Langkawi,officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah (Langkawi Permata Kedah) is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, Malaysia. On July 15, 2008, Sultan Abdul Halim of Kedah had consented to the change of name to Langkawi Permata Kedah in conjunction with his Golden Jubilee Celebration. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi. The only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. Langkawi is also an administrative district with the town of Kuah as largest town.
Langkawi is a duty-free island. Hence, some of the most popular duty-free shopping places include The Zon, Langkawi Parade, Jetty Point, Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall, Langkawi Mega Mall, Langkawi Crystal, and etc.
For transportation, Pulau Langkawi can be reached through sea and air. The Langkawi Jetty Point connects the island to main destinations like Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, George Town, Penang and also nearby towns in Thailand. The Langkawi International Airport is one of the 7 international airports in Malaysia and connects the island to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Penang, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Phuket and also Subang. On the island, a main road runs through the whole island. Rental cars and taxis are available in Langkawi.
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