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Why One Should Visit and Experience the Magical Langkawi Once in a Lifetime?

Updated on January 31, 2020
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I am a passionate traveler and nature lover who loves exploring new places.

Traveling always serves as an energy booster

Getting some quality time from the hustle and bustle of life is important as your soul always search for a peaceful environment where one should connect himself with nature and life again.

Surely Langkawi, which is known as the jewel of Kedah, is one of such places which can serve this purpose.

Eagle Square, Langkawi

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"Traveling means change and change leads to positivity, which is the ultimate elixir of life these days".

My travel story from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur

Since when I was a child and a TV commercial used to pop up on my screen "Malaysia truly Asia" by Malaysian tourism, I used to be thrilled and excited to visit this country someday. It was 3rd of September 2019 when my dream came true and I got a chance to visit this magical place of Malaysia called Langkawi with my husband.

It was 11 pm when we boarded AirAsia from Bhubaneswar, Odisha to Kuala Lumpur and it took 3 hours 40 minutes to reach Kuala Lumpur. The airport was clean, big and attractive and one important facility that I found over there was a free buggy service that was available at the airport for those who need it, but you need to learn from the airline authorities on how to operate it. Then we rushed towards the immigration counter for clearance but to our surprise, there was a long queue of people and the queue was resembling just like a very long snake. There were many people who were standing in front of the immigration counter for clearance but fortunately, we were able to clear all formalities within 30 minutes.

Items That Need to be Presented at the Clearance Counter

As soon as I reached the immigration counter, I submitted my passport, visa and the boarding pass. The immigration officer asked me to stand in front of the small camera placed in front of his desk and asked to give my fingerprints and as I did it, they handed me my passport with an arrival stamp on it which means we are finally allowed to explore the country. Next, we headed towards gate no.14 where we boarded our next flight to Langkawi.

Timing Difference in Between India and Malaysia

Malaysia is 2 hours 30 minutes ahead of India. In order to avoid any confusion, it is very important to adjust your watch accordingly once you land at the airport and this is the first thing I did after completing my immigration process.

Malaysian Currency

The currency of Malaysia is ringgit so before visiting this place one should have enough ringgits in their pocket as most of the shops over there will accept cash instead of cards.

Various Ways to Reach Langkawi From Kuala Lumpur

One can reach Langkawi either by air or by water. Roads are not available to reach this place as it is an island surrounded by water but you can take a train or bus if you want to enjoy a public ferry or a cruise ride. Ferries are cheap in comparison to flights but they will take more time and are good for visitors who have less time, but if you have enough time and you want to enjoy the ride then it is good to go on a ferry ride. There are flights available with various time slots at this place and we chose to reach by air as it is the fastest way to reach the island. We boarded AirAsia which flew at 9 am and we reached the place at 10:20 am. It took only 1 hour 20 minutes to reach the magical island called Langkawi.

View From the Airport of Langkawi

As soon as the plane's wheel touches the ground of Langkawi, the scenic radiance of the place embraces you with lots of positivity. The moment you step out of the plane, the scenic beauty of the place will seize your eyes with beautiful images. The chain of mountains armed with green lustrous trees with crystal clear water is surely a treat for the naked eyes.

Jewels of Langkawi

Places to Visit in Langkawi

Dataran Lang, Eagle Square

This is one of the most noticeable places in Langkawi. A giant gate next to the jetty welcomes you to witness the spectacular man-made structure of an eagle poised to fly with large open wings with an attitude to fly high. When I reached here I came to know that according to the folklore, Langkawi's name came from two Malay words: "healang" which means eagle and "Kawi" which means "reddish brown". This place attracts a lot of tourists.

Jetty Point

Kuah Jetty is located just adjacent to the Eagle Square. It is the main ferry terminal in Langkawi and the place is worth a visit. While entering the jetty point, many small shops and stalls may grab your attention. Here you can shop for all kinds of articles including souvenirs and gifts, chocolates and perfumes, watches and electronics, T-shirts, among others.

Shopping Malls

Best duty-free shops are available within a walkable distance from the Eagle Square. The Jetty Point Mall is known to have duty-free items. Chocolates and alcohol are especially good buys here.

