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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
deer, iguanas and peacocks roam about freely on Pulau Singa Besar, a
wildlife sanctuary located southwest of Pulau Langkawi. Picnic on the
pristine beaches and enjoy swimming in the surrounding waters.
To preserve the island's natural
surroundings, no hotels or chalets have been built. Instead, camping is
encouraged. However, visitors will have to bring along their own tents
and camping equipment if they wish to spend the night on the island.
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.
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.
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 or fossils and shells add to the range of interesting
Open: 10:00am to 6:00pm (daily)
Admission: RM15.00 (adult) RM10.00 (child)
Tel: 04-955 6100
The Pulau Payar
Marine Park is situated in the northern part of the Straits of Melaka,
19 nautical miles south of Langkawi and encompasses the islands of Pulau
Payar, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Segantang and Pulau Kaca which are surrounded
by coral reefs. The marine park teems with a fascinating diversity of
marine life and vegetation.
Many endangered species
of fishes and marine organisms live within the sanctuary. Measuring 2km
long and 1/4km wide, Pulau Payar is the most popular of the islands as
its sheltered waters are ideal are for snorkelling, diving and swimming.
Among the enchanting dive spots is the "Coral Garden", an area covered
with bright, multi-hued soft corals.
There are several sandy
beaches on Pulau Payar island for picnics as well as hiking trails for
those who wish to explore the island. Just off the beach, one can
indulge in the thrilling experience of feeding baby sharks. Facilities
include gazebos, picnic tables, barbeque pits and restrooms at selected
areas. There is also a Visitors' Centre that provides information about
the marine park.
Visitors can get to
Pulau Payar from the Kuah jetty point by catamaran or speed boat. The
catamaran services operated by Langkawi Coral, takes about 45minutes to
get to Pulau Payar while the speed boat takes an hour. It is advisable
to book the catamaran service a day before the trip.
Enquiries can be made
with any travel agent in Kuah or at the jetty point for those intending
to travel by speed boat. Apart from the fare, a levy of RM5.00 for
adults and RM2.50 for children is charged for entry to the marine park.
For further information
on the catamaran service, contact the Langkawi Coral booking counter:
at Kubang Badak, some 32 km from Kuah, has more than 1000 crocodiles of
various species. Here, one can witness and photograph crocodiles and
alligators playing and feeding in a controlled environment that closely
resembles their natural habitat. Open: 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m. (Daily).
Located in the
north-western corner of Pulau Langkawi, Telaga Jujuh (Seven Wells) is a
geological marvel. The waterfall is so named because its cascading
waters is broken by a series of seven natural pools. The lush green
forest that surrounds the waterfall adds a mystical touch to the natural
splendor. Legend has it that fairies used to come down to the waterfall
to bathe and frolic.
Dataran Lang (Eagle
Square) is Langkawi's most prominent landmark for visitors arriving
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.
Malaysia in Langkawi is the first and only book village in South East
Asia. It is part of the International Book Villages and Book Towns
It is located just 10 minutes from the Langkawi International
Airport and 15 minutes from the Ferry Terminal. Situated amidst a lush
green forest at the foot of Gunung Raya, the highest peak on the island,
the book village provides book lovers a tranquil setting to indulge in
The various houses in the village are stocked with a great variety of
new books on numerous topics and languages as well as second-hand, rare
and antiquarian books.
Opening hours: Daily, 9 am - 6 pm
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 proto-type cars and 4 wheel drive vehicles.
The Galerial Perdana comprises of 2 double-storey 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. Open: 10.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.ZDaily). 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
(Public/School Holidays), 10.00a.m. - 2.15p.m./3.00p.m. - 5.00p.m.
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. (Daily)
scenic park with beautiful gardens of vivid
local blooms, plants and fruit trees. It is a 50-acre park with 17
story-telling monuments, 4 artificial lakes and a man-made beach
which provide a picturesque and fitting backdrop for buildings
showcasing Malaysia's rich cultural heritage.
Within the park, there are also some fine
examples of traditional Malaysian handicraft and cultural objects.
Open: 8:00am to 11:00pm (Daily)
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. (Daily)
walking distance from the Kuah Jetty Point, the Langkawi Yacht Club is
an exclusive establishment with a beautiful clubhouse and a fully
equipped marina, comprising 51 berths that can accommodate a variety of
vessels including sailing keels, deep hull boats and even 60-meter
Langkawi Yacht Club
offers impressive facilities such as a waterfront swimming pool, Jacuzzi
and sauna, deep-sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing and
speedboats, and yacht chartering service. Your can hire the Club's
luxury motor yacht, "Puteri Maimunah", for a discovery or sunset tour of
the beautiful Langkawi islands.
For dinners, Langkawi yacht Club is the perfect place to enjoy a long
cool drink and a delightful meal in relaxing surroundings. Breath taking
views of Langkawi's beautiful islands and sunset can be enjoyed from its
beachfront restaurant called "Charlie's Place" or from the "Captain's
Deck", its fine dining restaurant. The above facilities are open to
public. Tel: 04-9664078.
Located along Jalan Kisap,
5 km north of Kuah town and 20 km from the airport, Langkawii 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
At Langkawii Crystal 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.
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