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Langkawi Ferry Services
Being an island of Malaysia in Andaman Sea, Langkawi's one of the main mode of connections with other parts of Malaysia and neighboring countries is through boat or ferry services. There are several ferry routes and services that provide Langkawi's waterways. The nearest point linked with Langkawi by ferry is Kuala Perlis which is located 31kms to its east and on the western coast of Malaysia's main land.
Other ferry points in Malaysia accessible from Langkawi includes Kuala Kedah (51kms away and at the north western coast of Malaysia's main land), and Penang (110kms away also at the western coast of Malaysia). Satun of Thailand is also connected through a ferry service from Langkawi.
Kuah Jetty in Kuah town is Lankawi's main ferry point (or terminal) from where the ferries/boats leave and arrive. The entrance to Kuah Jetty is through a large & modern shopping complex. At the opposite side of the shopping center, i.e. on the other side of the road, there is a Tourist Information Center run by the Malaysia Government. You can collect free brochures and maps of various places of Malaysia including Langkawi, Penang, Kuala lumpur etc. from here.
A ferry at Kuah Jetty, Langkawi
Langkawi Ferrry Operators & Services
Following are the major Ferry Service operators providing the important links between Langkawi and the nearby places. The below section provides information about routes, the types of ferries, schedules, ticket counters, offices, reservation/booking information and more.
Note: Schedules and fares are subject to changes. So check out with the ferry operator before making reservations.
1) Lankawi Ferry Services (LFS)
They have been operating since 1996 and is one of the largest ferry services of Langkawi. They have a fleet of high speed boats (presently 12 of them) with capacity varying from 100 to 200 seats and travelling at speeds between 30 to 40 knots (nautical miles per hour). All the ferries are air-conditioned, have on-board videos, reclining seats and small canteens.
The service operates daily between Langkawi, and places like Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, Penang, Puala Payar Marine Park and Satun (of Thailand). From Penang they also provide a connection to Medan of Indonesia (3 days a week).
Ferry Schedule & fares
The ferries operate from the Kuah Jetty in Langkawi. You can make advance reservations through their website, or alternatively email or call them with your requirements. All passengers are ferry insured.
Contacts & Ticket Booking
Note: You can buy tickets online from their website as well as from the counters.
Website: https://langkawi-ferry.com, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kompleks Jetty Point, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman
Phone: 604-966 0521 / 604-966 1126
Ground Floor, PPC Building, Pesara King Edward, 10300 Penang.
Phone: 604-2642088 / 2628588
Jeti Penumpang Kuala Perlis, 02000 Perlis Indera Kayangan
Phone: 604-985 1899 , 604-9852539 & 604-985 2690
Jeti Penumpang Kuala Kedah, 06600 Kedah Darul Aman
Phone: 604-762 6295 & 604-762 6296
Satun Agent (Southern Ferry Services):
30/11-12, Sulkanukul Road. Phimarn, Maung, Satun 91000, Thailand
Phone: (0066) 747 30513
Medan Agent: 6261-521111
2) Ferry Line Ventures
They have been operating since 2005 after having merged four companies. Their ferry operations has a fleet of boats with capacity ranging from 100 to 450, and presently connect Langkawi with Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. There are daily regular ferry services between Langkawi and these two places.
Ferry Schedule & fares
Contacts & Ticketing
Address: No 81& 83 Persiaran Bunga Raya, Langkawi Mall Phase 2, 07000 Langkawi
Note: You can buy tickets online from their website
Email (Only for general info & not reservation): email@example.com
For checking time table, you may call up the following phone nos.:
Langkawi - Phone: 04-966 5889 / 04-9665131
Kuala Perlis - Phone: 04-985 2539 / 04-985 1899
Kuala Kedah - Phone: 04-762 6295 / 04-762 6296
3) Bahagia Express (Penang - Langkawi)
Bahagia Express runs a morning and afternoon speedboat ferry between Penang and Langkawi. The ferries leave from Weld Quay of George Town and come to Kuah Jetty in Langkawi. One way fare is RM35. You should book the tickets in advance from their office in Penang. Their office is near the clock tower and next to the Tourism Board office.
4) Telaga Terminal (Langkawi - Koh Lipe of Thailand)
This ferry service is for trips between Langkawi and Koh Lipe of Thailand. There are two daily ferries that operate each way during the high tourist season (i.e. between October to May). During the other months, the service remains closed. It takes 1 hour to complete the trip one way. The distance between Langkawi and Koh Lipe is about 30kms.
Telaga Terminal is located at the Telaga Harbor Park in Pantai Kok and opposite to Perdana Quay. The ferries depart at 9:30 and 14:30 hours from Langkawi (Malay Time) and leave Koh Lipe at 10:30 and 16:30 hours (Thai Time). Note that Thai time is 1 hour behind Malay time. One way fare is RM128, and return fare is RM248. Also note that there is no jetty or ferry dock at Koh Lipe. A long tail boat is used to transfer the passengers to a beach. Check-in counter opens 1hr 30mins before departure and closes 30mins before departure time.
Remember to carry all your required travel documents including valid passport, visa (if required), filled up embarkation card, ferry booking voucher, Thai immigration card etc. Also carry enough Thai Bahts as there is no ATM at Koh Lipe.
You can make online reservation at the website http://telaga-terminal.com.
Address and Contact Info
Telaga Terminal, Telaga Harbour Marina
Lot 1, Telaga Harbour Park, Pantai Kok, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia 07000
Phone: +604 9592208, Mobile: +6012 2979195
Note: There are other Thailand based operators who run ferries between Koh Lipe and Kuah Jetty of Langkawi during the high tourist season (check out www.kohlipethailand.com).
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By Raj Bhattacharya
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