Langkawi - Malaysia

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands (an extra 5 temporary islands are revealed at low tide ) in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of some 45,000, the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. Langkawi is also an administrative district with the town of Kuah as the capital and largest town. Langkawi is a duty-free island.On June 1, 2007, Langkawi Island has been given a

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xee :

this march im planning to go langkawi. any fun place or shopping complex that i should go. never been there

myra_169 :
"Hi Xee.. i will be going for my holiday to Langkawi too on this coming school holiday! and i'm so excited about it! anyway, any fun things to do in Langkawi is basically got nothing to do with any shopping complex coz shopping in Langkawi is best done at its duty free shops and souviner shops along the roadsides.. Langkawi Island is located just off the coast of North Western Malaysia, about 30 km from Kuala Perlis and 51 km from Kuala Kedah and close to Thailand. The archipelago of Langkawi contains 99 islands during high tide whereas during low tide, the number of islands can be as many as 104. Sanctuary of some of the most ancient rainforests in the world, they are teeming with exotic flora and fauna. Langkawi Island itself is the largest among the archipelago, measuring about 478.5 sq km, is the only one with any real settlement. It fringed by lovely beaches scattered along its coast. The island is still very much a rural landscape with villages and paddy fields. Nature Tourism Telaga Tujuh Located in the north-western corner of Pulau Langkawi, Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) is a geological marvel. The waterfall is so named because its cascading water is broken by a series of seven natural pools. The lush green forest that surrounds the waterfall adds a mystical touch to the natural splendor. Legend has it that fairies used to come down to the waterfall to bathe and frolic. Tanjung Rhu Tanjung Rhu lies on the northern cape of Pulau Langkawi. Aptly named for its abundance of casuarinas, its enchanting beach affords magnificent views of nearby islands which can be reached at low tide on foot, an experience that is not to be missed. A short journey by boat from Tanjung Rhu brings you to the doorstep of Gua Cherita (Cave of Legends). As its name implies, the cave is steeped in a fabled tale of mystery and romance. On the walls of the cave can be seen ancient writing which has yet to be deciphered. Beaches Pantai Kok, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Datai and Burau Bay Idyllic beaches such as Pantai Kok, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Datai and Burau Bay offer carefree sun-filled days and quiet evening strolls. First-class accommodation in modern hotels or captivating chalets is available. A wide range of exciting water-sports provides fun and thrills for the energetic. Restaurant outlets in the hotels and outdoors serve a variety of appetizing cuisine. Tasik Dayang Bunting Nestled amidst lush forested hill on an island south of Pulau Langkawi is Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), the largest lake in Langkawi. The outline of hills and rocky outcrops on one side of the lake resembles the shape of a pregnant maiden lying on her back. However, the name of both the island and lake is attributed to the legend of a lovely fairy princess who married an earthly prince. Her first child died shortly after birth. She was so sad and depressed that she buried the child in the crystal clear waters of the lake. Before she returned to her celestial abode, she blessed the waters so that any childless maiden who bathed in the lake would conceive thereafter. Legend of Tasik Dayang Bunting - The favorite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari was said to be Tasik Dayang Bunting (lake of the pregnant maiden). A prince, Mat Teja, fell madly in love with her and tricked her into marrying him. It did not take her long to reciprocate his love and so could not bear to return to her celestial home. Sadly, their child died from a mysterious illness at the age of seven days. Distraught, the grieving Mambang Sari left the child's body in the lake and returned to her heavenly abode. Today, some believe barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child. Many have claimed to be successful. go up Pulau Payar Marine Park The Pulau Payar Marine Park is situated in the northern part of the Straits of Melaka, 19 nautical miles south of Langkawi and encompasses the islands of Pulau Payar, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Segantang and Pulau Kaca which are surrounded by coral reefs. The marine park teems with a fascinating diversity of marine life and vegetation. Many endangered species of fishes and marine organisms live within the sanctuary. Measuring 2 km long and ? km wide, Pulau Payar is the most popular of the islands as its sheltered waters are ideal for snorkeling, diving and swimming. Among the enchanting dive spots is the "Coral Garden", an area covered with bright, multi-hued soft corals. There are several sandy beaches on Pulau Payar Island for picnics as well as hiking trails for those who wish to explore the island. Just off the beach, one can indulge in the thrilling experience of feeding baby sharks. Facilities include gazebos, picnic tables, barbeque pits and restrooms at selected areas. There is also a Visitor's Center that provides information about the marine park. Visitors can get to Pulau Payar from the Kuah jetty point by catamaran or speed boat. The catamaran takes about 45 minutes to get to Pulau Payar while the speed boat takes an hour. It is advisable to book the catamaran service a day before trip. go up Man-made Tourism Kuah Kuah is the main town located on the south-eastern tip of Pulau Langkawi. It is the take-off point to the neighboring islands. 