Pulau Langkawi, the main island of the Langkawi archipelago, is about 320 square kilometres in area. Public transport on the island is negligible, but the whole island can be easily explored by hiring get a taxi, renting a car, or renting a motorbike. Riding a bicycle is also an ecofriendly and healthy way of getting around the island.
Getting a taxi:
Taxis are the most popular mode of transport in Langkawi, as they are available everywhere. Taxis can be pre-booked booked for a trip, or you can flag a vacant one where ever you are on the island. Although, the taxis can be expensive in comparison to a rental car or a motorbike, they are a convenient mode of transport for those who would like to avoid the stress of driving.
Renting a Car:
There is no shortage of car rental agencies on the island, and several agencies operate at the Kuah Jetty and the airport. Also, if you pre-book your car it can be delivered straight to you at the hotel. Driving in Langkawi is not too difficult, as all the main roads are well maintained, and using a GPS is enough to travel around. However, the little side roads can be extremely muddy after rain and it is best to avoid them. Vehicles in Langkawi drive on the left hand side of the road, and when driving keep your eyes open for the wildlife crossing the road. Driving under influence of alcohol can land you in the Malaysian jail if your blood alcohol content was measured to be higher than 0.08 wt. %.
Renting a two wheeler or a bicycle:
Renting a motor bike, scooter or a bicycle is an affordable yet fun way to explore Langkawi. However, a valid two wheeler license is required to rent a motor bike. There are plenty of two wheeler rental kiosks around Kuah, Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, and the bikes can be rented on a daily or monthly basis. It is best to stay on the extreme left of the road when riding a two wheeler to avoid any collisions with the moving traffic.