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New Ferry Service To Langkawi

October 14, 2013 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Langkawi Island in the northern part of Peninsula Malaysia has always been popular as a destination with beautiful beaches, verdant rainforest and choice resorts and hotels.

In fact, Tanjung Rhu in Langkawi has been listed as the world’s 100 best beaches by international news network CNN. CNN also named Malaysia’s Tanjung Rhu Resort as one of the world’s best wedding venues.

Besides flying in to the island’s airport, now tourists have the option of a new transportation service to visit the island — the Langkawi roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferry service that allows cars and other vehicles aboard, too.

Launched on 3 September 2013 by Langkawi Roro Services Sdn. Bhd, the ferry links Kuala Perlis Ferry Terminal and Tanjung Lembong Jetty, Langkawi Island.

With this new ferry service, Langkawi will be easily accessible to tourists, making the island destination a must-visit with the upcoming Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

According to the Managing Director of Langkawi Roro Services, Mr. Ku Azhar Ku Abdul Razak, there will only be one trip per day when the sea-level reaches high tide, with each trip taking about two and a half hours each way. The service frequency may be extended according to demand and if works to deepen the Perlis river mouth are undertaken.

Ticket prices during the promotion period (until 31 December) are RM320 per vehicle for a round trip and RM18 per passenger for a one-way trip. Normal rate per vehicle for a round trip is RM500.

Each ferry can carry up to 45 vehicles per trip and can accommodate 10 units of large vehicles like buses.

Kuala Perlis is about 600 km from Kuala Lumpur, 180 km from Penang, 300 km from Ipoh and 50 km from Alor Setar. It is the nearest of all embarkation points to Langkawi. Nearby attractions in Perlis are Padang Besar, a popular shopping haven for both Malaysian and Thailand tourists, Homestay Ujung Bukit as well as Harumanis mangoes and grapes plantation farm.

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