Kuah is the main town on Langkawi Island and is the entry point for those coming by ferry from either the mainland or Penang Island.
The town is centred on its jetty, which brings in flocks of tourists each year who come to enjoy the tax free shopping and other attractions of Langkawi. Over the years, Kuah has developed to become a modern and vibrant town with many shopping and dining opportunities, helped by the astounding growth of visitors to Langkawi.
The name ‘Kuah’ comes from the Malay word for ketchup, and legend has it that the town arose from a cup of gravy spilled on the land by two giants fighting! Kuah has a wide range of hotels but no resorts, as the town has no proper beach despite being located by the sea. Also, the night-life in Kuah consists mostly of eating out in seafood restaurants, though there are a few bars and pubs located in some of the hotels.
Still, Kuah boasts many facilities and attractions, making it a convenient and attractive place to stay despite the lack of beach and night spots.
Today, Kuah is indeed booming as a commercial centre with shopping complexes, restaurants, fast food outlets, hotels and handicraft shops sprouting all over the horizon.