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Langkawi is a district in Kedah and an archipelago with 99 islands. It is located in the Andaman Sea, about 30 kilometres away from the coast of northwestern Malaysia. The Langkawi Island and the rest of the islands nearby belong to the state of Kedah. The Langkawi Island is the largest island among the archipelago and it is one of the two inhabited islands.
There are quite a number of stories of where the island got its name but the best and most popular one is from the combinations of two names. The word Langkawi is divided into two parts; Lang, shortened from ‘helang’, the Malay word for eagle and ‘kawi’ which is a type of red stone, that is used as chalk. Another famous story of the name origin is that it is believed to be related to the Kingdom of Langkasuka that was centred in the modern-day Kedah. Today, the official name of Langkawi is Langkawi Permata Kedah which literally translates into the Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah. The name was consented by then-Sultan, Sultan Abdul Halim, in the year 2008 in conjunction of his golden jubilee celebration.
Langkawi remained as a sleepy backwater until 1987 when it was granted a tax-free status and a transformation into a major tourist spot. Since then, the island of Langkawi has been one of the best tourist spots in Malaysia among the locals and foreigners. A short family vacation or even honeymoon, Langkawi is definitely a great choice!
Langkawi is reachable by either ferry or plane. Langkawi International Airport (IATA: LGK) is located in Padang Matsirat in the west coast of the island. The Langkawi International Airport handles flights from a number of major cities in Malaysia and several Asians cities such as Singapore and Guangzhou, China. Taking a flight to Langkawi is the least hassle and fastest way to travel to awaiting vacation time.
Getting to the main town of Langkawi, Kuah, from the airport is easy and convenient by getting a taxi. It is recommended to buy the taxi coupon from the stands available inside the airport. This is to prevent from being scammed by the illegal taxi drivers. The taxi coupon price depends on the destination on the island. Going into Kuah town, the coupon is around RM 24 per taxi.
Tourists also may book private car or vans to take them to their accommodation in Langkawi before arriving on the island. There are many car-renting services, with or without a driver/tour guide, available on the island.
There is also an option to take the ferry to cross the Strait of Malacca from the mainland of Malaysia. Two jetties, located in Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis, are available every day and the crossing trip will take about an hour and forty-five minutes. The ferries not only carry passengers but they also can carry the vehicles. The fare starts from RM 7 for an infant up to RM 18 for an adult. For those who bring their vehicle, it starts as low as RM 40 for a bicycle, to RM 60 for motorcycles and up to RM 400 for cars, depending on the type and the cc. These prices are from Kuala Perlis Jetty. All of the ferries will be docking at the Jetty Point Kuah, just ten minutes away from Kuah town.
Langkawi has been booming as a tourist destination ever since the developments and transformations. There are tons of things to do in Langkawi, ranging from touring the historical and legendary places to sit back and relax simply.
This is the crypt of Mahsuri of Langkawi Island, Langkawi’s most famous legend. The mystical stories and legends of Mahsuri will engulf the tourists who come here. It is said that Mahsuri had curse Langkawi to have a seven-generation of bad lucks. These stories and legends are told in the gallery of Mahsuri’s Tomb that is located in Kampung Mawar, in the middle of the island. The place opens every day from 9 Am until 5 PM. For Malaysians, remember to bring MyKad to get a cheaper entrance free. Mahsuri’s Tomb is a must-visit place in Langkawi.
Langkawi Cable Car
This cable car ride brings the visitors to the top of Mount Mat Cinchang and during the 15-minute ride, enjoy the breathtaking views of the thick rainforests, islets and waterfalls scatter around. The trip to the top starts from the Oriental Village down below. Along the way, the cable car will stop at several places, complete with viewing decks and visitors are free to disembark from the car to enjoy the views from different heights and take the next car to get to the top. At 708 meter-tall peak, visitors can enjoy the cooling breeze apart from amazing scenery.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
This is a 125 metre-long curved pedestrian bridge above the Mount Mat Cinchang that give the viewers a stunning and mesmerizing sight of the mountain, the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls and several islets surrounding Langkawi Island. The sky bridge is only accessible via the Langkawi Cable Car ride at its final station. The ticket for an adult is RM 45 and RM 32 for a child, and for Malaysians, do bring the MyKad there will be a discount. The Langkawi Sky Bridge opens every day from 9.30 AM until 7 PM.
Eagle Square, or commonly known as Datang Lang, is a prominent landmark of Langkawi located in Kuah. It is a 12 meter-tall sculpture of an eagle that looks like it is going to fly away. This huge sculpture is built as a commemoration of the origin of Langkawi’s name. The eagle sculpture is also the first view of Langkawi Island that will greet the passengers of ferries coming into the island. A trip to Langkawi Island is not complete without at least a picture under this magnificent eagle. The Eagle Square opens every day.
Great food is easily found throughout Malaysia, catering to local taste and delights. Langkawi Island also has their own special flavours that one should not forget to get a taste when vacationing there. Langkawi’s cuisines are mostly revolved around seafood as they are abundantly available. The flavours are influenced with Thai’s and since it is a popular tourist spot, international flavours area also adapted into the dishes in Langkawi. Other Malaysians tastes are also widely available.
Laksa is a noodle dish with gravy or soup. The type and flavours depend on the area where the laksa is being made. Laksa is one of the popular laksas in Malaysia. This version is made up of rice noodles and with refreshing sour and spicy fish broth. Langkawi Island serves as one of the best laksa and it is best to eat for lunch or dinner, sometime for afternoon tea.
Seafood is abundant in Langkawi Island. There are quite a number of restaurants on the island that specialised and served seafood, mostly with Chinese and Thai’s flavours. Do not miss a chance to try delicious seafood that comes with reasonable price tags.
Payar Island is a marine park that is just 19 nautical miles south of Langkawi. There are many endangered species of fish and other marine lives within the sanctuary. The Payar Island is popular among visitors as its waters are ideal for snorkelling, diving and swimming. The waters contain beautiful coral gardens that are simply mesmerizing. The Payar Island is accessible via Kuah Jetty in Langkawi Island and the trip will take about an hour to reach. The Payar Island is the perfect weekend gateway when in Langkawi.
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