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.
Langkawi is the most popular resort in the country. Here is one 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.
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 quarters of George town, 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.