Langkawi Bird Paradise – called the ‘Taman Burung Langkawi’ in Malay – is an approximately five-acre park located along Jalan Ayer Hangat, about 10 minutes from Kuah. Officially launched in 2002, it may not look like much from the outside but the interior is home to a tropical garden with over 2,500 birds from 150 species.
Besides birdlife that includes canaries, owls, eagles, toucans, hornbills and flamingos, there’s also a walk-in aviary with a 15m manmade waterfall at this 10,000sqm complex.
Spread across nearly six acres, Underwater World Langkawi is one of the island’s best-known attractions. Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang (almost at the border of Pantai Tengah), beside the Zon duty-free shopping centre, it is Malaysia’s largest aquarium.
The huge white-washed structure houses more than 200 different species of marine and freshwater fish including harbour seals, rockhopper penguins, sharks, giant rays and the enormous Amazonian arapaima – the biggest freshwater fish in the world.
The yarn begins with the beautiful Mahsuri, a maiden (or princess by some accounts) born over 200 years ago, who married the love of her life during a time of conflict with the Siamese. Her husband went off to fight in the war and her mother-in-law, jealous of her beauty, vengefully accused Mahsuri of adultery. Mahsuri protested her innocence but the village elders tried the young girl, found her guilty and sentenced her to death by stabbing.
Spread across 5,333sqm, the exhibit comprises three interconnected two-storey oriental-style buildings in Kilim and plays host to a collection of gifts and awards bestowed on Dr. Mahatir and his wife, Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. Porcelain, crystal, silver, textile and copper pieces as well as weapons, plaques, musical instruments, Islamic art and paintings are among the flashy stockpile.
The air-conditioned interior is a welcome reprieve from the Langkawi afternoon sun plus it’s one of the island’s most well-kept attractions with over 2,500 exhibits on display and a beautifully intricately hand-painted ceiling.
The museum is divided into different sections – the Wood Carving Room is a gallery that showcases exquisite Malay wooden architecture. Meanwhile the Reading Room houses a huge collection of reference material and there’s a section displaying a collection of automobiles including F1 racing cars. Additionally, the outdoor Green House contains a variety of plants under controlled temperature.
Pantai Cenang – Langkawi’s main vein – may not be as rowdy as the Las Vegas strip but it is Malaysia’s most developed west-coast beach; its shores are a gorgeous mix of white sand, crystalline turquoise-blue waters and verdant palms.
Langkawi has a few waterfalls that offer a scenic and peaceful location for a picnic or simple relaxation. However, these waterfalls tend to be quite shallow and slow-moving during the dry seasons. When there’s rain, however, the waterfalls will begin bursting with life once again. The best time to see these waterfalls in their element is during the rainy season at the year-end.
Located just beyond Pantai Pasir Hitam, Tanjung Rhu has one of Langkawi’s best shorelines. The waters are as clear as crystal, the sand is powder-fine and driving towards this beach you’ll have to pass a dense corridor of jungle. The area is absolutely secluded and the atmosphere is silent and peaceful. Bordered by intermittent limestone crags, Tanjung Rhu is gorgeously breathtaking and even though it may be as hot as Hades in some of the other areas of Langkawi, here the air is crisp, clean and cool.
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
The name of this waterfall means ‘Seven Wells’, referring to a collection of seven intertwined natural pools fed by seven separate waterfalls in Mount Mat Cincang. Locals claim that fairies reside in the area but tourists are more likely to find the flora around the water more magically appealing. Some unique lime plants and Sintuk, a climbing type of foliage, grow abundantly. Intrepid travelers can climb to the top of the falls in 45 minutes, hopefully spotting some macaque monkeys, hornbills or a giant squirrel along the way.
Langkawi’s beaches are simply some of Malaysia’s best. From the sandy bays to the sweeping coastlines, the island’s beaches are renowned among locals, beach-bummers and revellers from across the world. Here are some of the more popular ones.
Crocodile Farm Tour
The tour takes you on a journey to visit some of the island’s best known sightseeing attractions. First up on the itinerary is the Langkawi Bird Park – an enormous aviary housing an impressive collection of feathered creatures. Then the tour continues on with a visit to the Crocodile Farm – located along Pantai Kok – where you can see thousands of crocodiles, comprising several species on this eight-hectare farm.
The tour will also include a trip to one of Langkawi’s most
The Langkawi Island Hopping Tour takes you on a journey to explore Langkawi’s most illustrious islets. First you’ll be taken to visit verdant ‘Pulau Singa Besar’ – Big Lion Island; the boat stops just shy of the shores and you’ll get the chance to watch the king of the skies – eagles – as they soar overhead. Observe as they dive to catch their prey, chicken bits that the boat driver has thrown into the water, with deadly precision – it’s a great photo and video opportunity.
Next head on over to Pulau Dayang Bunting – the silhouette of the pregnant maiden from a distance is truly awe-inspiring; meanwhile the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden – overflowing with supposed ‘magical’ waters is another breathtaking sight. Relax on the adjoining buoys on the shores, dip your feet into the waters or splash and swim around in the enclosed sections. The day ends with a visit to ‘Beras Basah Island’ – or Wet Rice Island – another pristine Langkawi beach with clear waters and far-reaching views of the sea where you can relax and soak up the sun and sea after a day spent trekking up to the Pregnant Maiden Lake and feeding the eagles