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Travel on a Budget: Langkawi Vacation Under RM700/pax for 3D2N

Updated 30 Nov 2021 – By Sabrina Heng & Nisya Aziz


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You've heard the news: Malaysians who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can travel abroad not only for official matters but also for tourism activities. Yay! You must be itching to travel, kan? But, the exchange rate is kinda high at the moment and you probably don’t have that much moolah. Fret not, our country has many beautiful places. Let’s cuti-cuti Malaysia instead.


We'd like to suggest  Langkawi: the jewel of Kedah! You’ll get to explore beautiful beaches and excellent duty-free shopping, etc. So use this opportunity to get a breather from your busy life at one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia.
 

After some quick research, we found that you can have a wholesome chillaxing time in Langkawi for 3D2N below RM700. How?

 

Before we begin, do know that it’s impossible to know how much exactly it would cost to go to Langkawi. There are just too many variables and it really much depends on what kind of traveller you are. Nevertheless, we’d like to give you some numbers so that you can agak-agak your trip costs. Here’s a rough estimation for a single traveller.

Item Price
Airfares RM196
Local transportation (public transports, motorcycle rental, petrol)        RM120
Accommodation RM200
Meals and drinks (5 meals) RM60
Activities RM100
Total RM676               
 

First, let’s talk about transportation, accommodation and meals: 

  • Transportation


 

There are various ways to get you to Langkawi. You could drive, ride a ferry or by plane. BUT, airways would be a  superb choice as it saves time.  Based on Skyscanner, the average airfare would cost you from RM196 (to and fro).  If you want better savings, use travel credit cards.
 

Okay, now that’s sorted, don’t forget to consider the costs of going to the airport. From KL, what you have to do is find an MRT around your area that could direct you to KL Sentral, it’s usually around RM3 to RM10. Next, get a bus ticket at KL Sentral or via redBus.my which costs RM15 for a one way trip to KLIA2. Double that cost when you’re coming back from Langkawi.


When you reach Langkawi Airport, we recommend you to use Grab Car to your hotel destination for a safe yet smooth journey, costing around RM14 to RM18. That aside, to get around Langkawi, you can commute via Grab, taxi or rent a car/motorcycle. For an economical option, let's rent a motorcycle for 2 days as it’s time-efficient and can avoid traffic jams. It’d cost you RM30 per day for the rental and a minimum of RM10 for the petrol, which is definitely cheaper than getting a Grab Car or Taxi!
 

  • Accommodation 

For this, let's go for something that's not too atas, but still comfortable and nice. It’s a vacation, so no need to be so kiamsiap lah, right? After a quick survey on Agoda and Booking.com, we found that you can get a pretty decent accommodation nearby Pantai Cenang (the hot spot) for RM100 per night or even less. 

 
  • Cost of Meals/Drinks

While meal prices in Kuala Lumpur can vary, the average cost of food in Langkawi is around RM40 per day (2 meals). Depending on where you go and your spending habits, you can actually spend lesser than that. Check out this list of Langkawi’s local foods that you can enjoy there. Take note that this budget doesn’t include any snacks or over the top alcoholic beverages.

 

Now, let’s talk about activities/places you can go while in Langkawi

 

This is a bit tricky because what’s interesting to us might not be interesting to you. That being said, here are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Langkawi:

 

1. Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells)

Adventure seekers can take the arduous climb to the top of the waterfalls, which takes around 45 minutes and 838 steps to the top!

Fee: Free 
 

2. Pantai Cenang Beach

The beach provides a variety of activities, including water sports such as parasailing and jet skiing. Similarly, the nightlife here is regarded as the most vibrant in all of Langkawi.

Fee: Free 
 

3. Langkawi Night Market

Image source: langkawi-info

Over here, you’ll get to eat real local dishes for the cheapest price, and offer unique shopping and dining experiences. But keep in mind, they take place at different venues every day. So look up at the schedules beforehand.

Fee: Free

 

4. Skytrex Adventure Langkawi

Come on now, get out of your comfort zone and take on 22 challenges and obstacles! Take note, the prices defer on which level you want to challenge yourself, from beginner level, intermediate level and advanced level. Plus, you can purchase your ticket here.

Fee: RM60
 

5. Langkawi Island Hopping Shared Speedboat Tour

Since you’re already in Langkawi, take a 4-hour tour to explore what Langkawi has to offer. 

Fee: RM40
 

6.Duty-Free Shopping

Image source: langkawihotspot

The Zon Shopping Paradise sells some of the cheapest chocolates, booze, tobacco, and fragrances. Did you know? A Liter of Absolute Vodka costs RM50 while the retail price is RM130.  WHAT, THAT’S CHEAP! Furthermore, you can also find the prices of branded goods 10% to 40% cheaper. Also, Chocolates like Hershey's, Lotte, Cadbury, Toblerone, Kit Kat, and Lindt's all have prices that are 40% lower than retail.
 

7. Yellow Cafe 

Have a drink with a beach view. You can enjoy the cafe's hammocks and beanbags, unwind and spend a pleasant night by the beach. 

Fee: Free admission


We’d suggest capping your budget at RM100 for activities (not including shopping expenses). PRO TIP: Always do the free things first. 

 

Ready to plan your trip now? To make sure you don’t overspend, take note of some of these when you’re in Langkawi:

 
  • Surprisingly, not all shops are duty-free, so make sure to do your research on where to go for duty-free items. 

  • Make sure to not OVERSHOPPED! If you do, you’ll need to pay an additional cost for check-ins. Since most airlines only give you 7kg free of baggage.  

  • Malaysia's duty-free limit - From Langkawi to KL, you can bring 1 litre of alcohol and up to 200 cigarettes duty-free. However, a minimum stay in Langkawi of 48 hours is required.

 

And again, this is just an average cost to help you estimate the trip. If you’re someone who is practical with budgeting, you’ll be saving a lot more.
 

Have a safe travel! 
 

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*The above article is intended for informational purposes only. Loanstreet accepts no responsibility for loss that may arise from reliance on information contained in the articles.

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