All of Langkawi is actually 99
islands awaiting discovery, and that’s when the tide is high. At
low tide, the islands can number as many as 104. Sanctuary of some
of the most ancient rainforests in the world, they are teeming
with exotic flora and fauna. Langkawi means strong eagle in Malay
and legend has it that the mythological bird Garuda made its home
here. A place one can truly relax as the pace here is slow and
village like. Check yourself into one of the many relaxing resorts
and treat yourself to a spa treatment, or just laze around at the
beach. Many of the resorts are also family oriented and with many
attractions around the Island, you can bring the whole family for
a holiday. Langkawi is a Duty Free status Island but only prices
of certain goods are cheaper than elsewhere in Malaysia. Many
foreigners, some of them retires, are so attracted to the place
that they have made the island their home in Malaysia’s My Second
Home Program.The populated and the largest island is Pulau
Langkawi, and Kuah located at southeast, is the main town and the
arrival point for the ferries. The beaches lie mostly to the west
and north of the island, where most of the budget, mid-ranged and
luxury hotels are located. Away from the built-up areas, Langkawi
is still a rural Malay island of small villages, rice paddies,
water buffalo and natural beauty.
This is the gateway to the Island of Langkawi
as the main jetty is located here. It is also a fishing village and
a commercial area where you can shop at the duty-free outlets
and souvenir shops. Banks, internet café and money changers are
also located here. Drop by Tourism Malaysia at Jln Persiaran Putra,
Kuah to collect the necessary brochures. Tourist attractions
around this area include the
Legenda Langkawi Dalam Taman.
Located next to the jetty, the theme park features the many folklore of the island. Adult
admission is RM5 and child is RM2.50. Dataran Lang or Lang
Square located next to it has a 18m high sculpture of a Bhramini Kite and
picturesque terraces, ponds, bridges, restaurants and barrel vaults, made of
at Jalan Kisap, 8km north of Kuah is where
glass works are made. In the same area is the
Langkawi Bird Paradiseê
a bird park, which houses many
local and other exotic birds. RM15 adult fare and RM8 children
fare. Further on when you travel north towards Tanjung Rhu, there
which showcases the
hundreds of gifts received by the former Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir from foreign dignitaries. Interesting well made
traditional crafts from all over the world are on display. For
instance, the woodcarving from Easter Island, Wayang Kulit Puppets
from Indonesia and others. Admission is RM3. Tour the Langkawi mangrovesêê,
a wonderful river boat ride travelling through intricate network of streams and
coves, set among limestone outcrops rising out of the calm Andaman Sea. River
ride may include feeding the Bhramini Kites and Huge Sea Eagles or jungle
trekking, cave exploration, village visits, high tide swims and guided
exploration of mangrove flora and fauna. The jetty for the boat is located 15
minutes north of Kuah, but most trips can be arranged from hotels, which include
transportation to the jetty. For more information, please contact the Langkawi
Tourist Information Centre at 604-9667789.
Places to stay in Kuah are The Gates Langkawi Resort which is just next to the
main jetty. Perched on hill overlooking the vast expanse of the sea,
The Gates is a sanctuary of nature, sprawling over 200 acres of
green land. Replete with 177 international standard rooms, chalets
and suites. City Bayview Hotel is a high rise located in the
centre of town, very near to the jetty, it has 282 Superior,
Deluxe, Executive rooms and Suites, and a Presidential Suite.
Eagle bay is a mid range hotel and has 132 rooms that are fully
furnished and with air-conditioning.
The rooms open out to a
commanding view of the island’s natural beauty – of the sea,
islets, gardens, and the highest mountain in Langkawi.
The river's attractive 14-tier
waterfall and unique rock formation are the main attractions at
this picnic spot next to Gunung Raya. Drive for 14km north of Kuah
and turn off to these waterfalls, which are 3km off the main road.
A 5km track leads
to Gunung Raya Peak which,
incidentally, is the highest spot in Langkawi where you might
catch a glimpse of the Great Hornbills. Apart from views of
Langkawi, you can also see Thailand from the lookout point.
