About 50km off the coast of Kuala Kedah lies about 100 tropical islands. These group of archipelago located at the north-western part of Kedah are referred to as Langkawi. Among all the islands here, the main or biggest island is popularly known as Pulau Langkawi or Langkawi Island.
Langkawi is a famous tourist destination not only for the local, but also for foreign tourists due to its natural beauty, romantic myths and legends. Most people are visiting Langkawi for her white sandy beach and crystal clear water which is relaxing and refreshing for sun, nature and sea lover. The Langkawi islands are pretty much untouched by development and most of the greenery are retained. You don’t see a lot of modern buildings here except some hotels and resorts which are mainly located in downtown. If you take a bike to hang around the island, you will mostly see traditional Malay houses and kids playing in wide open spaces. Moreover, there are some secluded and unbelievable beaches that give the impression of secret hideaways that are accessible only by boat. All in all, Langkawi is a perfect place to escape from the bustle of the city.
In addition, Langkawi Island is popular with myths and legends which spin tales of gigantic birds, valiant warriors, a princess and maidens in tragic romances that are wreathed in curses and magic, making it altogether a mysterious and spell-binding destination.
One of the most notable tales of Langkawi has always been the Mahsuri tale whereby a lovely maiden was executed after having been falsely accused of adultery. As she lay dying, Mahsuri cast a curse on the island that Langkawi would be barren for seven generations. As incredible as it may seem, the island has been lacking in development for six generations and it was only during the 7th generation that the island became a popular travel destination, attracting a wealth of development projects.
Langkawi Island Travel Map
Getting to Langkawi
From Penang, You can either fly or take a ferry. The journey by boat from Penang island takes about 2 ½ hours. If you fly from Penang international airport, it takes only half an hour.
By Air: MAS or Air Asia
If you are coming from Kedah, you can either come from Kuala Kedah or Sembeling. Both of them are sea ports where the only mode of transportation to Langkawi is by boat. The journey takes about an hour and two hours respectively.
Langkawi Island Tourist Attractions:
Underwater World Langkawi
The Underwater World Langakawi is one of the largest and grandest aquariums in Malaysia. It’s a must visit place if you go to Langkawi.
Langkawi Crocodile Farm
See how these giant reptiles twisted their preys and fight for their food during feeding hour. Find out here the visiting hours, location and attractions.
Burau Bay Langkawi
Located on the southwestern coast of Pulau Langkawi, Burau Bay has many precious secrets waiting to be uncovered. Attractions such as Telaga Harbour Park, Pantai Kok, Oriental Village and Langkawi Cable Car, make Burau Bay a holiday destination of choice for many.
Pulau Payar Marine Park
The Pulau Payar Marine Park is literally a heaven for divers and snorkelers. Diving and snorkeling around Pulau Payar and nearby islands is an eye-opening experience for someone who is seeing the underwater world for the first time.
Langkawi Island Hotels & Accommodations:
Awana Porto Malai Langkawi
Looking for a place to stay at Langkawi Island? The Awana Porto Malai Langkawi Resort is highly recommended. Find out here the rates, attractions, location and available pictures.
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How You Could Save Langkawi Island thru Eco-tourism
This beautiful island has been over developed and will lose its attractions if nothing is done. Find out here what you can do on your part to save this island from over development thru eco-tourism.
Top Dive Sites Closed
They are among three marine parks — the other being Pulau Payar in Kedah — which are affected by coral bleaching, a phenomenon caused by global warming that has increased sea water temperature by 2°C to between 28°C and 29°C.
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