Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared that the purchase limit of taxable goods for tourists has been raised from RM500 to RM1,000
There’s good news for tourists who wish to shop Langkawi tax free items. In a surprise announcement, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad reportedly declared that the purchase limit of taxable goods for tourists from mainland has been raised from RM500 to RM1,000.
The unprecedented move comes close on heels of Mahathir’s plans to encourage more tourism.
Tourists Can Now Buy More Langkawi Tax Free Items
In his press announcement, Mahathir shared that this move will in turn help uplift the socio-economic status of the residents of Langkawi.
“I have not yet got the approval of my colleagues in the government on how much the people from the mainland can purchase in Langkawi and bring to the mainland,” Mahathir said while officiating the Langkawi parliamentary constituency’s service centre in Langkawi City last week.
“But even though I have yet to get approval, I still want to declare here that we will allow tourists from the mainland who shop in Langkawi not to pay taxes (if they spend up to) RM1,000, not RM500 (previously),” he added.
The Prime Minister however, did add an important piece of information. ‘Harmful’ commodities such as cigarettes and liquor would not be included in the list of Langkawi tax free items, he categorically stated.
Mahathir also reiterated that the island will remain duty-free. But he revealed that it still needed tourism to flourish, thus the move.
“We still need a lot of investors to implement projects and build factories, so that the people in Langkawi can have job opportunities and wages, thus raising their income, but they have to work hard,” he shared in a vox pop.
In an attempt to attract more tourists, the popular minister also urged the residents to be more hospitable and welcoming to tourists.
Now, this may be a happy coincidence for you if you were planning a trip to Langkawi. If so, let us show you where you can shop till you drop. Quite literally!
Top 5 Places To Shop Langkawi Tax Free Items
Aside from its pristine beaches and vast mountains, Langkawi offers a lot to its tourists. Shopping opportunities being at the top of that list.
There is a large-concentration of duty free shops with products ranging from clothes to shoes and perfumes to even chocolates and utensils. All of this truly makes Langkawi a shopper’s paradise.
But how and where do you begin? Scroll down to know.
1. Teow Soon Huat Duty-Free Complex
The Teow Soon Huat duty-free complex is a massive shopping centre. It has over 60 outlets with 12 eateries and even a supermarket.
It is located along the Padang Matsirat area and it most definitely one of the most popular shopping destinations in Langkawi.
You can buy a variety of commodities, some that are even sold at 70 percent discount rates. It’s open from 10 am to 10 pm.
2. The Zon Shopping Paradise
Another favourite among tourists is the the Zon Shopping Paradise duty-free complex. Situated on the southern end of Pantai Cenang, this complex has some of the cheapest items you’ll find in the island city.
From bags to perfumes to chocolates, home accessories, to branded luggage, sunglasses and clothes.
There is something for everybody at this complex that is open from 10 am to 9 pm.
3. Jetty Point Complex
If you are around the Kuah Jetty area, you can quickly hop in and visit the Jetty Point Complex. A two-storeyed shopping mall, Jetty Point is famous for its last minutes snags.
Tourists can come over for a quick stop before their jetty takes them back to the mainland.
The complex has everything that you need–clothes, shoes, perfumes and even sportswear and is open from 10 am to 10 pm.
4. Atma Alam Batik Village
For all those who love a bit of handicraft, the Atma Alam Batik Village is the perfect place to visit. This is batik textile shopping complex and an art gallery that includes items in the said cultural work.
It also has a retail outlet where you can buy items including apparel, songket and fabrics all made with batik, as well original oil paintings, bags and handmade crafts. All the items are on sale most of the time.
So it’s a good place to visit if you like collecting cultural pieces. This complex is open from 9 am to 8 pm.
5. Coco Valley, Underwater World Langkawi
This complex is perfect for all those who love to try different liquors. The stores here sell an assortment of champagnes wine and whiskey. But that’s not all.
It has a large variety of cocoa products to chose from as well. You can pick from a range of international chocolates, all at one place. This complex opens at 10 am and closes at 6.30 pm.
With this list at hand, we’re sure you’ll be able to pick the location of your choice and enjoy Langkawi tax free items.
(Feature & lead image courtesy: Unsplash, Flickr)