Taman Legenda is (I quote from the internet) "a scenic park with its beautiful gardens of vivid local blooms, plants and fruit trees provide a picturesque and fitting backdrop for buildings showing Malaysia's rich cultural heritage. Within the park, there are some fine examples of traditional Malaysian handicraft and cultural objects".
Translation: nothing is original here - it was built for the sole purpose to give tourists something to see in Kuah town, where otherwise there would be little else to see (Eagle square and nothing else). Entrance is free but we will try to sell you some tourist junk such as plastic eagles.
Makam Mahsuri is the place where an old island's belle was once buried. Of course there's a legent connected with it: Mahsuri was a beautiful young woman accused of adultery who was condemned to death for it. As she was innocent, as a sign of her innocence, she bled white blood. She also casted a spell on the island, before dying - saying it would remain barren for 7 generations.
When you visit her tomb you'll soon notice three things: firstly that you have to pay for your entrance, secondly that the (not very old) gravesite is nothing to write home about and, thirdly, that the reason why this attraction was set up was to house some tourist shops selling... you know it... junk.
Souvenir Plates and Photo Frames
some attractions in Pulau Langkawi take photos of you and your group and then put these photos in souvenir plates or souvenir photo frames, to entice you to buy them as a remembrance to to your visit like in Langkawi Sky Cab, Langkawi Bird Paradise, Mangrove tours and Island Hopping tours. prices are not inflated that much as compared to other destinations in Asia like just paying 8 RM for the souvenir plate in island hopping tour which I did (made of plastic, not porcelain, unlike in other areas which are made of porcelain).
but the sellers here are not pesky!
Unique Suggestions: you have the option not to buy as the sellers are not persistent or pesky
Fun Alternatives: none
- National/State Park
- Theme Park Trips
if you take the ferry from Satun(thailand) you ll meet a guy at the pier.he will tell you to change all your thai bahts to malaysian ringgits because thai baht is not convertable on the island.it is not true!and that gives a very bad rate.it is possible to change your thai bahts everywhere on the island.
if you need to change your currencies the banks at the airport gives the best rate on the island.the rates at the change booths and oficces are always lower...
Duty Free Stores Selling Counterfiet Items
remember this is South East Asia and not only is china have a vibrant counterfeit industry and even south korea, india, bangladesh, philippines, indonesia and even Malaysia have many counterfeit producers and products. so A word of caution in buying some duty free products in langkawi like Perfumes, luggage, branded leather goods and eletronic equipments. it is better to shop at the bigger and reputable duty free stores for this products rather in the smaller ones.
Unique Suggestions: double check and inspect the item that you are thinking of buying
Fun Alternatives: if you are not sure of the genuineness of the item, then don't buy it.
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
- Luxury Travel
Buying Crocodile Eggs and Meat
if you browse along the front store in the Langkawi Crocodile farm, you would see that they sell crocodile eggs ar 3 RM a piece of which you can consume al fresco and also they sell assorted frozen cuts of crocodile meat and dried crocodile meat for willing guests. while a tourist trap you ask? if you have a weak stomach for exotic foods like me, don't try the crocodile meat as you might throw up and have an upset stomach and hence will be ruining you tour!
address: Langkawi Crocodile Farm, Jalan Datai, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Phone: +604 959 2559
Unique Suggestions: just take pictures of these oddities as pictures are free
Fun Alternatives: then don't buy them
- Arts and Culture
- Adventure Travel
- Food and Dining
Eating Live Seafood from the tanks is Expensive!
if you are planning to eat at the various seafood restaurants along langkawi and you are a budget traveller, don't try to order the live seafood that you see in various fish tanks and aquariums like lobsters, tiger prawns, regular grouper fish, special grouper fish, clams, mud crabs, etc. since THE PRICES ARE CLEARLY MARKED AS PER 100 GRAMS!
meaning for example, ordering a 1 kilogram of special grouper that you choose ALIVE AT THE FISH TANK means the price will be RM 20 per 100 grams so the final price of your order will be 200 RM!
if you order 1 kilogram of special grouper which is freshly caught in the morning and NOT CAUGHT LIVE IN THE AQUARIUM, the price will be a lot less at at about 80 to 100 RM an order!
Unique Suggestions: just order the set seafood meals at their menu card, where they print the price of the particular meal instead of ordering the seafood live at the fish tank! some poeple who complain about the high price do not know that the difference between alive and dead seafood before cooking is marked up by 100% or more!
that is the tradition of Seafood Restaurants across East Asia and South East Asia!
Fun Alternatives: if you don't have the budget to eat at a seafood restaurant, then don't go!
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Luxury Travel
Don't Simply Accept
If you take ferry to Kuah Jetty, be cautious not to stop because there many taxi drivers will look for their victims. And many 'agents' who give out their name card for sight seeing and car rentals. They actually not belong to any travel agents but earning commision from the tour desk.
Unique Suggestions: Just smile and say NO, thank you. I had a reservation and just walk off..They won't come after you.
Fun Alternatives: Go straight to the counter.