Alternatively, Gunung Raya summit can be reached by car using the
paved and winding road.(occasionally closed)
Malaysia Book Village
Another 5km of continuous track
from Gunung Raya Peak will take you to nearby Malaysia Book
Village in Lubuk Semilang. This village houses
Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka
(DBP) which sells books on Malaysia and in the Malay Language, the
Rumah Noel Anselot -
LAVA, which sells local and international magazines- HIZBI, which
sells children and religious books, - PUSTAKA AL-HAS, which sells
Rumah Richard Booth
PUSTAKA UNION which sells old and antiquarian books in English.-
ASIA KYUSHU GALLERY, the only gallery that exhibits the
One-Village-One-Product Scheme from Japan, Taiwan, China, The
Philippines, South Korea and Malaysia.
Rumah POK RAFEAH the
Secretariat & Information Centre, it has books on Travels, Sports
and Novels in the, English and European Languages, Souvenir items,
Refreshment Corner, Internet & Multimedia Facilities.
in second-hand and antiquarian books in Arabic and on Arabic
Literature; Islam and the Al-Quran.
Rumah HENK RUESSINK
This house is named
after Mr. Henk Ruessink, Founder of the Bredevoort Boekenstad in
the Netherlands. It houses the POPULAR BOOK CO. that specializes
in East Asian books.
Air Hangat Village
This hot springs is towards the
north of the island, going towards Tanjung Rhu. It is a 4 acres
complex housing a
3-tier hot-spring fountain, 18
meters hand-carved river stone mural depicting the legends of Air
Hangat, day-long outdoor entertainment programme featuring
Malaysian/ ASEAN cultural dances and traditional sports and games,
live displays of Malaysian/ASEAN customs, Malay folk and classical
dances are performed at the Park, alongside other traditional
Malay art and craft activities like batik-painting and congkat
playing. Free admission.
It is located to the north of
Langkawi Island. From Kuah, heading north to the Padang Lalang
village, turn off at the roundabout to the north. The beaches here
are one of the better ones in Langkawi and the water shallower. At
low tide, you can walk across the sandbank to islands close by.
There are mangrove cruises, and kayaks can be hired. Places to
stay are the 5 star Tanjung Rhu Resort,
This resort is in a secluded cove and has a beautiful beach. From
the resort, you can walk to the public beach, with its food stalls
and boats for hire. Prices from RM1,002. Alternatively, there is
the other beautiful up market resort, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.
Prices from RM1,887.
www.fourseasons.com/langkawi/. From Tanjung Rhu, you can hire
a boat to get to
Gua Cerita (Cave of
Legends). The cave can be reached with a climb up a wooden ladder.
Legend has Gua Cerita linked with the mystical Battle of the Big
Birds. It was here apparently that the Princess of China was
kidnapped and held captive. Faintly legible on the walls of the
cave are some ancient inscriptions, said to be verses from the
Holy Koran. Some locals also believed that the place was the home
of Gedembai, a giantess who had a deadly power. Ancient
inscriptions have been found on the walls of the caves about 7.7 m
from the cave entrance. Written in Jawi, they tell of Sheikh
Baharuddin who died on the ninth day of sixth month in year 68 of
the Moslem era. They are believed to have been written in 1754 AD
which was during the region of Sultan Mohamed Jiwa II of Kedah who was known to
encourage Arab missionaries
to visit Kedah.
Pantai Pasir Hitam
The largest black sand beach in
Malaysia is located 19km north of Kuah town and called
Pasir Hitam (Black Sand
Beach). The black pigmentation of the sand is the result of the
mineral content - thought to be tin or an oxide of tin, which may
have come from the sea-bed or from the earth's crust. The sea here
is not conducive for swimming. Close by is the
Kompleks Budaya Kraf, a
handicrafts centre built in an extravagant neo-Islamaic style.
Malaysian goods such as batik, pottery and wood carvings are among
the things on sale.
