Langkawi – “Langkawi Permata Kedah” (Jewel of Kedah)

Langkawi is actually an archipelago of islands off the Northwestern coast of Kuala Perlis with the main island, known as “Pulau Langkawi” in Malay.

These islands have long been shrouded in legends and myths, with the legend of Mahsuri being one of the most well known.

The Legend of Mahsuri

Legend has it that Mahsuri was a maiden who was wrongly accused of adultery. For that she was sentenced to death.

According to the legend, during the execution, she bled white blood which indicated her innocence. With her last breath, she cursed the island of Langkawi to be riddled with bad luck for seven generations and only after the seven generations have passed would the curse on Langkawi Island be lifted.

Many of the locals believed this legend to be true, citing the incidents of crop failures and numerous invasions by the Siamese army with the last one occurring in 1821 which occurred after the death of Mahsuri.

It was said that the seven generations referred to are the seven generations of Mahsuri’s descendants. It is quite intriguing to note that Mahsuri’s seventh generational descendant paid a visit to Langkawi in the year 2000.

And hence today, the seven generations are supposed to have passed, which is why Langkawi is booming as a tourist destination.

Mahsuri's Tomb is on Langkawi Island which visitors can visit to learn more about this legend.

Langkawi, a Natural Paradise

Langkawi Chenang Beach

Putting legends aside, Langkawi was formerly an agricultural based economy.

Today the main economic activity of Langkawi is mostly tourism based. Carefully planned development has ensured that the islands in the archipelago are in pristine condition, unmarred by rapid modern development and commercialization.

The white sand beaches and azure waters surrounding the islands are definitely worth the visit if you are looking for a tranquil place to unwind.

The rich marine life beneath the ocean is certainly an invitation for diving enthusiasts to come and explore what natural beauty lies among the coral gardens surrounding the archipelago of Langkawi.

Langkawi is also home to Asia’s first UNESCO Geo Park. The islands 500 million year old geological history, consists of spectacular landscapes dotted with caves, karsts, fossils and glacial dripstones’.

The main town of Langkawi is Kuah (the Malay word for gravy). The town’s jetty is the main embarkation and disembarkation point to the surrounding islands. It use to be a quiet little town, but has been transformed into a thriving center for duty free shopping, but without the hurried pace of the metropolis.

The easiest way to get to Langkawi is via the Langkawi Airport.

From the airport you can also hire a rental car in Langkawi.

Activities and Sights of interest in Langkawi

  • Taman Legenda (Legend Park)
    A 50 acre park infused with the myths and legends surrounding the island. There are 17 monuments here, each with a story behind it.
  • Burau Bay, Chenang Beach, Datai Beach, Kok Beach and Tengah Beach
    The popular beaches frequented by visitors to Langkawi.
  • Tanjung Rhu
    Well known for the abundance of casuarinas found here.
  • Mahsuri's Tomb
    The place where Mahsuri is said to be buried.
  • Telaga Tujuh
    A natural waterfall cascading through a series of seven pools.
  • Durian Perangin Waterfall
    A 14 Trier waterfall in the rainforest of Langkawi.
  • Le Tour de Langkawi
    An international cycling event almost as prestigious as the Le Tour de France.
  • LIMA Exhibition
    The International Maritime and Aerospace show held once every two years.
  • Royal Langkawi International Regatta
    A prestigious annual yacht sailing tournament held here.
With what is on offer, Langkawi is the prefect destination for someone who wants to try everything or just laze around and do nothing…total relaxation. The warm smiles and hospitality of the people here will never fail to endear your heart to this mystical island of Mahsuri.
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