Langkawi Digital Nomad Guide
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Langkawi Digital Nomad Guide – Live and Work Remotely in 2023

Langkawi Digital Nomad Guide – Live and Work Remotely

This is how I spent one month being a Digital Nomad in Langkawi Malaysia!

I lounged on beaches, hiked mountains and explored waterfalls while working on my online business and earning money on one of South East Asia’s most under rated islands.

Langkawi is Malaysia’s popular Duty Free holiday island. I intended to spend only a few days here, drinking a few cheap beers and relaxing on the beach before moving on.

I thought the island would be over touristy, over priced for everything except alcohol and lacking in things to keep me there.

All my preconceptions were wrong.

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia

My Personal Thoughts on LangkawI

I found the beaches were beautiful, quiet and relaxed. Exploring the island took longer than I’d anticipated, the rugged nature of Langkawi is absolutely beautiful. I found waterfalls, mangroves, karst limestone cliffs and white sand beaches.

It was cheaper than I’d imagined too. While it is possible to spend big money here- there are five star resorts, private islands and upscale restaurants- for the most part I found myself eating at local Malay, Indian and Chinese restaurants.

The beer was cheap, the WiFi was great and Malaysia even gave me a three month visa on arrival! – Richard Collett

Here’s our full guide to being a Digital Nomad in Langkawi.

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Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia

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What is the Internet Like?

Widely available across the island, but some cheaper guest houses can be less reliable, so ensure you check the reviews specifically for WiFi before booking anything, especially long term.

Mobile internet packages are cheap, and coverage is excellent, however few Malaysian Sims allow tethering to other devices such as laptops.

The best provider I found for mobile data was Hotlink who have great deals and giveaway loads of extra data daily for things like Facebook. They have the widest 4G coverage across Malaysia too.

You need to show a passport when purchasing a Sim, but the phone shops will easily help set it up for you.

Overall: 7/10 

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia
Beautiful Waterfalls On Langkawi!

Food And Drink Options in Langkawi

Langkawi is a Duty Free Island, that means alcohol is ridiculously cheap, especially in comparison to mainland Malaysia where prices in bars are more akin to Western Europe

One can of beer for instance in the shops will cost you only 1-3 Malaysian Ringgit depending on the quantity you buy.

Just make sure you take your Passport as ID for the bigger shops, it’s compulsory for this to be scanned and documented.

The small corner shops don’t bother with this though. The cheapest place to secure drinks is Warisan, a large Duty Free outlet at Cenang Mall, by Cenang Beach. they have the best range and lowest prices on the whole island. Trust me. They even stock English Pimms.

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia
Drink beer on the beach and watch the fire dancers,

Food isn’t as good as nearby Penang which is famed for its delicacies, but you can still find a huge variety of cuisines. There’s the standard Malay, Indian and Chinese eateries which tend to be the cheapest.

The best food is at the local street stalls, where the prices are also the cheapest. Expect to pay between 5-15 Ringgit at these places.

There’s a large Middle Eastern community too, particularly Syrian, and there are a large number of Falafel and Kebab shops which are good quality and cheap.

There’s plenty of waterfalls on the island.

There’s the standard fast food outlets – KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut etc – and being a bit of a holiday island there are also more expensive restaurants serving dishes from around the world – Mexican and Italian were particularly popular.

I tried a few of these out and always came away disappointed for the excessive price. You are looking at least 30 Ringgit a meal. It’s best to stay local.

There’s also an excellent night market which takes place every Thursday near Cenang Beach, and moves around the island daily. The food here is cheap cheap and delicious. This is real local stuff.

Overall: 8/10

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Accommodation in Langkawi

Accommodation is where Langkawi falls down slightly. Compared to other Digital Nomad destinations in Asia such as Bali or Chiang Mai the available accommodation is of a lower quality for similar prices.

I spent most of my time staying at Gecko Guesthouse, a nice place just a five minute stroll to the beach where I could have a private room for 50 Ringgit a night.

There was a bar, a nice common area and great wifi.

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia
Beaches and Islands. That’s Langkawi.

