A well-known destination in Malaysia, Langkawi has plenty to offer, from sandy beaches and paddy fields to duty-free shopping and huge events. Langkawi’s charm lies in its split personality, as well as being a hugely popular and bustling tourist destination it is still, at its heart, a rural island.
If you want to explore the entirety of this island its thriving night markets are a great way to do just that.
The night markets in Langkawi are regular features that trulymake the island. Tourists and locals alike can visit one every single night, in various locations across the island, with each one touting different wares. The Night Markets usually start at 5pm each night and continue until around 10/11pm when the stalls slowly wind down.
Although the wares vary from market to market, with some of the larger ones catering especially well for tourists by selling souvenirs, most focus heavily on food.Try famous local recipes at fantastic prices and mingle with Malaysian workers who visit the markets after a hard day’s work to grab a hot meal, and along with regional delicacies the markets are the perfect place to pick up the fruits of the season without a hefty price tag.
Be extra vigilant when buying food at the markets as quite often the food has been cooked quite some time before you purchase it. Where possible watch the stall owners cook your food fresh as you wait as this will reduce the risk of food poisoning, a guaranteed way to ruin your break. Follow the lead of local shoppers, if they avoid certain stalls or food it’ll be for a reason, so you should do the same.
When shopping for souvenirs make sure you visit the markets before making purchases in the island’s shops as many tourists have reported finding the same items for half the price on the market stalls.
Whether you visit the larger Night Markets or catch a smaller version it’s not the amount of stalls that make Langkawi’s Night Markets world famous, it’s the atmosphere! Don’t take our word for it, find out for yourself.
If you’re chomping at the bit to visit one of these fantastic night markets, check out the list below to find out where the markets are held each day:
Monday | Ulu Melaka and PekanRabu Mall in Kuah
In an area that successfully retains its rural charm the PekanRabu Mall is a pleasant surprise. The four storey shopping centre is incredibly popular with locals and tourists, along with its Monday night market.
Tuesday | Kedawang
The Night Market in Kedawangboasts an array of food stalls but if you head there for your fill of Malaysian cuisine try to take your own containers. The islanders try to be as ‘green’ as possible so any efforts on your part will help Langkawi to stay eco-friendly.
Wednesday | Kuah
The night market in Kuah is well known for being the largest on the island. If you miss out on Wednesday there’s another opportunity to take advantage of the area’s bustling stalls on Saturday.
Thursday | BohorTempoyak
Smaller than the Night Market at Kuah but with all of the local charm, the BohorTempoyak is ideal for a hungry tourist.
Friday | Air HangatRoadabout
A visit to this quiet and private area wouldn’t be complete without a stroll around the Night Market or a short dip in the hot springs.
Saturday | Kuah
Even if you have visited Kuah’s Night Market earlier in the week it’s still worth a second trip; there are so many stalls you might have missed something the first time! The market in Kuah boasts a food court area where tourists can sit and eat that the others don’t have, but most tourists and locals buy the local cuisine packaged and take it away to eat.
Sunday | Padang Matsirat
This Western area of Langkawi is by far the tamest of all the areas where the Night Markets are set up. There aren’t many attractions, or even dining and shopping opportunities besides the Night Market, but it is the ideal place to stay if you’re looking for a peaceful way to enjoy Langkawi’s culture.
You should find it relatively easy to locate the markets each day with a simple map but if you run into difficulties, find a local and ask “Manarpasarmalam?” to be pointed in the right direction.
If you want to try your hand at cooking up a Malaysian store then head to the Langkawi wet markets to snap up some local produce. With one located close to the airport in Matsirat and another, larger, market in Kuah you certainly won’t miss out – but make sure you get up early! You’ll soon find that the wet markets are the place to pick up many a culinary bargain!