The second thing that you should know in langkawi is that accomodation is ranging from very cheap ( 40-50 Rm /night) to very expensive 1500-3000 RM per night. it is no wonder that even at a same place you can find a very cheap accomodation and also a very expensive one but I advice you to go for the moderate … Actually it depends on your needs for example if you need a hotel with a swiming pool it may cost about RM 300 over pernight but if you are looking for a family room in a sea facing motel just grab it at many budget motels along cenang beach. a family room has 2 queen size beds each suitable for 2 people so it can accomodate 4 people and it cost only RM 120 ( Jan 09).
To get around there are many options. you are adviced to bring your driving lisence with you because you can rent a smal car called kencil at the price of 50 RM per day ( some times 40 RM at low season) and the petrol is quite reasonable. with 50 MR you may have enough petrol to go round the island for 3 days so dont hurry becuase after you filled the car you can’t empty the petrol so I suggest you to fill each time few liters and gas stations are every where around the island and they are clearly shown on the free maps that you can obtain at jetty or at the airport ( don’t forget to get one).
you may also like to rent a bicycle for shorter distances or a motor cyclet.that is also fun and that’s also cheaper but maybe not suitable for a family or if you don’t have the lisence or experince.The taxi is expensive and you have to pay from 20 to 30 Rm each journey so at the end renting the car is two times cheaper than taking a taxi. you can rent the car from the airport or from the jetty and keep it until you return but include in the contract that for how long exactly you need it otherwise you will get fined.
the best places to visit in langkawi are : cable car, corocodile farm, mahsuri tomb , laman padi, geopark, jetty and eagle statue, the beaches, underwaterworld and shopping malls. the cheapest shopping mall is at the beach and jetty is slightly more expensive. you may also buy your food at a big shopping mall near the town( the only shopping mall in the town) because food is cheaper there.
If you are malaysian or student you may get a discount to visit the places so dont forget to take your IC card/ student card with you and insist on getting the student discount.
have a nice trip.