About 30kms from northwestern Malaysia off the coast of Kedah lies Langkawi, an archipelago of over 100 beautiful islands. This cluster of islands offers the best of all worlds, be it a rich history, cheap duty free shopping, a great aquatic life and pristine beaches. As all great cities have a mystifying story behind its origins, Langkawi has a very terrifying one. It is believed that a young beautiful lovelorn woman named Mahsuri had cursed these islands for seven generations.
Though the seven generations have passed and people feel it’s just a rumor, there are still the natives of the island who believe in this legend. They owe all the success that Langkawi is witnessing now to the passing of the curse. All these mysticism contributes to the booming tourism these islands are witnessing over the years.
Most of the inhabitants of these islands are native tribes who work as farmers and fishermen to earn their livelihood. You can enjoy the peaceful countryside and beautiful landscape filled with paddy fields by taking a leisure drive all around the island. Most of the rural sights in Langkawi are right across the roads that pass through this island. On your drive you will cross paths of the typical styled villages with wooden houses circled by palm trees. Experiencing the Langkawi culture is a delight and the native inhabitants are humble and hospitable. The literature here was mostly based on Indian epics and has extended in the past few years. On the arrival of printing press English literature started to flourish but even so, the folktales are all narrated in proper local oral literature.
Apart from viewing the countryside there are also other attractions to watch for on your holidays in Langkawi. The cable car rides to the peak of Mount Mat Cecang, the second tallest mountain in Langkawi is quite enthralling as it offers an unparalleled view of the island. If you’re feeling adventurous, a stroll down the Sky Bridge which is situated at 2000ft above sea level will certainly give you the jitters. Langkawi also houses Malaysia’s largest aquarium, the Underwater World, with over 500 species of sea creatures properly displayed in a transparent underwater tunnel which stretches for 15 meters, the aquarium is a sight to behold. Adventure seekers can trek through the lush rainforests that encompasses the most of Langkawi, or you can also opt for a boat ride of the mangroves.
Food in this place is absolutely amazing and is not to be missed. You can find a variety of cuisines here and eating them beachside with the cool breeze and the gleam of sun setting is mandatory.
Langkawi has become a favorite among backpackers, honeymooners, expats, adventurers and family vacationers. Finding an accommodation here is also very convenient as you can choose from some of the best resorts in Langkawi, Malaysia and not be disappointed. Some of the best places to stay in Langkawi are Vivanta by Taj – Langkawi, Berjaya Langkawi Resort and The Westin Langkawi Resort. A visit to Langkawi during major festivities is preferred as the whole city is on a holiday and you can savor on the delicious food and sumptuous display of fireworks.
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So what if there’s a little curse!? The area looks so beautiful.