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.
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.
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...
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