably to be passed off as "native
Where to Shop
Batik painting demonstrations are held at
Kompleks Budaya Kraft Langkawi (Langkawi Crafts Cultural Complex) daily from
10:00am to 6:00pm. Visitors can buy hand-painted batiks and hand woven textile
including silk sonket and ikat weaves from Sarawak,silver and brass wares,
basketry, ceremics and woodcarvings.
Langkawi Craft Culture
Teluk Yu, Langkawi, Kedah
Arked Pokok Asam
Langkawi Fair Shopping
Jetty Point Duty
Kompleks Jetty Point
Jeti Kuah, 07000 Kuah
Plot 12-21, (Lot1861)
Pusat Bandar Kuah
Supermarket & Departmental Store
Langkawi Duty Free (M)
1078 Persiaran Putra
The Underwater World
07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Persiaran Bunga Raya
No. 120 & 122
Persiaran Bunga Raya