Tourists pick Thailand over Langkawi

Diyana Ibrahim

Despite initial optimism, tourists are not returning to Langkawi after the MCO was lifted as predicted, opting for Thailand instead. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, April 17, 2023.

LANGKAWI has failed to attract as many tourists as expected of the duty-free island after the country emerged from Covid-19’s shadow, due to high costs and unreliable ferry services, industry players said.

They said tourists, even local visitors, find it cheaper to go to Thailand, while the problem of shallow waters at Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis jetties has hampered ferry crossings.

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