Here lies the exclusive and up
market The Datai Resort, and Andaman Resort. The award winning The
Datai Resort is another “must go” for creature comforts who wants
5 star pampering. Featuring 54 deluxe rooms, 40 villas and 18
suites nestled in lush rainforests and a private stretch of sandy
shore facing the breathtaking Andaman Sea. Kerry Hill, an
Australian now based in Singapore was the architect and Didier
Lefort a talent nurtured in Paris invited to expertly draw its
design. The architect has cleverly adapted the building to the
natural terrain, building on a crest 150 feet above the sea and
extending 500 metres through the jungle to the water’s edge.
Trained elephants were used to fell trees where necessary as this
was less damaging to the forest. The spa at The Datai, was Runner
Up in the "Best Hotel Spa in Asia" category in the 2nd Annual
Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Spa Awards 2005. 4th placing Asia
Leisure Hotels in 2002 Conde Nast Readers’ Award. The Datai Beach
listed No. 7 in the World’s Best Beaches, Discovery Travel &
Adventure Channel January 2003. Prices from RM1,250.
The Andamans Langkawi is
a tropical paradise featuring 188 elegantly appointed rooms and
suites located next to the private beach. The Andaman provides
relaxing spa treatments. The spa has three villas; two
duplex-style Rainforest Villa overlook the Andaman Sea and
includes: two massage beds on each level, large bathtub, garden
shower and relaxation terrace. The very private Sari Villa offers
more lavish facilities, including a large jacuzzi, garden-shower
and relaxation terrace. Prices from RM750.
to the Andaman or The Datai Resort is the Datai Bay Golf Club. It
caters to golfers and has a 18-hole, 72-par golf course. It was
designed so that most of the tall tropical trees remain as part of
the landscape. The Golf Club Datai Bay offers the comfort of an
international class Golf Club, including full buggy facilities,
locker rooms, a Pro Shop and F&B amenities.
Near Teluk Datai,
Temurun Waterfalls are
worth a look and the turn off is located on the left along the
road leading to the Datai Resorts. The
Crocodile Farm is also located along
the road.. The farm covers 20 acres that houses more than 1000
crocodiles. Registered with The Convention on International Trade
and Endanger Species (CITES), the farm has many attractions for
the tourist. Among them are Feeding Pond, Species Pond, Breeding
Pond, Show Pond and Bridge-Over-Pond, which enable you to get a
closer look at crocodiles. Adult ticket is RM15 and Child is RM10.
Opens from 9am-6pm.
This stretch of beach 24.8 km
away from Kuah boasts white sand and swaying palms, ideal for
lazing about while you view the yachts and sailboats drifting
gently against the azure backdrop of the Andaman Sea. Resorts are
dotted along the shore, offering pleasant accommodation. Sheraton
Langkawi Beach Resort has 231 rooms in 38 acres of tropical
www.sheraton.com/langkawi. Tanjung Sanctuary Langkawi Resort
Hotel is a small bungalow hotel with just 32 private bungalows set
in 67 acres of wildlife and jungle on a peninsula jutting into the
Andaman Sea. It has 2km of coastline has private
beaches, headland, rock
reef and verdant natural forest.
www.tanjung-sanctuary-langkawi.com. Berjaya Langkawi Beach &
Spa Resort is located in Burau Bay with Malaysian-style chalets
and suites spread over 70 acres with 400 rooms.
Oriental Inn is located inside
Oriental Village Shopping Development around a lake against the
backdrop of Mat Cincang mountain. It offers 30 air-conditioned
rooms, inclusive of three Suites with king size bed and 27
standard rooms with queen or twin bed, while the
Oriental Village Shopping
has 30 shops with a variety of items like designer clothes, art
and craft, local batik clothing and straw hats.
Pantai Kok was the
Summer Palace location
of the 1999 Hollywood movie "Anna and the King", now housing the
props and costumes among other things. Admission for adults is RM5
and children are RM3.50. Inland, you will come across Oriental
Village shopping complex, where you’ll find the station for the
Langkawi Cable Carêê.
