Langkawi is a district made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast and surrounded by turquoise sea, picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. It is divided into 6 mukims which are Ayer Hangat, Bohor, Kedawang, Kuah, Padang Matsirat, Ulu Melaka. It is a duty free area which sells duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate and famous for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem. The population in Ulu Melaka is mostly Malay which practice Islam. Other major religions are Hinduism (mainly among Indians), Buddhism (mainly among Chinese and Thai) and Christianity (mostly Chinese). Standard Malay is the official language and is used in formal occasions and English is widely spoken and understood by the locals.
There are schedule for ferry from places such as Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, Penang and Tamalang to Langkawi Jetty Point. There is also ferry service to Satun town and to Ko Lipe Island in Thailand. From The jetty, you can take a taxi or rent a car to Ulu Melaka area by using Langkawi road or Padang gaong road which takes another 20 minutes.
From KLIA to Langkawi International Airport, flights such as Air Asia, Malindo Air and Malaysia Airlines take around 55 minutes. Once you reach airport, you can take a taxi or rent a car to Ulu Melaka area by using Ulu Melaka road or Nyior Chabang road which takes another 20 minutes.
Spread across nearly six acres, Underwater World Langkawi is one of the island’s best-known attractions and located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang as well as 25 minutes away from Ulu Melaka. The huge white-washed structure houses more than 200 different species of marine and freshwater fish including harbour seals, rockhopper penguins, sharks, giant rays and the enormous Amazonian arapaima which is the biggest freshwater fish in the world. The complex is divided into three sections which are tropical Rainforest, temperate and sub-antarctic. The Sub-Antarctic is known for the ‘penguin-arium’ which is a home to little and adorable rockhopper and black-footed penguins and there are Perch Jungle Carps, Orange Spotted Stingrays, Silver Dollar, Red-tailed Catfish and Bala Sharks which you can find at freshwater section. Underwater World also has an educational Resource Centre, a cafeteria and a three-dimensional (3D) theatre and a giant walk-through six million litre underwater tunnel tank which houses an extensive number of fish including sharks, giant stingrays and green turtles.
Located only 30 minutes away from Ulu Melaka, this Island Hopping attraction visits island such as Beras Basah Island, Dayang Bunting Island, Singa Besar Island. The island hopping service starts as early as 9:30am to 1:30pm and latest is at 2:30pm.Visitors are required to be at the Teluk Baru Jetty and the boat will go to the Pulau Beras Basah where the time given is around 1 hour. Next, Pulau Singa Besar is a place where people can enjoy their time with eagles and to Pulau Dayang Bunting where Tasik Dayang Bunting takes place. This schedule is depends on weather and condition of sea. Besides that, this service offers package only for RM300 for chartered boat or pay RM35 per person for sharing. Visitors are advised to bring your swimming suit and life jacket for safety.
Set amidst the peaceful surroundings, guests can enjoy the sights of mist-covered hills and the sounds of chirping rainforest birds. Dream Garden Resort Langkawi is located in Ayer Hangat area and features 26 individual cottage rooms. The accommodation will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with free toiletries. In addition, the resort provides a tour desk and free Wi-Fi access as well as luggage storage and free parking on site.
Featuring an outdoor pool and a spacious 3-bedroom villa with teak wood furnishings, Pak Raja Villas is located in Ulu Melaka Valley on Langkawi Island. Pak Raja Villas is around 8 kilometres from the Craft Cultural Complex and Langkawi Airport and only takes 30 minutes by car to reach Kuah Town and Langkawi Jetty. The air-conditioned bedrooms come with attached bathrooms equipped with seating and dining areas and a kitchenette with microwave, electric kettle and refrigerator are also included. There are multi-purpose hall and barbecue facilities as well as free private parking.