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The isles of Langkawi - ninety nine of them, are tucked into the northwest corner of the peninsula and nestled on the Thai-Malaysian sea border. Unspoilt and rustic, it is a tropical paradise spectacularly endowed by nature, one where crystal clear emerald waters, azure skies, lush green vegetation and fantastic limestone formations can be found.

Populated by approximately 40,000 inhabitants, mostly Malays, it offers myriad possibilities for both the weary and the adventurous and is nothing short of a “must” for the avid and fun-loving traveller.


But Langkawi is more than captivating beauty...  it is also a land steep in legends and shrouded in mystery.

The best known legend is of Mashuri, a pretty maiden who lived some 200 years ago. Executed for a crime she did not commit, she laid a curse on the land, that "...Langkawi shall not prosper for seven generations to come."

Seven generations of barren underdevelopment have passed. As the cloud of both social and economic gloom passes, Langkawi is poised to take its place as a premier holiday venue.



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1.    The Andaman Datai
2.   Datai Langkawi
3.   Tanjung Rhu Langkawi
4.   Sheraton Langkawi Resort
5.   Langkasuka Resort
6.   Singgahsana KUB Resort
7.   Helang Hotel
8.   Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre
9.   Pelangi Beach Resort
10. Langkawi Village Resort
11. Grand Continental
12. Tiara Langkawi
13. The City Bay View
14. Langkawi Seaview Hotel
15. The Gate Langkawi
16. Langkawi International Airport
17. Port Langkasuka
18. Jetty


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Pulau Tuba

If you make it a point to visit Langkawi when it has fine weather, then you could take one or several trips to the nearby islands, starting with Pulau Tuba, about five kilometres south of Langkawi island. It is the only other island that offers accommodation to tourists but it is a case of 'take it or leave it' as there is only one place to stay. Sunrise Beach Resort has its own swimming pool but if you're the type of tourist who prefers the backpacking style of travelling and accommodation, then you'll probably have to head back to Langkawi for the night.
Pulau Tuba is mostly filled with mountains - there is very limited lowland. This is clearly seen especially at the rim of the island as there is hardly even enough space for the dirt track that surrounds the island. Activities are limited to perhaps a spot of hiking - check with the hotel for information on trails to follow.


Pulau Dayang Bunting

Next on the itinerary is Pulau Dayang Bunting, or the Isle of the Pregnant Maiden. With no accommodation facilities available, this stop will have to be a day trip. A mere fifteen minutes' boat ride from Langkawi, it is the second largest island in the archipelago. There are two places of interest here, namely, the Gua Langsir (Cave of the Banshee) and Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden). Marble is also quarried here and sent by ship to the mainland for processing.  Bunting Tasik Dayang Bunting is the freshwater lake the island is named for. It is a large lake, with tranquil surroundings and is suitable for swimming. Its waters are also said to possess magical powers that will enable barren women to bear children if they drink water from the lake.
This island has an awe-inspiring view. It has limestone hills and most of the island is still covered by dense forests. A jetty has been constructed near the lake to enable the boat to drop its visitors off and tourists normally alight here before heading off to the cave, which is about eight kilometres to the north.




Pulau Singa Besar

Nature-lovers must not miss Pulau Singa Besar, which is a wildlife sanctuary located three kilometres off the southern tip of Pantai Tengah on the west coast of Langkawi. It is a designated stop for the island-hopping boat.
If you join an organised one-day trip, you'll get the services of a guide who will take you around and explain about the flora and fauna on the island.   Many species of animals have been released on the island and how many animals you are able to catch a glimpse of will depend on your luck as the monkeys, mouse deer, various reptiles and birds are not confined in cages, but are allowed to live as they do in the wild. If you're lucky, the peacocks might just decide that it's a good time to preen their feathers to an audience when you're there.

Pulau Bumbon

Ten minutes from the Kuah jetty lies yet another island, Pulau Bumbon. There are some pleasant beaches there and you can get to Pulau Bumbon by booking yourself a day trip at the price RM 25. A pleasant enough place to spend a few hours of peace and quiet on a deserted island.




Pulau Payar Marine Park 

About thirty kilometres south of Pulau Langkawi lies a group of islands known as the Pulau Payar Marine Park. This marine park is named after Pulau Payar, the biggest island of the group. A haven for divers, there are beautiful coral reefs and many schools of tropical fish. Divers will inevitably be drawn to the coral garden, about thirteen kilometres away from the peninsula as it has the most species of coral in the country. What's more, they get to enjoy the sight of colourful fishes darting playfully in and out of the corals. Revel in the company of shoals and shoals of fishes as they go about their busy way. Various seashells, shellfishes and slugs that are scattered all over the seabed complete the wonderful underwater vista. There is a sense of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of life in the water. The tranquil surface belies the teeming life below.
The Langkawi Coral has an office at the Kuah Ferry Terminal and they will be delighted to book you on their trips, which cost around RM220 per day. For this price, the company will pick guests up from their respective hotels, provide lunch and the use of their reef-viewing platform. All their snorkeling equipment is also at the guests' disposal.


Kuah is the main town and visitors head here to do the bulk of their shopping, despite it being rather small. Located on the south-eastern part of the island, Kuah was once a fishing village but has now caught up with time and commerce is ever present. At the centre of town, visitors can find banks, duty-free shops, small emporiums, spanking new luxury hotels as well as large shopping malls. In fact, the banks here are probably the only places on Langkawi to change your currency (ringgit being the Malay currency). Although this is a seaside community, Kuah has no beach as such, however still features a number of interesting places to visit.One of Kuah's newest attractions is the Dataran Lang - for helang - or Eagle Square, where a huge sculpture of an eagle sits and presides over the island after which it is named. Situated just beside the ferry terminal, it is probably the first sight that greets visitors as they alight from boats or ferries.






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