Pulau Langkawi is the main island of a group of 104 islands situated in the Andaman Sea, south of Thailand. It is a duty-free island famous for its beaches, superb resorts and refreshing nature-based activities.
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||Kuah is located on the south-eastern tip of Langkawi and is the island's main town with Kuah Jetty being the take-off point to the neighbourin islands.
Padang Matsirat is a quiet and peaceful location in Langkawi's green and peaceful interior and originally a series of padi fields. Padang Masirat was originally the name of the padi fields which were set on fire by villagers when they were attacked by the Siamese in 1821. Occurring soon after Mahsuri's death, this was the first indication that Mahsuri's curse was coming to pass. What's intriguing is that visitors can still find burnt rice grains on the ground two hundred years after the incident occurred.
Pulau Langkawi's popular beaches are Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tanjung Rhu, Pantai Pasir Hitam, Pantai Kok, Pantai Tengah, Burau Bay and Datai Bay . Off the main island are Pulau Singa Besar, Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Payar.
Pulau Singa Besar, about 40 minutes by boat from Langkawi's Kuah jetty is a Permanent Bird and Animal Sanctuary and makes an ideal island-hopping stopover.
|Pulau Rebak, on the other hand, has a privately developed luxurious resort, Rebak Marina, equipped with all modern facilities.
Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of Pregnant Maiden) is associated with folklores of childless couples blessed with children after visiting this island.
Pulau Payar, a marine park, lies 19 nautical miles south of Langkawi. The waters off this island are zoned for preservation of marine life.
Other interesting places include Seven Wells (Telaga Tujuh), Kota Mahsuri, Underwater World Langkawi, Lake of the Pregnant Maiden, Royal Langkawi Yatch Club (RLYC) and Awana Porto Malai Langkawi.
Activities: Island hopping, water skiing, snorkelling, diving and other water-based activities.
Visitors travelling by road have to drive to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis on north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the main take-off points by ferry to Langkawi. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kedah takes about 6 hours while Kuala Perlis is an additional hour away. Car parking facilities are availabe at both jetties.
The Langkawi International Airport at Padang Matsirat is about 20 km from Kuah and 8 km from the beach resorts on Cenang Beach. Direct air services from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi are provided by Malaysia Airlines on a daily basis and AirAsia 5 times weekly. Silk Air flies 4 times a week from Singapore to the island. There are also direct international flights to Langkawi from London.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) or Malayan Railway provides comfortable and economical rail services from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar and Arau. From Alor Setar or Arau, you can take a taxi or bus to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis respectively and then proceed by ferry to Langkawi.
Express ferries provide regular services daily to Langkawi from both Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. The journey to Langkawi from Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis takes 1 hour 15 minutes and 45 minutes respectively. The journey from Penang to Langkawi by ferry takes about 2 hours 30 minutes.
A novel way to take a holiday to Langkawi is by cruise ship. Cruises are of varying duration depending on the ports of call en route to Langkawi. Embarkation points are at Port Klang and Singapore.
The Le Tour de Langkawi, an annual cycling event for international professional cyclists.
Cultural dances, parades, performances and a variety of shows accompany this pretigious event.
The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), a biennial event which showcases the latest state-of-art equipment and technology in the aerospace, air defence and civil aviation industries.
The Royal Langkawi International Regatta is a prestigious sailing event that attracted 60 yatchs with 400 participants to the inaugural regatta in 2003.
The Raja Muda International Regatta is Malaysia's longest established yatch regatta that aims to provide fun racing environment. The fleet races over 7 days from Port Klang, near Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi, stopping over in Pangkor and Penang on the way.
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