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“Unsafe and Disgusting”
Review of Langkawi Ferry

Langkawi Ferry
Ranked #38 of 91 things to do in Langkawi
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Langkawi, Malaysia
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3 reviews
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“Unsafe and Disgusting”
Reviewed July 17, 2011

The ferry is a horrible experience. Being in the downstairs section you feel totally trapped if something bad happened where people had to get off quickly there would be no chance! exiting by ladder into an already cramped exit area would leave most people dead. The placing of vomit bags just above my head was already a concern... an hour into the journey 15 people had come to grab one, the whole section smelled of vomit. The toilets were disgusting!

Visited July 2011
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Hyderabad, India
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“Cool ferry service”
Reviewed March 24, 2011

Most of the travellers are not aware that Langkawi can be reached by Ferry service and it is quite an experience.
We took a night train to Alor Setar and then the ferry service to reach Langkawi. The journey was quite cool - interacting with locals and trying out local cuisine on the way. Reaching langkawi by ferry was quite a treat as the ferry point was no less than an international airport with lots of shopping, dutyfree, eateries etc. We totally enjoyed the journey to Langkawi. If you have some time and patience then try out this route too.

Visited July 2010
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hong kong
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“Just a ferry!”
Reviewed February 1, 2011

Penang - Langkawi ferry.

RM60 one way so quite expensive. There are two ferries; one at 0815 and one at 0830. We caught the 8:30 one and it takes around 3 hours. Quite cold on board, and free seating. Getting off is a bit of a scramble. We booked online in advance, but not sure how necessary it is. The ferry was quite full though. You can sit outside on one of the decks.

Langkawi - Kuala Perlis ferry

RM18 one way. The journey took around 1 hour and 15 minutes. You had a seat number. Ferry was similar to the Penang one. Again, getting off a bit of a scramble. Not sure if you can sit outside or not. There are quite frequent departures during the day-maybe every hour or so.

For both boats, it's just a ferry, a means of getting from A to B. Safety was not really a concern.

Visited January 2011
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“No sights but would do it again”
Reviewed January 19, 2011

We left from langkawi to Penang. Took 2.5hrs and was on time. Was quite cramped, but to be expected. When we arrived at the gate, we had to pay extra for out luggage which we were not aware of.

There were a couple of dodgey tbs playing pirated new released movies! Wasn't bumpy at all.

Didn't feel unsafe, and I have done lots of travelling in asia.

Not too much to see during the trip. Windows are quite small and low

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Adelaide, Australia
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“Hellish journey - safety concerns”
Reviewed December 28, 2009

As an adult family of four travelling together in Penang we decided to visit Langkawi. Langkawi is fantastic, but if there was an easier way to get there it would be great (I know you can go by plane, but we did a day trip to Langkawi from Penang). On reflection an overnight stay might have been a better idea.

The ferry itself takes about 2.5 hours from Penang to Langkawi. However, the conditions are less than desirable. You are herded on like cattle, and really, seat allocation means nothing. The safety features of the ferry are a worry and there was no presence of staff to explain procedures in the event of an emergency.

The ferry we were on had no facility for luggage and as a result we were left with luggage sitting in front of us on the journey over. We did manage to get this removed, but it was very dangerous in the position it was.

I loved Langkawi, but hated the trip over.

4 Thank Kelly S
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