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Langkawi is known as the Jewel of Kedah – Part 2

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.

Attractions of Langkawi – Malaysia

1. Underwater World
• Location : Pantai Cenang
• Ph:+60 4 9556100
• 9:30 AM-6:30 PM on weekdays
• 9:30 AM-8:30 PM on weekends
• This is an indoor aquarium.
• Catch the feeding times.
• Price: RM38 for adults and RM28 for children

2. Eagle Square
• The square features a giant eagle statue.
• It is beautifully landscaped with scenic ponds, bridges and covered terraces.
• It is beautiful when illuminated at night.

3. Legend Garden
• Location: 400 meters from Kuah Jetty beside the CHOGM Park and Al-Hana Mosque
• Ph:+60 4 9664223
• Timings: 8 AM-11 PM daily
• This is a beautiful garden that is located on 50 acres.
• This is designed based on Langkawi heritage.
• Price: Adults: RM5, Children: RM2.50

4. Laman Padi Rice Garden
• Location: northern end of Pantai Cenang, opposite Casa Del Mar Hotel
• Ph: +60 4 955 4312.
• Timings: 10am-6pm
• Rice fields and nice landscaping.
• There is a museum which details process of cultivating rice in English.
• Entry: Free.

5. Oriental Village
• This is an Asian-themed village.
• It features:
– Restaurants
– An exotic snake charmer
– Jugglers
– Silat displays
– Traditional music
– Kite flying demonstrations
– Palmistry
– Portrait painting

6. Galeria Perdana
• Ph: +60 4 959 1498
• Timings: 10am to 5pm and closed on Mondays.
• Museum featuring gifts Malaysia has received from foreign countries.
• Price: RM10

7. Summer Palace
• Location: Pantai Kok
• The building has now been closed off as it needs repairs.
• Price : Adults RM5, Children RM3.50

8. Ibrahim Hussein Foundation Museum
• Teluk Datai
• Ph: +60 4 959 4669
• Opening Timings : 10am-6pm
• There are abstract paintings in this museum.
• Price : RM12

Beaches in Langkawi

1. Pantai Cenang
• This is the most popular beach in Langkawi.
• It features fine powdery sand and many beachfront restaurants and bars.
• It is situated at the south-western tip of the island which is 2 km long.

2. Pantai Tengah
• It is situated just south of Pantai Cenang.
• It is 1 km long.
• The name means ‘Middle Beach’.

3. Pantai Kok
• It is an isolated and relatively undisturbed stretch of beach.
• It is in the western part of Langkawi Island.
• It is 12km north of Pantai Cenang.
It has:
– Telaga Harbour
– Cable-car ride to the peak of Mat Cincang Mountain
– The Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

4. Tanjung Rhu
It is on the northernmost tip of the island. There are:
• Centuries-old limestone caves
• Mangroves
• Waterways
• Limestone crags
• Sandy beaches
This beach is made up of 2 long stretches. It has:
– Tanjong Rhu Resort
– Four Seasons

5. Burau Bay
• This is a beach that is lined with rocky outcrops.
• It is located at the West Coast of Langkawi.

6. Pantai Pasir Hitam
• It means ‘Black Sand’.
• The sand is mixed in white and black shades.
• This is due to rich tin and iron ore deposits.

7. Pasir Tengkorak
It is a beautiful small beach in the North of the island.

Things to do in Langkawi

1. Tours
• Exclusive Private & Sharing Yacht Charter Cruises: +60 13 407 3166
• Mangrove Tour Langkawi: +60 12 578 5408
• Stardust Sailing Yacht, +60 12 4050649
• Island Hopping Tours: takes 4 hours and leave at 9.30 AM and 2.30 PM, RM25-40
• Jet Ski Island Tours or Jet Ski Safari, +60 12 2002155, takes 4 hours and leave at 9.00 AM ending 1.00 PM.

2. Bird watching Tours
• There are over 200 species of birds on the islands.
• The best times to watch them are the early mornings or early evenings.
• RM200 Adult, RM120 child

3. Marinas
• Four first-class marinas provide berths for many international yachts.

4. Kayaking & Swimming Adventure
• 4 hour tour
• Paddle along the mangrove forest
• RM250 Adult, RM120 child
Opportunities to see:
– Kingfishers
– Sea eagles
– Kites
– Plovers
– Herons
– Fiddler crabs
– Mud skippers

5. Jungle Trekking in the Rainforest
• 4 hour tour
• Watch lots of monkeys and birds.
• RM150

6. Mangrove & Limestone Cruise
• 4 hour tour
• RM200 Adult, RM120 child

7. Nature Walk
• 2 hour tour
• RM40 Adult, RM20 child

8. Cable Car Ride & Hanging Bridge, +60 4 959 4225
• Ride the cable car to the top of Gunung Mat chinchang.
• Walk across the 700m high Sky Bridge for a spectacular view of the islands and Thailand.
• Temperatures at the top of the mountain are 4-5?C lower than at sea level
• RM30 Adult, RM20 child

9. Langkawi Cineplex
• A-14-15 Pokok Asam, Kuah 10th floor of Langkawi Parade Shopping Complex
• +60 4 9661006
• feedback@langkawicineplex.com

Other activities
• Scuba Diving & Snorkeling: 120-200 RM
• Eagle Feeding
• Helicopter Joyrides, Pekan Baru, Kuah Town, +60 4 9699690, 150 $.
• Go-Karting
• Golf
• Yoga Now

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

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Videos of Langkawi – Malaysia

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