Off the coast of Kedah is a cluster of 99 islands with the best of many worlds; beautiful beaches, world-class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.
Langkawi has a lingering legend woven into its history. Ask anyone in Langkawi about the tragic legend of a beautiful young lady named Mahsuri, and you’ll hear a tale of love, jealousy and a curse that was placed upon the island by her for seven generations. Today, the seventh generation of Langkawi’s inhabitants has long come and gone, but people here still believe that the prosperity and blessings the islands enjoy today and the passing of the curse is not a pure coincidence. The mysticism of this legend can be felt in many parts of this island, especially at Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri’s Mausoleum) where the famous legendary figure is said to be buried.
Head up the thrilling new cable car to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi’s second highest mountain - for an unrivalled view of the entire main island and beyond. You can also visit the Field of Burnt Rice, the Hot Springs, Telaga Tujuh (The Seven Wells) and the Beach of Black Sand. Boat tours are organised to Tasik Dayang Bunting, (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories) and the Gua Langsir (Curtain Cave). And if you’re outdoorsier, why not go trekking through the pristine rainforest that blankets most of Langkawi, or go on a boat tour of the mangroves, go diving, or play a round of golf at some of the 5-star resorts. Langkawi also has an underwater world, containing an underground tunnel that runs though a giant aquarium that has gotten rave reviews.
Langkawi’s beaches and islands are some of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia. Picture this; white sand glistening in the light of the tropical sun, calmed by the gentle sea breeze as gulls and eagles soar in the sky. For sand or surf, you won’t be disappointed with what Langkawi has to offer.
How to get there?
Plane: The Langkawi international Airport at Padang Matsirat is about 20km from Kuah and 8km from the beach resorts in Pantai Cenang. Direct air services from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi are provided by Malaysia Airlines and Firefly from Penang (www.fireflyz.com.my), take minimum 55 minutes.There are also direct international flights to Langkawi from London, Osaka and Taipei.
Rail: Malayan Railway provides comfortable and economical rail services. Senandung Langkawi Express runs daily from KL Central; Butterworth; Padang Besar/Haadyai. Alor Setar (Kedah) and/or Arau (Perlis) are the nearest station to go to Langkawi Island. From Alor Setar or Arau, buses and taxis are available to Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis respectively, and then proceed by Express Ferry Services to take you to Langkawi island.
Road: Driving has been much facilitated by the North-South Expressway. The journey by road from Kuala Lumpur takes approximately six hours to Kuala Kedah and approximately seven hours to Kuala Perlis, then proceed by Express Ferry Services to take you to Langkawi Island. Car parks service allow to leave cars safely. Car transit to Langkawi can be arrange one day before. Frequent express buses offer comfortable rides from Kuala Lumpur to terminal Shahab perdana in Alor Setar. Travellers can take bus or taxi to Jetty Kuala Kedah from Shahab Perdana.
Ferry: All other modes of entry from the mainland like Rail and Road, etc. must rely on the Ferry Services once reach Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis. From mainland Malaysia, Express Ferries Services provide daily regular services to Langkawi Island, operate from three locations; Ferry Service also Available from Satun (Thailand) to Langkawi.
Could you see another amazing place than langkawi? Beautiful sweeping coastline, sandy bays, inviting warm water and tropical vegetation, it’s no wonder why the island is renowned for some of Malaysia’s finest beaches among locals and sun-loving tourists from across the globe.
Over the 99 islands most are uninhabited, a few have been designated for tourism development so that visitors from all over the world can admire and appreciate the magical beauty of Langkawi. Many island tours are available from reputable operators to explore these exotic getaways.
For beautiful scenery, great adventures and five-star conveniences, Langkawi is the place to getaway.
Langkawi is one of the premier duty-free shopping destinations in Malaysia. You can find shops, bazaars and shopping centres throughout the island, especially those in the high-traffic areas such as Kuah, Oriental Village, Pantai Chenang and Pantai Tengah offer a good selection of clothing, cosmetics, shoes, handbags, household products and electronics. From the antique and the exotic to the latest in fashion, the constantly changing product range includes an extensive collection of designer labels from the fashion capitals of the world that have made their way to this paradise of an island.
There are currently four shopping malls on the island — Jetty Point Mall, Langkawi Fair Shopping Centre, Langkawi Parade and the much smaller one-tenant Zon Shopping Centre that adjoins the Underwater World at Pantai Cenang as well as at the Langkawi Wildlife Park at Jalan Air Hangat.
A good place to start your shopping spree is the modern Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall, consisting of 100 retail lots housed in a 2-storey building. Its anchor tenant, the Billion Department Store, stocks a wide selection of items such as perfumes and fragrances, cosmetics, leather wear, sports gear, ladies’ accessories, confectionery, liquor and cigarettes The other shopping outlets to check out in Kuah is the Langkawi Duty Free (M) Sdn. Bhd, Haji Ismail Group and the Saga Shopping Centre. All the establishments offer almost similar range of duty-free products. The difference is probably in the pricing and staff friendliness.
What a fantastic taste that you can find it here!! Having your meals with warm beaches, gentle breeze, clear waters and magnificent seafood. As an island surround by azure blue seas that hold a rich variety of marine life, it’s no wonder that Langkawi has a buffet spread of culinary delights from the sea. The popular eating destinations are Kuah Town, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok (the last three are beaches) but you can find eateries all over the island that will satisfy your palette. And just as Langkawi’s visitors are diverse in cultures, you’ll find the food on the island carry influences from around the world; there’s shrimp on the barbie to burgers and bratwurst to seafood platters. Plenty of up market hotels stock contemporary international cuisine and you’ll find the resorts to be excellent dining places for local food as well. But for that rustic feeling, it can’t get better than eating out among the natives at their regular hideouts.
Kuah town offers everything from fast food to fine dining. You can decide if you’d like to eat in a restaurant, coffee shop, fast food or hotel outlet, indoors or out.
Pantai Cenang, the island’s liveliest beach, has some colourful dining outlets serving all kinds of food. A popular place for good Chinese and western food at reasonable cost is the Hot Wok Cafe. For Malay and western fare, try the Restoran Pantai at the northern end, a pricier establishment but with fine ambience. In between, there are The Backofen, a German restaurant, and The Champor-Champor, a garden restaurant serving western and Asian cuisine.
Pantai Tengah can be regarded as the more popular destinations in Langkawi. As such, there is no lack of eateries there from the backpacker to the food connoisseur. Starting from simple local places till more sophisticated restaurants. At the adjacent Pantai Tengah, some decently priced eateries can be found. Such of the restaurant are at Charlie Motel (Thai/Malaysian food), Hoyas Cafe (pastries and good breakfast meals) and White Sand Seafood Restaurant (Chinese style).
Many of the eating-places here cater mostly to the up market crowd, placing a lot of emphasis on elegance and atmosphere as well as fine dining. Pantai Kok does not have as many simple restaurants as Pantai Cenang and Kuah town but then again, you might be able to come across a gem or two.
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