Langkawi is the largest island off the coast of Kedah and comprises an archipelago of 99 islands. UNESCO accorded the status of Southeast Asia’s first Geopark to Langkawi because of its’ geological formations of caves, karsts, stacks, sea-arches and fossils. This world-renowned island has beautiful beaches, emerald waters with stunning marine life, great food, picturesque paddy fields and spectacular sunsets. Langkawi has an international airport and is a duty-free island. There are many types of accommodation to suit the traveller’s budget and taste. There are resorts which provide recreation and great dining experiences. Chalets , backpackers’ hotels are also available on this island.
TAKE A CABLE CAR RIDE
The cable car is 919.5m long and it is the longest free span single rope cable car in Malaysia. It has one of the steepest gradients in the world. The cable car takes you from the Oriental Village to the peak of Gunung Machincang and the journey provides stunning views of the Andaman Sea and the outlying islands. Other sights which can be seen are isolated pinnacles and overhanging cliff walls. There are viewing platforms at the middle and top stations for the visitors to enjoy the beautiful views.
SWIM IN THE LAKE OF THE PREGNANT MAIDEN
This lake is also known as Tasik Dayang Bunting and is the second largest island in Langkawi’s chain of 99 islands. Although this lake is very close to the sea, it is a freshwater lake with deep blue water. There is a strong belief among the local people that a woman would become fertile once she takes a dip into the water of the lake. Activities here include swimming, kayaking or renting the paddle boats , the view of the surroundings are beautiful. Take a walk using the boardwalk where it leads you through the mangrove forest. There are many types of butterflies, insects and over 90 species of birds in this area. Monkeys and monitor lizards have been sighted here.
From Pantai Tengah, it takes 20 minutes by boat to reach this lake
VISIT EAGLE SQUARE
Eagle Square or Dataran Lang is the most famous landmark in Langkawi. It is located near the Kuah Jetty and is easily seen by visitors arriving at Langkawi by sea. The main attraction of this square is the prominent statue of the reddish brown eagle. The square is beautifully lighted up at night and presents a stunning view when approaching the island by sea at night. The area has restaurants, scenic ponds and beautiful landscape.
VISIT UNDERWATER WORLD LANGKAWI
This aquarium houses more than 5,000 species of marine life and is located at Cenang Beach. The main attraction is the giant tank with a 15-metre walk through tunnel for visitors. In this tank can be seen stingrays, green turtles, moray eels, sharks and many types of fishes. There is a penguins and seals exhibit at the New Wing where Sub-Antarctic Rockhoppers can be viewed. Visitors can check the feeding times if they want to watch these animals being fed. There is also a 3D theatre which provides documentaries about the island’s marine life
BOAT CRUISE ON SUNGAI KLIM
The boat ride takes you to Klim Nature Park which spans over 100 square kilometres. This adventure trip provides some thrilling and unforgettable sights and allows the visitor the rare experience of seeing brown eagles in motion. Some other sights include sighting macaques, iguanas, tree crabs and the overhanging Bogak Trees. Winding along the calm river, the visitor can see unique limestone rock formations, mangrove forests, blue lagoons and beaches
VISIT PULAU PAYAR MARINE PARK
The marine park encompasses the islands of Pulau Payar, Pulau Segantang, Pulau Kaca and Pulau Lembu. Pulau Payar is the most popular destination for snorkellers , swimmers and divers as the sheltered waters are ideal for these activities. There is an abundance of marine life with many species of fish, colourful corals to make the traveller’s visit a memorable one. Travel by speedboat or catamaran from Kuah Jetty to Pulau Payar. The journey takes between 45 minutes to an hour. Visitors need to pay an entry fee for the marine park.
VISIT THE CROCODILE FARM
The crocodile farm houses more than 1000 crocodiles of different species in a beautifully landscaped environment. The farm is spread out across 20 acres with many ponds housing these reptiles. There are concrete pens housing baby and juvenile crocodiles lazing around. Visitors are allowed to feed the juvenile crocodiles using specially purchased pellets from the farm. There is a Species Pond which houses both alligators and crocodiles together. There are many placards offering information about the reptiles at the different ponds. The highlight of the visit would be watching the crocodiles being fed by the farm personnel at the Bridge Pond. There are also animal shows available where the crocodile wrestles with a man, where a man puts his head in the crocodile’s mouth.
There is a souvenir shop selling genuine crocodile products such as purses, handbags and shoes. Small items like key-chains, mugs, T-shirts and postcards can also be purchased at the shop.
The Crocodile Farm is about 32 km from Kuah Town and taxis can be hired to the farm.