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Ayer Hangat Village Black Sand Beach Kilim Karst Geoforest Park Gallery Perdana Wild Life and Bird Park
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.

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.

This side of Langkawi has a few places which are special or unique in their own ways. One is Ayer Hangat Village, another is Black Sand Beach and Langkawi Craft Complex.
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

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.

This geoforest park has 4 mangrove tour types. The shortest duration is 1 hours and cost about RM200. This package takes tourist to Bat Cave, eagle watching and fish farm only. The longest duration is 4 hours and cost about RM450. Bat Cave, eagle watching, fish farm, andaman sea tour, picnic and fish feeding.

You can find people selling the packages for this Kilim Karst Geoforest Park tour. Geoforest Park tour needs to be booked or informed earlier for the agents to prepare the tour and get tour guide. I was informed that the minimum time for this tour was about 4 hours and minimum charge was about RM450 per tour (4 hours) for the boat excluding the nature guide fee.
Places of Interest in North-East Langkawi
Perdana Gallery

Gallery Perdana is on the eastern side of Langkawi on the way to Kilim Karst Geoforest Park about 11 km from Kuah. It keeps the gifts and awards to Malaysia's forth Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad such as crystalware, woodwork, gifts made of many different types of metal and musical instrument.

This place should be good for those interested in arts and handicraft. The entrance fee is RM10 per adult, camera fee of RM2 and video camera fee of RM5. It has different entrance fee for MyKad holders.
Bird Paradise

There is a Wild Life Park and Bird Paradise a short distance before the Perdana Gallery. It is opened daily from 9:00am to about 6:00pm and has an entrance fee too. I did not enter so I cannot give the entrance fee.
Hot Water Well

Ayer Hangat Village is a little further up from Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. When I was there, it was under renovation but the Hot Water Well / Spring and a few shops were still opened to public. Anyone can dip his / her feet into the so called 'Hot Water Well' sheltered by the bigger shed as seen in the photo. This well is actually a spring.

There was a smaller hot water spring without shelter. If you looked into the small spring and bigger well, you could see water bubbles coming out from the base. These spring looked like a small nature area with trees. When I was there, the entrance was free of charge.
Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach is situated on the northern beach of Langkawi. From Ayer Hangat Road, go straight at the roundabout into Teluk Yu Road. It is just a small stretch of beach. The formation is of Quaternary Sediment during the Holocane age (less than 1 million years ago). It is said that the sand here black is black because of two minerals, tourmaline and ilmenite, found in the granite of Gunung Raya.
Black Sand Beach
Stalls beside Black Sand Beach

As Langkawi is an island of many fables, there is a story about this strange Black Sand Beach fenomena too. The folklore said it was because of a war between the Underwater Kingdom and the Land Kingdom when a mermaid pricess from the underwater kingdom ran away with the prince of Land Kingdom. The black sand was due to the burn marks of the fire that burnt the woods stacked up to frighten the Underwater Kingdom.

A little further up the beach is a small building for stalls.
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