Those who do not fear heights can take the 30 minute cable car
ride to the top of Gunung Mat Cinchang for some spectacular views
of Langkawi as well as into the neighbouring Thai islands. This is
where passengers really have to place faith in technology and the
engineering skills of the Austrian construction team as it rises
700 feet and built in a way to minimise damage to the environment.
The cable car ride is well worth the RM15 (adult) and RM10 (child)
charge. It operates from 10am to 7pm daily except in conditions of
Telaga Tujuh or Seven
wells is located near Pantai Kok to the west of the island. It is
a waterfall which cascades 100m down a hillside through a series
of seven wells. You can slide down one of the pools to another
through a smooth stone channel. Conditions are slippery at the top
of the falls and it is not wise to venture there.
Most of Langkawi’s beach
chalets are situated here. It has a good range of shops, bars and
restaurants. At low tide, between November and January, a sandbar
appears and you can walk across to nearby island of Pulau Rebak
Kecil. Places to stay include the recommended Bon Ton Restaurant
and Resort. Accommodation is in seven antique and charming Malay
timber houses, ranging from 60 to 120 years old and built into a
100 year old coconut plantation. The houses are beautifully
restored with modern amenities and individually decorated in a
unique Aseana style.
The restaurant is said
to be one of the best in the Island.
Pelangi Beach Resort, Pelangi means rainbow in Malay and this
sprawling resort offers 350 chalet rooms designed on the principle
of a leisurely Kampung or Village lifestyle.
and Casa del Mar Hotel with its Mediterranean architecture.
Just 15 minutes by boat from
the Langkasuka jetty, is the island of
Pulau Rebak Besarê. Rebak
Marina Resort is the only resort on this 390 acre island and
has 104 luxuriously
appointed rooms. It also boasts of the only fully equipped marina
in Malaysia currently facilitating the maintenance of sailing
Located opposite Casa Del Mar
Hotel, is the
Laman Padi Langkawi.
A rice museum housing
displays and exhibits including artifacts and photographs showing
the significance of padi cultivation to the country is one of the
attractions here. 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 padi cultivation. Laman Padi is open
daily from 10am to 6pm. Admission fee is just RM2 for adults.
Children under 12 have free admission. Laman Padi Langkawi,
Langkawi 07000, Malaysia, Tel: +60 4 955 4312.
Another attraction in this area
Underwater Worldê, which
is a large aquarium with a walk-through tunnel for looking at the
many varieties of fish. Charges are RM18 for adults and RM10 for
Located on the south west coast of
the island, Pantai Tengah is smaller but calmer. It has a few big
resorts here and some basic chalets. Places to stay include
Langkawi Holiday Villa(www.holidayvillalangkawi.com), Aseana
Resort-which has the longest swimming pool in Malaysia, at 154.4
Beach Resort (www.sunsetbeachresort.com.my)
Visit the Mahsuri Mausoleum near Pantai Tengah. One
of the more believable legend of Langkawi is the legend of the
beautiful Malay princess Mahsuri. She was accused of committing
adultery and sentenced to death. She bled white blood at her
execution as a sign of her innocence. In her dying
laid a curse on the island that it would remain barren for seven
generations. In her own words "For this grave injustice done to
me, Langkawi should not prosper for seven future generations." In
1821 not long after her death, Langkawi was invaded by Siam and
soon the island fell into desolation. It has been said at one time
that the buffalos outnumbered people on the island. Seven
generations have since passed and today, Langkawi is a flourishing
tourist destination. Coincidence or not, one of the two siblings
who are of the seventh generation descendants, is a young and
pretty seventeen year old(as at 2006) girl named Wan Aishah Nawawi,
who now resides in Phuket Thailand. Mahsuri's Mausoleum or Makam
Mahsuri is about 12 kilometres west of Kuah. Mukim Ula Melaka, RM2
Not too far away to the west is
Padang Matsirat or
‘field of burnt rice’. When Siam invaded the island, the rice here
was burnt to prevent it falling into their hands but caused
starvation among the people.
