Home   Tailor Made Holidays   Contact Us    Elegant Travels  
Other Regions: | East Coast | Highlands and Lakes | Kuala Lumpur | Pangkor (Island) | Penang (Island) | Sabah (Borneo) | Sarawak (Borneo) | Sibu (Island) | Singapore | Tioman (Island) | West Coast |

About Region - Langkawi (Island), Malaysia

<Previous Page
Langkawi (Island) Region Image Gallery
The largest of a cluster of 99 islands in the state of Kedah, Langkawi is a beautiful island with mile after mile of powdery white sand, crystal clear waters with abundant marine life, and emerald green mountains. Mystical legends abound, and practically every popular place is steeped in mystery and myth. The origins of the island are symbolised by a gigantic statue of a red eagle, for which Langkawi is named. Langkawi is accessible from the mainland by ferry and by air, and is a popular destination for national and international visitors. It is a duty-free port, which when added to the beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings, offers an idyllic retreat from the rigors of the urban jungle.
Kuah
Kuah is a thriving town with many duty-free shops and handicraft centres. This main commercial hive of Langkawi is quickly expanding as old wooden buildings make way for modern development. There are several good restaurants and the Malay and Indian fare is notable as well as seafood cooked Chinese-style.
Pentai Cenang Beach
About 25kms southwest of Kuah lies the famous white sandy beach of Pantai Cenang where most of the beach chalets and resorts are located. It is a lively beach with a number of restaurants and bars offering good food and drinks. There are facilities for sailing, canoeing, snorkelling and fishing. Boats for island hopping can be hired here.
Pantai Tanjung Rhu Beach
Pantai Tanjung Rhu Beach, whose name means 'the Cape of the Pine Trees', is the finest stretch of beach on Langkawi, exclusive with the Tanjung Thu Resort occupying the best possible position, together with the newly opened luxury resort, the Four Seasons.
Other Beaches
Pentai Tengah - At the southern end of Pantai Cenang is another stretch of quieter beach, which curves past a rocky point. There is less development here but there are sailboats, catamarans and canoes for hire. Nearby is the Langkawi Golf Club, and 18-hole course, which fronts the beach.

Pantai Kok - The long public beach features the Summer Palace from the set of the film 'Anna and the King', adjoining Burau Bay.

