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Did you know that...
Langkawi is a duty-free island ?
All 99 islands of Langkawi were declared a Geopark* by UNESCO in 2007 ?
The film Anna and the King (1999) was filmed in Langkawi ?
The north-eastern monsoon (Nov-Mar) does not affect Langkawi ?
Langkawi has numerous events happening throughout the year ? The biggest is the biennial Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (LIMA).

The whisper of legend can be heard everywhere in Langkawi:  in the majestic trees of the 450-million year old rainforest; in the misty caves and hilltops; in the lapping waters of waterfalls, deep lakes and rivers; in the villages of fishermen and rice farmers; and in the turquoise ocean where it meets the white sands of the many beaches.  Be captivated by Langkawi’s legends.

Pulau Langkawi
(Langkawi Island) is the main of the 99 islands that make up this enchanting archipelago at the north-western tip of Malaysia and just south of Thai waters. There is something here for everyone, from the budget-conscious traveller to those in search of the ultimate in luxury and seclusion. Families or honeymooning couples will feel just as welcome as business guests and meeting groups.  Find accommodation to suit your needs.

Excellent infrastructure makes a visit to Langkawi a breeze, without diminishing the laid-back rural charm or the breathtaking natural wonders that are its hallmark. There are countless things to see and do on the island, but those in need of a break could easily spend days here just soaking up the sun and the natural beauty.  What do you want to do?

* A Geopark is an area with a geological heritage of significance, with a coherent and strong management structure and where a sustainable economic development strategy is in place.

A Geopark creates enhanced employment opportunities for the people who live there bringing sustainable and real economic benefit, usually through the development of sustainable tourism. In the framework of a Geopark, geological heritage and geological knowledge is shared with the broad public and linked with broader aspects of the natural and cultural environment, which are often closely related or determined to geology and landscape.
[UNESCO - Geopark]

Legendary Langkawi
Many travellers come to Langkawi drawn by tales of its beauty and charm. However as any visitor will soon learn, the island is animated with tales of a different kind. Legendary narratives, filled with heroic deeds and mystical creatures, abound on the island. Some of these legends are now as familiar as the crashing of the waves on the shore, while others remain known to only a few. As they were verbally passed down through the ages, the tales picked up the spirit of their orators and twists along the way, with the result that there are many different versions of the most popular legends in existence today. Some of the most famous legends are recounted below, and you are bound to hear them told to you in more colour when you visit these and the other mystical places on the island yourself.

Mahsuri and the Curse of Langkawi

The most eminent legend of all is that of Mahsuri and the curse of Langkawi: a tale that has been intertwined with the fortune of the island till as recently as 1987. Jealousy motivated the false accusations of adultery that were levelled against the beautiful Mahsuri, who lived on the island in the early 1800's. When she was put to death for this alleged crime, white blood poured from her wounds, proving her innocence. Her dying words were a curse that the island would not see peace or prosperity for seven generations. True enough, the island of Langkawi suffered several battles and hardships in the years to follow. In 1987, exactly seven generations later, the shadow of the curse was lifted: The Island was declared a duty-free port and with the steadily increasing influx of tourists, began to flourish once again.

Visit Mahsuri's mausoleum and discover more.

The Battles of Giants

Mat Raya and Mat Cincang
Today, roads wind between places with names like Air Hangat (Hot Water), Kuah (Gravy) and Belanga Pekah (Broken Crockery); the majestic peaks of Mount Raya and Mount Mat Cincang stand firm over the island, as if they have been here for eternity. However, legend tells us that it was not always so. Mat Raya and Mat Cincang were giants that lived here years ago. Mat Raya's son was to be wed to Mat Cincang's daughter and the wedding ceremony was in full swing. The suspicious Mat Cincang saw his son-in-law flirt with some of the other girls at the celebration and his fury at this sight sparked a vigorous battle between the two families. In the ensuing struggle, a cauldron of hot water (Air Hangat) was tipped over where the village by that name now stands and the engagement ring (Cincin) was flung to the side, forming the present day Tanjung Cincin. A giant pot of gravy (Kuah) was spilled where the island's main town is today and seeped in (Kisap) to the ground at a nearby village. Belanga Pekah village got its name from the broken crockery that was surely the aftermath of this clamorous fight. Mat Sawar, a friend of both giants, finally intervened and succeeded to bring the two to remorse for the damage they caused. In their regret, they chose to be turned to mountains, where they stand, facing each other over the tip of Mount Mat Sawar, to this day.

See the island from the top of Mount Mat Cincang

Garuda and Jentayu

There was also another marriage that set off a battle between giants of a different kind. The prince of Rome was to be married to a Chinese princess, and he set sail with his fleet to meet her. Garuda, the fiery giant Phoenix, got wind of this and feared that the powerful union would threaten the smaller kingdoms. Aiming to prevent him from reaching his bride, Garuda kidnapped the princess and attacked the prince and his fleet. The prince's fleet commander, himself of mythical origin, called upon the help of Jentayu from the waters of the ocean. The mystical bird of water fought fiercely against the flaming Garuda, but was defeated. Garuda grabbed the prince from his ship and dropped him into the sea. The waves, still enchanted from the summoning of Jentayu, washed the unconscious prince to the cave where Garuda had hidden the princess. When the phoenix heard that the lovers had been reunited despite all his efforts, he disappeared, never to be seen again.

Visit the Cave of Legends where the princess was hidden

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