Sunset and picnic
If you want some privacy while enjoying the sunset by the seaside, you can pack some food, and beers, park your car by the beach beside the airport runway on the way to Pantai Cenang. Watch the sunset while drinking / eating.
You can also pack some food to Pantai Pasir Tengkorak along the way to Datai. Sit under the tree by the beach and eat while enjoying the beautiful view.
This tip is recommended for people who don't like the hot sun and crowds. You could visit the 2 places even in the afternoon when the sun is shining brightly. Both places have trees, where you can hide from the sun.
Check out the funky lezards
While lying on my hammock, I noticed this funky lizard making his way very quickly up the palm tree. Everytime he moved the shiny colours on his body kept changing. He seemed very slimmy as well as if he just dipped into oil.... Have a look at the photo :o)
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Budget Travel
Burau island is a little island off the coast near Burau Bay. You can reach it from the resort, and on foot - only at low tide; so do find out the tide timetables.
It's quite interesting because the people at the hotel have built a path along and inside the island, with signs explaining all about the existing ecosystem. If you are into birdwatching this is the place to be. The island is is a roosting place for migratory birds.
History of Langkawi
Learning history can be considered as boring to some people. But learning the history of a place to you wanted to visit or visited is an interesting fact to learn about. As per Kedah's history about Langkawi :-
A legend told that Langkawi used to be a place to a vicious 'garuda' or monster bird that destroyed the convoy of Rom's Prince except the galley of Merong Mahawangsa.
While Cheng Ho or Zheng He, the famous Chinesse explorer during his exploration to Melaka (1405) stated in his book Langkawi as 'Lang-Ya-Kiao-Yi'.
In the history of Malay, Langkawi did being mentioned in chapter that Tun Jana Khatib who was being executed to death by the Sultan of Singapura (Singapore). He said to be vanished after the execution in Singapore and his body was found in Langkawi.
In 1621, a general of King Louis XIV, Augustin De Beaulieu landed in Langkawi. He noted that "on 17th August 1621, I reached Lanchui Island, local pronounces it as 'Lancachuy' and the Aceh called this island 'Pulo Lada'.
The opening of Penang in 1786 made negative impact to Ulu Melaka port.
Started from 1821, Siam repeatedly try to conquered Langkawi. And in 1841, with helps from the British East India Company, Langkawi was beaten by the Siam. The economy was bad and local relates this disaster to Mahsuri's cursed which she condemned Langkawi to suffer until her 7th generation.
Mahsuri's history happens somewhere between the year 1817 to 1821. Mahsuri is not a legend but it actual story and history has been added with myth and untrue facts making its a legend.
Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia 1st Prime Minister) became Langkawi District Officer and made many developtment in Langkawi such as the setting up roads and constructing Langkawi jetty. He also initiated in preserving Mahsuri's tomb and promoting Mahsuri's History.
The declaration of Langkawi as a Duty Free Island in 1987 boosted Langkawi as a tourism island and opens Langkawi to the world. Today, with more than 65,000 population, Langkawi has been declared as a City of Tourism.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
GO BACK IN TIME....Visit Tuba Island, off Langkawi
If you are in Langkawi, do consider visiting Tuba Island. Although only about 2 miles from the main island of Langkawi, Tuba is relatively less developed, offering tourist the chance to experience the charm of Langkawi yesteryears. Getting there is easy as there are regular taxi boats services from Kuah Jetty at RM4-RM5/pax one way. Basic transport service is available for round island trip or 'town' transfer from Tuba Jetty. Should one wish to stay overnight, there are 3 small chalets around : Tok Janggut's being the best while the other 2 are operated by locals 'Pulau Twobar' operators. Else, try Tuba Homestay (ask for Pak Arck@ Abu Bakar Man) The best produce of the island is FRESH and relatively cheap shrimp, crabs and cuttlefish. Give it a try......
- Budget Travel
ONE FOR NATURE LOVERS
This tour is great for the nature lovers amongst you. Discover the coast line and the interesting bird life. Stop at the bat caves that were created millions of years ago.
DURATION: 6 to 7 hours
DEPARTS: 845am daily
PRICE: RM160 (adults) RM 80 (child)
EXPLORING THE RAIN FORESTS.
Take the opportunity to explore the rainforest of Langkawi.Experience the exotic plants and the wild life you will see along the way.,
DURATION: 3 TO 4 HOURS
DEPARTS 830AM DAILY
PRICE RM 95(ADULT) RM70 (CHILD)
New freinds in the strangest of places turn up.
I don't think I will be in contact with these two guys again but in there way they helped me out and where freinds,the first guy (chinese James bond) picked me off the side of the road in the middle of the day in 37 degree heat, he worked at the Boat Resturant in Tengah .I don't remember his name but we both went for local hawker food (malay style) then a drive to check out the Rich people's hotel foyers in Cenang, then I was asked if i would like to go to Marina Island to pick up two tourist on his boat (silly me I went) . But sometimes you know when people just go out of their way for a tourist (gut feeling).
The second guy Aimee is a local on Tengah beach outside The Federal Villa the 1st guy (James Bond), he worked there also as a boat capitan for Aimee. Aimee hassled me everyday to get a tan, to do water sports or island hopping.
He seemed like a good natured guy and on my last day I asked if I could take his photo he agreed.I mention that I was going for dinner across the road, later Aimee popped into the cactus cafe for 10 minutes he gave the waiter 5 rinjit for a Beer (at my comand).
The locals are really giving people and Aimee was my first freind made at Langkawi within the first 2 hours of being there.
If you see Aimee tell him 'The Australian' sent you (white chick who sat on beach under the trees) and the crocodile hunter is still alive...
Walking through the woods for a while, we can upon a small clearing where it seems some person was living. The structure on the right, we weren't able to figure out, looks like it might be for shelter when it rains?
- Hiking and Walking
Cave at Northeast part of island
No idea what this cave was called but it appears the only way you can gain access to it is by boat. Northeast part of the island. We took the dinghy in and walked through the cave and it opened up into a mangrove jungle.
Malaysia Book Village
The one place that we went and didn't get a picture of was the Kampung Buku Malaysia. It is the first and only book village in South East Asia. It sits in among a lush green forest of trees at the foot of Gunung Raya, the highest peak on the island.
The various houses in the village are stocked with a great variety of new books on numerous topics and languages as well as second-handbooks. Most are written in the Malaysian language but we did find a few in English.
- Family Travel
Sandy Skull Beach
Pantai Pasir Tengkorak is translated as Sandy Skull Beach, it is suggested that once upon a time there was a bloody battle between the locals and the invaders for the possession of this part of Langkawi. There is also a legend about a ship wreck happening here with bones being found on the beach.
What ever happened here it is now a very nice park and the beach is never crowded.
Best view on the island
Gunung Raya Mountain is is the tallest mountain on Langkawi. The government ministers have meeting there regularly, if they are not using the bungalows , then the road is open. You can drive on a nice paved roads with a lot of bends and turns until you reach 881 meters above sea level. From the top you can see terrific views out over the island and sea
- Road Trip
Enjoy the beach
Boats leave the Awana Hotel in Langkawai, several times a day to take hotel guests to Beras Basah Island. It has powdery white sand, blue green waters, and a lot of trees for shade. Do some snorkelling or swimming--or simply relax in the sun. Watch the hermit crabs scurring about.
Palau Dayang Bunting or Island of the Pregnant Maiden. It has a fresh water lake that is renowned for its powers to enhance fertility.
They are several families of monkeys on the island, don't know if they swam in the lake.
This island can be reached by boat.
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