Travel Tuesday: Langkawi

Need a break from the busy city life? Langkawi is the perfect place if you are looking for a relaxing vacation. Officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, is located off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The name "Langkawi"...

Need a break from the busy city life? Langkawi is the perfect place if you are looking for a relaxing vacation.

Officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, is located off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The name "Langkawi" translates to mean reddish brown eagle in Malay. Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 104 islands and only four of them are inhabitable. The main island, Pulau Langkawi is by far the largest and most populated. Being a duty-free island, it offers many local and international products. All of the islands are known for its beautiful and clean beaches and nature-based activities.

Top Attractions:

The island's top attraction is the cable car where it provides you with a fabulous view of the island. The cable car ride takes you 708 meters above sea level and will give you goosebumps. If you are up for a scary and exciting challenge, then riding the cable car is a must. When you get to the top, take a walk on the Sky bridge for a breathtaking experience. The 125 meters long bridge offers an amazing view of the Andaman Sea.

Want more adventure? Go on an island hopping trip to visit many of the other islands such as Dayang Bunting where you can visit the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden and swim in the fresh water. The lake's name came from a legend where a man and a princess fell in love, married and gave birth to a son. Their son, however, did not live long and was laid in the lake. In order to help women who have difficulty conceiving, the princess blessed the lake. Legend has it that they would become fertile once they take a dip into the lake. Although it is not proven true, many locals still believe in this. What's even more interesting is that the hill that forms the backdrop of the lake shows a woman lying on her back with her pregnant stomach bulging out.

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