There is one thing that our every tourist and Shopaholic loves – Duty Free Shopping. If you need one reason to visit Langkawi then that will be the duty free shopping facility which is available for tourists in Langkawi.
Langkawi Duty Free Shopping Guide
Tourists have been coming to Langkawi purely for shopping since the time when it got the status of duty free in 1987. The duty free shopping is also one of the must-try experience for the tourists in Langkawi. But still there are some things which you must know about Langkawi duty free before shopping in the island.
Important Things to Know
First and the most important thing is that all shops or shopping centers in Langkawi have not adopted the status of duty free shopping. Second most important thing is that some of the duty free shops might sell you products at higher rates. Another important thing to remember is that you can take as many duty free things out of Langkawi as you want. But you will need to review the restrictions in your home country or next destination to select the products.
What to buy in Langkawi
Several researches and surveys have shown that some of the products are highly bought in Langkawi. The reason is their reduced rates as compared to other areas. Here is a list so you can choose some for you (or all).
1. Chocolates – up to 40% off
2. Alcoholic drinks – up to 12% off
3. Cigarettes and cigars
5. Cooking utensils and kitchen accessories
6. Sports and footwear – up to 16% off
7. Bags and suitcases
8. Cosmetics and beauty products
Langkawi Duty Free Shopping Places
Here are region wise duty free shopping destinations in Langkawi.
Region 01 – Pantai Cenang
Although Pantai Cenang is renowned for its beaches and water sports, but you cannot ignore it if you are out for Langkawi Duty Free shopping. You really don’t need to carry anything to Pantai Cenang. Simply buy your required products from The Zone Shopping Paradise or the Coco Valley at duty free rates. The Zon Shopping Paradise has specialty in fragrances, jewelry, accessories and liquors whereas The Coco Valley has specialty in chocolates. Apart from chocolates, you can also buy bags, watches, accessories and fragrances here.
The Zone Shopping Paradise: Its opening hours are 10:30 AM to 7 PM. Address is Jalan Pantai Cenang, Underwater World.
Coco Valley: Its opening hours are 10 AM to 6:30 PM in normal days and 9:30 AM to 9 PM in public holidays. The location is close to Underwater World Langkawi.
Region 02 – Langkawi Duty Free Shopping at Airport
Generally it is not recommended that you shop from Langkawi International Airport apart from very urgent products. Don’t worry. The airport shopping is also duty free but it is just that you don’t have to pick bags and heavy luggage when you can shop from all over the island at duty free rates. Langkawi airport has everything. You can buy clothes, fragrances and other accessories from the airport.
A must-buy here is the Golden Brown Eagle souvenir made of plaster of Paris for the loved ones back at hometown. These are also available at Jetty Point Shopping Complex but at slightly higher rates. There are lots of eating places in Langkawi so trying out food at airport is useless unless you are feeling very hungry.
Region 03 – Duty Free Shopping in Kuah Town
Being the commercial center of Langkawi, Kuah Town offers some great shopping destinations. Apart from duty free shopping complexes, there are private shops as well which sell your favorite products at stunning rates. It is highly suggested that you budget a full day for shopping at Kuah.
Another important thing to note is that Kuah has specialty shopping complexes. Therefore; shopping from random shops might cost you higher. Make a list of your required things and go directly to the shops or shopping centers which have specialty in your requirement.
Haji Ismail Group: It is one of the largest shopping brands in Langkawi. Haji Ismail Group has specialty in chocolates and cookery. Apart from your favorite brands of chocolate, don’t forget to try some local chocolates as well.
There are total 5 outlets of Haji Ismail Group in Kuah Town. All of them open at 10 AM and close down at 10 PM. The locations are Pandak Mayah, Jalan Pandak Mayah 2, Jalan Pandak Mayah 6, Jetty Point Complex and Cayman Complex.
Langkawi Fair shopping Mall: With more than 100 shops, Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall offers specialty in electronics and clothing. But remember that all shops in this mall are not duty free. All the shops of chocolates and liquor are duty free. Other duty free shops have the word duty free mentioned in the name. Also check the Nike store. They have all products on discount prices.
The mall daily opens from 10 AM to 10 PM. Its location is Jalan Persiaran Putra.
Saga Shopping Center: For chocolates, cigarettes, kitchenware and liquor, go to Saga Shopping Center. Some other products are also available here. This shopping center opens at 10 AM and shuts down at 10 PM. The location is Jalan Penarak, Pekan Baru Kuah.
Jetty Point Shopping Complex: It is one of the most ideal and most visited shopping centers of Langkawi. If you are trying Island Hopping Langkawi then you will probably encounter this place. Jetty Point Shopping Complex has almost everything in it. From jewelry to cosmetics, clothing, bags, electronics, shoes and souvenirs, you will find everything you need. It is also a main shopping center because several Langkawi tour boats and ferries depart from the jetty point.
Remember that all the products are Langkawi Duty Free but a little costly than other Langkawi shopping centers. Car parking is available. Don’t forget to try special foods from the food court.
Cuban Attitude: This is a private shop for cigar lovers. Here you will test the world’s most relaxing cigars and will enjoy Langkawi dutry free discounted price as well. The timings are 9:30 AM to 10 PM and the location is Jalan Pandak Mayah 6.
Langkawi Parade Mega Mall: With 60 stores, Langkawi Parade Mega Mall has specialty in all the 8 special items of Langkawi which are mentioned above in what-to-buy list. Teow Soon Huat supermarket is also located here. The location is Pokok Assam.
Zeno and Eastern Native Duty Free Shopping: These are two different shopping centers located adjacent to each other at Jalan Pandak Mayah 6. They sell similar items. Both the shopping centers have specialty in chocolates and confectionaries. Don’t bother when you drool at offers like ‘Buy 2 Get 1 Free’ or ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’. Everyone is often drooling here!
The duty free shopping in Langkawi is among best things to do in Langkawi for tourists. Now you know what you have to buy from where. So why don’t you share what you bought from this beautiful island and what you had benefited from Langkawi Duty Free Shopping? 🙂