Kuah, the main town, is located on the southeastern side of Pulau Langkawi. It is the take off point to the neighbouring islands by ferry.
The name "Kuah" is a Malay word meaning "gravy" and involves an old legend of two battling giants who overturned a gigantic pot of curry at the spot where the town now stands.
Once a rustic town with a few streets, Kuah today is a thriving centre of modern hotels and shopping-cum-business complexes, but without the over-crowding and bustle of modern cities.
Kuah is a duty free shopping haven with a wide variety of goods sold attractive prices. The multi-racial population produces excellent culinary delights, specially fresh seafood.
Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri Tomb or Mausoleum) lies in a village about 12 kilometres from Kuah.
This shrine is in honour of a fair maiden who lived on Pulau Langkawi more than two hundreds years ago.
Accused unjustly of adultery, she was executed with a special kris. According to legend, she bled white blood and in her dying breath, she laid a curse on the island that it would henceforth not , prosper for seven generations.
Fact or fiction, the seven generations have come to an end and Langkawi today enjoys the prosperity of accelerated development and ever increasing tourist arrivals.
Located on four acres of land around Telaga Air Hangat (Hot Springs), this modern complex includes a 3-tier hot spring fountain, an 18-metre long handcarved riverstone mural depicting the legends that enshroud this location, daily demonstrations of local crafts and cultural dances and shops selling traditional handicrafts.
Food and beverage facilities are available here. The village complex is only about 14 km from Kuah.
Located in the northwest corner of Pulau Langkawi, Telaga Tejuh (Seven Wells) is a geological marvel.
The waterfall is so named because the cascading water is broken by a series of seven natural pools.
The lush green forest that surrounds the waterfall adds a mystical touch to the splendour.
Legend has it that fairies used to come down to the waterfall to bathe and frolic.
A few km. west of Rhu Beach, this beach is noted for the streak of black on its sands. Until now, nobody could unravel this mysterious phenomenom.
In this place, according to the legend, villages burnt their rice fields rather than leaving it to the Siam invaders.
Today, when there is a heavy rain, traces of the burnt rice still surface.
The islands of Langkawi are world-renowned for their fire beaches and stretches of clear shallow waters for swimming. Tanjung Rhu (Casuarina Bay) lies on the northern cape of Pulau Langkawi.
Aptly named for is abundance of casuarinas, the beach is enchanting with magnificent views of nearby islands which can be missed.
Idyllic beaches, such as Patai Kok, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Datai and Burau Bay, offer carefree sun-filled days and quiet evening strolls.
First-class accommodation in modern hotels or captivating chalets is available.
A wide range of exciting water sports provides fun, enjoyment and thrills for the outdoor enthusiast.
For gourmet lovers, a variety of spicy cuisine awaits to be relished.
The underwater World Langkawi, a marine showcase featuring both fresh and seawater fish and marine life, is the latest attraction in the legendary island Langkawi.
Located at the popular beach of Pantai Cenang, this newest draw card features more than 100 tanks of different sizes.
The highlights is a giant tank housing large species such as sharks, stingrays, groupers and green turtles, with 15-metre tunnel for visitors to walk through and have a spectacular view of the exhibits.
Underwater gardens of weeds and sea plants together with exotic fishes and exhibits of fossils and shells add to the range of interesting sights to look for.
Housed within the complex are a fast food outlet, a duty free shopping arcade and a shop-selling dried seafood such as shark fins, birds nest, scallops and oysters.
Laos: Laos Travel
Copyright 2001-2013 (c) Asian Trails Group
Join our Travel Affiliate Program and earn 5% on every sale
Phuket Web Design