Around Pulau Langkawi
Island hopping toursêê can
be arranged with most tour companies. About 15 minutes by boat,
Pulau Dayang Bunting
(lake of the pregnant maiden) is a popular destination and has a
beautiful lake called Tasik Dayang Bunting. This freshwater lake
is surrounded by dense jungle and limestone cliffs. Good for
swimming or rent a kayak or pedalo to tour the lake. Stories have
been told of a large white crocodile inhabiting the lake. Another
tale is of a childless couple after years of trying finally
getting a baby after drinking from the lake. At the lake you can
see a profile from the mountains of a pregnant women lying down.
North of the lake is
Gua Langsir (Cave of the
Banshee), which is host to thousands of bats.
Pulau Singa Besar and
Pulau Beras Basah
are other popular
destinations. Those who are interested in
fishing can try to find
a boat for hire that takes you to some fishing spots around the
Eagle Feeding tours can
be arranged and you will be able to see sea eagles up close. This
will normally include island hopping. Island hopping and fishing
trips are best avoided during monsoon season, from July to
September, where the seas can be quite rough.
Pulau Payar Marine Parkêê
Pulau Payar marine park consist
of a few islands and the largest is the 2km-long Pulau Payar. The
other islands are Pulau Lembu, Pulau Segantang and Pulau Kaca,
They are all located 30km south of Langkawi. The islands are
surrounded by coral reefs where you can do some fish feeding,
which in Pulau Payar may include at times certain species of tame
sharks. On Pulau Payar there are gazebos, picnic tables, barbecue
pits and restrooms at selected areas. To get to the marine park,
take a 45/60 minutes catamaran/ferry ride from Kuah jetty.
Langkawi Coral is the main tour operator for Pulau Payar Marine
www.langkawicoral.com. Marine Park fees of RM5.00 for adults
and RM2.50 for children is chargeable.
Transportation The best way to travel around
Langkawi island is to hire a car, which is cheap and convenient.
Rates start at around RM80 a day but do negotiate for a lower
figure. Taxis are available but fares are relatively high.
Alternatively, a motorbike can be rented for around RM35 a day.
Getting There : Langkawi
is easily accessible by air, sea, rail and road.
By Boat : Langkawi is
accessible by boat from Penang, Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah and
Satun, Thailand. All passenger ferries to/from Langkawi operate
out of Kuah. From 8am to 6.30pm, regular ferries operate roughly
every one and a half hours in both direction between Kuah and the
mainland ports of Kuala Perlis (45 minutes, RM12) and Kuala Kedah
(one hour, RM15). Ferries to Langkawi can also be taken from
Georgetown, Penang. (RM35/65 one way/return)
By Air : From Malaysia's
capital city Kuala Lumpur, or other key cities in the country, you
can take a direct flight on the national carrier Malaysia Airlines
(MAS) daily. Silk Air (from Singapore) and Air Asia(Budget
carrier, book online at www.airasia.com) also has direct flights
to the island. The KL-Langkawi flight takes about 55 minutes.
For more information, please
contact the Langkawi Tourist Information Centre at 604-9667789
located at jln Persiaran Putra, Kuah. Opens 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm.
Please see Kedah
Homestays in Pulau Langkawi
Stay in a traditional home instead of a
hotel and get a feel of the kampung(village life). Please see
homepage > Pulau
Langkawi Island 2007 Events
Launch of Visit Malaysia
Le Tour de Langkawi
International Peace Debate
Langkawi Water Festival, April 6
Langkawi-Kok Adang International Fishing
Gunung Raya International Run
17th Pelangi Cup
International Golf Open Championship
International Bird Race
Muadzam Shah Trophy Golf Tournament
July 13, 14
Langkawi Culture Festival
Geopark Asia Pacific Conference
Rugby 10 a side
Muay Thai International Competition
Langkawi International Maritime and
Aerospace exhibition (Lima 2007)