Langkawi Sky Bridge

If anyone wants to gulp the breathtaking panoramic views of islets with a free fresh cold breeze air from the top then visiting the Langkawi Sky Bridge should be added in your itinerary. Sky Bridge is a 124-meter-long curved pedestrian bridge that offers a marvelous aerial view of a number of popular places to see in Langkawi. Standing at an altitude of 700 m above the sea level, the unyielding bridge can be accessed only through the cable car.

Cable Car Ride

If you love photography and love to capture memories then do not miss this cable car ride. This ride offers spectacular views of the rainforests, islets, waterfalls and other places to visit in Langkawi.

Paradise 3D Museum

If you love to pose in creative ways, this place will wake up the child within you. It is heaven for art lovers. The three-storey building comprises optical illusion, aquatic, fantasy, castles, classic, safari, landscapes, among others.

Gunung Raya

Love hiking then this is a place for you. The hill is a heartfelt gift for nature lovers.This place is home to many species.

Birds Paradise

Who doesn't want to come close to nature and that too with birds, birds paradise will take you directly to the Paradise of birds where you can witness many varieties of birds. It houses over 2,500 exotic birds of 150 different species – canaries, ducks, parakeets, owls, eagles, toucans, hornbills, and flamingos, etc.

Underwater world

The underwater world will truly take a ride to the little mermaid story that we used to see during our school days. if you don't know swimming and scuba diving still wants to explore the sea then this magical world will encounter you to many water miracles from starfish to stingrays from sharks to rockhopper penguins one witness around 3000 species.

Telaga tujuh waterfalls

Once you reach this place it calms your mind. The fall is one of the famous waterfalls of Langkawi, the local's claims that fairies stay here. The stunning waterfall Telaga tujuh means 'seven pools' in Malay.


Activities to do in Langkawi

Island hoping

Beras Basah Island

Next day we decided to go for an island hopping tour, so we took a sharing boat, the boat consists of 8 people, The boat driver instructed us to wear the safety jackets provided by them and we headed towards our first Island called Beras Basah Island

Bear's Basah Island is blessed with white sand, beautiful beaches and clean water, Good for relaxing and swim with small kids. But be aware of monkeys. we spent nearly an hour there with other tourists

Pulau Dayang Bunting Lake of the Pregnant Maiden

Then we headed to another Island called bunting Island, where one can witness nature's best portrait creativity. Before reaching the jetty our boat driver had shown us the Island from a distance. Nature had carved it in such a way that it looks like a pregnant woman lying on her back on nature's lap. It is the second-largest island in the Langkawi cluster of islands. The literal meaning of its name is 'Island of Pregnant Maiden'. And it has a wonderful large freshwater lake (known as Lake Guillemard) surrounded by hills having dense rain forests. The lake too is known as Lake of the Pregnant Maiden. We spend around 1hour here. An amazing thing about the lake is, although it lies very close to the sea and separated by only a thin strip of rocks, it is a freshwater lake. Once we reach the island, there is a narrow jetty and then a concrete narrow pathway that leads up to the hills through the forest. After about 10minutes of climb along with steps on the hill, there are more than 100 steps that lead down to the beautiful lake on the other side of the hill. There are many small shops available here where you can shop, eat. It was raining when we reached this place and we could not able to do any activities like boating though we got the tickets with a 50% discount but could not able to utilize it. I will also not recommend anybody to visit the lake, especially during rain or when you have a baby or anybody who is having any mobility problems as It's a bit of a hike up the mountain from the jetty and then down to the lake.

Eagle feeding

Watching these beautiful birds diving into the sea for food is a feast for the starving eyes. These strong magnificent birds will make you feel to be strong, determined and fly high. Once we reached the destination the boat driver stopped his boat and threw a few pieces of meats all of a sudden the clear sky filled with this reddish-brown eagles and came from nowhere and dived into the sea like missiles. While feeding, at any point in time you will see eagles hovering in the sky and swooping down as soon as they identify their targets.

