Pulau Langkawi is located at the northern West coast of the great Malaysian peninsular and popularly known as the jewel of Kedah, is an archipelago of 99 islands which are part of the Kedah state. It is the most inhabited island covering more than 475 square kilometers with a population of 64,792. Langkawi took it’s name from the gigantic beautiful eagles(located at the jetty point) which soar greatly above the islands. With turquoise sea surrounding Langkawi, its interior is a mixture of tropical green jungle hills and picturesque fields.
Langkawi is believed to have been cursed from peace and harmony by a legendary woman, Mahsuri Mausoleum who bled white blood to signify her innocence after she was stabbed to death for being falsely accused of adultery. However, the prime minister of Langkawi Mahathir Mohamad decided to transform it in 1986 into a tourist attraction. Langkawi is a duty-free administrative district with it’s largest city, Kuah providing accessibility to any land in the island.
Major islands in Langkawi
- Langun island – Its popular with fresh water lake – Pregnant maiden Lake and has a white sand beach facing south.
- Dendang Island – Forms a bay popularly used by the Langkawi sailing operators who greatly favor the beauty of the land.
Major attractions in Pulau Langkawi
- Cenang Beach – Langkawi is blessed with warm sandy beaches with gentle breeze extending from the sandy bays to the sweeping coastlines.
- Underwater life – Langkawi has the largest aquatic & fresh water aquarium containing more than 500,000 liters of sea water. This aquarium houses 500 different types of sea animal species such as flamingos, sharks, rockhopper penguins, mandarin ducks and many more.
- Telaga Tujuh waterfalls – Claimed to be home of fearies, This waterfalls are billed to be the most wonderful and beautiful natural attraction in Langkawi.
- The Eagle Square(Datarun Lang) – A 12m tall eagle sculpture displayed on top of an elevated platform to provide a breathtaking view of the Kuah bay.
- Langkawi cable car – A famous cable car in Langkawi which take the tourists on a virtiginous 20 minutes ride to the top of Mat cincang mountain.
- Pulau Payar marine park – An amazing marine life with several white sandy beaches ideally spotted for adventurous picnics and hiking trails.
Travel by bus
Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah are the two main departure terminals in Langkawi with Kuala Perlis being the closest point to Langkawi. Buses from Singapore,Kuala Lumpur and Johor run daily to the destinations in Kuala Kedah. You can take a bus to Kedah with Sri Maju , Qistna Express, Cepat & Cekap Express, Konsortium Express, S&S International and heaps more.
Get around by bus
Transport by bus is quite limited in Langkawi with the only convenient bus station in front of the City Bayview Hotel which run from the jetty to the central town. The other bus destination is Pantai Cenang. For great convenience, traveling by private cabs is the only convenient way to get around Langkawi.
Ferry from Penang to Langkawi
Tourists can choose to depart from Penang Ferry Terminal to Langkawi Jetty Port via Super Fast Ferry Ventures and the New Asian Travel and Transport companies daily from as early as 830am in the morning. Normal ferry trip from Penang to Langkawi island takes 2 to 2.5 hours. The ferries are well maintained and incredibly affordable. You can buy your ferry ticket from penang to pulau langkawi at Easybook.