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Langkawi is known as the Jewel of Kedah – Part 1

Langkawi is known as the Jewel of Kedah.

Overview of Langkawi

• It is an archipelago of 99 islands.
• There are present an extra 5 temporary islands that are revealed at low tide.
• They are all in the Andaman Sea.
• They are some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.
• The islands are a part of the state of Kedah.
• This is adjacent to the Thai border.
• The largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi.
• The only other inhabited island is nearby and name is Pulau Tuba.
• Langkawi is also an administrative district.
• The town of Kuah is the capital.
• It is also the largest town.
• Langkawi is a duty-free island.
• This is sheltered by the mountainous backbone of Peninsular Malaysia.
• Langkawi means reddish brown eagle in colloquial Malay.
• The Malay word for eagle is helang – shortened is “lang”.
• Kawi means the color reddish brown.
• It was given the title of “Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah” in 2008.
• It was given the name by Kedah’s Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah as part of his golden jubilee.
• This was to impress on tourists that it was part of Kedah.
• Langkawi is a cluster of 99 islands.
• It is separated from mainland Malaysia by the Straits of Malacca.
• It is a district of the state of Kedah in Northern Malaysia.
• It lies about 51 km to the west of Kedah.
• The total land mass of the islands is 47,848 hectares.
• The main island of Langkawi itself has a total of 32,000 hectares.
• The main island spans about 25 km from north to south and slightly more for east and west.
• The coastal areas consist of flat, alluvial plains.
• They have limestone ridges.
• Two-thirds of the island is dominated by forest-covered mountains, hills and natural vegetation.
• The island’s oldest geological formation is Gunung Matchincang.
• It was the first part of South-East Asia.
• This rose from the seabed in the Cambrian period more than half a billion years ago.
• The oldest part of the formation is observable at Teluk Datai.
• This is situated to the north-west of the island.
• Here the exposed outcrop consists of mainly sandstone (quartzite) in the upper parts.
• Shale and mudstone are present in the lower parts of the sequence.

Facts about Langkawi

• Country : Malaysia
• State : Kedah
• Establishment : 1957
• Granted municipal status in : 2001
• Area of City : 478.5 km2 (184.7 sq mi)
• Population City : 64,792
• Density : 140/km2 (350/sq mi)
• Metro : 64,792
• Time zone : MST (UTC+8)
• Summer (DST) : Not observed (UTC)
• Website : http://mplbp.gov.my

Langkawi has
– natural white sand beaches
– lush jungle foliage
– craggy mountain peaks
• The 10,000 hectares of Langkawi along with its 99 islands were declared a Geopark by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2007.

Places to see in Langkawi

1. Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls aka Seven Wells
• Gunung Mat Cincang
• Northwest corner of the island
• 45 kms from Kuah
• 10 minutes walking distance from Oriental village and cable car.
• Ph: +60 4 9667789
• This waterfall is named after the seven natural pools along its path.
• Legend has it that fairies used to come down to the pools to bathe and frolic.
• There are 2 viewing areas at Telaga Tujuh.
• The lower area is at the base of the waterfall.
• The higher area is where the 7 pools are.
• One can bathe in the pools and even slide down the slick rock between them.
• There is also a jungle trekking course available at the site.
• This will lead through a trail of up to 2,500 m, up 2 different mountains.
• This trail is achievable with slippers.
• It is best to wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots.
• Some segments of the trail are nearly vertical.
• These trails are not recommended for family trips.
• Gunung Raya is tallest mountain on the island, at an elevation of 881m.
• There are spectacular views from the top.
• There is a resort hotel serving meals and indifferent coffee at the summit.
• There is a lookout tower.
• One may climb for RM 10.

2. Crocodile Adventure land
• Jalan Datai, Mk. Ayer Hangat
• PH: +60 4 9592559
• Daily, 9AM-6PM
• Show Time: Daily at 11.15am & 2:45PM
• Hourly feedings to over 1,000 crocodiles and alligators
• One can witness a boxing match of man vs crocodile.
• Take a ride in a rickshaw drawn by a crocodile.
• Adult RM15, child RM10 (below 12 yrs)

Best time to visit/climate

• Langkawi receives more than 2,400 mm (94 in) of rain annually.
• Langkawi has a true dry season from December until February.
• From March until November is a long raining season.
• August is the wettest month.
• August receives more than 500 mm (20 in) normally.
• The highest precipitation (2009) = 2,694.6 mm (106.09 in).
• The lowest precipitation (2010) = 2,238.6 mm (88.13 in).

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Langkawi International Airport is located at Padang Matsirat.
• This is on the northwestern part of the island.
The following airlines offer service to and from Langkawi:
– AirAsia to Singapore, Penang and KLIA
– Malaysia Airlines to KLIA
– Firefly to KL’s Subang airport and Penang
– SilkAir from Singapore.
Direct flights are available to Langkawi from Penang, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hat Yai, and Phuket.

2. By boat
Langkawi Ferry operates fast A/C boats from
• Kuala Perlis (RM18, 75 min)
• Kuala Kedah (RM23, 105 min)
• Penang (RM60, 165 min)
• Satun (RM30 or THB300, 75 min)
• Satun ferry to Langkawi: last boat departs Satun at 4PM.

Telaga Harbour operates ferries from Ko Lipe, Thailand twice per day during the high season.
– Timings: 9:30AM and 2:30PM (RM128 1-way, RM248 return, 75 min).
– These boats dock at the south end of Pattaya Beach.
– Bookings can be made online.

Some Travel Books on Malaysia

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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Accomodations at langkawi-info.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org

Blogs/Sites about Langkawi – Malaysia

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at langkawi-info.com
blogs at lonelyplanet.com
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.in

Images and photos about Langkawi – Malaysia

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at langkawi-info.com
images at tripadvisor.in

Videos of Langkawi – Malaysia

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