There are plenty of places very similar too, all along Cenang Beach, and this is really the place to stay, as it’s the hub of Langkawi. Cenang Beach is where you will find bars, scooter rental, restaurants and the lively yet somehow relaxed beach!

For the low price though you won’t get A/C or swimming pools, but you will be right on the beach.

Fancier accommodation is aimed at the holiday makers, and this tends to be much pricier.

Overall: 6/10

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia

Transport Options in Langkawi

Public Transport is none existent on Langkawi. There are no public buses anywhere. Taxis are overpriced and you will save yourself a fortune using Uber or Grab.

An Uber from the ferry port or the airport to Cenang Beach should cost around 25 Ringgit, as opposed to a taxi which could be twice that amount.

Scooters are the best way to see the island and can be rented for around 35-50 Ringgit a day.

The best place to rent from is T-Shoppe on Cenang Beach, who offer a 25 Ringgit early morning special, and even sell fully comprehensive insurance for cheap too.

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia

Getting to Langkawi is easy though. There are ferries from Georgetown Penang, and from the mainland too at Kedah. There are fast boats to Koh Lipe and to Satun, where you connect onward to anywhere in Thailand.

Travel packages can be booked at the multitude of tour agents in Cenang, but it’s best to shop around first.

Langkawi has an International Airport, with flights to major Asian destinations. There are also ridiculously cheap domestic flights to Kuala Lumpur from where you can then fly anywhere from!

Overall: 4/10

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia

Langkwai Visa Situation

For Digital Nomads the visa situation in Malaysia is great!

A great number of nationalities are given a 3 month Visa on Arrival at entry points into the country. No onward ticket needed.

It’s hassle free and worry free, and if you end up wanting to stay longer, a few days in neighbouring Indonesia will sort that out for you!

63 nations are covered under this policy, including EU countries and most Western countries. Visa situations can change though, so always check the relevant policy for your passport before travelling.

Overall: 9/10

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Things To Do in Langkawi

I intended on staying only a week on Langkawi, I thought this was enough time to see everything.

And yes, I could have seen and done everything in this time, it’s a small island after all that can be traversed in a day.

The great thing about Langkawi though, and the reason I stayed much longer, was the relaxation factor. Yes, it’s a holiday island first and foremost, but like much of the rest of Malaysia, it’s chilled.

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia
Tanjung Rhu Beach is pure white sand…

No one harasses you for business, and few people try and rip you off. The roads are quiet, sometimes empty and the beaches around the island, including popular Cenang, are always quiet and relaxed, and super clean too.

There’s beautiful waterfalls to explore, incredible views to be seen from the top of the Langkawi Sky Bridge and beaches around every corner.

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia
The best view of Langkawi, from the top of the Sky Bridge!

Day trips to the nearby islands can be arranged for great value, and further afield there are snorkelling and diving opportunities.

The best thing to do in Langkawi though, is to simply sit back on Cenang Beach with a cold beer in hand while the sun sets.

Overall: 7/10

Digital Nomad Guide To Langkawi Malaysia

Our Digital Nomad Review of Langkawi

Overall, we have scored Langkawai with a Digital Nomad Rating of 7/10.

Conclusion paragraph: So there you have it! Our review of Langkawi as a destination for digital nomads. We’ve rated it 7/10 overall, based on the cost of living, internet speed, weather and natural scenery.

Do you have anything to add to this? please let us know in the commentsbelow – we would love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Nan Kaouthai says:

    You can reach Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur by taking a flight. It is the costliest and time-efficient way to reach here. You can also reach Langkawi by rail routes. If you can hire a ferry then its really amazing. I personally know Andaman Ferry Service a ferry service provider. Plan well to enjoy most of the exotic tropical islands in this paradise.

  2. What about best coffee shops and cafes to work at? I’m a digital nomad and I get tired of working and living in the same space and often need a new setting.

    1. Hee, I am now at Langkawi and need to work here. I was wondering if there are any coffee places etc you can recommend?

  3. Hey Richard, I stumbled upon ur blog while researching about co-working/digital nomad places Asia – and glad that you had a great time in my beautiful Langkawi (gonna move there soon). Your comments are right on the money and thank you for giving a very fair review.

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