"small exotic island" Pulau Langkawi by hanspeter_W.
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Once a sanctuary for pirates, only the locals knew the delights of
Langkawi until it was made a duty-free port in 1987. Since then, the
construction of modern amenities has created an idyllic Malaysian getaway. Its natural beauty and intriguing folklore make a visit here one to remember.
Situated off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Pulau
Langkawi is the largest among an archipelago of 99 islands collectively known as Langkawi. With a resident population of only 54,000, the economy is driven mainly by tourism. The Langkawi International Airport is situated 20 kilometres from Kuah, the main town. . Adjacent to the square is Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman--Langkawi Legends in the Park). The garden, adorned with sculptures, will give you an
insight into the tales of this legendary island.
Folklore And Fables Due west about 12 kilometres from Kuah is Kampong Mawat, the location of Mahsuri's Mausoleum. Legend has it that Mahsuri, a local village maiden, made a curse some 300 years ago to impoverish Langkawi for seven generations. Lying to the north-east is Padang Matsirat, or Field of Burnt Rice.
is also the location of the airport and the The Mahsuri International
Exhibition Centre, where the biennial Langkawi Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition(LIMA) is held.
Further north-west are the ?seven wells?--Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.
Situated on the slopes of Gunung Mat Cincang, water, which streams down the mountain through seven natural pools, forms a series of cascading waterfalls.
Reaching the highest requires some serious jungle trekking but the lowest is easily accessible via concrete steps. This is an ideal site for a picnic, and both the mountain and the wells have legends. Gunung Mat Cincang is believed to be a quarrelsome giant and the Seven Wells a favorite bathing
place for the mountain fairies. Locals will tell you that a sweet
aroma fills the air when the fairies are present.
Datai is to the east and home to Langkawi Crocodile Farm with more than 1,000 alligators on display. A few kilometres away lies Air Hangat Village, or Hot Water Village. This hot springs village is said to be a result of a disagreement between Mat Cinang (our quarrelsome giant) and Mat Raya over the marriage of their children. Sweat It Out At The Beach Lush greenery and pristine beaches abound.Pantai Cenang on the western coastline is the liveliest of these, offering all sorts of water sports and the modern Underwater World Langkawi, which showcases 5,000 fish and marine creatures. This is also where most of the international hotels are located.
Much quieter, Pantai Tengah is a short distance to the south. It
offers two idyllic beaches in Burau Bay and Pantai Kok. Further up at the north-western end is The Datai Langkawi, where an 18-hole golf course beckons. On the north coast, the Beach of Black Sand and the Beach of Skulls are worth
visiting. Although they are not suitable for water activities, each
has its own story, as suggested by its name.
> About 20 kilometres from Kuah, Pantai Tanjung Rhu is another
favourite spot for adventurers. Popularly known as Casuarina Beach, it is rich in coral and marine life although the casuarina trees that once filled the area have long
Hop Around The Islands If beaches are not your style, try island hopping. Favourites are Pulau Payar, Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Singa Besar
and Pulau Rebak. Pulau Payar, along with Pulau Kaca, Pulau Segantan, and Pulau Lembu, is known for its beautiful coral gardens and has been rightfully
gazetted as a marine park. Even if you are not an ardent scuba diver,
a 45-minute boat trip to this gorgeous island is highly recommended.
Pulau Dayang Bunting, the second largest island, is ideal for
snorkelling. It also offers two interesting spots--Lake of the Pregnant Maiden and Gua Langsiar, or Banshee Cave--with legends to be unravelled. Pulau Singa Besar is an animal sanctuary with deer, peacocks, horses, and macaques.
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