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. Once was a rustic town with a few streets, present day, Kuah is a thriving center of modern hotels and shopping-cum-business complexes, but without the overcrowding and bustle of modern cities. Kuah is a duty free shopping haven with a wide variety of goods sold at attractive prices and its restaurants offer excellent culinary delights, especially fresh seafood. go up Makam Mahsuri With its fabled and historical past, Langkawi is a treasure trove for visitors. Among many significant sites on the island that have been preserved for posterity is Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri's Mausoleum) about 12 kilometers from Kuah. This shine was erected in honor of Mahsuri, a beautiful maiden who was unjustly accused of adultery. According to legend, she bled white blood at her execution as a sign of her innocence. In her dying breath, she laid a curse on the island that it would remain barren for seven generations. Fact or fiction, seven generations have since passed and today, Langkawi is a flourishing tourist destination. Opening hours: Daily, 7.30 am - 6 pm go up Air Hangat Village The Air Hangat Village is sited on four acres of land about 14 kilometers northwest of Kuah. This modern complex includes a 3-tier hot spring fountain, an 18-meter long hand-carved river stone mural depicting the legends that enshroud this location and souvenir shops. Visitors can witness the making of local handicrafts and cultural performances. Opening hours: Daily, 9 am - 6 pm go up Anna & The King Gallery Situated amidst lush tropical greenery at Oriental Village the Anna and The King Gallery is one of the island's latest attractions. In 1999, 20th Century Fox commissioned the construction of this magnificent and expensive movie set for the making of the film "Anna and the King". Oriental Village Overlooking beautiful Burau Bay in Langkawi, the Oriental Village is one of the region's most unique shopping, cultural and culinary destinations. Specially designed to provide a new concept in resort duty free shopping, the Oriental Village also houses fine themed restaurants, reflecting Asia's culinary delights. go up The village offers shopping buffs a bewildering range of international designer labels and local products. Bold displays of culture and fashion and fascinating handicraft demonstrations by skilled craftsmen add to the enjoyment of shopping here. A delightful Inn completes the village concept while cultural and theatre performances enhance the Oriental theme that encompasses the village. Indeed, a blend of the traditional and modern intertwine with the local culture will provide a unique experience for the visitor. Apart from excellent restaurants, a specially designed food court offers a variety of local fare. The Inn and the Club Bar provide an excellent rest stop for refreshments. Opening hours: Daily, 10 am - 10 pm go up Kampung Buku Malaysia Kampung Buku Malaysia in Langkawi is the first and only book village in South East Asia. It is part of the International Book Villages and Book Towns Movement. It is located just 20 minutes from the Langkawi International Airport and 15 minutes from the Ferry Terminal. Situated amidst a lush green forest at the foot of Gunung Raya, the highest peak on the island, the book village provides book lovers a tranquil setting to indulge in their hobby. The various houses in the village are stocked with a great variety of new books on numerous topics and languages as well as second-hand, rare and antiquarian books. go up Underwater World Langkawi The underwater World Langkawi, a marine showcase featuring both fresh and salt water fish and other forms of marine life, is a must-see attraction. Located at Pantai Cenang, a popular beach on the island, this aquarium features more than 5,000 types of marine life, exhibited in more than 100 tanks of different sizes. The highlight is a giant tank housing large marine species such as sharks, stingrays, groupers and green turtles, with a 15-metre tunnel for visitors to walk through and enjoy a spectacular view of the exhibits. Underwater gardens of weeds and sea plants together with exotic fishes and exhibits of fossils and shells add to the range of interesting sights. Latest actraction is their penguins. Opening hours: Daily, 10 am - 6 pm go up Island Cruises Going on island cruises is a great way to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery of Langkawi as your boat weaves through the watery passageways between the islands. A round trip, which takes about four hours, includes Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Beras Basah and Pulau Singa Besar. Boats can be taken from Marble Beach and Pantai Cenang. go up Taman Buaya Langkawi Taman Buaya Langkawi (Langkawi Crocodile Farm) located at Kubang Kdak, some 32 km from Kuah, has more than 1,000 crocodiles of various species. Here, one can witness and photograph crocodiles and alligators playing and feeding in a controlled environment that closely resemble their natural habitat. Opening hours: Daily, 9 am. - 6 pm. Dataran Lang Dataran Lang (Eagle Square) is Langkawi's most prominent landmark for visitors arriving by sea. Situated near the Kuah jetty, the main attraction of the square is the magnificent statue of the reddish brown eagle majestically poised for flight. According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from the eagle or "helang". In old Malay, "kawi" denotes reddish brown, hence, Langkawi means reddish brown eagle! go up The square is beautifully landscaped and features scenic ponds, bridges, covered terraces, restaurants and barrel vaults made of bricks. Its close proximity to the sea and the soft breezes make it an ideal spot for leisurely walks and a tranquil setting for dining in the cool evenings. The square is beautifully illuminated at night and presents a dramatic scene as you approach the island by sea. Indeed, the majestic eagle is strategically positioned to welcome visitors to Langkawi. go up Galeria Perdana The Galeria Perdana at Kilim, about 11 km from Kuah, houses an impressive collection of over 2,500 state gifts and awards presented to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, YBhg. Datin Seri Dr. Siti Hasmah bt. Mohd. Ali. The exhibits include fine crystal ware and gifts fashioned out of wood, leather, silver, copper, pewter, ceramics and glass. There are also musical instruments, Islamic art and craft, textiles and weapons. A part of the display includes various prototype cars and 4-wheel drive vehicles. go up The Galeria Perdana comprises of two-story buildings set within a beautifully landscaped garden. Photography is not allowed inside the gallery. Pictures of exhibits are available for sale at the souvenir shop. Opening hours: Daily, 10 am - 5 pm; Public/school holiday, 9 am - 6 pm; Friday, 10 am - 2:15 pm & 3 pm - 5 pm. go up Laman Padi Langkawi Laman Padi Langkawi is Langkawi's latest attraction that should not be missed for the agro-tourism lovers. Located at Pantai Cenang, in the vicinity of the island's popular beach resorts and just 10 minutes from the airport, Laman Padi Langkawi showcases the history, heritage and development of the nation's rice growing industry. go up Among the attractions is a rice museum displaying artifacts, charts and photographs showing the significance of Padi cultivation to the country. