• Kuah Town • Stay-in Kuah • Dinning &
• Shopping & Night Markets •
Located on the south-eastern part of Pulau Langkawi (Langkawi island), Kuah is the main town and and the transit point for ferries from the
mainland and Penang to anchor.
Kuah Town is a couple of rows of rebuilt shop-houses with a decidedly
sleepy feel. The name "Kuah" is a Malay word meaning "gravy" and is
associated with an ancient legend of two battling giants who overturned
a gigantic pot of curry at the spot where the town now stands.
A former fishing village, the town is developing fast. In the centre
visitors will find new luxury hotels, business complexes, banks,
duty-free shops, small emporiums and large shopping malls. Kuah has no
real beach, but in addition to the shopping there are also some
places to visit.
City Bayview perhaps the best “city” choice. It is close to shopping and
restaurants, has a decent pool and offers fine views. If you insist on a
more basic experience in clean surrounds try the two-star Eagle Bay
overlooking parks and close to Eagle Square
Dining & Entertainment
Kuah Town is worth a browse and it boasts many interesting restaurants.
If you want good Chinese seafood in casual surrounds, try the popular
Restoran Hi Liang or Rootian Seafood next to the Water Garden Hawker
Aquarium Seafood Garden offers delicious Thai and Chinese cuisine at
affordable prices. If you are into fresh seafood, you can make your own
selection at the huge tank filled with fish, prawns and other marine
delights. Seri Indah Café is another popular spot that has an original
and personal approach to its menu and offers excellent Chinese and
This café has been around for quite some time and is popular with locals
and visitors. Also worth checking out is the Captain’s Deck at the Royal
Langkawi Yacht Club. For delicious and spicy roll-up-your-sleeves
Malay-Indian curries and dosais get settled in at Dawood Nasi Kandar
where two could have a hearty meal for a trifling RM10.
Amidst the sizzle and steam of woks and the resulting aromas, patrons at
Phoenix Restaurant will be delighted at the combination of excellent
food and a welcoming atmosphere. If you are looking for live
entertainment, stop by Woodpeckers Lounge where the band plays great
music. The beverage list is quite impressive and there is an extensive
choice of tropical cocktails, wine and beer.
Shopping is another Langkawi pastime. Shops are open about 10am to 10pm
and most are closed on Fridays (the Muslim weekend). The place is a
designated duty-free island and is a lot far cheaper than on the
mainland. Langkawi Fair, just south of Kuah is as good a starting point
as any. The complex hosts Sunday Home Décor where you can pick up stuff
for the home and some antiques.
There is a factory outlet place here as well. Other shopping spots
include Jetty Point (close to Langkawi Fair), Plaza Langkawi (near the
City Bayview hotel), and Teow Soon Huat. Extra-keen shoppers may pop for
a broad assortment of duty-free goods, Pisang Handicraft and Art Village
or the more up market De’Zone not too far from the Sheraton Langkawi
The bright stalls of the Night Market that shuttle around the island
depending on the day, offer another pleasant distraction. Some
incredible bargains are to be had. The Langkawi night market runs in
Kuah 6.30pm to 9pm. It also moves to Pantai Cenang (Thursday nights) and
Tanjung Rhu (Friday nights).
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