Langkawi 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.
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.
Langkawi Pulau Payar Marine Park
Pulau Payar, located in the north of the Straits of Malacca, is merely 19 nautical miles off the southern coast of Langkawi Island or only a 1 hour boat ride away with only two kilometres in length and a quarter kilometre in width and it is one of the four islands that have been collectively gazette as the Pulau Payar Marine Park. Not only marine biologists, but you will be thrilled by it, but will fall in love with Pulau Payar Marine Park. With expansive rainforest and luxuriant vegetation, calm and crystal clear waters, long and pristine beaches, rich and dazzling marine wonders ~ a trip to Pulau Payar is not only a voyage down to the underwater kingdom, it is a spring to the arms of mother nature. The other three are Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang.The other attraction on Pulau Payar is the floating reef platform--anchored about 100 metres off the island. Collectively, the marine park is known as a sanctuary for an extensive range of marine organisms and almost 100 species of fish, which include porcupine fish, ghost pipe fish, red-spotted sweet lips, rock fish, goat fish, pennant butterfly fish, lion fish, bat fish and banner fish, among others.
Pulau Payar offers 4 sandy beaches which combine to provide a total length of about 200 metres. Teeming with coral reefs, the waters surrounding the four islands have an average visibility of between nine to 15 metres, making the marine park an ideal place for scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and picnicking for all. It is one of the best spots for divers, offering spectacular views of multicolored and vibrant soft corals, lying on the south-western tip of Pulau Payar.
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.
Makam Mahsuri Langkawi
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
Langkawi 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
Langkawi Oriental Village - Cable Car
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Langkawi 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!
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.
Langkawi 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.
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.
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.
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.
Langkawi 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
Langkawi 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.
Langkawi 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.
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.
Langkawi - 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.
Langkawi - 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.
Langkawi - Kilim River
For the adventurous, Langkawi offers some truly unforgettable sights and experiences. A new tour that is bound to provide plenty of thrills to those who are game is the boat cruise to Kilim Nature Park. An adventure in the wonderland of the park's marine ecosystem with flora and fauna in its natural habitats like the overhanging Bogak Trees, Brown Eagles, Tree Crabs, Iguanas and Macaques.
Enjoy the scenic and spectacular views of unique limestone rock formations emerging from the floor of the mangrove swamps and the sea. These fascinating geological wonders have been variously nicknamed the Temple of Borobodur, the Elephant Stone and the Hanging Gardens.
Explore Gua Cerita (Cave of Legends) and Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave) steeped in fabled tales of mystery and romance. There are indeed many memories for you to bring back when your journey ends.
To the north of the lake is Gua Langsir (Cave of the Banshee) which is reputedly haunted. The belief may have come about because of the noises made by thousands of bats which live in the interior of the 91m-high cave.
Langkawi - Gunung Mat Cincang & Gunung Mat Raya
Langkawi is truly alive with references to legends. Without going into the colourful details of these many legends, here is an indication of how legendary references still suffuse life in Langkawi to this day:
Where the engagement ring was flung became known as 'Tanjung Cincin' or Cape of the Ring; the broken crockery became the village of 'Belanga Pecah' (Broken Crockery); the spilled gravy became 'Kuah' or gravy; Kisap or 'to seep in' became the name of the village where the gravy seeped through the land; and the Hot Springs at Air Hangat is apparently the spot where the cauldron of hot water was broken. Two giants who were turned into the mountain stone gave rise to Gunung Mat Cincang and Gunung Mat Raya, and Mat Sawar who tried to mediate between them was transformed into the hill which now separates the two mountains.
Langkawi - Pulau Dayang Bunting
This jungle-clad island, lying just south of Langkawi, makes an interesting island-hopping stop. Marble is quarried on the island and shipped to the mainland for processing.
In the interior is a small freshwater crater lake known as Tasik Dayang Bunting or the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden.
A tranquil spot, the water is excellent for a cool swim. Legend has it that a childless couple drank the fresh waters of the lake and had a baby girl. The story is also told of a white crocodile or its spirit that is reputed to live in the lake.
Langkawi -Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells)
The Seven Wells, or Telaga Tujuh, are actually a series of seven pools connected by a series of waterfalls. Legend has it that fairies delight in bathing in the cool waters which are supposed to possess soothing healing properties. A mountain prince, who once lived near the wells, tried to capture one of these fairy maidens, but until today, they remain elusive.
It is believed that the unique lime trees and the sintuk, a climbing plant which has large pods, that grow around the pools were left behind by the fairies. Locals who visit the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls often use them to wash their hair in order to cleanse themselves of bad luck.