What to choose for a vacation: Langkawi or Penang

We have already considered in detail in the pages of Our Planet information about the Islands of Penang and Langkawi. Both Islands – the most popular resorts of Malaysia, primarily due to their availability. And so the question of which of the two Islands to choose from, there is most tourists planning a holiday in Malaysia. If you don't have time to read detailed information about each of the Islands offer a brief overview and comparison of these resorts.

If you are interested in not only these two places, but other resorts in Malaysia, see our Review of resorts in Malaysia, what resort to choose.


Пляж Пантаи Ченанг, Лангкави

Langkawi is the most popular resort in the country. Here are some of the best beach resorts in the lower and developed tourist destinations in Malaysia. The island remains a kind of balance between civilization and nature. On the one hand, the island has quite a developed resort areas, where you can find everything you need, airport, Wharf. But on the other hand, there are still many unspoilt places. There are, of course, the island is one large city is the island's capital Kuah, but most of the remaining settlements are more like villages, and even tourist areas.

The main attractions in the island are the beaches and the main attractions of natural beauty. Nightlife is virtually nonexistent. Stay very calm, almost rustic. Here get ready to go to bed early, because if after 9 PM you will not invent entertainment, will just have to sleep. By day you can lie on the beach, swim in the sea, or go on tours of the rare attractions of the island, which optionally can be explored in 2 days.

There Langkawi has one big plus: the island was declared a duty free zone that for Malaysia, where alcohol and cigarettes are subject to serious duties, is very important.


Район Чайнатаун, Пенанг The Chinatown, Penang

Despite the geographical similarity, Penang is almost the complete opposite of Langkawi. This developed city is an island, bound by roads and built-up high-rise buildings. Of course, not the whole island like this abound here and preserved natural areas, but the face of the island is an industrial city is its capital Georgetown.

The beaches in Penang a bit, but they are. But clean them very far to Langkawi. The main "chip" of Penang are its historical sights. They are an incredible amount, and the capital of the island listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. In walks and trips through the old neighborhoods of Jordaan you can spend more than one day. Among the many attractions of temples, a fortress, churches, museums, old houses and much more. There are Botanical gardens, butterfly farm, bird Park.

If lying on the beach is not for you, and I want to move more and to learn something new, Penang is a great. But the perfect beach holiday here to be found: strong middling or even a little lower.

Compare Islands of Langkawi and Penang

  • Beaches

    Langkawi beaches are much cleaner, prettier and more diverse. Water is also cleaner. You can choose to stay as a developed beach is Pantai Cenang, where many tourists and stay in a hotel on a remote beach where no one except you will not.

    In Penang there are only a few beaches that can boast of the purity and diversity.

  • Attractions & sightseeing

    Penang is a Paradise for lovers of all kinds of historical and cultural attractions. The monuments and temples if you are interested, will become your main occupation during his stay on the island. And look at all unlikely, even for a week. That is good, thanks to the development of public transport on the island, to explore most of the attractions can without resorting to expensive excursions.

    In Langkawi, if you compare with Penang, nothing special to watch. All the interesting places, including the waterfalls, mangroves, bat cave, jungle, sky bridge, the aquarium, you can see two days. If you have money, you can swim to neighboring Islands, including in the national Park and marine Park. But such excursions are quite expensive and not every batch tourist will be on the budget.

  • Entertainment, nightlife

    On both Islands entertainment and a night of rest is almost there. If you don't count the excursions and sightseeing (see above), it remains only massage, medical and Spa salons, some water fun at the beach. As evening entertainment in Penang you can walk to Georgetown, and on the busiest beach of the island Batu Ferringhi has some get-together. In Langkawi there is nothing, and after supper in the café after nine o'clock in the evening have to go to sleep in the hotel.

  • Transport

    On both Islands have airports, and it is easy to get with a stopover in Kuala Lumpur, as well as some other resorts in South-East Asia. In General, both Islands are difficult to access.

    With regard to local public transport, Penang operates a first-class public transport system. You can get from anywhere to anywhere, travel is very cheap. On Langkawi there is no public transport at all, and the only way to travel is by taxi or rented transport.

