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local products in langkawi
other than being a duty free island, langkawi also have a lot of locally produced items to offer.. some of which are not available anywhere else..
some of the local products worth looking at is this healing ointment called gamat.. it's actually made of sea cucumber.. the story goes that a long time ago, a fisherman stepped on one of these creatures and had his legs glued with the sitcky white secretion from the sea cucumber. in his frustration, he took an axe and hacked up all the sea cucumber around him.. the next morning, he found that all the hacked up sea cucumber are all healed and whole again.. that gave him the idea.. if the sea cucumber could heal itself, then it should also be able to heal people’s wounds.. thus, the “minyak gamat” industry began.. other than that, other items to consider buying is batik sarong, t-shirt, crytal, marble, etc
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Duty Free
Langkawi's designated Duty Free Port status makes shopping here quite fun and very popular. It carries the largest selection. Enjoying duty free status within Malaysia makes Langkawi a great place to pick up some superb bargains during your holiday, although it is neither as cheap, nor is there as much variety as you will find in Kuala Lumpur. There is a large mall called Langkawi Fair, where you can pick up the best bargains, and one of the best places to go shopping for luxury goods is the Langkawi Parade, where you can browse the high-end boutiques. For souvenir hunting, it's a good idea to wander through the markets along the harbour front and pick up locally produced handicrafts such as Langkawi Craft Complex..
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Divers Beware! Great White..er Orange Creatures!
More scary than the sharks at Pulau Payar are the noisy orange flotsam at the house reef. Easily recognisable in the ubiquitous orange vest, these gangly big creatures will not only insist on throwing their lunch packets at the hapless fish but applaud when the sharks go into a feeding frenzy. Stay away from these creatures if you spot them, you might get a chicken wing thrown in your face if you get too close to them. Bpacker's Langkawi Page
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Gondwana Wall
Langkawi has always held a mythical charm to its visitors but few know that geological orgions is as fascinating as its legends. Throughout geological history the continents have moved and fragmented as new oceans and coalesced with other continents as old ocean closed. 500 million years ago a large continent known as Gondwana occupied the southern polar region, Gondwana gradually fragmented into smaller land areas existed around now in Africa, Australia, India and Langkawi.
langkawi craft complex (craft & cultural centre): all the local crafts under on roof.
this place is a huge complex housing all the local malaysian crafts under one roof.. they have everything from metal artifacts, fabrics, ceramics, ethnic craftwork right up to items from the forest.. there's also a demonstration area where handiwork such as weaving, batik painting, wood carving and plaiting is done.. to top it all, the prices of the items sold here are pretty reasonable as well.. this place opens daily from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.. admission is free!
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Langkawi Restaurants
Langkawi food is fantastic - Warm beaches, gentle breeze, clear waters and magnificent seafood. As an island surround by azure blue seas that hold a rich variety of marine life, it’s no wonder that Langkawi has a buffet spread of culinary delights from the sea. The popular eating destinations are Kuah Town, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok (the last three are beaches) but you can find eateries all over the island that will satisfy your palette. And just as Langkawi’s visitors are diverse in cultures, you’ll find the food on the island carry influences from around the world; there’s shrimp on the barbie to burgers and bratwurst to seafood platters. Plenty of upmarket hotels stock contemporary international cuisine and you’ll find the resorts to be excellent dining places for local food as well. But for that rustic feeling, it can’t get better than eating out among the natives at their regular hide-outs.

Langkawi is famous with seafood and international cuisines. They also pride themselves of having a wide array of local delights.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that Langkawi has been hailed as a food paradise filled with appetite-inducing, mouth-watering fare from the taste-bud curling seafood, sweet chendol to the sinfully Italian pizza & pasta.
A visit to Langkawi will not be complete without sampling the cheap and tasty roadside delicacies.
With a choice of unique restaurant, you never have to travel far to find food paradise. Here are the best restaurant for your selection.

Boom Boom Corner: Pakistani Food
At first, we thought it's an expensive restaurant (open-air). Its setting gave us this feeling. Then we read the menu. The prices of dishes varied, according to the type of food you ordered (more expensive for seafood, of course), ranging from RM2.5 to RM6 per dish. With the explanation of the patient watier, we ordered several dishes. It's really a great dinner and the food was so yummy!!! I really miss it!
We ordered: - fish masala - chicken tandoori - beef masala - fried squid - mixed vegetables - cheese naan - brown rice - mixed juice All tasted great!!!! esp. the fish, the beef, the cheese naan and mixed juice! The whole table of food costed us around RM35! What a great dinner!

Little India: Great Indian Food
This small unassuming restaurant in the Pantai Cenang area serves some of the best Indian food I have ever tasted. There restaurant only has maybe half a dozen tables and you get served on a first come forst served basis regardless of whether you have booked for a specific time. We waited about three quarters of an hour after ordering before our food came but it was worth the wait. They only serve beer and soft drinks here so if you want wine you have to "bring your own".and they will amke a small corkage charge of around 15 RM. We thought that was per bottle but we opened 2 and did not get charged any extra.
The butter chicken and the lamb rogan josh were my favourites.

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Barn Thai: The restaurant in the Mangrove
This is a totally unique restaurant in the middle of a Mangrove swamp. We arrived at this restaurant by boat but if you arrive by road you have to be prepared for the 400 metre walk though the Mangrove swamp. On your way to the restaurant you can stop to look at the mangrove wildlife and birds. Being in the mangrove swamp you are likely to be plagued with the many mosquitos which buzz annoyingly around, but a good mosi spray should help. The restaurant itself is lofty and built mainly from teak wood so teaditionally Thai. If you visit in the evenings you may be entertained with jazz music.
Although we had a set lunch on our particular tour-we did have an additional Thai green chicken curry-wonderful!!
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Set deep within the mangroves of Langkawi, the restaurant is accessible only by a 450 metre wooden walkway with gazebos and seats along the walkway for photo opps or to observe the natural wonders and wildlife. You can also take a tour through the mangroves by boat. Great ambience, very romantic and mysterious. At low tide, the roots of the trees are exposed and sometimes they resemble those tree-like Ent characters out of Lord of The Rings!
Admittedly, the food is just okay, not brilliant. But the setting is great. I don't recommend the Seafood & Glassnoodle Salad but I had some prawn rolls which were quite nice.

Pulau Langkawi  -  Province  : Kedah State  -  Country  : Malaysia  -  Latitude : 06 19 N  -  Longitude :   99 50 E
Langkawi Island is located just off the coast of North Western Malaysia, about 30 km from Kuala Perlis and 51 km from Kuala Kedah and close to Thailand. The archipelago of Langkawi contains 99 islands during high tide whereas during low tide, the number of islands can be as many as 104. Sanctuary of some of the most ancient rainforests in the world, they are teeming with exotic flora and fauna. Langkawi Island itself is the largest among the archipelago, measuring about 478.5 sq km, is the only one with any real settlement. It fringed by lovely beaches scattered along its coast. The island is still very much a rural landscape with villages and paddy fields. 

Hotels
n Kuah Town
Sheraton Perdana Resort - 04-9662020
Located 3 km. from Kuah town and 1 km. from the jetty, Sheraton Perdana Resort offers a magnificent view looking over the splendour of Langkawi Bay. Situated in 104 acres of lush greenery, with a long stretch of private beach, its guest can experience an oasis of calm and luxury.

Pantai Cenang (Cenang beach)
Casa Del Mar - 04-9552388
One of the newest addition to Langkawi, the Casa del Mar offers spacious rooms in a low-rise Mediterranean-styled building. The hotel has a swimming pool and Jacuzzi for guest use, although guests might prefer to jump into the sea from the sandy beach. A Mediterranean, Continental, Asian and local cuisines.

Pelangi Beach Resort - 04-9551001
Pelangi Beach Resort is situated on the west coast of Langkawi. This enchanting resort has been designed as a luxurious Malaysian village with traditional architecture, brimming with colour and local beauty.

Pantai Tengah (Tengah beach)
Federal Villa
The Federal Villa is located adjacent to its sister hotel, Holiday Villa Langkawi fronting Pantai Tengah which is one of the finest beaches in Langkawi island. The 3-star hotel is sprawled on four acres of land with a breathtaking view of the sea. It offers 88 well-appointed guest rooms.

Holiday Villa Langkawi - 04-9551701
The Holiday Villa is a 258 room resort situated on 13 acres of land fronting one of Langkawi's finest white sandy beaches. Located on Pantai Tengah, the resort offers sea facing rooms, each with a private balcony. The resort has a variety of dining options, including Italian and fusion cuisine.

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Langkawi Village Resort -04-9551511
Set within a leisurely 15 minute drive from the Langkawi International Airport, all the traditional locations of this culturally rich Duty-Free island are also within easy access from the resort.

Other area
Andaman Datai Bay - 04-9591088
The Andaman at Datai Bay. Situated between the majestic Mat Cincang Range and the deep blue Andaman Sea, the resort has been built in the middle of a virgin tropical rainforest. Go up

Awana Porto Malai - 04-9555111
Awana Porto Malai Langkawi - Situated on the south-western tip of mythical Langkawi, an island famed for her legends and duty-free status, the Mediterranean inspired-design Awana Porto Malai Langkawi is a charming holiday resort.

Berjaya Langkawi Beach & Spa - 04-9591888
The spectacular Berjaya Langkawi Beach & Spa Resort is located in Burau Bay on the island of Langkawi, approximately 15 minutes drive from the airport. Malaysian-style chalets and suites are spread over 70 acres.

Datai Langkawi - 04-9592500
The Datai, situated on the north-western tip of the pristine Malaysian island of Langkawi, provides an idyllic natural retreat within the depths of a centuries-old virgin rainforest.

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi - 04-9508888
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi stretches along a 1.5-kilometre (one-mile) expanse of fine white sand, against a backdrop of towering granite cliffs and mountainous rainforest, facing west to the Andaman Sea.

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Hotel Helang - 04-9622020
Set on the southwestern part of the beautiful island of Langkawi. Hotel Helang will give you a warm and homely feeling every time you step into our world, either for business or pleasure.