Mangrove tour

Float through mangrove forests by boat as you learn about the ecosystem that surrounds you. It will make you feel like watching any documentary on the Discovery Channel.

After this, we watched fish farming and experienced feeding the stingrays eating from our hands. It was a lovely experience.

Snorkeling

The water area around Pulau Chabang is excellent for snorkeling. You can see many different kinds of fish here. Snorkling helped me to overcome the fear of diving and I can able to admire the jaw-dropping underwater beauty.


Original pregnant lady Island

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Explore this magical world once in a lifetime

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Airport to Eagle Square

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Langkawi Airport :
Langkawi International Airport, Kedah., Padang Mat Sirat Pulau Langkawi, 07100 Langkawi, Kedah, Mala

get directions

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Eagle Square Langkawi :
Persiaran Putera Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      10 days ago from India

      Thanks Abitha Iam glad that you liked my article.

    • Abitha Deepak profile image

      Abitha 

      2 months ago from Chennai, Tamilnadu

      Suchismita,

      Your writing is descriptive and helps us feel your excitement during this journey of Malaysia. Interesting tourist spots. Fun read!

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      2 months ago from India

      Thanks Hemamala,Iam glad you liked my article.Malaysia is a beautiful country having mesmerising islands.You can explore the country and it will not let you down.

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      Avyukth Krishna 

      3 months ago from Bangalore

      Thank you for this article ! What I love about this place is that it is a healthy mixture of city based tourist sports and Natural tourist spots. The fact that your style of writing is similar to story telling makes it an interesting read !

    • Hema Mala profile image

      Hemamala B 

      3 months ago from Karnataka, South India

      Fantastic article! Since I like travelling and exploring around, I appreciate your writing very much. Malaysia has been added to my travel wish list now! Thanks .

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      Prateek Jain 

      3 months ago from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

      Awesome , after reading this i personally fell the experience you tried to share in your words.

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      RoadMonkey 

      3 months ago

      Your excitement at this journey is contagious. I would love to go there and see all those things.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nice article. Good reading. Thanks.

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      3 months ago from India

      Thanks luis

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      4 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Thanks for sharing it. I appreciate this. Wanted to experience this for real.

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      4 months ago from India

      Thanks Chitrangada

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Langkawi seems like a great travel destination. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with pictures with the readers.

      Thank you for this well written and informative article.

      Welcome to HubPages and wish you great times ahead.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      You and your husband certainly shared a beautiful trip together. Thanks for sharing the information, photos, and videos with us.

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 months ago from India

      Thanks Abitha

    • Abitha Deepak profile image

      Abitha 

      5 months ago from Chennai, Tamilnadu

      Suchismita,

      Useful information on Langkawi and excellent clicks, welcome to Hubpages...

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      Liza 

      5 months ago from USA

      Great article. Langkawi is a beautiful island. I'm glad you have had a great time there. Thanks for sharing your awesome trip!

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 months ago from India

      Thanks Surya

    • Swapnil Ghosh profile image

      Swapnil Ghosh 

      5 months ago from Kolkata

      To be true I didn't know much about Langkawi and how it is as a place. Will surely try to give it a visit.

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      Surya Sashank Rasinkar 

      5 months ago

      I never knew this place as a South indian.but this article gave me a good reason to why I need to write it in my list of things to visit for sure

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 months ago from India

      Thanks Niks

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      Niks 

      5 months ago from India

      Wow, A great description. This place offers many activities. I liked the photographs too. Being a bird lover I would like to visit this place someday. I enjoyed reading this article.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 months ago from India

      Thanks lorna

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 months ago from India

      Thanks Murli

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 months ago

      Such an informative article with lots of great tips for holidaying in this beautiful part of the world.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      5 months ago from South India

      Wonderful travelogue and holidaying place with beautiful locations. Very good sequential flow of the story. Best wishes.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 months ago from India

      Thanks liz

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 months ago from UK

      This is a great account of your trip. It is well-structured and contains useful information for anyone planning a trip to this area.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 months ago from India

      Thanks prantika

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      Prantika Samanta 

      5 months ago from Kolkata, India

      Informative article and nice photographs.

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