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Langkawi Island Malaysia

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.

Langkawi is accessible from the mainland by ferry and by air, is a duty-free port, and offers an idyllic retreat from the rigors of urban life.

Beaches - Pentai Cenang - About 25kms southwest of Kuah lies the famous white sandy beach of Pantai Cenang: a lively beach with a number of restaurants and bars and facilities for water sports and fishing. Boats for island hopping can also be hired here.

Pentai Tengah - At the southern end of Pantai Cenang is another stretch of quieter beach, with less development, but with sailboats, catamarans and canoes for hire. Nearby is the18-hole course of the Langkawi Golf Club, which fronts the beach.

Pantai Tanjung Rhu - This beach is the finest stretch of beach on Langkawi, which is lined with whispering casuarina trees and sparkling shallow water. The Cave of Legends is just around a promontory, and can be reached by boats that are hired on the beach.

Pantai Pasir Hitam - About 2 kms west of Tanjung Rhu is Pantai Pasir Hitam, a sandy beach streaked with black, caused by deposits of mineral oxides from a nearby spring. The sea is dotted with large boulders and rock formations, and there is a jetty with fishing boats, food and souvenir stalls.

Islands - Pulau Rebak - 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.

Pulau Tepor - Not far off is another island worth exploring called Pulau Tepor, which can be reached by a boat hired from Cenang Beach.

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

Kuah - Kuah is a thriving town with many duty-free shops and handicraft centres. This main commercial hive of Langkawi is also known for its good restaurants with notable Malay and Indian fare as well as seafood cooked Chinese-style.

Points of interest include the Dataran Lang or Eagle Square, which has a magnificent 18m marble eagle as a centrepiece; and nearby is the Mahsuri Mausoleum, and the Galeria Perdana.

Further afield, visits should include the Laman Padi and Underwater World Langkawi (both situated in the vicinity of Pentai Cenang Beach), the Oriental Village (overlooking beautiful Burau Bay), the Telaga Tujah (Seven Wells), the Taman Lagenda, the Padang Matsirat, the Craft Cultural Complex, and the Ayer Hangat Village.



Sungai Kilim Nature Park - Spread over an area of 100 sq kms, a boat cruise takes visitors to the Kilim Nature Park, which 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 Dayang Bunting - 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 Payar Marine Park & Gua Langsir - Located 30kms south of Langkawi this marine 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, and picnic and barbeque facilities. The journey to the Marine Park takes an hour or so from Kuah jetty by speedboat or catamaran.