Think great adventures and captivating scenery, think Langkawi! The enthralling Langkawi island or sometimes known as Legendary island as it is enshrouded with legends and myths is an archipelago of 104 islands overlooking the panoramic Andaman Seas and Straits of Malacca.
Langkawi is naturally an island destination, you will find that there are many communities and villages located around the coastal areas of the island. Langkawi is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Geopark where you can visit the Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and the Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park respectively.
To further boost tourism industry in the island, government has initiated The Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) development programme by upgrading and improving facilities on the island in an effort to push the island as a world-class tourist destination.
Do you know that the largest islands here are even bigger than Penang island? Well, that’s another matter. Other surrounding islands popular among tourists are Island of the Pregnant Maiden (Pulau Dayang Bunting), Beras Basah Island and Lion Island (Pulau Singa Besar). This island derived its name from the abundance of eagles on the island. The reddish brown eagle statue poised for flight in Dataran Lang (Eagle Square) best represents Langkawi. Of course the main tourists attractions on the island are idyllic white sandy beaches with swaying coconut trees and crystal clear blue water.
Legend has it that Mahsuri once laid a curse on the island for seven generations because she was executed for infidelity and adultery (but yet she bled white blood during her execution to prove her innocence.
But it seems that her curse is over since the island is now a popular tourist destination in Malaysia with thousands of tourists every year. Once a sleepy fishing town, the island is now a major shopping hub following government’s decision to declare it as a duty-free zone. Thus, you can easily recognize the differences and developments on the island as the beautiful countryside and panoramic landscape of paddy fields have turned into tourist attractions catered to sightseers.