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Langkawi
It's fairly easy to get around. Except for the occasional tour around the island, there's not that many places you will need to go. Most of your errands for boat bits and groceries will be to Kuah, where share taxis are cheap and plentiful. Bus service is limited, and currently does not include Port Langkasuka for the ferry to Rebak.

Taxis
There are taxi stands at the jetty terminal, at major shopping centres and in central Kuah. If staying at Rebak, the resort front desk will arrange to have a taxi meet the ferry at Langkasuka. Taxis are unmetered, but reasonably inexpensive, with prices set for destinations around the island. You can also rent taxis by the hour or day for touring the island, about RM15 an hour, negotiable and depending on the amount of driving (versus waiting) involved.

Share taxis
These mini-vans can be flagged down in Kuah town. Fare is typically RM1 for anywhere in Kuah town, sometimes RM2 for longer rides across town. Most have blue waves painted on the sides, and usually honk as they approach you.

Rebak ferry and shuttle bus
If staying at the marina on Rebak Island, you are dependent on the resort's ferry service to get to Port Langkasuka on the main island. Return trip costs RM5 and it runs every hour or so from 0730 to 2030, with the last ferry back to Rebak at 2145. There is a free Friday morning ferry for the small vegetable stall set up at Langkasuka. Through the resort, you can also book a shuttle bus into Kuah. Cost is RM5 each way. The shuttle will meet both the 0845 and 1430 ferries (if bookings are made) and will pick you up again in Kuah at 1315 or 1730.

Your own wheels
There isn't much point in buying your own vehicle unless you plan to take up residence, or to use it to tour on the Malaysian mainland. It's easy to rent cars or motorcycles to run errands, and there's probably not that many places you'll want to go for fun. Phuket it's not. For some, that's part of the attraction.

Renting cars
There are several car rental agencies, but the cheapest is run by Faizal (012 438 2110), who rents an assortment of cars for RM30. If staying at Rebak, book the day before and he will bring a car to meet the 0845 ferry; you drop the car off at the ferry landing again at 1630. It's an inexpensive way to run a day's errands and stock up on groceries, especially if you share the cost with someone. You should have an international or Malaysian licence, but chances are slim anyone will ask to see it.

Renting motorcycles
A great way to see the island. Motorcycles can be rented in Kuah, short or long term, or at the tourist beaches of Pantai Tenguh and Pantai Cenang for about RM10-30 a day, depending on the length of rental. The Langkasuka Boat Club usually has one or two motorcycles for rent on an hourly basis. The helmet law is enforced.

Driving
There's not much traffic on Langkawi and usually the tempo is pretty sedate, so it's relatively safe and stress-free compared to Phuket or mainland Malaysia. Roads are good, and drivers tend to obey the rules. Wet roads and sand create serious hazards for motorcyclists and extreme caution is necessary. Watch out for wandering buffalo.

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Basics
Getting around
Away by land, air
Boatwork
Boatyards
Chandlery, etc
Charter/Broker
Clearance
Communications
Health care
Marinas
Mooring
Provisioning
Visa runs