Thursday, May 9, 2013

Things to do in Langkawi

Langkawi, is the largest island of the group of 104 islands situated off the north-west coast of Malaysia in the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea. Popularly referred to as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’, this much favored vacation destination is a duty-free enclave popular with both domestic and international tourists. As a choice vacation destination, Langkawi offers a wide array of recreational and sight-seeing activities and if you are wondering as to what to do on your Langkawi vacation, listed below are some ideas:-
Indulge in water-sporting activity on Langkawi’s gorgeous beaches
The island of Langkawi is blessed with many white-sand beaches like Pantai Kok, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Tanjong Rhu  littered with beach resorts of all types. Tour operators located on these beaches offer wide array water-sporting activities like wind-surfing, kite-surfing, jet-skiing, banana-boat riding, scuba-diving, yachting, island-hopping and more. So if you are an adrenalin-junkie, you will be delighted with the choice of water sports on offer in Langkawi.
Ride the Langkawi cable car

The Langkawi cable car is the longest free-span, single-rope cable-car system in the world and provides the world’s steepest ride, as it transports visitors up to the summit of Machincang Mountain, the island’s oldest geographical formation that rises to a height of 706 meters (2,316-ft.) above sea-level.

Take in the views from the Sky Bridge and hike the Sky Trail

The Sky Bridge and the Sky Trail are additional attractions associated with Langkawi’s cable-car system. The Sky Bridge is a curved suspension bridge that is suspended from an eighty-two meter single pylon located near on the summit of Mount Machincang such that it dangles approximately 100 meters above the ground and adds an interesting dimension to the panoramic views available. While the Sky Trail is a man-made hiking trail that stretches over a distance of 2.5 km and links the magnificent Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) falls situated in the foot-hills of the Machincang range to the Middle and Top stations of the cable car system.

Explore the marine life of the Pulau Payar Marine Park

The Pulau Payar Marine Park is situated 30 km to the south-east of Langkawi and is easily accessed via a one-hour boat ride from the island. The park is home to rich coral and marine life and offers excellent avenues for water-based activities like snorkeling and scuba diving.

Visit the Paddy Museum

Kedah is known as ‘the rice bowl of Malaysia’ as rice cultivation is dominant throughout the state, hence it is fitting that one of the prominent attractions of Langkawi is its Paddy Museum. This museum is housed in a building, built to resemble bushels of harvested rice stalks. In fact rice motifs are prominently displayed around the facility, which catalogues and showcases the paddy cultivation process in Malaysia and offers exhibits of tools and equipment which have been used for the cultivation of paddy down the ages. The museum also hosts interesting art works created by North Korean artists that depict scenes of rice cultivation in Malaysia.

Take boat tours and go island hopping

Langkawi is an archipelago of several islands and various tour operators on the island offer boat trips to neighboring islands like Pulau Beras Basah and Pulau Singa Besar and other attractions like Tasik Dayang Bunting (the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden (a dip the lake’s waters are believed to cure infertility), Gua Cerita (the cave of stories), Gua Langsir(the curtain cave) and the network of intricate mangroves that surround the island.

Get acquainted with the marine creatures of Underwater world
A visit to Langkawi’s famed aquarium, Underwaterworld is definitely recommended if you are holidaying in Langkawi with your children. Situated on the island’s white sand Pentai Cenang beach, this world-class aquarium offers displays of 500 species marine creatures including members of the pelagic family like sharks and manta rays, penguins, harbor seals and the enormous Amazonian arapaima.

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