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Kuah Town Night Markets

Josh & Jacinta Bender
By 27 days ago

Every night of the week, night markets selling meals worthy of Malaysia's foodie reputation are held in various locations around Langkawi.

Some vendors travel from place to place while others only attend 1 or 2 locations. The largest collection of food, clothing, and souvenir vendors gather on Wednesday and Saturday nights at Kuah Town Night Markets.

Each week, a long section of road is closed to vehicular traffic and lined with makeshift stalls and local vendors. Some sell local produce like freshly caught fish or fruit and vegetables including bananas, rambutan, leafy greens, eggplant, and cabbage.

Others sell hot meals, either pre-prepared like soups, chicken & rice, and burgers; or freshly cooked options including nasi goreng (fried rice), mee goreng (fried noodles), and char kuey teow (stir-fried rice noodles). Plenty of grab & go options are also available, like spring rolls, corn on the cob, roasted nuts, satay sticks, wedges, samosas, and dim sum.

Those with a sweet tooth will have a tough time deciding between local cake varieties and desserts like Malay jam donuts or handmade ice-cream. Drink options include fresh coconuts, fresh fruit juice and iced tea, coffee, and Milo.

Scattered between the food stalls are more vendors selling clothing and souvenirs. You'll find knock-off designer sunglasses, wallets, watches, and shoes; tracksuits and children's clothing; children's toys; batik sarongs; and duty-free candy & tobacco.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

20-90minutes

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

4pm-10pm, Wednesday &
Saturday

Look Around

Approaching market stalls from southwest entrance (near Goldsands Hotel)Approaching market stalls from southwest entrance (near Goldsands Hotel)
Market entranceMarket entrance
Market entrance
SataySatay
Meat & vegetable skewersMeat & vegetable skewers
Spring rolls & samosasSpring rolls & samosas
Local meat & seafood snacksLocal meat & seafood snacks
Roasted peanutsRoasted peanuts
Malay donutsMalay donuts
Light meals & desserts
Pre-packed noodles, laksa, & chicken rice mealsPre-packed noodles, laksa, & chicken rice meals
Lamb grillLamb grill
Prawn sticky rice wrapped in pandan leafPrawn sticky rice wrapped in pandan leaf
Char kuey teowChar kuey teow
Malay meals
Fresh mango juiceFresh mango juice
Local iced drinksLocal iced drinks
Drinks
Children's toysChildren's toys
Handbags, belts, & watchesHandbags, belts, & watches
Clothing & toy stallsClothing & toy stalls
Non-food stalls

Who Will Like Kuah Town Night Markets

Food Connoisseur

Eat like a local and sample food options, from spring rolls and samosas, to fried rice and noodles, to local cakes called "kuih". Alternatively, unleash your inner master chef and purchase fresh fish and vegetables to cook up in your Airbnb.

Culture Buff

Soak up the bustling atmosphere as locals hurriedly move from stall to stall to compile an evening meal for their family. Smell the flavors of traditional spices and ingredients as you pass by vendors hard at work cooking fresh batches of nasi goreng or char kuey teow.

Retail Therapist

Pick up a bargain souvenir, t-shirt, or batik sarong. By comparison, the tourist-centric stalls of Pantai Cenang often have the same items for higher prices.

Insider Tips For Kuah Town Night Markets

  • The Night Market officially opens at 4pm, but most vendors start setting up between 5pm and 6pm. For the best experience, arrive after 6pm.
  • Some meals like soup and chicken and rice are cooked in advance and pre-packaged. You never know how long this food has been sitting on the shelf, so try to only buy meals that are cooked fresh before your eyes to reduce your chance of getting an upset tummy.
  • If you struggle to choose a vendor to buy from, follow the locals. If a vendor has crowds of locals around it, the food is probably delicious and hygienic. If a stall is being avoided by locals, it's best you avoid it too.
  • Meals usually cost between RM2 (USD$0.49) and RM8 (USD$1.96) per person. 5 small spring rolls cost RM2 (USD$0.49).
  • If you have trouble finding the markets, look for the Goldsands Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in the area, and the market is located on the same road.
  • If you're chasing cheap clothing or souvenirs, you'll likely find better prices at these night markets than the shopping streets of Pantai Cenang.
  • An additional 2 rows of souvenir and clothing stalls are located across the bridge from the main Night Market, on Jalan Pandak Mayah 7.
  • The other Night Market locations are Ulu Melaka (Monday), Kedawang (Tuesday), Temoyong (Thursday), Ayer Hangat (Friday), and Padang Matsirat (Sunday).

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Where Is It

Lencongan Putra 3, Kuah Town, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, 07000

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How To Get There

Car

Free • Roadside parking in front of the Night Market is free after 5pm. Additional parking is available in the center of town, a 2-5 minute walk away.

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Motorbike

Free roadside parking for scooters and motorbikes in front of the night markets.

Rideshare

Drivers pick up and drop off at main entrance.

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Cash as vendors don't accept card payments.
  • Reusable bag to avoid being given plastic.
  • Reusable food containers to avoid using plastic or Styrofoam.
  • Sustainable cups and straws to reduce waste.
  • Hand sanitizer to clean your hands before eating.
Don't:
  • Food and drink from outside the venue.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yesflash is not encouraged

Tripod allowed: Not encouraged

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Blue Hour

Tips: Always ask for permission before photographing a vendor at a stall. Most of them will be more than accommodating - a smile goes a long way. Try to shoot once the lights have been turned on, and before blue hour fades, so you still have a little ambient light to work with - typically this is between 6-7pm.

Drones

Drones allowed: Not encouraged

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Kuah Town Night Markets sell some of Langkawi's best and cheapest food and drink. Very few tables and chairs are available, so select items that allow you to eat and walk. Alternatively, bring a reusable container to take large meals like fried rice to eat at your accommodation or in your car

Backstory

Kuah Town is the largest night market in Langkawi and the only location to open 2 nights a week. Some tourists and expats visit, but the majority of customers are locals picking up a meal after the long workday.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Check stalls for hygiene before buying. Avoid sellers with dirt under their fingernails.
  • Learn to communicate your dietary requirements in Bahasa Malaysia as some vendors have very basic English levels.
  • Wait patiently if there is a queue.
Don't:
  • Bargain for a lower price as the food is already extremely cheap.
  • Push in front of other customers to get to your preferred vendor.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Lively atmosphere with bustling shoppers, vendors cooking away, and scents of local herbs and spices.
  • Low cost and high quality of most food options.
  • Opportunity to try local meals, drinks, and desserts.
Could Be Better:
  • Lack of tables and chairs. Most food has to be eaten on the go.
  • Lack of vegetarian and vegan options. Many food items have chicken, cheese, or egg already added.
  • Low quality of clothing, toys, & accessories, but the prices are low to match.
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