The Langkawi archipelago, which consists of 99 islands, lies approximately equidistant from the states of Perlis and Kedah. In the group of islands – Langkawi is the most famous. And he is one of the most beautiful in Malaysia. The history of these islands is full of ancient legends and romantic stories, hence their name (Langkawi – “Islands of Legends”).
You can get to the island by plane or by ferry from Kuala Perlis (30 km from Langkawi) and Kuala Kedah, the crossing lasts about an hour.
Many of these islands still boast unspoiled wildlife, but only Langkawi has a fairly developed infrastructure, which attracts tourists from all over the world. In addition, in 1987 it was declared a duty-free zone, which served as an additional incentive for its rapid development. In recent years, Langkawi has become known as the largest center for representative international exhibitions and conferences.
According to Ask4beauty.com, Langkawi is famous for its magnificent beaches, among which we can mention Pantai Tanjung Rhu, Pantai Kok, Pantai Tengah, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Pasir Hitam (black sand beach).
Here you can snorkel and snorkel, explore the reefs with scuba gear, ride the waves on a powerful jet ski with a breeze, fly by parachute behind a boat.
What to see in Langkawi
The capital of the island is the town of Kuah
The main city of the island of Langkawi with a population of 11 thousand people. It is located in the south-east of the island and is known for its shops selling souvenirs made from shells and local marble, as well as duty-free shops located on the only street in the city that stretches along the coast.
It is she who, first of all, is seen by those who come to Langkawi by sea. This square is located at the pier in Kuah and attracts, first of all, with a majestic statue of a brown eagle with outstretched wings.
The area is beautifully planned, with backwaters, bridges, covered gazebos, restaurants and brick arches. Proximity to the sea and a gentle breeze make this area an ideal place for leisurely walks or a quiet dinner on a cool evening.
Mausoleum of Mahsuri
Located 12 km from the main city of Kuah. Here is stored the memory of Mahsuri, the most famous heroine of the legends of the island, unjustly accused of adultery. Sentenced to death, during her execution she cursed the island of Langkawi, depriving it of fertility for seven generations. But now Langkawi is blooming and developing.
Located in Kilim, 10 km from Kuah, this gallery displays an impressive collection of over 2,500 souvenirs and awards presented to the Malaysian Prime Minister and his wife. Among the exhibits are crystal products, souvenirs made of wood, leather, silver, copper, tin, ceramics and glass. Musical instruments, Muslim fine and applied arts, fabrics and weapons are also presented. Part of the exposition consists of various vehicles, including off-road vehicles.
Waterfall “Seven Wells”
It is located in the northwest of Langkawi. The waterfall naturally divides into seven streams, which in turn form a chain of seven beautiful lakes. These places are definitely worth a visit, not only because of the beauty of the scenery, but also because of the many ancient legends associated with them.
Cave of Legends
The arches of this famous Gua Cherita cave are covered with rock and limestone formations in the form of mythical figures and ancient inscriptions that no one has yet been able to decipher.
Located in Teluk Datai, 30 km from Kuah. Registered under the Convention on International Trade and the Conservation of Endangered Animals, this 20-acre farm is very interesting to visit. It contains more than a thousand crocodiles of various species from all over the world. A special pond has been set aside for breeding alligators. You can get a better view of the crocodiles from the bridge, thrown from one end of the pond to the other. Crocodiles are fed in a specially designated place. At certain hours, performances are arranged with performances of “crocodile” stars.
The farm is open daily from 09:00 to 18:00.
Oceanarium of Langkawi
Opened in March 1996, this largest aquarium in Asia is located in Pantai Chenang, Langkawi. There are more than 5 thousand marine and river fish, as well as many live corals.
The main dive sites are located in the southeast of Langkawi off the coast of the islands of Payar, Pulau Payar, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Sagantang and Pulau Kaka. In 1985, these islands became part of the Payar Marine Park (Pulau Payar Marine Park). The park was created in order to preserve the unique marine life in these places. The best time to visit is from February to November.
In the waters off the largest island of Payar, there is an amazing collection of corals. Here you can go scuba diving or snorkelling. At the southwestern tip of the island there is a place called the Coral Garden. In coastal waters, you can find clams with shells, squids, sea snails, crabs and fish species such as fusiliers, young fish, sea ruffs and sometimes huge groupers. The island has everything necessary for tourists to relax, as well as specially organized places for barbecue. The Information Center is also located here, providing visitors with all the necessary information about the park. When you are on Payar, you should clearly follow the established rules of conduct in force on the territory of the reserve.
You can get to the marine park in 1 hour by speedboat or catamaran, owned by the company “Langkawi Coral”, which go from the pier in the city of Kuah on Langkawi.