The enthralling Langkawi island or sometimes known as Legendary island as it is enshrouded with legends and myths is an archipelago of 104 islands overlooking the panoramic Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca. This island derived its name from the abundance of eagles on the island.
The main tourist attractions on the island are idyllic white sandy beaches with swaying coconut trees and crystal clear blue water. Langkawi is declared as a duty-free zone and more recently named World Geopark by UNESCO in June 2007. The three main conservation areas are Island of the Pregnant Maiden Lake, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park.
One can get to Langkawi by plane. Carriers offering flights to and from Langkawi are Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly and SilkAir. The airport is located at Padang Matsirat, on the north-western part of Langkawi. One can take direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore.
Fast air-conditioned boats are also available from other point of origins such as Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, Penang and Satun, Thailand. Ticket prices vary starting from RM18 (departing from Kuala Kedah) to RM60 (departing from Penang). All these fast air-conditioned boats are operated by Langkawi Ferry. The journey is between an hour and 15 minutes (Kuala Perlis) to 2 hours 45 minutes (Penang).
Langkawi’s main town, Kuah, is located on the southeast corner of the island and is the arrival point for most of the ferries. Kuah is not without its charms – the town has many excellent duty-free stores selling everything but the kitchen sink. Duty free stores, confectionaries, tobacco and perfumes are easily found.
The Taman Lagenda, literally Lagenda Park, is an unusual park to be found on the beautiful island of Langkawi. Located within a walking distance from Kuah Jetty, it is actually an open-air museum spread in 50 acres of land.
CRAFT CULTURAL COMPLEX
The Langkawi Craft Complex is a one-stop arts and crafts centre filled with various craft works. Here, you would be able to find forest-based products, local fabrics, ceramics, metal artifacts and beautiful objects representing the various ethnic groups in Malaysia.
10am to 6pm
Laman Padi Langkawi showcase the history, heritage and development of the nation’s ricer growing industry. At the Roof Top Garden, you can see the different sorts of rice growing in mini fields. You can also enjoy the aroma of the cultivated fragrant rice with a bird’s eye view of rice planting activities in paddy fields from the rooftop.
10am to 6pm
This is a place where all the locals gather, selling daily use goods and local Malay foods. This kind of night market is available 5 nights a week but in deferent locations such as Kuah Town, Kedawang, Ulu Melaka, Air Hangat, Padang Matsirat. The best part of it, is the food, there are variety kind of local and traditional foods.
6.30pm to 9pm
Kuah Town - Saturday & Wednesday
Padang Matsirat - Sunday
Ulu Melaka - Monday
Kedawang Village - Tuesday
Temoyong Village - Thursday
Air Hangat - Friday