the oriental garden is meant to be a shopping area near the cable car station.. untrue to the name, there's nothing oriental about the place and most of the shops are not occupied..
Unique Suggestions: a ride on the cable car up to the highest point on the island is a must as this gives a lovely view of the whole island.. and the ride is pretty exciting as well!
this was the site where the locals gathered and burnt their rice harvest to prevent the advancing thai army from getting their hands on the valuable commodity of their land.. it is said that up till today, one can still see traces of black burnt rice on these grounds.. however, a visit there will only see a little patch of green grass fenced up with a sign indicating the site.. also you'll be surrounded by lots of stalls selling souvenirs..
Unique Suggestions: this place is very near to the airport.. and things are pretty cheap at the stalls in this area.. so, if you have some time to spare before your flight, go ahead and have some fun shopping! :)
This reproduction of a royal Thai summer palace was built as a film set for the 1999 film 'Anna and the King' starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat.
Construction commenced on 15 February 1999 and was completed on 30 March 1999.
In June 1999 (after filming) the building was reconstructed to make it permanent and opened to the public in April 2000.
The whole Anna Leonowens account of her relationship with the Thai king was exaggerated by Ms Leonowens apparently and is a sore point in Thailand. Consequently the film, or anything to do with it, is banned in Thailand and shooting for this new production was not allowed in the Kingdom. Langkawi served as a similar looking location substitute.
After completion of the film the set was left standing as a tourist attraction. Admission is RM3.50 for adults and RM2.00 for children.
It takes about 10 minutes to see and is not really worth the effort.
Summer Palace Langkawi
Lot 1135 Pantai Kok
Mukim Padang Matsirit
07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman
Tel. 6-04-959 2599
Unique Suggestions: It's okay as a small diversion, especially if you are touring the island.
Fun Alternatives: If you are also planning to visit Thailand on your travels don't bother with this but see the Bangkok Grand Palace instead. If you are just in Langkawi go by all means but don't expect too much.
Always check the price of the food first before you order, especially seafood. Usually the menu stated with prices (small, regular or large), but make sure you tell them the portion you want! I recently have this experience that a plate of vegetable cost me RM15!!