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Langkawi consists of 99 islands off the sea of Perlis and Thailand. The main island is Langkawi Island which is about 30 km from Kuala Perlis and 51 km from Kuala Kedah. It covers a land area of 467 km2 and is a popular island resort. Other big islands are Pulau Dayang Bunting or Pregnant Maiden Island, Tuba Island, Timun Island, Langgun Island, Pulau Singa Besar or Big Lion Island, Pulau Beras Basah and Pulau Rebak Besar.

In 2006, Langkawi was declared as a geopark by Langkawi Development Authority (LADA). Eco-tourism is now one of the main attractions of Langkawi. Actually the main Geoforest Park is situation in 3 areas. 2 areas are on Langkawi Island and the third is on Tuba Island and Dayang Bunting Island.

The first geoforest park is Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park which is about 550 million years old. It is situated on the west side of the island. For those interested in geological formation and deposits, places to visit are Pantai Tengkorak, Tanjung Sabung and Telaga Tujuh Waterfall or Seven Wells Waterfall. The beauty of this Seven Wells Waterfall is that the waterfall is broken into seven parts each having a natural pool. Other places of interest is the Mount Machinchang, Oriental Village and Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation which is near Pasir Tengkorak beach.

The second geoforest park is Kilim Karst Geoforest Park which is about 440 million years old built mainly of limestone Setul Formation. It is situated on the east side of the island. It has a few popular mangrove forest and caves such as Cave of Stories. Bat Cave is situated in a mangrove forest. The most dominant bird here is the Brahminy Kite eagle where Langkawi got its name. Eagle feeding is also a popular attraction along the kilim River.

The third is Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park which is built mainly made of Permian marble which were resulted from the baking of Chuping Limestone by Triassic (about 220 million years ago) and granite stones. Dayang Bunting Geoforest Park covers the southern part of Dayang Bunting Island and the centre part of Tuba Island. The fresh water Dayang Bunting Lake was believed to be formed after the collapse of a very large underground limestone cave.
Places of Interest in Langkawi
Langkawi is an interesting island with its fables and geological formation co-existing with modern technology.

Kuah Town is the main town in Langkawi where boats and ferries from Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah and Penang will stop. So, all those who go Langakwi Island by sea will see the Eagle Square.

Eagle Square
Eagle Square is the landmark for visitors who come by sea. It has a statue of an eagle which represents Langkawi's name. 'Lang' is short for 'helang' which means eagle. 'Kawi' is an old malay word which means reddish brown. So, Langkawi is a reddish brown eagle that is the Brahminy Kite eagle found mainly in the Kilim Geoforest Park. Eagle square has some ponds, bridges and restaurants. It is just a walking distance from the ferry terminal.

Lagenda Park
Lagenda Park is just next to the Eagle Square and covers an area of 50 acres. It has 17 monuments each related to a fable of the island. It is opened daily from 9am to 7pm. Admission is free. When I went there on 15-Apr-10, the grass was very dry. I found that place not well maintained in the sense that the grass was cut but not swept away. When I walked, it felt like a thick cushion before I stepped on the ground. Next to this Lagenda Park is the CHOGM Park.

Laman Padi Langkawi
I also went to Cenang Beach area. There, you can find many resorts, hotels restaurants, tours and travel agencies, spas and shops. Along the way, you might passed by Laman Padi Langkawi or Langkawi Padi Field where the admission is free. When I was there, I found the place empty except a restaurant and a spa shop opened. Nobody can show you around. Not impressive.

Take the route to the centre of the island to go to Kota Mahsuri. Kota Mahsuri is located about 12 km from Kuah and is built in honour of Mahsuri. It was said that Mahsuri was unjustly sentenced to death for committing adultery when her husband went to war. Before she died, she bled white blood and cursed the island that it would remain undevelop and barren for 7 generations. After her family's 7 generation, Langkawi began to develop. I think this is because the island people and the government decided to support the legend of Mahsuri. It is opened daily from 8 am to 6.30 pm.

Oriental Village is an important place to go because this is where you can take the cable car to Mount Machinchang, the second highest peak in Langkawi Island standing about 700 m above sea level. It is located on the south-west of Langkawi Island. It sells duty free goods and restaurants.It is opened daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Admission is free.

Other places of interest are the Underwater World , Craft and Culture Centre, Ayer Hangat Village, Gallery Perdana and Wildlife Park.
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