Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. Langkawi is a duty-free zone, and its beaches and coral reefs are popular tourist destinations. The main population centre is on the island of Langkawi. The islands were once heavily forested, but much of the forest has been cleared for agriculture and development. Langkawi Travel Tips Below are some tips for traveling in Langkawi: - Bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, as the sun is very strong. - Bring insect repellent, as there are mosquitoes and other insects. - Bring a swimsuit, as there are many beaches to enjoy. - Be aware that there are many scams in Langkawi, so be cautious of anyone who tries to take advantage of you.