Sebelum aku sambung cerita pasal Langkawi Escapade Part II, jom kita tengok apa attractions yang ada kat Pulau Langkawi.
Langkawi’s name is believed to have originated from the abundance of eagles on the island and the geological wonder of its landscape. By putting together ‘helang’ (eagle in Malay) and ‘kawi’ (marble in Sanskrit), you get the moniker ‘helang-kawi’ which was eventually toned down to Langkawi.
Of course there are many accounts on Langkawi’s origin, including those from legends & folklore, but officially (and according to history books) we can surmise that the island was under the rule of the Sultanate of Kedah for a very long time. Eventually, it came under British rule during the colonial century and then, for a brief period during World War II, it was controlled by the Thai monarchy. This has resulted in some Thai influence on Langkawi’s culture, evident by the number of Thai restaurants and Siamese-inspired sights.
After the war, the island became known as a nesting ground for pirates. The many islands and dense, verdant jungle provided much-needed cover for their dubious activities while providing an excellent hide-out. Meanwhile, the island’s inhabitants continued to live a sleepy life in wooden villages, pushing bullock carts and harvesting paddy fields. Life was simple and easy; simply too peaceful for modern change.
The catalyst that triggered the development of Langkawi was when a certain man stepped on the island to serve as a doctor; Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohammad, who would become the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. When he was elected, Dr Mahathir proceeded to work closely with Kedah authorities to modernise and develop Langkawi.
Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. If you’re intent on carting off duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, then this is the place to be. Still, Nature-lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees. The island is especially recognised for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities. From the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.
The Top 10 Things to do in Langkawi
- Langkawi Cable Car and Skybridge
- Masjid Al-Hana (Al-Hana Mosque)
- Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)
- Galleria Perdana
- Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman (Folklore Theme Park)
- Langkawi Bird Paradise and Wildlife Park
- Mahsuri's Tomb
- Sungai Kilim Nature Park
- Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Underwater World
For more info please visit http://www.langkawi-info.com/