Standing stately at Jalan Persiaran Putra in Kuah town is the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) Complex. The eight-storey ... More
Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) Complex
Standing stately at Jalan Persiaran Putra in Kuah town is the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) Complex. The eight-storey building, with a big clock at the top, houses all federal government offices. There is a beautiful park with a fountain known as the CHOGM Park at the front of the LADA building. LADA is a body appointed by the federal government in 1990 to develop the island into a prime tourist attraction as well as to improve the living standards of its people. All matters concerning the island are dealt with in these offices.
Langkawi used to be one of our favorite vacation destinations. We make at least 2 trip a year visiting the beautiful island. However, we will think twice before makng more trips there. Just a couple of month ago, our trip there proved it's not worth going to Langkawi anymore. Eateries are charging KL prices or even more. That's after we looked hard for decent food outlets. In Pantai Chenang, though a district with most lights in the island, is now mothing more than a place of bore. We can hardly find a decent diner and there's "NO" nite life at all! I'm not sure if people are ristricitng alcohol here. And when we do find a place to drink, the prices are so high considering a duty-free island!
As for shopping, Kuah, the premier shopping district of the island has seen it's hey days. More every shop sells the same product. And the only things that are cheaper than the mainland are cookware, chocolates and alcohol. Other things can be more expensive than KL. We used to buy glass cookware there at attractive prices few years back. But, the prices of cookwere there now has increased so much. Some even over 60%. Price difference of these product cannot justify a trip from KL to Langkawi anymore. Even prices for beer has been steadily increasing in our past few trips. I am just not sure if the duty-free status is for attracting more tourist or for the island's retailers to make higher margin. Only the people who make the policy knows.
Transportation is also a problem. There're hardly any taxis around. And when you do find one, they ask for crazy prices! With the distance between mail places on the island can be far, the only way to get around are either rent a car of a motobike. By the time I cost everything in, it's cheaper to visit another country than to hang around in Langkawi.
Recently I visited Langkawi with my family from 17th to 19th May 2005. I was quite disappointed with the tourism spots that are the main attractions there. The Crocodile Farm show was cancelled on the 18th due to the presenters wife's delivery, the cable car was under maintenance works, the Underwater world where many of the aquariums were empty and foul smelling. It was not worth my money for a holiday there as these main attractions were all disappointing.
For example, maintenance of the cable car is not something that comes up overnight, it is a planned event. The relevant bodies should have notices sent to all hotels, resorts and sufficient info displayed in the arrival points to notify the visitors.I feel very disheartened and disatisfied after driving to these places just to find out of its closure and low maintenance. The "Crocodile farm" should have a spare presenter if someone is on leave. No excuse for the scheduled show to be cancelled.
Underwater world should have placed a notice outside to alert the visitors that some of the aquariums are empty due to whatever reason and offer a discount on the entrance fee. This is like daylight robbery.
Some roads were closed with insufficient/misleading signages making us go in circles (esp the roads heading to padang mat sirat)as it was under upgrading works.Lucky thing is that this is a small island.
I hope in future all this will be avoided by advance planning and notification.
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