Langkawi – True Jewel of Kedah, the Rest of Malaysia and the World

Langkawi, or aptly known for its new Malay name, Langkawi Permata Kedah, which literally means Langkawi Jewel of Kedah, is a Malaysian archipelago filled with true tropical treasures. As a duty-free tourist destination filled with jewels of the sea and land (both natural and manmade), it is one of the most amazing spots for grand tropical escapades.

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Out of more than 100 island clusters of Langkawi, only four are inhabited namely: Pulau Langkawi (the main island), Pulau Tuba, Pulau Rebak and Pulau Dayang Bunting. Most of the inhabitants are Malay, mixed with a bit of Chinese, Indians and Thais.

As an archipelago, Langkawi is not short of sandy beaches and picturesque sunrises and sunsets. The shoreline views are adoringly rare and exquisite, offering a truly relaxing ambiance to guests; couple that with a host of outdoor and indoor activities, plus the extra special service from hosts, a holiday in Langkawi is something to last a lifetime.

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Aside from the beaches, other tourist spots include Field of Burnt Rice, Hot Springs, Caves (through boat tours), Underwater World (indoor aquarium), and Crocodile Adventureland. Another interesting destination is the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls or Seven Wells, which is a walking distance from cable car ride.

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Guests who like heights and summits must take the Gunung Raya, the snaking paved road through the jungle that leads to a hotel at Langkawi’s highest peak where one can enjoy a hearty meal and a spectacular view of the surroundings. One can also ride cable cars to the top of a hill, passing through various terrains, to enjoy a great view of the entire Pantai Cenang.

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Langkawi offers a wide range of tourist activities including beachineering, sightseeing, shopping, food adventures, and a whole lot more. Guests may visit Langkawi by plane (international flights), and by boat from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia or Ko Lipe, Thailand.

UNESCO gave Langkawi its World Geopark status in June 2007. But its three main conservation parks flocked by thousands of tourists each year are under threat and could lose its Geopark status if responsible tourism is continually ignored. Tourists are who visit Langkawi need to be more responsible and more caring of the environment.

Photos by: Tim ParkinsonJelle OostromJudhi Prasetyomkismkismk

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