  • Shopping

    Definitely say where the shopping is better, not. On the one hand, Langkawi no shopping malls, markets. Something you can buy in small shops. But on the other hand, there are plenty of duty-free shops where you can buy alcohol, cigarettes, confectionery, perfume, etc. In Penang all of this is subject to normal state taxes and is more expensive, but in George town there are many shopping malls, hypermarkets and markets

  • Prices

    The prices on hotels and meals the difference between the two Islands, no, but Langkawi – area duty-free, so on drinks and cigarettes you will spend much less.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Tatyana 09 Mar 2013, 14:42
How to get to Penang island from Kuala Lumpur. The plane to eliminate you want to drive over the bridge to Penang ...
admin 09 Mar 2013, 15:38
Hello Tatiana. It seems that directly from airport Kuala Lupur could not be reached by land, except by taxi. If you are ready for replanting, you need to take the bus straight from the airport to Puduraya, where you can take the bus to Penang, there are plenty of them. But don't forget to go to Penang from KL for 5 hours, and if you go late, there is a chance to take a ride on the bridge already dark, it gets dark sooner, in 18 hours.
PS you Know that the plane you want to exclude, not a fool, but just in case, I will say that the bridge you drive are already arriving on the island by taxi or BEST. There are even tours to the bridge in my opinion, found mention. Cross, for example, on the ferry to Bacherlors and there get a taxi or BEST, and enter the island via a bridge. Well, or Vice versa. At the same time and Butterwort view. ...
Lena.Ovcharenko 11 May 2013, 13:23
Will anyone not be in Kuala Lumpur from July 29 to August 4, really want to visit the island Penang or Langkawi to have one but not risk.I fдекватна, don't smoke, I would like to meet a fellow traveler a middle-aged woman. Write muravei28071948@rambler. Flying on Singapore, tickets are bought, hotel booked. ...
Maria 25 Nov 2013, 13:52
The island of Penang from KL you can get two popular vehicles: the bus and the plane.
The plane.
Fly to Penang's largest airline AirAsia, but please note when purchasing tickets that the price You announce does not include taxes and fuel surcharges, and BAGGAGE! For each suitcase up to 15 kg You'll pay 12 euros. You can fly here an hour from the airport to Georgetown is an hour away, could be 40 min. Can be reached by bus number 102 in just 20 rubles, you can vibratex, the cost will speak with the driver.
There are plenty of buses from the station, Puduraya. From the airport take the KL Express (ground floor), go to the station KL Sentral(350 RUBLES), take the Metrorail aside Gombak station madjik jamek (2 stops cost 10 rubles) at the exit of the metro srazu left, along the Avenue, 5-7 minutes from the station, Pudu, back in the station, climb to the 4th floor and select loubou any cash (listen to intuition))) will buy a ticket to Penang (be sure to note that Bjorg town)will pay around 380 RUB and 5 hours and You are in Penang at the bus station, to get to Georgetown to drive 20 min autobusem 102 or 401 for 20 rubles. the Buses are comfortable, 5 chasov pass unnoticed, and the window otkryvayuschii beautiful views. Good luck to the travelers. And Hello from Penang))) ...
Judy 28 Apr 2015, 17:50
Prompt, please, try to save some money would be to spend a couple of weeks in Penang or on the main mainland Malaysia? We just plan to spend a month in Thailand and to make a visa in Thailand and how to spend the time I want for a couple of weeks to fly to Malaysia, I found out that the Thai Embassy is in kalua Lumpur and gotone...we are more inclined to the latter, as it is not so great and Shumen as kulalumpur..did I understand correctly? ))) ...
admin 29 Apr 2015, 16:01
Hello! By Far Is Penang (Georgetown). In Kuala Lumpur for two weeks, "flipped out", pardon the expression . And Penang and the sea, the beach, and proximity to the sea. The prices I significant difference noticed between Penang and Kuala Lumpur, I think, will be about the same. ...
Judy 30 Apr 2015, 20:44
thank you))) ...
Svet 05 May 2015, 17:44
Hello. Going to Langkawi for two weeks. As I understand it, on Langkawi are not really a lot of interesting places, I'm thinking rolled up for a couple of days in Penang and see the sights. Is it worth it? And how better to do this, is there a tour? ...
admin 05 May 2015, 18:25
My IMHO, is by far. I really like Penang, though not impose, on taste and color, as they say. But to take an evening walk to George town in search of flat wire sculptures (don't know how they correctly are called), or to seek out the famous graffiti on the walls... Romance. In General, I really like it there, despite the fact that it is noisy, dusty city. But beyond the island, too, all abound. But from romance to business.
About the city of Langkawi in doubt, at least not seen such, though I do have tourist pamphlets from Langkawi to find and scroll through, there is about all the excursions booked. And you don't need trips, they can do it. If you already travel date is known in advance tickets by AirAsia to Langkawi-Penang-Langkawi. If shares can catch, they can give you $ 25 to do with man back and forth. You can still on the ferry, but by the time it turns out a little longer, almost half a day to spend. Well, or in one direction on the plane, back on the ferry, as you like. But in any case do not go ashore on the ferry+bus, kill the whole day.
If questions, ask. ...
Artem 06 Dec 2016, 10:03
A very beautiful place. Vacationing with suprugoj, all happy like. The boys shot a cool video about Penang https://youtu.be/MCS7H1eYttg I advise everyone to go in Penang. ...