Langkawi Isle: Pantai Kok (Beach)

Pantai Kok beach is located at the western coast of Langkawi Island, and houses several resorts along its long stretch of beach including the Telaga Harbor Marina, a popular yacht gateway. Pantai Kok is usually much quieter and more secluded than Pantai Cenang beach with palm trees dotted along the shores of the beach, providing shades for beach-goers.

Langkawi Isle: Burau Bay (Beach)

The Langkawi Burau Bay is located at the north-western end of the island, nearby to the Mat Cincang Mountain. Burau Bay or Teluk Burau is a fairly secluded beach in Langkawi. While Burau Bay is regarded as a public beach, the crowd mostly consists of the patrons coming from  either Mutiara Burau Bay Resort or Berjaya Langkawi Beach & Spa Resort. Both of these resorts are located at the opposite end of the bay.

Langkawi Isle: Tanjung Rhu (Beach)

Tanjung Rhu is a beautiful and scenic beach found at the northern tip of the Langkawi Island. The vast and seemingly untouched beach is an ideal place for summer vacation and for relaxation. Reachable by a road which passes by mangrove swamps, Tanjung Rhu is also the home of two luxurious hotels in the island. From the beach itself, limestone  islands located as far as Thailand can be easily spotted.

On a day of low tide, one can even walk across the sandbar to reach the islands from the beach

Langkawi Isle: Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah

Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah are located at the south-western tip of Langkawi, about twenty-five kilometres from Kuah.

Both Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah combine to a two kilometre stretch of beach with fine powdery sand is lined by picturesque chalets built no higher than the coconut trees (thanks to a local government ruling). Pantai Cenang is a good choice for a relaxing time at the beach as well as a little bit of modern entertainment. The beach is popular during peak tourist season.

Langkawi Isle: Kuah Town

Kuah is the main town in Langkawi. It is basically a shopping center populated by various duty-free shops, seafood restaurants, banks and hotels. The  town was once a fishing village before its development. The name “Kuah” is a Malay word meaning “gravy” and is associated with an ancient legend of two battling giants who overturned a gigantic pot of curry at the spot where the town now stands (refer Lagenda Park II).

Langkawi Isle: Lagenda Park II

The Lagenda Park is also regarded as an open air cultural museum as sculptures and monuments depicting the myths and legends of the  can be found scattered around. Each has its own story to tell, from the battle of the giants to legends of giant serpent and mermaids. Local cultural structures and icons can also be spotted within the Lagenda Park.

Of the Duel between the Giants: Legend has it that the battle between the two giants, Mat Raya and Mat Cincang, caused the formation of several places of Langkawi and changed its landscapes.

Langkawi Isle: Lagenda Park

The Lagenda Park is a huge 20-hectare park stretching along the Kuah waterfront and is located next to the the Eagle Square in Langkawi. The lush green, beautifully landscaped park aims to showcase the myths and folklore of the island by having sections of the park dedicated to each mythical stories of the island. A variety of local floras and faunas such as the hornbills can be seen within the park.

At this park, there are 4 artificial lakes, 17 story-telling monuments, a man made beach, a few resting places and other public facilities for visitors, mostly covered with beautifully designed landscape, giving the park a really natural looking environment.

Langkawi Isle: The Eagle Square

The Eagle Square is a large area surrounding the gigantic eagle statue located just right beside the Langkawi jetty.  The giant eagle statue is located at a big open space area, surrounded by a stream of water with bridges crossing over it. There is a main walkway connecting to the eagle square from the jetty road. It is a 5 to 10 minutes walk from the jetty to the eagle square, or within a 10-minutes drive from the Kuah town.

Red brick bridge connecting the jetty to the square

The Great Eagle

Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.

The Eagle Square (or Dataran Lang in Malay) is located within walking distance from the Langkawi Ferry terminal and jetty area. It is a sight to behold from afar, when one approaches the island by sea transportation. The area surrounding the gigantic statue is beautifully landscaped and features scenic ponds, bridges, covered terraces, restaurants and barrel vaults made of bricks.

According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from the eagle or “helang”. In old Malay, “kawi” denotes reddish brown, hence, Langkawi means reddish brown eagle.