There an archipelago of 104 islands lying in the North Western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The largest is Pulau Langkawi with spectacular settings of an ancient mountain range with lively sunset everyday. There are many other islands that would be described in this page like Redang Island, Perhentian Island, and Penang Island.
Lang means brown eagle and Kawi is a local manganese stone. Therefore a giant monument of a brown eagle clutching the manganese stone greets all visitors to Langkawi near the Kuah jetty. Langkawi island is called a Legendary island because of it’s many myths and legends. It is also known as Duty Free Island because the government has declared the entire island as a duty free zone. All goods sold are exempted from government tax. It’s a heaven for shoppers but you have to spend a minimum 48 hours to take back a reasonable amount of tax free goods.
The main attraction is the virgin white sandy beaches. They have a very gentle continental slope and the water is crystal clear.
I have been to Langkawi, i think when i was about 14 years old. My dad drove us down. It was a beautiful place and i had so much fun with my little cousins and sisters. I remember my little cousins was about 2 years old and she was sleeping with me, when i got up in the morning, my bed was so wet!!! I was so angry but yes she is a kid heheheh. Otherwise, shopping was heaven there. The things were really cheap and we rented a car to drive around the place. But sadly i was too young to biuy alcohol but i remember my dad buying cigarettes and alcohol for my brothers!
This was erected in honor of a beautiful maiden who was unjustly accused of adultery. According to the legend Mahsuri bled white blood at her execution as a sign of innocence. On her dying bed, she cursed that Langkawi will remain barren for seven generations but thankfully now it is one of the most flourished tourist destination in Malaysia.
Lying on the Northern Cape, this beach offers magnificent views of nearby islands which can be reached at low tide on foot. A short journey by boat will bring you to Cherita Cave which is known as the Cave of Legends. It has legends regarding mystery and romance. The cave was used by a Giant Vishnu eagle to shelter and protect a royal princess from China. In the cave there’s ancient writings that is yet to be deciphered . There is also a rock formation that resembles a sleeping princess.
The Cherita Cave
The waterfall is named seven wells because of it’s cascading waters which are broken by a series of 7 natural pools. It is surrounded by a lush green forest.
Black Sand Beach
This is the place where skulls, broken bones and ship wrecks remains can be found. There is a claim that the remainings belong to traders who sank together with their ships.
Summer Palace Langkawi
It is located amidst lush tropical greenery at Pantai Kok. It was constructed for an expensive movie set foe the making of the film ‘Anna and the King’ by 20th Century Fox. It is built from local timbers and it resembles a traditional Thai Palace.
The designs in the Palace
Redang is known as the best boral reef in the world. Redang archipelago comprises of 9 islands and is located 45km offshore of Terengganu. There are white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue sea and a brilliant underwater world. There are 500 species of live corals, more than 1000 species of invertebrate and almost 3000 species of fishes which include manta rays, sting rays, sharks and whale sharks. It is a heaven for divers. there are over 20 different diving spot, black coral garden and the mysterious submerged chamber. Mini mount and also historic shipwreck that set the stage for the Japanese occupation in Malaysia ; the H.M.S Prince of Wales and H.M.S Repulse which sank during the WW II.
The famous attraction here is the Leatherback turtle. During the months of May through September, this spot is the turtles nesting grounds. People sit all through the night waiting for the turtles to submerge from the sea. The turtles weigh 375 kg and grow up to 2.5 meters long.
This island is rated as the most beautiful island in the world with a virtual paradise for snorkeling and diving in crystal clear water or just to laze on the white sandy beach, waiting for a coconut to fall 😉 There are many animals like monitor lizards, monkeys, geckos, flying squirrels and butterflies. Sometimes the monkeys pay a visit to the people right in front of the chalets.
LA Hot Spring
Visitors flock this spring when afflicted with skin ailments. The water temperature rises from 45-49 degree celcius. It contains natural sulfur which is said to have healing processes.
Penang is considered the ‘Pearl of Southeast Asia. Georgetown is one of the oldest British colony in Malaysia (1876). There are many towering skyscrapers which coexist with traditional villages. Penang is known for its food, cultural heritage, shopping adventures and beautiful sights.
Kek Lok Si Temple
This the largest Buddhist temple found in 1890 by a Chinese immigrant. The design is said to have a touch of Burmese, Thai and Chinese architectures. It combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown, reflecting the temple’s embrace of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. There’s also a seven-storey pagoda of 10,000 Buddha images displays the essence of an eclectic mix of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture. The latest addition to the temple complex is the 30.2m bronze statue of the Avalokitesvara – Goddess of Mercy or Kuan Yin – on the hillside above the pagoda. This statue was completed and open to the public at the end of 2002.
The temple’s name translates quite delightfully as ‘temple of Supreme Bliss’. As you walk to the entrance, you will walk through arcades of souvenir stalls, and pass a tightly packed turtle and fish ponds until you reach the 98 feet tower.
Gurney Plaza first lifestyle oriented shopping mall. It houses many retail shops and also the Northern Region’s largest Cinema, which consist of 12 theatres and Malaysia’s first 80 seater Premier class theatre.
Queensbay Mall, Penang’s largest, longest and most packed shopping center. It is 2.5 million square feet located along the beach.
KOMTAR (Komplex Tun Abdul Razak) is an amazing 65 storey tower which colors the Penang skyline. It has offices, shops, magnificent restaurant and commercial office.