Langkawi Island Destination
Off the coast of Kedah is a cluster of 99 islands with the
best of many worlds; beautiful beaches, world-class infrastructure,
mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping
and fascinating legends.
Langkawi has a lingering legend woven into its history. Ask
anyone in Langkawi about the tragic legend of a beautiful
young lady named Mahsuri, and you'll hear a tale of love,
jealousy and a curse that was placed upon the island by the
her for seven generations. Today, the seventh generation of
Langkawi’s inhabitants has long come and gone, but people
here still believe that the prosperity and blessings the islands
enjoy today and the passing of the curse is not a pure coincidence.
The mysticism of this legend can be felt in many parts of
this island, especially at Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri’s
Mausoleum) where the famous legendary figure is said to be
Langkawi is not only geared towards tourism. Many of the islanders
are farmers, fishermen and entrepreneurs. Experience the beautiful
countryside and the peaceful landscape of paddy fields by
renting a car and taking a leisurely drive around the island.
Some of Langkawi’s most rustic and memorable views are
along the road that circles the island. You'll pass small
villages with wooden houses framed by palm trees, and children
pedalling their old bicycles on an errand. Aside from experiencing
the local lifestyle, there is no shortage of things to do
Head up the thrilling new cable car to the summit of Mount
Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest mountain - for an
unrivalled view of the entire main island and beyond. You
can also visit the Field of Burnt Rice, the Hot Springs, Telaga
Tujuh (The Seven Wells) and the Beach of Black Sand. Boat
tours are organised to Tasik Dayang Bunting, (Lake of the
Pregnant Maiden), Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories) and the Gua
Langsir (Curtain Cave). And if you're more outdoorsy, why
not go trekking through the pristine rainforest that blankets
most of Langkawi, or go on a boat tour of the mangroves, go
diving, or play a round of golf at some of the 5-star resorts.
Langkawi also has an underwater world, containing an underground
tunnel that runs though a giant aquarium, that has gotten
For beautiful scenery, great adventures and five-star conveniences,
Langkawi is the place to geaway.
Datai Bay is situated at the north-west corner of Langkawi
island and has the most exclusive golf resort on the island
- the Datai Bay Golf Resort. Another exclusive establishment
here is the Datai Langkawi Resort, luxurious, elite and indulgent.
Langkawi Cable Car
On a clear day, you can see parts of Thailand towards the
north and Indonesia towards the south-west. The cable car
ride up the hill takes about 20 minutes and is highly exhilarating.
At the top, there are two stations as well as a viewing bridge
that let you take in all of Langkawi. As a bonus, your ride
will take you over jungle waterfalls and a thick carpet of
virgin rainforest. It's a very educational and thrilling experience
for the whole family.
Set in a craggy, almost magical setting of limestone outcroppings
rising sharply out of the calm Andaman Sea, the mangrove forest
here is really an intricate network of streams and hidden
coves that are home to hundreds of endemic jungle species
Among the most exciting of these are the Brahminy Kites and
huge Sea Eagles who nest in the crags overhead. One of the
best ways to discover this usually inaccessible mangrove world
is to join the regular small boat tours available. The highlight
of any tour to the mangroves is the feeding of the eagles.
Your boatman will throw food into the water near your boat
and wait for these huge birds to circle overhead and swoop
in for their 'lunch'.
Mangrove tours can include jungle trekking, cave exploration,
village visits, high tide swims and guided exploration of
mangrove flora and fauna. Decide on what itinerary best suits
you before you book.
Explore kilometres of tidal forests, rugged limestone cliffs,
secluded caves and unique flora. Pure Nature!
Pulau Payar Marine Park
The sprinkling of jade green islands that makes up Pulau Payar
lies just 30km south-east of Langkawi. It's just a 1-hour
boat ride out to the best marine park on Malaysia's West Coast,
making it an ideal choice for a day outing.
This well-preserved, uninhabited marine park extends over
a number of islands, with Pulau Payar being the largest. Your
base out here is the floating platform moored off Pulau Payar.
But the real attraction of this platform lies below sea level.
Step into the underwater observation chamber to view the marine
life surrounding a reef. Want to get even closer to the swirl
of fishes that make these corals their home? Grab a mask,
a snorkel and fins and join the spectacle!
Are you into scuba diving? The best diving is along the reef
system that skirts the south, east and west of Pulau Payar.
Please check with your dive operator what the visibility is
like during that time. It can vary from time to time.
There is no accommodation in Pulau Payar as it is a marine
park, but that's not really an issue since Langkawi, with
all its fine resorts and restaurants, is just a quick boat-ride
At Padang Lalang there's a roundabout with a turn-off to the
north to Tanjung Rhu. The beach is lined with whispering casuarinas
trees and has a pleasant, relaxed feel. Tanjung Rhu has one
of Langkawi's best beaches. The shallow water makes it fine
for swimming, and a sandbank links it to a nearby rocky outcrop.
The Gua Cerita, or Cave of Legends, is just around a promontory
and can be reached by boats that are hired on the beach.
Pantai Pasir Hitam
Some 2 km west of Tanjung Rhu is Pantai Pasir Hitam, a beach
streaked with black sand. The black streaks are caused by
the deposits of mineral oxides from a nearby spring. The sea
in the area is dotted with large boulders. Along the beach
is a jetty where fishing boats moor. Attractions include food
and souvenir stalls that sell local crafts and trinkets.