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a bird's eye view of the fields from a roof-top garden. For the uninitiated, try your hand at Padi planting using both traditional as well as modern methods of cultivation. There is also restaurant offering popular traditional Malay recipes and local delicacies which are prepared using rice as the main ingredient. Opening hours: Daily, 10 am - 6 pm. go up Taman Legenda This scenic park with its beautiful gardens of vivid local blooms, plants and fruit trees provide a picturesque and fitting backdrop for buildings showing Malaysia's rich cultural heritage. Within the park, there are some fine examples of traditional Malaysian handicraft and cultural objects. Opening hours: Daily, 8 am - 11 pm go up Craft Cultural Complex The Craft Cultural Complex is located on the northern coastline of Langkawi Island in the vicinity of Teluk Yu, about 30 minutes drive from the airport or 45 minutes from Kuah town. Nestled on a hillside overlooking the sea, this magnificent complex offers a wide range of Malaysian handicraft such as delicate hand painted batik and intricately carved silverware. Opening hours: Daily, 9 am - 6 pm. go up Faizy Crystal Located at Craft Cultural Complex Faizy Crystal offers an attractive and exquisite range of glass products. Visitors will find a wide choice of skillfully crafted crystal items to suit every occasion. There are also special collections for those who demand exclusiveness. go up At Faizy Crystaal you will be mesmerized by the extraordinary glass blowing skills of craftsmen dedicated to producing glassware of the highest standards and quality. Take the opportunity to test your glass blowing skills here. Opening hours: Daily, 9 am - 5 pm. go up Langkawi Yacht Club Situated within walking distance from the Kuah Jetty Point, the Langkawi Yacht Club is an exclusive establishment with a beautiful clubhouse and a fully equipped marina, comprising 51 berths that can accommodate a variety of vessels including sailing keels, deep hull boats and even 60-meter mega-yachts. Langkawi Yacht Club offers impressive facilities such as a waterfront swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, deep-sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing and speedboats, and yacht chartering service. Your can hire the Club's luxury motor yacht, "Puteri Maimunah", for a discovery or sunset tour of the beautiful Langkawi islands. go up For dinners, Langkawi yacht Club is the perfect place to enjoy a long cool drink and a delightful meal in relaxing surroundings. Breath taking views of Langkawi's beautiful islands and sunset can be enjoyed from its beachfront restaurant called "Charlie's Place" or from the "Captain's Deck", its fine dining restaurant. The above facilities are open to public. Legends Legend of the Gua Cerita Much local literature has been written based on the legends of Langkawi. The Hikayat Merong Mahawanga tells a story about Garuda (a giant eagle taking a half-human form) and a princess from China. One variation of this tale involves the emperors of Rome and China who planned to marry off their children. Garuda felt that this union would threaten the smaller kingdoms and his power over the islands, so he flew to China, kidnapped the Chinese princess and her maid and hid them in a cave believed to Gua Cerita. In a battle against Garuda, the Roman prince was swept ashore on Langkawi and finally reunited with the Chinese princess. When Garuda learnt the truth he disappeared, never to return. Legend of Tasik Dayang Bunting go up The favorite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari was said to be Tasik Dayang Bunting (lake of the pregnant maiden). A prince, Mat Teja, fell madly in love with her and tricked her into marrying him. It did not take her long to reciprocate his love and so could not bear to return to her celestial home. Sadly, their child died from a mysterious illness at the age of seven days. Distraught, the grieving Mambang Sari left the child's body in the lake and returned to her heavenly abode. Today, some believe barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child. Many have claimed to be successful. Accommodation Budget Nice - Luxury - super luxury - happy holidays! "
amn1717 :
"Langkawi is made up of 99 islands, and is more renowned for relaxation and leisure than fun or shopping. However, because of its duty-free status, there are many items that enjoy very low prices (specially liquor and tobacco products). You will find most activities on the main island. The main town is Kuah (where you'll land if you go over by ferry). Most shopping outlets (I wouldn't really call them complexes) are located in this town. Depending on where you stay, I suggest you rent a car or motorcycle to go around the island as the interesting places are all over. Check out these websites: Enjoy your holiday!"
finn :
"lots of info u got here! just wanna add something here. please, do visit Underwater World, everytime i'm in Langkawi i'll make sure i go there. it's a MUST for you! The penguins are the latest attraction they have there. and Island Hopping packages are good as well, find the one that offer the Eagle Feeding where they will bring u to Lang Island n u can feed the eagles (lots of it) yourself. it's fun!! and the cable car ride, i don't recommend it but if fear is not a factor for u, well then, carry on. i swear on my dear life that I will never, ever,ever take that ride again! and of course, CHOCOLATES! it's very cheap there! don't miss it! just name it and they got it! Langkawi Island is a place that u'll be looking forward to go again and again..enjoy your holiday!!"
azman a :
"Since you have never been there, there are two ways to get to Langkawi i.e via air and sea. You may take flight from Kuala Lumpur direct to Padang Mat Sirat airport, Langkawi. There are also a direct international flights from London and from other destinations. If you are travelling by car from mainland, you may enter Langkawi via Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis by ferry. If you intend to bring along your car you must enter via Kuala Perlis. Or else you may park your car at Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis and get yourself into passenger ferry. Ticket from Kuala Kedah is RM15.00 per person ( Adult ) and RM10.00 ( Child under 12 years old ). Ticket from Kuala Perlis is less than the ticket charged from Kuala Kedah. From Kuala Kedah the travel time approximately 1.25 hours while from Kuala Perlis it is about 1 hour. Langkawi is not a shopping heaven but you may enjoy some duty free stuff such as liquor, tobacco and also glass/melamine wares. You may finished touring the whole island of Langkawi within 1.5 hours if you are driving around. There are a lot of tourist spots such as Crocodile farm ( in Datai ), Galeria Perdana( in Kilim ), the place where our ex-prime minister Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamed kept all his souveniers that he received during his service. You may try cable car to the top of Gunung Mat Cincang. Under water world ( in Pantai Chenang ) and a few more spots. Just pick up some brochures at the airport or at the jetty to guide you to the places of interest. Then do not forget to try fresh sea food especially karoupa fish, try at Restoran Nelayan near Tanjung Lembung. Refresh yourself in early morning by walking along the beach. Chenang and Pasir Tengkorak beaches are fine and lovely. Relax yourself at the beach during sunset ( if weather permitted ). Happy holiday...."
desikawa :

