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The most beautiful excursions
at Langkawi Island

Ben van Wijnen

"Explore mysterious forests between land and sea on this naturalist-led boat safari into the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park – home to majestic eagles, mischievous macaques, fish that “walk,” colourful fiddler crabs, shy otters and sleeping bats."

The most beautiful excursions that you can make by yourself on Langkawi. The best is to rent a car at the reception of your hotel.  A car rental will cost you about 30 till 40 US or Euro per day.  One of the most beautiful excursion is not mentioned. That's the one to Pulau Payar. I didn't mention it, because this island doesn't belong to the Langkawi Archilpelago. But don't forget to make this excursion and visit the site of Pulau Payar

xx Kilim Nature Park is located on the northeastern side of Langkawi about 13km from Kuah town and is accessible via Jalan Ayer Hangat. Along the trail, passing through calm winding river, you will be exposed to the wonders of the park's marine ecosystem, flora and fauna and its natural habitats.
The water of the Kilim River shimmers in a deep emerald green as you follow the river bank, taking in the changing scenery with overhanging bogak trees and baby mangroves. You'll spot a large monitor lizard, and on a dark bulky rock, half hidden among the lush green, sits a family of long tailed macaques - as if to welcome us in the wilderness…
The boat will cruise further along the river (Kilim River) which will make a stop at the Bat Cave (Gua Kelawar). At the Bat Cave, you may explore the cave with guidance of the boatman. Inside, hundreds of bat hanging at the cave roof, silently. You can see bats but if you bring camera, you could photograph them with a flash. No worry, they will not fly on your head.
  Oriental Village is located in Pantai Kok towards Langkawi’s western side (past the airport at Padang Matsirat) the Oriental Village is usually busy with visitors. The village is close to the Berjaya Beach Resort.
Most tours of the island include trips to the complex, especially since this is where the ticket booth for the Cable Car and Sky Bridge is. Queues are a common sight for most of the attractions, especially in the mid morning and early afternoon.
The Oriental Village may be synonymous with "Langkawi Cable Car," but the Village truly has more to offer visitors than just cable car rides. In fact, the Village offers more than 50 activity providers; food & beverage outlets; souvenir & retail stores; galleries; a 30-room boutique hotel and spas, making it the largest outdoor lifestyle mall in the northern region.
  The Base Station is conveniently located at the foot hill of the Machincang mountain range (at the Oriental Village). From here, the visitors will be taken up to the cool Machincang mountain range by the Langkawi Cable Car with new and modern gondolas giving the visitors panoramic views of the surroundings forests, the Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) waterfalls as well as the sea.
Visitors will glide above verdant rainforests and the ride itself will be exhilarating experience. They will also be able to catch glimpses of eagles, hornbills and assortment of birds and wild life along the route up.


  Visitors will enjoy panoramic view of the main island as well as the many surrounding islands. They will also be able to observe at close range the unique flora on the ridges and the forested valley between the Middle Station and the Top Station. After enjoying the beautiful view, visitors will then board back the gondolas, which will take them another 450 meters up to the Top Station. A short walk up the stairs from the Top Station will take visitors to the two viewing platforms at the top of Mountain Machincang (708 meter).


xx Pulau (Island) Dayang Bunting, located 17.6 km from Kuah. This island is the second
largest island within the langkawi archipelago.
Nestled in the midst of lushly forested hills on this island south of Pulau Langkawi is Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), the largest lake in all the islands of Langkawi. The outline of hills and rocky outcrops on one side of the lake takes the shape of a pregnant maiden lying on her back. But the name of both the island and the lake is attributed to a legend of a lovely fairy princess who married an earthly prince. Her first child died shortly after birth. So sad and depressed was she that she buried the child in the crystal clear waters of the lake. Before she returned to her fairy adobe, she blessed the waters so that henceforth any childless maiden who bathed in the lake would conceive thereafter. 


  Dataran Lang "Eagle Square", is the latest addition to Langkawi's famous landmarks. Situated near the Kuah Jetty, it features scenic ponds, bridges, covered terraces, two restaurants and two jetties. Soft breezes makes it an ideal spot for leisurely walks and a tranquil setting for dinning in the cool evenings. Spectacular cultural shows provide the perfect finishing touch.
The main attraction of the square is the magnificent statue of the reddish brown eagle (actually a Brahmany Kite) majestically poised for flight. According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from the eagle or "lang" short for "healing". In old Malaysian "kawi" denotes reddish brown - hence Langkawi means reddish brown eagle (kite)!


  Telagah Tujuh (Seven Wells) Located in the northwest corner of Pulau Langkawi, Telaga Tejuh (Seven Wells) is a geographical marvel. Legend has it that fairies used to come down to this waterfall to bathe and frolic. The waterfall is so named because the cascading water is broken by a series of seven natural pools. The lush green forest that surrounds the waterfall adds a mystical touch to the splendour.

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  Gunung Raya (mountain)Situated 12 km from Kuah is Langkawi highest mountain at about 893 mtrs. It is a favourite haunt for nature lovers. The road leading to the peak of the mountain takes about 40 minutes and one gets a good view from the top of the island below and to the east where one can see the islands of South Thailand and to the west are views of Kuah harbour and Mat Cincang Mountain. Langkawi's satellite station is based right at the top in the misty swirling clouds that often cover its peak.



  Pulau Singa Besar is an island that has been turned into a nature park come animal sanctuary where visitors can view monkeys, deer, iguanas and peacocks roaming about freely (no cages). Picnic on the pristine beaches and enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the surroundings waters.



  Sailing can be done off almost every beach where you'll find hotels and tourist areas along Kedah's coast and off-shore islands. Many hotels and resorts rent out small sailing dinghy's and catamarans for some thrilling action on the water. If it's more serious stuff you are after, Langkawi Island is a good spot to charter a yacht either within Malaysian waters or to other destinations such as Thailand or Singapore. Sailing, especially on an ocean going yacht, is a wonderful way to explore Malaysia's coast as well as being great fun for the whole family, littlies included.
The Islands Some nearby islands can be reached at low tide on foot. A short journey by boat brings you to Gua Cherita (cave of legends), on its walls, ancient writing can be seen which have yet to be deciphered.

  Air Hungat Village Located on four acres of land around Telaga Air Hangat (Hot Springs), about 14 km from Kuah, this modern complex includes a 3-tier hot spring fountain, an 18-metre long hand-carved river-stone mural depicting the legends that enshroud this location. Daily demonstrations of local crafts and cultural dances and shops selling traditional handicrafts make it an interesting place to visit.



  The Crocodile farm at Kubang Badak, some 32 km from Kuah, covers about 20 acres and holds more than 1,000 crocodiles of various species. Here one can witness and photograph crocodiles and alligators play and feed in a controlled environment that closely resembles their natural habitat.


  Underwater World Langkawi, a marine showcase featuring both fresh and seawater fish and marine life. Located on the popular beach of Pantai Cenang, this newest draw card features more than 100 tanks of different sizes. The highlight is a giant tank housing large species such as sharks, stingrays, groupers and green turtles. With a 15-metre tunnel for visitors to walk through the visitor has a spectacular view of the exhibits.



  Laman Padi Langkawi Laman Padi Langkawi's latest attraction and one that should not be missed for agro-tourism lovers. Located at Pantai Cenang, in the vicinity of the island's popular beach resorts and just two minutes from the airport, Taman Padi Langkawi showcases the history, heritage and development of the nation's rice growing industry. Among the attractions here is a rice museum. displaying artifacts, charts and photographs showing the significance of padi cultivation to the country. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a bird's eye view of the fields from a roof-top garden.

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  Ben van Wijnen



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