very differnet types of destination.
Penang is food heaven - lots of food choice. Beaches are not very good but it has amazing sights to see.
Langkawi is a beach holiday destination - as to food, it depends on the location of your hotel. Some hotels are away from restaurants - some are really isolated (unless you have a car).
Penang in my opinion is the better of the two ..you have a lot more to do and multi choices of places to eat..wife and I have been going there every year for the past 20 years..we have done side trips to Langkawi and never been impressed ..when comparing to Penang ..but it is each to thier own
If you stay somewhere like ..Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort
the beach is a lot cleaner than Batu Ferringhi ..and less of the tourist hype..whilst it is half way between Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi it then provides to you the best of both worlds and easy access to bothEdited: 6:49 am, October 09, 2012
Totally agree with esorlegin and roostown above. Very different...however if you really want something with lots of restaurants and bars, Batu Feringghi in Penang would be for you. Restaurants, food stalls, night markets...
Good thing about Penang is you actually have something else to do if you are bored - lots of sights in the heritage zone and amazing street food.
For langkawi, the only locale would be Pantai Cenang area but the "strip" is very short.
I should add that Sep is still inside the monsoon season affecting both Langkawi and Penang.
While it does not mean it will be poring everyday for hours, chances of rain is higher.
Thanks eveyone never thought of rainy season!!! back to the drawing board I think, thanks
September just passed. I can tell you that's not much rain during September. probably 8-10 days for the whole month.
Penang actually have 1 season whole year round. It's a matter of luck where the rain will pour or not.
Even if you encounter heavy rain ..probably 10 km away is sunny (this always amaze Indian counterpart).
We have been to both places and enjoyed them. Langkawi has the better beach and water activities, we found that there was a lot to do in Penang and better shopping.
mmm Karloon got me thinking again!!! really do want to go maybe a bit more research thanks
Depends on what you expect in Penang/Langkawi.
Borneo. Jungle and Sea beat both Bali/Penang
Bali. Cater for western tourist (mainly Ozzie), great culture wish to go back there again but wife prefer Thailand.
Langkawi. Nice place, never change much for the past 10 years. Plenty of waterfall... nice beach (can't beat Semporna)
Penang. 1 word : FOOD