Langkawi is a group of 99 islands in the sun and most are uninhabited. The photo shows the main island. Not far from Phuket, much less touristy, & unlike Phuket most tourists are local. A great place to spend the weekend. Being a duty free island the beers are really cheap … including the other consumer stuffs too.
Here are some of the place that you can visit in Langkawi Island.
There is a walk through tunnel with large fish, small sharks and stingray as well as many tanks of beautifully coloured tropical fish. In a small garden outside you will find a pool of koi carp and some short clawed otters.
Set on 6.2 acres of land on the superbly landscaped beachfront of Pantai Cenang, Underwater World is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquaria in Asia. It features over 5,000 varieties of fish and other exhibits from 500 species displayed in over 100 tanks. Highlights include the gigantic hexagonal tank and walk-through tunnel tank containing six million litres of sea water. Here you can observe sharks, stingrays, huge turtles and other sea creatures swim by, separated from you only by the laminated clear glass walls of the tunnel.
Admission: Adults RM18, children RM11.
The summer palace at Pantai Kok was built as a film set by 20th Century Fox for the film Anna and the King starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat. It as a representation of a Thai palace. Here you will find props which were used in the film and you can even have your picture taking wearing one of the costumes.
Langkawi cable car
This cable car is not for the faint hearted! I have never in all my life seen a cable car rise so steeply! The cable car leaves the Oriental village and rises steeply up Mount Machinchang. The views, if its clear are spectacular and worth the ride. I am not really keen on heights but it had to be done. As you rise up there is a feeling of complete quiet and motionlessness-it might have had something to do with the fact I daren’t move. Whilst we were up at the first station I decided I couldn’t go across to the second station as it looked way too scary!. The wind was getting stronger too and I could see the cars swaying more! The cable car operates daily from 10.00am, but it is dependant on the weather so it is usually best to ring before you set off especially if you have to travel a way.
This impressive statue of a Brahminy Kite is the symbol of Langkawi and it looks out across the bay greeting visitors as they arrive by the many ferry boats According to local legend Langkawi derives its name from Helang meaning eagle and kawi meaning reddish brown.
Air Hangat Village
Air Hangat Village is sited on four acres of land about 14 kilometres northwest of Kuah. This modern complex includes a 3 tier hot spring fountain and 18 meter long hand carved riverstone mural depicting the legends that enshroud this location and souvenir shops.
Kuah is located on the south-eastern tip of the Langkawi Island and it is the main town. It is the take off point to the neighbour islands as well. the name Kuah is a Malay word meaning gravy and is associated with an ancient legend of two battling giants who overturned a gigantic pot of curry at the spot where the town now stands.
Langkawi’s “Legend On The Park” is more than just a scenic park with beautiful gardens of vivid local blooms, plants and fruit trees. It is a 50-acre park with 17 story-telling monuments, 4 artifical lakes and a man-made beach which provide a picturesque and fitting backdrop for buildings showcasing Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage. Within the park, there are also some fine examples of traditional Malaysian handicraft and cultural objects. Open: 8:00am to 7:00pm (Daily) Admission: RM5.00 (adult) FOC (child) Bicycle rental: RM3.00 / hour Buggy rental: RM12.00 for 45 minutes with driver Tel: 04-966 4223
Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells Waterfall)
The waterfall is so named because its cascading water is divided into sevel layers of natural pools. After the car park, you’ll walk pass several tourist shops to get to the entrance. After walking up for a short while, you’ll see a sign directing to ‘Waterfall’ on your left. It’s not the Seven Wells but it’s worth it to get there first. It’s the same waterfall where you can see from the cable car. After this waterfall, walk back to the original path, continue walking up for around 330 steps (there’s a sign showing the exact no.), you’ll get to the amazing Seven Wells!!! The water was so cool and clear, ideal for swimming after hiking, lots of small fish was swimming around me!!! Remember to bring your swimsuits! Beware of the slippery algae on the rocks, I fell down and hit my face badl : ( However, the slippery rocks formed a natural slide for us to have fun from one pool to another. I really enjoyed the water and the scenery at Seven Wells!
Night market is very popular here in Malaysia and Langkawi also has many night market being scheduled everyday in few dedicated areas around the island. The full schedule of Night Market in Langkawi as follows :- Monday = Ulu Melaka Tuesday = Padang Wahit, Kedawang Wednesday = Kuah Town Thursday = Temoyong, Bukit Malut & Kuala Teriang Friday = Ayer Hangat Saturday = Kuah Town Sunday = Padang Matsirat Its a perfect place to taste varieties of local foods.
Mahsuri was well known for her beauty. Over that time a man Dato Perkarma Jaya wanted to make her his second wife. Later on Mashuri got married to Wan Derus. When Wan Derus was away on a business trip, Dato Perkarma Jaya accused Mahsuri for having a affair with Deraman. Later both got detained by Dato and sentenced to death. Deraman manages to escape back to his village but Mahsuri dies there.
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Tanjung Rhu lies in the northernmost tip of the island. It’s a quiet and pretty enclave, shaded by whispering casuarina trees and fringed by centuries-old limestone caves and uninhabited islands. Scenic and untouched, Tanjung Rhu is home to one of Malaysia’s most unusual ecosystems. Mangroves, waterways, limestone crags and sandy beaches make it a nature lover’s paradise. It was the most beautiful beach I saw in Langkawi.
Pantai Cenang Beach
This is the most central of all beaches and where most of the hotels are situated. Located at the south-western tip of Langkawi, about 18 kilometres from Kuah. The fine powdery sand beach at Pantai Cenang fringed by coconut trees and casuarinas, stretches for two kilometres and is lined with a mix of resorts, luxury hotels, chalets and restaurants. Popular during the peak tourist season, it makes a good base for exploring nearby islands like Pulau Rebak Kecil and Pulau Rebak Besar. It’s a nice beach, not stunning but very nice and pleasant.
Pulau Dayang Bunting or Island of Pregnant Maiden
Pulau Dayang Bunting or Island of the Pregnant Maiden is situated southwest of Langkawi Island. . In the centre of the island lies a large and beautiful lake called Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden). The legend tells a story of a fairy princess who fell in love with a mortal and conceived a child but the child dies. The couple buries the child and the fairy princess blessed the lake so that any woman who has difficulty to conceive will be blessed with a child if she drinks the water from the lake. You can see the outline of the body of a pregnant woman who is lying down on her back. There is also a new attraction here that is the catfish massage. Its does feel very ticklish.