I am planning to go to Langkawi for a week in January with my husband. We are staying at the Sheraton Langkawi. Last trip, we went to Phuket, Thailand and loved it. We enjoyed the cheap restaurants and shopping at Patong beach. I am worried that Langkawi will be a little boring for a week. We enjoy water sports, which I know there are a lot of in Langkawi, but does anyone know what the shopping/dining/nightlife is like there?

Clothes Off :
"nightlife is those beach side parties, u can visit Mahathir's museum too.. besides those visiting, WATER SPORTS is the most fun activities."
Shah :
"If ya the romantic type, go to Tanjung Rhu Resort. Ask the hotel to show ya around. If unsatisfied, be sure to demand."
alang_ps :
"Langkawi is one of the most popular holiday island in Malaysia with lot of things to do beside watersports. There are many interesting places to visit and shopping. Langkawi is one of the duty free shopping heaven in Malaysia and there are lot of duty free shops around. The nightlife is o.k and fun where you can go to the nightclubs or the beach club. Dining is not a problem in Langkawi, the foods are good and you can find foods averywhere from stalls to fancy restaurants. Good choice going to Langkawi Good luck & have fun"
azayi1 :
"Hi there.. Let me tell you about langkawi.. its a great place but u cannot compared Langkawi Island with phuket.. Phuket is more alive at night & with busy street. But i think Langkawi will make u occupy for a week. There's lots of thing u can do such as :- Area - Pantai Chenang - Water sports - Swimming & Sunbath -nightlife activities such as bars, shopping areas & stuff -underwater world aquarium. -lots of cheap malay restaurant, chinese restaurant & as well as westerners. Pantai Kok - enjoy the splendid food at Sutera Harbour russian restorant, the loaf & other marvelous restaurant. -climb up & enjoy langkawi scenery from above mat chinchang Mountain ..Cable Car -Freezing water at Telaga tujuh waterfall Other places to visit,, -Enjoy the geopark scenery in Kilim forest & try up the taste of food at floating restaurant (The hole), feed the eagles & enjoy fishing activities by local fishing expert.. Datai,, -The Lanai/ The datai hotel.. rated among the best hotel in the world.. -Walk through the mountain to temurun waterfall & take a quick bath on its highest waterfall in langkawi.. -Enjoy relaxing walk on small rock beach in Datai... there's a lot of fun stuff & historical/ legendary places to visit.. u will enjoy your stay in langkawi & i bet it.. enjoy/."
scooby doo :
"Langkawi is nice. I have been there twice. But you cannot compare it with phuket. Both are lovely in different ways. You may want to tr the Ayuvedic massage when in Langkawi. Its near the Laman Padi near casa Del Mar resort. I tried it, it was fantastic. You may only need 3 nights in Langkawi, anything longer is going to bore you. Sheraton is a good choice. I am sure you would have a splendid time there"
ar5001 :
"nice place"
Abby :

