<h3>Customs and etiquette</h3>
Malaysia is no stranger to international visitors, especially on a resort island like Langkawi. Tourists will find that the atmosphere is exceptionally laid-back. In many ways, the resorts are cut off from the mainland, and international customs prevail. <br /><br /> With this in mind, it is still important to mind local taboos when venturing off the resort, especially when it comes to public displays of affection. Nude sunbathing is also unacceptable. <br /><br /> Generally speaking, Malaysians don't tip, but the international currents of Langkawi have to be taken into account. Larger, upscale restaurants are likely to add a 10 percent service charge to the bill. Smaller establishments won't do this, but there is still a good chance their wait staff has been told to pocket the change more than a few times. <br /><br />
The Malaysian ringgit (MYR) is used in local commerce. Visitors can exchange currency at the airport, at most hotels and at banks in Kuah Town. Private moneychangers around the duty-free shops offer the best rates. Aside from duty-free bargains, tourists will find that things cost a bit more on Langkawi, but prices are still low by Western standards. <br /><br /> Cash is needed at night markets, some handicraft workshops and smaller boutiques, while most of the larger duty-free shops accept credit cards. ATMs are found wherever resorts congregate, especially along Pentai Cenang. Take care to guard your credit card, as other parts of Malaysia have had reports of credit card fraud.