Exploring the Island
On this half day tour of Langkawi, you'll visit the spectacular island while visiting such notable sites as Underwater World, Mahsuri's Tomb, and Eagle Square. You'll also have a chance to witness paddy planting in the Rice Museum, ride in Langkawi's Cable Car, and visit the Craft Complex.
After meeting your guide at the port, you'll be on your way to an exciting excursion of Langkawi, also called the Jewel of Kedah. Langkawi is technically an archipelego consisting of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea located approximately 30 km off the coast of Malaysia.
You'll visit Underwater World, one of the largest fresh water and marine aquariums in Southeast Asia. Opened in 1995, it promotes awareness of the important of aquatic ecosystems. You will be both educated and awestruck by its assortment of fish, koi pond, and coral reef. Don't forget to visit the Sub-Antarctic Section to be entertained by its penguinarium where you can from a tunnel watch the normally awkward birds dart swiftly through the water.
On this tour, you will be able to see Mahsuri's Tomb. Legend has it Princess Mahsuri, a beautiful maiden, married her one true love during a conflict with the Siamese in the early 19th Century. Her husband went off to fight in the conflict, which left her alone with her jealous and vengeful mother-in-law. When her mother-in-law falsely accused the princess of adultry, the village elders tried Mahsuri and found her guilty. Her sentence was death by stabbing, but it is said she bled white as a sign of her innocence. Whether the last element of the tale is to be believed or not, you will be swept up in the narrative while viewing the whtie marble tomb that has since become a shrine.
You'll also see Eagle Square, otherwise known as Dataran Lang. This is considered the symbol of Langkawi in that the name is said to mean island of the reddish-brown eagle in Malay. The 12 meter (39 ft) tall ealge sculpture is very impressive and seems to be in a suspended state getting ready for flight.
One of the most important crops in Langkawi is rice, and you'll be able to learn about its cultivation at the Rice Garden Museum in Laman Padi. Explore the history of rice planting and view the rooftop rice garden from the Padi Gallery. You will come away with a new appreciation for what is a staple food for much of the world's population.
For those who would like breathtaking vistas, the Langkawi Cable Car, or SkyCab, is not to be missed. Known as the longest free span mono-cable car, the SkyCab will bring you up to the cooler Machincang Mountain while hovering over the jungle below. The Top Station is 708 meters (2,322 ft) above sea level. Those with a fear of heights may be daunted, but the sights will be exhilarating. Once at the top, it is advised to stay with your guide and not wander off on the Sky Trail as it would be precarious and easy to get lost.
After returning to lower elevations, you will round off your experience at the Langkawi Craft Complex. Here, you will see traditional Malaysian handicrafts such as batik painting, weaving, and wood carving being made by expert artisans. There are also sections that act as museums: the Royal Museum, the Islamic Museum, and the Heritage Museum. You'll be able to purchase some handicrafts from the sales gallery to mark your visit to this amazing land.
At the end of your excursion, your guide will escort you back to the port where you can savor the new memories and photos of your experience in Langkawi.
Please Note: Entrance fees and tickets are not included in this tour.
Reviewer: Libuse Kuzel
The cost of the tour covered only the bus ride, everything else was extra, thus it was an expensive "taxi ride".