With limited buses running on Langkawi, your only option for moving around here is either to take a taxi or hire a car or motorcycle.
At least with your own transport, you save yourself the hassle of having to find a taxi each time you need to go somewhere. In addition, with your own transport, you have the option to venture freely at night. Otherwise, you will find that your cab fares will really take a big chuck out of your travel budget.
Driver's Qualifications for a Langkawi Car Rental
To be able to hire a car in Langkawi, you need to have a valid Malaysian or International driving licence.
You also need to be at least 21 years of age, as most car rental agencies are quite reluctant to rent out their vehicles to teenagers.
Some Langkawi car rental agencies
are even more particular in the sense that they will not rent you a car if you are under 25 years of age.
Normally, you are required to place a small cash deposit and swipe your credit card before you can take the car.
The cash deposit can be collected once you return the vehicle. The minimum rental period is normally 24 hours. Additional hourly charges will depend on the type of vehicle.
For combivans, additional hourly charges are usually around MYR20, for cars MYR10 and MYR5 for a motorcycle.
Langkawi Car Rental Insurance
Make sure that the vehicle that you rent is insured. It is always wise to get personal accident insurance to cover for any mishaps and if you are involved in ANY accident, make it a point to report it to the police within 24 hours.
Being a foreigner driving in a foreign country, you are always at a disadvantage. There have been incidents where everything seems settled, but at the end of the day, the person got arrested for not making a report for being involved in an accident.
Unless you have diplomatic immunity, my advice to you is to obey all traffic rules and
DON’T drink and drive no matter what everyone else says.
Unlike in the cities, on the mainland, driving here on the island is relatively easy.
There are no traffic jams and it’s not easy to get lost as there are only a few main roads. However, it can get a little crowded on the island during the school holidays when everyone is converging onto the island for a little R&R.
It might also be difficult for you to rent a car during this time so it’s highly advisable for you to book your car rental early.
Note: Cars in Malaysia are all right hand drive (according to Americans, they drive on the wrong side of the road!). Take note that seat belts are mandatory on all the roads of Malaysia.
There are many freelance car rental representatives soliciting for business at the airport and the Langkawi town jetty. I don’t know how reliable these freelancers are so it’s hard to recommend anyone. You just have to make your own assessment as to the reliability of the freelancers and use your common sense, if the deal sounds too good to be true it probably is: