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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.
Pulau Langkawi  -  Province  : Kedah State  -  Country  : Malaysia  -  Latitude : 06 19 N  -  Longitude :   99 50 E
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The name "Langkawi" is believed to be related to the kingdom of Langkasuka, centred in modern-day Kedah. The historical record is sparse, but a Chinese Liang Dynasty record (c. 500 AD) refers to the kingdom of "Langgasu" as being founded in the 1st century AD. 'Langkawi' means Eagle Island, it may be noted, and indeed there is a great abundance of eagles in the area. In Kuah, the capital, there is a huge eagle monument in Eagle Square which commemorates the origin of Langkawi's name.
Langkawi eventually came under the influence of the Sultanate of Kedah, but Kedah was conquered in 1821 by Siam and Langkawi along with it. The Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909 transferred power to the British, who held the state until independence, except for a brief period of Thai rule under the Japanese occupation of Malaya during World War II. Thai influences remain visible in the culture and food of Langkawi, while Thai is still understood by many on the island.
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Langkawi is a cluster of 99 islands separated from mainland Malaysia by the Straits of Malacca, it is a district of the state of Kedah in Northern Malaysia and lies approximately 51km west of Kedah. The location of these tropical islands is where the Straits of Malacca meet the waters of the Andaman Seas.
The main tourist attractions of Langkawi Island are its virgin, white, sandy beaches. The beaches have a very gentle continental slope and the water is crystal clear. Langkawi Island has many legends and myths associated with it and is therefore also called Pulau Lagenda
Langkawi comprises a group of 104 tropical islands lying off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia, about 30 kilometres from Kuala Perlis and 51 kilometres from Kuala Kedah.
The main islands are richly blessed with a heritage of fabulous myths and legends: of ogres and gigantic birds, warriors and fairy princesses, battles and romance. As a natural paradise, the island are perhaps unmatched anywhere else in Southeast Asia.
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With a geological history dating back 500 million odd years, the islands contain unique rock formations that stir the imagination and baffle the mind. Numerous caves, with their stunning stalactites and stalagmites, taunt the adventurous to unravel their ancient secrets.
Fine beaches offer sun-filled days of complete relaxation. The clear, emerald waters around the islands provide a host of water sports and recreation, and a magical world of marine life. Nestling amidst the mist-covered hills, limestone outcrops and lush forest are fascinating waterfalls and mysterious caves.The rich diversity of flora and fauna offers the nature lover amazing sights and sounds'. For those with a yen for adventure, jungle trekking and a boat trips up rivers and around the islands are most rewarding. The rustic beauty of the islands is in itself a compelling attraction.
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Noen probably has the best job in creation - he's the water sports specialist for the Malaysian Department of Tourism. This means that when Malaysia wants to start a follow on rally (to the Darwin - Bali) to divert cruising yachts to their marinas in Langkawi (from the original target of Phuket, Thailand), he is sent to market this component of the journey, assist the cruisers in any way possible and to get them to commit to participating in the event beyond Bali. The Darwin to Bali rally started with 14 boats apparently, so it looks like he will easily get this number registered to ensure a successful inaugural event.

He has been with us since Darwin, will be at every port we stop at along the way, and has the expense account to cover the three months or so of shmoozing this will take. When he's not promoting this 'Sail Asia' concept, he might be in the US researching wakeboarding, kite surfing or artificial wave technologies, elsewhere in Asia 'reviewing the competition', or organising water-based events within Malaysia - up and down the east or west coasts and anywhere in between. Pretty nice.

What else can I say? He's looks like a buddha and is a friendly and mellow guy who's well educated and well travelled. If I leave the boat in Bali and make my way through the Malay peninsula I hope he can get some time off so I can catch up with him in the Perentian Islands. In the meantime I look forward to more beers with him between here and Bali. Cheers for your assistance mate

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Taman Buaya Langkawi
Taman Buaya Langkawi (Langkawi Crocodile Farm) located at Kubang Kdak, some 32 km from Kuah, has more than 1,000 crocodiles of various species. Here, one can witness and photograph crocodiles and alligators playing and feeding in a controlled environment that closely resemble their natural habitat.Opening hours: Daily, 9 am. - 6 pm.

Taman Legenda
This scenic park with its beautiful gardens of vivid local blooms, plants and fruit trees provide a picturesque and fitting backdrop for buildings showing Malaysia's rich cultural heritage. Within the park, there are some fine examples of traditional Malaysian handicraft and cultural objects.
Opening hours: Daily, 8 am - 11 pm

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Legend of the Gua Cerita
Much local literature has been written based on the legends of Langkawi. The Hikayat Merong Mahawanga tells a story about Garuda (a giant eagle taking a half-human form) and a princess from China. One variation of this tale involves the emperors of Rome and China who planned to marry off their children. Garuda felt that this union would threaten the smaller kingdoms and his power over the islands, so he flew to China, kidnapped the Chinese princess and her maid and hid them in a cave believed to Gua Cerita. In a battle against Garuda, the Roman prince was swept ashore on Langkawi and finally reunited with the Chinese princess. When Garuda learnt the truth he disappeared, never to return.
Legend of Tasik Dayang Bunting go up
The favorite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari was said to be Tasik Dayang Bunting (lake of the pregnant maiden). A prince, Mat Teja, fell madly in love with her and tricked her into marrying him. It did not take her long to reciprocate his love and so could not bear to return to her celestial home. Sadly, their child died from a mysterious illness at the age of seven days. Distraught, the grieving Mambang Sari left the child's body in the lake and returned to her heavenly abode. Today, some believe barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child. Many have claimed to be successful
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