What to choose for a vacation: Langkawi or Penang

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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 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.


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 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, then 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
minister 26 July, 2018
On the island of Penang in Malaysia, I visited already 3 times. The first time I came for 3 days, second time for a week, for the third time already for 3 weeks. And I think that will go again. Talking to different people on the island and outside it, I notice more and more that this place is very much underestimated. Someone generally knows nothing about it and does not even think about to come. Someone (a lot) arrives in 2-3 days to make Thai or Indonesian visa. Really, Penang is an excellent and very convenient place for visa-wound of those long lives in Thailand (Phuket, Samui, Phangan) and those who "Longstreet" to Bali in Indonesia. But other than that, Penang is also very beautiful and interesting place in itself and that is what I want to share. Their posts in instagram I have inspired several people to go and explore the island a little deeper, and now decided to write a full article in the blog. I hope and believe will inspire even more!
A little General information. Penang is a state in North of Malaysia, just 160 kilometres from the border with Thailand. The state consists of the island and the mainland strip of Seberang-Perai. It is now going about the island, what I liked 3 of their arrival.
The size of Penang is about 2.5 times more than Thai of Koh Phangan, just a quarter more of Koh Samui and is about 20 times smaller than the island of Bali. If you look at the map, we can see that Penang is about halfway between the three most numerous Asian Nations — India, China and Indonesia. This arrangement was facilitated by a large influx of people from these countries and resulted Penang has become a beautiful, harmonious and prosperous center of the mixing of cultures and peoples. Here ...
admin 26 July, 2018
minister, the same question as in other topic. Your message can be construed as spam by the forum rules. ...
Anfisa 21 September, 2018
Please tell me it is better to Penang by plane to Langkawi and back and forth? And 2-3 days is enough to see the most interesting places? Thank you. ...
admin 21 September, 2018

It depends on what you what you mean by "Better" ? If faster, then Yes, the plane is faster, but not so much, because the flight need to arrive for check-in , plus the aircraft arrives at the other end of the island, where the Georgetown still have to drive 30-60 minutes. But the ferry arrives right in Georgeton immediately to the hotel on foot can be reached, if well guided. 2-3 days, in principle, the most interesting to watch. Of course not all will see, but if several days to run the attractions. Also because you are tired physically and mentally, everything will be monotonous, so 3 day norm.
But on the other hand, IMHO, the old parts of Georgetown are so cool, it is possible to walk endlessly, always something interesting. I personally just fell in love with Georgetown, so I went back a second time, and still going. ...
Anfisa 22 September, 2018
Thanks for the reply.. I understand.. better.. tell me the ferry tickets booked in advance or on the spot has to buy for Langkawi ferry to Penang? The hotel is better for sure in advance I guess ...
admin September 23, 2018

Better, at least for the day. It is possible to buy over the Internet in place. But the place is inconvenient, you have to spend on taxi to the pier and back, and time to spend. Via the Internet here can try: http://www.busonlineticket.com/booking/jetty-langkawi-to-penang-ferry-terminal-ferry-tickets?refererid=sergey or https://12go.asia/ru?z=5962 ...
Aleksandrr August 16, 2019
Good day. In November we will cruise in Langkawi - Penang - Klang. Should you buy a group tour? What is most interesting and need to uvideti? What popracovat from the local cuisine? And what nicolee popular Souvenirs to buy? Thank you ...
admin August 18, 2019

Hello! Well, you start to read our guide, it's no wonder they tried to write https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/malaysia/penang. And here is clarifying the questions to ask, and that they are too extensive you. ...
lyudochka 21 October, 2019
Good afternoon. For the first time will be on at hotel Jen Penang in Georgetown . Tell me how faster and better to find graffiti? The landmark Komtar tower ...
admin 21 October, 2019

Hello! Graffiti is not in one place, but scattered around the old town. So just go out and walk on foot. Find streets Lebuh Chulia, Lebun Pantai, Lebuh Armenian. And you can find accommodation in hotels and travel agencies are free of the map marked with graffiti. ...