anyone went to langkawi b4? or from langkawi, just want to know, will u go for sunset dinner cruise (RM200 per person), or spa (at the same price), which 1 is better/ worth?

Peter Pan :
"Heidi i have been to Langkawi and i had a good time,things are cheap cause it's duty frre zone, There lot's of little paradise ov er there,Hotel are great andaman islandof langkawi is so cool.Sunset's in langkawi is romantic lah,not as good as Bali or for the price ok lah.Need any more information e mail me at"
Olive Oyl :
"well i guess sunset dinner cruise should be better, cos the sunset there is really quite beautiful... spa i think there are other better ones than the ones in langkawi."
Sheila :
"depends.. I would choose the spa... I dont quite like food in langkawi... as compared to the rest of malaysia, langkawi is one of the worst food destination"
truey :
"go for the cruise, enjoy the beautiful sunset and the sea breeze. spa can be found at any places and sure there are lots more better spa places. further more, langkawi is famous for it's islands and sea, so, obviously sea cruising is the better option."
fishball :
"I agree with Sheila - the food in Langkawi sucks - chinese, malay, whatever never tasted good on my 2 visits there. I'd go for the spa but this is Langkawi so don't expect high standards. Go to Phuket - paradiso!"


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Date: 2008-02-05 13:34:41

For those looking for a different cultural experience, or even just a great holiday destination, then adding Malaysia to your travel list will not disappoint. A Malaysian holiday can be a relaxed resort style getaway on one of the islands such as Sabah or Langkawi, bargain shopping and sight-seeing in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Date: 2008-02-05 13:34:41

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Date: 2008-02-05 13:34:41

There will be one stage fewer and major changes to the route for next year's Tour of Langkawi which kicks off on Feb 9 2008 in Alor Star . Next year's Tour will have only nine stages and the usual final stage at the Kuala Lumpur Criterium has been cancelled. It will be replaced by a new route from Seremban to Dataran Merdeka covering 153km.

Date: 2008-02-05 13:34:41

If you are a budget travelers to Malaysia, there are many low cost accommodation from as low as USD5/person that you can stay while visiting the major cities. Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Langkawi, Ipoh, Kuantan and Seremban are some of the places of interest that you will probably go.

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