Kampung Tok Senik Resort - 04-9557288
Natural vistas ... surrounded by traditional Malay architecture ... a legacy endowed to the world ... meant for sharing ... in a unique kampung environment. That's Kampung Tok Senik, Langkawi, a resort that's only one of its kind. Where a different kind of lifestyle beckons and the padi fields surround you.

Langkasuka Beach Resort - 04-9556888
Langkasuka Beach Resort is located on the southwestern corner of the beautiful island of Langkawi. Conveniently situated just 2 kms from the airport and 22 kms away from Kuah town, Langkasuka Beach Resort offers a retreat away from it all, amidst the magical pleasure of the island.

Langkawi Lagoon Resort -04-9558181
Paradise on the Andaman Sea...Langkawi Lagoon Resort lies on the west coast of Langkawi Island, the largest of an archipelago of 99 islands of exotic rainforests and sandy beaches.

Mutiara Burau Bay Resort- 04-9591061
The Mutiara Burau Bay Beach Resort is just a 15-mimute drive from Langkawi International Airport. It is located close to the Anna & the King Summer Palace. The resort is uniquely designed like a little village covered by a tropical forest.

Rebak Marina - 04-9665566
The resort's rustic chalets were designed to bring you a step closer to the wonders of Nature. Willowy palm trees and fragrant local herbs surround these delightful little havens.

Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort -04-9551901
Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort is a charming resort with traditional chalets, located along an idyllic stretch of small private beaches amidst lush tropical forests.

Tanjung Rhu Resort -04-9591033
Located on the north-east of Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu Resort is a 25-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport and between 25-30 minutes drive to all main attractions on the island. It has a 35 km. stretch of white sandy beach fronting the aquamarine waters of the Andaman Sea.

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Pulau Dayang Bunting
This jungle-clad island, lying just south of Langkawi, makes an interesting island-hopping stop. Marble is quarried on the island and shipped to the mainland for processing. In the interior is a small freshwater crater lake known as Tasik Dayang Bunting or the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden.
A tranquil spot, the water is excellent for a cool swim. Legend has it that a childless couple drank the fresh waters of the lake and had a baby girl. The story is also told of a white crocodile or its spirit that is reputed to live in the lake

Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells)
The Seven Wells, or Telaga Tujuh, are actually a series of seven pools connected by a series of waterfalls. Legend has it that fairies delight in bathing in the cool waters which are supposed to possess soothing healing properties. A mountain prince, who once lived near the wells, tried to capture one of these fairy maidens, but until today, they remain elusive.
It is believed that the unique lime trees and the sintuk, a climbing plant which has large pods, that grow around the pools were left behind by the fairies. Locals who visit the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls often use them to wash their hair in order to cleanse themselves of bad luck

Junggle Trekking
Langkawi's primeval and largely unexplored rainforests offer intrepid trekkers endless opportunities to observe exotic and rare tropical flora and fauna. Striding through the forest, the lush vegetation parts before you offers glimpses of tapirs grazing in the undergrowth. Crossing swaying hanging bridges will be a feat of balance, and there is nothing an energizing dip in a crystal clear rockpool next to a cascading Telaga Tujuh waterfall. Refreshed and re-inspired, push onward through the steaming vibrant ecosystem that stretches out before you, welcoming, embracing, and teaching you about nature at its most natural.Getting There
 

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Kilim River
For the adventurous, Langkawi offers some truly unforgettable sights and experiences. A new tour that is bound to provide plenty of thrills to those who are game is the boat cruise to Kilim Nature Park. An adventure in the wonderland of the park's marine ecosystem with flora and fauna in its natural habitats like the overhanging Bogak Trees, Brown Eagles, Tree Crabs, Iguanas and Macaques.

Enjoy the scenic and spectacular views of unique limestone rock formations emerging from the floor of the mangrove swamps and the sea. These fascinating geological wonders have been variously nicknamed the Temple of Borobodur, the Elephant Stone and the Hanging Gardens.

Explore Gua Cerita (Cave of Legends) and Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave) steeped in fabled tales of mystery and romance. There are indeed many memories for you to bring back when your journey ends

Gua Langsir
To the north of the lake is Gua Langsir (Cave of the Banshee) which is reputedly haunted. The belief may have come about because of the noises made by thousands of bats which live in the interior of the 91m-high cave

Gunung Mat Cincang & Gunung Mat Raya
Langkawi is truly alive with references to legends. Without going into the colourful details of these many legends, here is an indication of how legendary references still suffuse life in Langkawi to this day:
Where the engagement ring was flung became known as 'Tanjung Cincin' or Cape of the Ring; the broken crockery became the village of 'Belanga Pecah' (Broken Crockery); the spilled gravy became 'Kuah' or gravy; Kisap or 'to seep in' became the name of the village where the gravy seeped through the land; and the Hot Springs at Air Hangat is apparently the spot where the cauldron of hot water was broken. Two giants who were turned into the mountain stone gave rise to Gunung Mat Cincang and Gunung Mat Raya, and Mat Sawar who tried to mediate between them was transformed into the hill which now separates the two mountains
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