Go Island hopping in Langkawi
Do you know that there are 104 islands in Langkawi and only 99 can be seen during high tide? I'm not kidding. Just look at the map! There are that many islands and you'll get to see them if you arrange for an island hopping tour. Even if you don't dive, it's something not to be missed as each of these little isles are pockets of protected little sactuaries containing lovely flora and fauna. If you're really lucky, you'll even get to see frolicking dolphins in the waters..
Here's just some of the better known islands:
->Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Maiden), so named as it is shaped like a pregnant lady. There's also a lake in the centre. Avoid drinking the lake waters at all cost if you're a guy ! Apparently, anyone who drinks from it can get impregnated, haha.
->Pulau Singa Besar
->Pulau Kaca, Pulau Segantan, Pulau Lembu and of course Pulau Payar ( diving sanctuaries )
Contact details for a 3day island hopping tour can be found in the link.
Dicover Langkawi's beaches
Well, since this place is an island, there's no lack of beautiful, private beaches all over the island! But think twice about sun-bathing in the buff, this simply isn't practiced here at all. Do it and you'll scare all the monkeys away. Anyway, if you're there, do look out for the most beautiful strip of sand at Pantai Kok Beach and the unusual Black Sand Beach.
This impressive statue of a Brahminy Kite is the symbol of Langkawi and it looks out across the bay greeting visitors as they arrive by the many ferry boats
According to local legend Langkawi derives its name from Helang meaning eagle and kawi meaning reddish brown.
The summer palace at Pantai Kok was built as a film set by 20th Century Fox for the film Anna and the King starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat.
It as a representation of a Thai palace. Here you will find props which were used in the film and you can even have your picture taking wearing one of the costumes.
If its raining then Under water world at Pantai Cenang is a great way to spend an hour or so. There is a walk through tunnel with large fish, small sharks and stingray as well as many tanks of beautifully coloured tropical fish.
In a small garden outside you will find a pool of koi carp and some short clawed otters.
Explore the islands
We wanted to have a day sailing round the islands so as we were staying near the Royal Langkawi Yacht club we stopped to enquire about sailing trips from there.
A company called Sunsail operate from there and you can hire a sailing boat to sail yourself or like us you can hire a sailing boat with a skipper.
For 1200 RM we had the 35 foot sail boat to ourselves (4 of us) for the whole day, a skipper, lunch, soft drinks and beer. To make it a bit more special we took our own sparkling wine.
We had a wonderful day lazing on the deck in the gloroius sunshine taking in the scenery. We saw some flying fish but the dolphins eluded us.
The mangrove tour was quite an unforgettable experience. We chanced to arrange this trip through a taxi driver we had one day and it proved to be successful.
We were picked up at our hotel and taken to the Sungai Kilim mangrove reserve where we boarded our own boat. After putting on our life jackets we set off on our adventure stopping first at a fish farm where we were shown how to feed a sting ray by hand. After this stop we headed off through the mangroves and to other points of interest along on the way. The boat passed through what they called the crocodile cave-there are no crocs here though but there were a few bats!
From here we went on to the highlight of the trip-the Eagle feeding. It was amazing to see these beautiful birds swoop down to get their fish. There were so many of them too!
Next port of call was a visit to the bat cave! I must admit I am not fond of bats and the thought of walking through this cave got the better of me and I chickened out!
The trip ended shortly after this with a set lunch at the restaurant in the Mangrove-the Barn Thai.
It was a great morning out!
Langkawi cable car
This cable car is not for the faint hearted! I have never in all my life seen a cable car rise so steeply!
The cable car leaves the Oriental village and rises steeply up Mount Machinchang. The views, if its clear are spectacular and worth the ride. I am not really keen on heights but it had to be done. As you rise up there is a feeling of complete quiet and motionlessness-it might have had something to do with the fact I daren't move.
Whilst we were up at the first station I decided I couldn't go across to the second station as it looked way too scary!. The wind was getting stronger too and I could see the cars swaying more!
The cable car operates daily from 10.00am, but it is dependant on the weather so it is usually best to ring before you set off especially if you have to travel a way.
Each day at low tide the rocky outcrop on the beach by our hotel became the focus of our attention to watch the many hornbills feeding from the rock pools.
Having only ever seen hornbills in zoos I found them fascinating. They are quite comical birds and rather ungainly when they walk about.
They did not seem to mind my presence and I managed to get quite a few photographs of them during my stay on Langkawi.
Hornbills are very common in this area and there are several species of them-the ones I saw most of were the Oriental Pied Hornbill.
Our first stop on the mangrove tour was the "Hole in the wall" fish farm. Here we were shown how to feed a sting ray by hand.
We were also shown a horseshoe crab and some other fish called trivali feeding. They were so quick and voracious it was amazing!
Night market is very popular here in Malaysia and Langkawi also has many night market being scheduled everyday in few dedicated areas around the island.
The full schedule of Night Market in Langkawi as follows :-
Monday = Ulu Melaka
Tuesday = Padang Wahit, Kedawang
Wednesday = Kuah Town
Thursday = Temoyong, Bukit Malut & Kuala Teriang
Friday = Ayer Hangat
Saturday = Kuah Town
Sunday = Padang Matsirat
Its a perfect place to taste varieties of local foods.
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
Telaga Tujuh / The Seven Wells Waterfall
The most popular waterfall in Langkawi. A good place to bath in cold and clear freshwater. Its also a perfect place to do a light jungle tracking as this waterfall are having 7 stages of waterfall from top to bottom passing beautiful and green natural rainforest canopy.
At the entrance, there are few stalls selling foods & beverages and also stalls selling souvenirs.
Becareful of slippery stones while walking on rocks and also be noted that beside human, monkeyc clans are everywhere. They are very aggresive in persuing plastic bag containing foods, they will chase who ever walking with plastic bag and try to steal it from you. Carefully chase them away as they do have sharp tooths.
- National/State Park
- Adventure Travel
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Pantai Pasir Hitam or Black Sands Beach
One of the more famous stretches lies on the north coast. Pantai Pasir Hitam or Black Sands Beach was apparently turned black by an angry Mermaid frustrated by a fisherman who stole her magic ring. The colour actually comes from mineral deposits and has become more white than black in recent years. Swimming is mediocre and there are no facilities.
Sunset dinner cruise
We went for a sunset cruise on a catamaran. It was a pleasant experience. Beautiful sea, saltwater jacuzzi, grilled meal made by a crew member on board, free drinks and fruits on the deck watching the sun go down. Crew was very friendly and made the experience even more nicer.
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well as most of my close friends know .I am so scared of heights.......so I didnt go up here....but I did stay on the ground and got some "lovely" pictures of Verne and a new Vter and friend Steve as they went up hahahahah
(I "borrowed" some of Grump1's pictures since I didnt go up the top)
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