Of Curses and Legends
Many visitors to Langkawi would know that this sleepy little place has a storybook full of legends. The most noteworthy one of all is of course the sad story of a beautiful woman named Mahsuri.
According to the locals, a beautiful noble woman named Mahsuri was given a heinous death sentence for a crime she was falsely accused of. This poor lady was apprently speared to death on account of adultery despite her pleas of innocence. Since her pleas went unheard, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi before she died , predicting that it would not prosper until seven generations had passed. Eerily enough, Langkawi suffered a series of woes after that – crops that failed, invasion by the Siamese and Achenese, bypassed in mainstream development of Malaysia. etc.
Well the good news is, locals believe that seven generations have passed and concerted efforts to turn Langkawi into a tourist destination resulted in some economic growth...
Well, the tomb of Mahsuri stands somewhere on this island and if you're keen, you can drive there to take a look.
pantai teluk burau
I am fond of Pantai Teluk Burau, not only because it's where we stayed but also because the scenery is breathtaking... scenery-wise it's the most beautiful place I saw in Langkawi. The coastline, especially at low tide (when you can walk out to nearby Burau island), is at times rugged - then it opens up to an amazing bay and a long white sandy beach fringed by lush tropical vegetation. The rainforest is only a few yeards away.
As for the water: not really excellent (yet better than panntai kok and pantai cenang) - it's quite dark in colour, not because it's murky but because it's rich in plancton (I think). Generally speaking it's not very transparent, making snorkeling impossible A swimsuit is all you need.
Down the road from the Awana Hotel is a very special place. A place where you can go to see Hornbills. They come by there early morning and at dusk. You can see them in the trees for several minutes before they move on.
Cheap Langkawi T-shirts
It is a normal looking department store which sells liquor and chocolates near the left side of front entrance. Then on the other side of front entrance, lots of "Langkawi" themed T-shirts are on sale.
Further in the store, all sort of products from baby diapers, cough syrup (my kid had a bad cough), household items, etc .... u name it, they have it. Incase u miss out something from your packing list, this is the place - reasonably priced. We managed to buy Langkawi T-shirts - RM5.00 for Adult (free size) - quite short for my hubby
RM4.50 for my kids - we chose the biggest size, so that my kids can wear them longer - worth our money! :)
On the First floor, on your right side of escalator, saw a really nice display shelf made from plastic which looks like glass. It was in a shape of a house with roof and many cubes - Can put all my mini bottles of liquor or mini bottle perfume collection on display and hang in my living room ..... Small one around RM35++ Bigger one RM70++. Problem is we will be having trouble to bring it home ..... so we did not buy it :(