A brief history of the island
The earliest mention of the Islands of the Langkawi archipelago are contained in the nautical charts of the 15th century, in particular, in the documents left by the glorious Chinese Navigator Admiral Zheng Kev (1405 g). Overall, the island of Langkawi, located on the territory of commercial Maritime routes, has always attracted sailors and merchants from near and far lands. In those days the main products of the archipelago were pepper and rice. It is the purpose of rice trade in 1621 arrived and the French General Augustin de Beaulieu, who was in the service of Louis XIV. The appearance and development of the ports of Penang, Malacca and Bencoolen, a seller of spices, a value of Langkawi began to fall, until in our time the government again turned its attention on Paradise island, could not be better suited to the concept of a great beach resort.
Weather in Langkawi
The best time to travel to Langkawi from December to June. Most rain falls in September and October. And to spend a vacation diving or fishing hunting is best from March to may and from September to October. At this time in the waters around the island are especially a lot of barracudas, Saparov, Garuda, Jack-fish, lobsters, sea anemones, enormous sea turtles.
Kitchen and restaurants of Langkawi
Culinary tradition Langkawi was formed under the influence of a number of national cuisines: Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai. Not surprisingly, local dishes with plenty of spice and pepper. However, the island is also easy to find restaurants with European, and with excellent sea food, most of which are located in the state capital, Kuah.
Inquisitive tourists should try the local street food that are sold after dark in Kuah and tourism along the coast Cenang. Specialities include spicy "Laksa Kedah" (noodles in a spicy curry sauce), "satay" (little chicken, beef or lamb kebabs, served with crisp rice pudding ketupat, onion, cucumber and a delicious sauce of chili earaches), and "SOP-Ekor" ("tail soup" broth of lamb with herbs).
On the island a wide range of hotels to suit every taste and pocket: from cheap pensions for backpackers to luxury five star resorts, world-class. Many hotels are styled under the traditional Malay village-Kampung where you can stay in a cozy wooden room or Bungalow Chalet.
Only in Langkawi around 30 hotels, including 17 five-star. One of the most popular places of rest on the beach of Pantai Cenang in the South-West coast, where there is a large seaside resort Pelangi beach with cottages on the beach.
Convenient location famous for hotels Village Langkawi and Holiday Villa located in the beach area of Pantai Tengah at the South-Western part of the island.
The Beaches Of Langkawi
Langkawi is famous for beautiful beaches with soft white sand and clear sea. The best are on the South coast of the island, there is located and most of the hotels. Along the South-Western tip of the island stretches a two-kilometer Cenang beach is the most favorite with tourists, noisy and never sleeping. Its sequel — kilometer Tengah, more calm and romantic. Another secluded beach — Kok is located on the West of Langkawi. The picturesque beach — North Tanjong Rhu with picturesque rocks, alternating bands of clean sand and mangroves. The highlight of Langkawi — beach of Pasir hitam with white and black (volcanic) sand.
Entertainment and attractions of Langkawi
The main town of Langkawi island is Kuah. There is one street with shops, jetty and Dataran lang ("eagle Square") with many restaurants. The area is decorated with artificial ponds, bridges and covered terraces. Adjacent to it is the Park of Legends (Taman Lagenda), which exhibits the exhibits telling about the myths and legends of the archipelago. 10 km from Kuah works Galeria Perdana (Perdana) with almost the Brezhnev extensive collection of Souvenirs and awards presented to former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad and his wife. In the collection of more than 2500 exhibits: exquisitely made items from crystal, pewter, pottery, porcelain, and paintings.
Worth seeing a beach with black volcanic sand of Pantai Pasir Hitam, snake and crocodile farm and a waterfall Telaga-Tujuh (Telaga Tujuh, the "Seven Wells") in the North-West of the island, falling from a height of 91 m, seven streams, seven of which form beautiful lakes.
Oceanarium Underwater world (Underwater World Langkawi) is one of the best in the world, located on the coast of Cenang. It is the country's largest aquarium, where you can see the huge representatives of the underwater world in as huge aquariums. Plus, a 15-metre glass tunnel to tell you about that is pointless — this is a must see.
In addition, on the coast Cenang interesting "Rice Yard", Laman PADI Langkawi (Langkawi Laman Padi) is a unique attraction agro-tourism of the island. Here you can see the entire history of Malaysian rice, visit rice Museum, try your hand at planting seedlings on this field and served in a local restaurant serving traditional Malay cuisine.
More on Langkawi you can admire the mythical figures and ancient inscriptions in the cave of Gua-Creta (Gua Cerita); be frightened flock of bats in the cave of Gua-Kelawar (Gua Kelawar) which is hidden in the heart of the mangroves, but reachable by boat from the village pier to Grand Palace Park Kilim (Sungai Kilim); ride a cable car up to the viewing platform mountain Mat-Chinchang and soak in hot springs village the Air Hangat (Ayer Hangat). Near the sources of the same name built modern complex with souvenir shops and exhibitions of works of folk crafts, here are also often held cultural performances.
Close to the beach Pasir, Tengkorak (Pasir Tengkorak), or "Beach of Skulls", is a Museum and cultural Foundation, founded at the initiative of the eminent artist of Malaysia — Ibrahim Hussein. Museum visitors can get acquainted here with most outstanding canvases of the painter.
Near the Bay of Teluk Yu (Teluk Yu, "Shark Bay"), about a half hour drive from the airport, is the Complex of folk crafts and culture — a one-stop center where you can purchase a variety of traditional goods, made by folk craftsmen. In addition, there is a mini-theatre and Museum culture.
In the village of Kampung Belang-Furnaces (Kampung Belanga) on the highway air Hangat is the Langkawi Bird Paradise nature reserve, the first bird Park in Asia, all under roof. Walking the paths of the Park, visitors can enjoy 150 different exotic species of birds that employ over 2500 copies: Macau, Flamingo, cockatoo. On a similar principle and crocodile farm Taman Buaya (Taman Buaya), home to a thousand different age of reptiles.
One of the most popular excursions on the island — a tour of the Islands of the Langkawi archipelago. The excursion starts from the pier in Kuah and on a speed boat for 45 minutes gets to the first destination is Pulau Singa besar, which is interesting for its bird reserve and 100-metre suspension bridge, as well as a wonderful sandy beach. Next the boat goes to the island of Pulau Dayang-Dayang Bunting where the legendary lake of the Pregnant maiden. Before returning to Langkawi, tourists are taken to swim on Paradise island Pulau Bras Basah road. Tour duration: 4 hours.
A very popular excursion in the marine reserve island of Pulau Payar where you can swim with scuba gear or a mask.