Langkawi - Island paradise
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Sisâ graduation, 2002. Jan 2008
One of the islands in an archipelago of 99 islands in the
The largest island, Langkawi is brimming with culture, mysteries, legends and an abundance of natural scenery, also famous for duty-free shopping.
The island is recognized by UNESCO as World Geopark.
Legends of Langkawi
Kuah is Langkawi's main town, the name Kuah translate to âgravyâ arose from a legend when a pot of gravy is spilled on the ground from a battle between two giants (Mat Cincang and Mat Raya, also the name for the two mountains in Langkawi) over argument at the wedding of their children. Other landmarks such as Ayer Hangat (Hot Water), Belanga Pecah (Broken Crockery) and Kisap (gravy seep into the ground) Village were created in a similar fashion.
As the story goes, the giants realised their mistake and agreed to be âturnedâ into mountains as atonement, nestled in between the two mountains is a tiny hill called Gunung Mat Sawar. Mat Sawar was the meditator for the warring duo, and agreed to be turned into a mountain as well to continue watching over them, completing this fetching story.
Legend of Mahsuri
Famous Malaysian folklore, a story of Mahsuri, the most beautiful woman in all of Langkawi, framed for adultery with a young man named Deraman while her husband, Wan Darus was at war. It is said that the people who started the rumour was envious of her beauty. Mahsuri pleaded her innocence, but no one believed her. Following the old Islamic punishment for adultery, Mahsuri was to be tied to a tree (or pole) and stabbed to death. When they stabbed her, white blood flowed from her wound, signifying her innocence. With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi to have seven generations of bad luck
The legend and curse is said to be true, citing the Siamese invasion of 1821 and and decades of failed crops that followed Mahsuri's death. It is only at the end of the 20th century, after the seven generations have supposedly surpassed, that Langkawi began to prosper as a tourist destination.
The tomb of Mahsuri can be visited in Kuah town.
Sights and Attractions
Beaches in Langkawi, sun-kissed white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, perfect for sunbathing, swimming and water sports.
There are also private beaches at hotels for guests
Most popular beach in Langkawi
was a location in the film "Anna and the King", the palatial Thai-style buildings constructed for the set still remain
Â§ Pantai Pasir Hitam (
an unusual beach with a strange colouration, the sand is mixed in white and black shades, due to the rich tin and mineral deposits (iron ore) in the area wash up on the shore constantly
Â§ Pantai Teluk Yu (
Â§ Tanjung Rhu (
Â· Dataran Lang (
The eagle represents the name âLangkawiâ which comes from combination of âLangâ (helang / eagles), as the island was home to eagles while âKawiâ in Sanskrit translate to marble, which can be found here.
Â· Padang Mat Sirat (Field of burning rice)
The site of a mass paddy-burning spree conducted by Langkawiâs inhabitants when Siamese troops invaded in 1821, to prevent the enemy from attaining source of food.
Â· Underwater World
Langkawiâs marine aquarium
Â· Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) waterfalls
a collection of seven intertwined natural pools fed by waterfalls in
Â· Cable car at
Cable-car to the
Â· Island tours
Ride on a speedboat to visit islands in the Langkawi archipelago :
Â§ Pulau Tasik Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant
The profile of the mountain is shaped of a pregnant maiden lying down on her back,
This island is the second largest, contains the largest fresh water lake in
Nevertheless, a dip in its cool waters or observing the spectacular view is refreshing.
Â§ Pulau Beras Basah (
The island has white sandy beach and crystal clear waters, for sunbathing and swimming
Also a walk about the mangrove swamps
the clear waters are perfect for swimming among the corals and colourful reef fishes.
Accommodation in Langkawi varies from basic budget chalets to upscale five-star resorts and is located mainly in
Â· The Datai Langkawi,
This luxurious resort on the northwestern tip of Langkawi, is also set amidst a tropical rainforest with a secluded white sand beach in
For our visit, we only dined at the beach cafĂ© with spectacular views of the ocean.