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.
This jewel of an island is one of Langkawi's mystical isles, legendary for its spectacularly beautiful coral gardens. You can either dive or snorkel to swim among the fishes and explore the corals. If you don't wish to get wet, the special Underwater Observatory allows you to experience a close-up view of marine life.
Open : 9.45am - 4.00pm
Cruise fare : Adult RM220 ,Child RM140 (below 12 yrs)
Pulau Payar Marine Park Langkawi Coral
Lot 1-21, Jetty Point Complex,
07000 Kuah, Langkawi
Kedah Darul Aman.
Book Village or Kampung Buku Malaysia in Langkawi is the first and only book village in South-east Asia. It is part of the International Book Villages and Book Towns Movement. The various houses in the village are stacked with a great variety of new books. Unfortunately when I got there it was closed for lunch break.
It is one of the beaches not own by resort or any other organisation. It is purely for public and any one could enjoy beach. There are few beaches exist in Langkawi, which are really good and quiet. You could notice few local families or group of youth there sometime.
The tomb is situated in the Mukim of Ulu Melaka, 13 kilo meters from Pekah Kuah. This ancient tomb was discovered in April 1975 by Ahmed Bin Bulat when he was digging the ground where he wanted to build his house. The tomb measuring 236 cm in length, is an old grave with Acheh tomstone. It is believed that it could be Achehnese settlement’s tomb.
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.
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
The major benefit of renting a car on Langkawi is that you can go anywhere at anytime you want.
Following the recommendation of the magazine - "Senses of Langkawi", we drove to the highest viewing point of Langkawi - Gunung Raya. There's a telecom station which doesn't welcome visitors at the real top, which is more than 838m above the mean sea level.
The sunset was so beautiful.
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If you enlarge this picture you can just about see an eagle swooping down to feed. The tour operators here organise eagle feeding trips where they take you out to the mangroves by boat and throw fish into the sea so that the eagles come down to feed.
I like seeing wildlife up close but have reservations about this kind of thing. Anything that causes animals or birds to change their natural behaviour can cause problems, both to the animal concerned and to humans.
There are several tour operators who organise trips to Coral Island (Pulau Payar Marine Park). The experience will take most of the day but is a must see and do adventure for everyone. The Coral Island is the closest place to Langkawi to participate in excellent snorkeling and scuba diving.
Part of the snorkeling experience is the shark feeding which is done in waist deep water. You will also be able to swim with the sharks and some of them are quite large reef sharks. You also swim among groper, barracuda and gar fish and thousands of neon flashing shapes. It's a bit like swimming in an aqarium. Even total novices don masks and life jackets and can enjoy the experience of seeing marine life up close. The tour we took was inexpensive at 220 rm for two people. This includes snorkeling equipment hire, a modest lunch and transfers to and from the hotel to the Kuah jetty. This tour uses a large ferry and travels at about 30 knots taking around 50 minutes to reach the island. Transfers to the Island jetty are done on a dinghy. From there you are free to get your mask and snorkel and swim out among the fish. The day is relatively unstructured and you can swim in the lagoon water and clamber on to the floating pontoons or lie around on the beach. There is shade but don't forget to bring your sunscreen and drinking water. With this particular crew there was no instruction given about safety or even any indication of what we might see.
My best advice
Other outfits do offer the same trip at different prices. This trip was a great experience and all trips end up on the same Island. The differences between operators are with the quality of the instruction, the speed and comfort of the access boat and the quality of the lunch provided. So you be the judge of how much you want to spend. Children can participate in this activity. An underwater camera would be great here.
You can also climb to the top of the jungle covered Island . Another great photo opportunity, but be aware that the mosquitos are hungry up there !
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...
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.
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.
Lots of monkeys on this island.Look out for them as you walk around the island.Be careful though. These seemingly cute creatures ain't no beanie babies, they can be quite dangerous . Don't agitate them, they'll bite! Also don't leave your diving or swimming gear lying around, those furry creatures might just model them....
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The cats of Langkawi are small -sized (comparable to Singapore's drain cat ) and extremely sociable. Most so, if you have a tasty morsel for them! This cute kitty was found at the Beach Garden Resort where I was staying.
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