Pantai Pasir Hitam - Some 2 kms west of Tanjung Rhu is Pantai Pasir Hitam, a beach streaked with black sand. Deposits of mineral oxides from a nearby spring cause the streaks. The sea is dotted with large boulders. A jetty with fishing boats moored, food and souvenir stalls are some of the local attractions.
Underwater World Langkawi
Situated along Pentai Cenang Beach this is one of the largest aquariums in Asia. It has a 15m-long walk through tunnel from which can be viewed more than 5000 types of marine life in over 100 tanks. The building is also a duty free complex.
Oriental Village
Overlooking beautiful Burau Bay, the Oriental Village is one of the region's newest and most unique shopping, cultural and culinary destinations. Specially designed to provide a new concept in resort duty-free shopping, the Oriental Village also houses fine themed restaurants, reflecting Asia's culinary delights. A specially designed food court offers a variety of local fare.
The village offers shoppers a bewildering range of international designer labels and local products. Bold displays of culture and fashion and fascinating handicraft demonstrations by skilled craftsmen add to the enjoyment of shopping here. A delightful inn completes the village concept while cultural and theatre performances enhance the Oriental theme.
Sungai Kilim Nature Park
Spread over an area of 100 sq kms, Kilim Nature Park features a beautiful mix of well-protected green mangrove forests, isolated white beaches and blue lagoons. A nature trail following the calm winding river, show the wonders of the park's marine ecosystem, flora and fauna, and its natural habitats like the overhanging Bogak Trees, Brown Eagles, Tree Crabs, Iguanas and Macaques. Scenic and spectacular views can be enjoyed of unique limestone rock formations emerging from the floor of the mangrove swamps and the sea. These fascinating geological wonders have been variously named as the Temple of Borobodur, the Elephant Stone and the Hanging Gardens. Gua Cerita (Cave of Legends) and Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave) are steeped in fabled tales of mystery and romance.
Pulau Payar Marine Park & Gua Langsir
Located 30kms south of Langkawi this marine park was the first to be established off the West coast of Malaysia. The park extends over a number of islands, with Pulau Payar being the largest, and is reputed to support the most number of coral species in the country. It is a sanctuary to many endangered species of marine life and its calm and clear waters make it ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. There is a floating platform moored off Pulau Payar, which has a restaurant and underwater observation chamber to view the marine life surrounding the reef, or visitors can take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat. Payar has a Visitors' Centre, hiking trails, gazebos, picnic and barbeque facilities. The journey to the Marine Park takes an hour or so from Kuah jetty by speedboat or catamara.
Pulau Dayang Bunting Island
This jungle-clad island lies south of Langkawi and makes an interesting island-hopping stop. Marble is quarried on the island and shipped to the mainland for processing. In the interior is a small freshwater crater lake known as Tasik Dayang Bunting, or the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden. A tranquil spot, the water is excellent for a cool swim. Legend has it that a childless girl drank the fresh waters of the lake and had a baby girl. When the baby died, her spirit turned into a white crocodile, which is reputed to live in the lake.
Pulau Rebak Island
This island lies opposite Pantai Cenang and at low tide a sandbar allows visitors to walk across and view the marine life caught in the tidal pools. Not far off is another island worth exploring called Pulau Tepor, which can be reached by a boat hired from Cenang Beach.
Dataran Lang
Near Kuah jetty is the Dataran Lang or Eagle Square, which has a magnificent 18m marble eagle as a centrepiece. In the same area are an amphitheatre, two covered terraces, two restaurants and various tableaux showing the legends of the island.
Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri Mausoleum)
Located 12kms northwest of Kuah the Mausoleum marks the spot where Mahsuri, a famous legendary figure, was buried. In the vicinity there are souvenir shops and a kampung house containing ancient artefacts.
Galeria Perdana
About 10kms from Kuah, at Kilim, this Galeria houses an impressive collection of over 2,500 state gifts and awards presented to the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his wife. The exhibits include fine crystal ware and gifts 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 cars and four-wheel drive vehicles.
Laman Padi Museum
This padi museum, located in the vicinity of Pantai Cenang, offers an insight into the many activities and implements involved in the cultivation of padi. There are charts, photographs and artefacts in the museum. The complex also houses a rooftop garden with fragrant padi plots and a rice farm where visitors can participate in padi planting activities. A restaurant offers traditional Malay food and cakes using rice as the main ingredient. Other attractions include a herbal garden, souvenirs and handicraft. Rice-based food demonstrations, festivals and themed exhibitions are also held here.
Telaga Tujah (Seven Wells)
Some 2.5kms walk from Pantai Kok likes Telaga Tujuh, so called because this freshwater stream cascades about 100m down a hillside through seven pools. The slippery rocks on the lower pools are like slides which children enjoy. The area offers a refreshing escape for a day.
Pantai Tanjung Rhu
This beach, whose name means 'the Cape of the Pine Trees', is the finest stretch of beach on Langkawi, exclusive with the Tanjung Thu Resort occupying the best possible position, together with the newly opened luxury resort, the Four Seasons.
Pantai Pasir Hitam
Some 2 kms west of Tanjung Rhu is Pantai Pasir Hitam, a beach streaked with black sand. Deposits of mineral oxides from a nearby spring cause the streaks. The sea is dotted with large boulders. A jetty with fishing boats moored, food and souvenir stalls are some of the local attractions.
Taman Lagenda
All the famous legends of Langkawi are portrayed within several buildings in this picturesque garden of plants, flowers and fruit trees. Visitors can walk through to learn about Mahsuri, the field of burnt rice and how various districts in Langkawi got their names. There are also some fine examples of Malaysian handicraft on display here.
Padang Matsirat
'The field of burnt rice' is the historical place where villagers torched the padi fields to prevent Siamese invaders from getting the rice grains. Unfortunately the fire also destroyed their buried cache of grains, and villagers maintain that to this day heavy rain sometimes brings traces of burnt rice grains to the surface.
Craft Cultural Complex
This magnificent complex is situated some 45 minutes drive from Kuah town, and offers a wide range of Malaysian handicraft such as delicate hand-drawn batik and intricately carved silverware.
Ayer Hangat Village
This village is a cultural entertainment complex built around the Telaga Ayer Hangat, or hot springs. The village has day-long cultural experiences for visitors to involve themselves in, such as making handicrafts, planting padi, playing some sport, or learning traditional dances like the Ronggeng or Joget. The hot spring has three tiers with varying temperature levels for those who would like a dip.
Region Hotels List
Back To Previous Page

Call Us:    0208 099 9651
 
 
Email Us:
info@eleganttravels.co.uk
ATOL PROTECTED - The air holidays and flights on this website are ATOL protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9438. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. This protection only covers holidays that originate in the U.K.
© Elegant Travel Ltd 2014 - All Rights Reserved.