Malaysia is definitely just more than an urban jungle. Off the mainland of Malaysia lies the naturally rich and charming Jewel of Kedah or popularly known as the Langkawi Island, where some of the country’s best beaches are located. One of the most frequently visited is the Black Sand Beach of Langkawi, which is a getaway haven for both locals and tourists, alike. One of the reasons is probably its convenient location from the district center. Let big thumb share more here.
This is one of the rare beaches in Asia that you can access through a shopping mall. In fact, before you reach the beach, you will still be tempted by various local products, like souvenir items, accessories, and dresses. Within the mall, is a stair that leads to the Black Sand Beach.
As to why the beach is called the “Black Sand” has become one of the reasons why it is a popular destination, in a controversial way. For years, scientists have actually been trying to determine what exactly caused the sand to be black, and has not arrived at any conclusive explanation, yet. This however should not reduce your experience in the beach, taking it for what it is. While Black Sand Beach Langkawi may not have the most pristine waters that Langkawi Island may offer, it does not fall short with facilities that make the short visit worthwhile. The beach offers ample playground and refreshment areas for families to enjoy. Since the beach is not that attractive for swimming, visitors can enjoy boating and fishing activities around the area. Prior to becoming the popular beach park that it is now, the Black Sand beach was actually the location for a thriving fishing community. The lush forests also offer a calming view for visitors.
The Black Sand Beach entrance is open to the public, and people may even visit it at any time of the day. However, the shops close usually after sunset, so if you plan to visit after this time, it’s best to bring your own food to the beach. The beach is part of Langkawi’s Shark Bay, which is also another popular public beach destination in Langkawi.
Crocodile Adventureland is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Langkawi. Located along the Teluk Datai Bay which is 32 miles away from Kuah, the place showcases endangered species of crocodile as well as other animals in the park.
The park stands on a 20-hectare property to be able to house the animals and facilities for the preservation work that they do inside. They are registered with the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species which makes them an advocate in the preservation of nature particularly crocodiles.
To the locals, Crocodile Adventureland is known as Taman Buaya Langkawi which suggests from the name that there are crocodiles residing here. It is a unique attraction because it features the crocodile species and out of all the attractions in Langkawi they’re the only one to do that.
The place is popular among kids especially because they get to interact with actual animals which fuels the curiosity amongst many children. These animals date back to the prehistoric times which means there are a ton of data and information about these animals which children can learn.
Since the place is an advocate for the endangered species of crocodiles, it helps children develop more of an appreciation for nature. They learn about the different species of crocodiles, what they do for the ecosystem, and their rightful place in nature.
Kids and adults can see crocodiles in the flesh complete with movement and how they interact with each other which brings out the kid in all of us. There are exciting feeding sessions where trainers get to feed their crocodiles with meat constantly getting oohs and aahs from the crowd.
Thousands of crocodiles live in Crocodile Adventureland composed of around 6 species namely the No Tail, Night Shadow, Sandy, Tomistoma, Guinea, and Dark Porosus. There are also exhibits for the baby 2-year old crocodiles and 8-year old crocodiles.
Visitors will receive a map once they enter. They can use it to get themselves to the many exhibits around the park. It will also contain info and directions for the food and beverage center, souvenir shops, and restrooms.
Gate charge for Crocodile Adventureland is at 18 RM for kids and 25 for adults. The theme park’s exact address is at Taman Buaya Langkawi, Jalan Datai, Mukim Air Hangat, Pulau Langkawi. You can also contact them on their facebook page just search Crocodile Adventuraland Langkawi.
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Malaysia has several man-made structures that represent a significant part of their history. A well-known landmark is the Eagle Square in Dataran Lang. The spot is in Langkawi near the wharf, overlooking the Kuah Bay. Here are more finding from our team.
Not all people know this, but, Eagle Square reflects the origin of the name Langkawi. The large sculpture was molded from the reddish-brown eagle that is native to the area. When broken down, the Langkawi name means reddish-brown eagle. The “Lang” was derived from the word Helang which means eagle while the “Kawi” means reddish-brown.
The eagle looks like its about to take flight from the concrete platform where it stands. This is how Langkawi wants to be represented. They have chosen the eagle to be the symbol of their district and has become the backdrop for many pictures taken in town.
Visitors come from all over the world to visit Langkawi. Those that take the ferry will be able to see the magnificent eagle looking over them when they arrive. You’d see many tourists raising their heads to look at the sculpture either in awe or just plain curiosity.
Once people arrive at the wharf in Kuah Bay, people are treated to a magnificent background of the reddish-brown eagle sculpture and they can also enjoy the view of the Kuah Bay. It is the perfect spot for taking pictures of the place. It would be best to it at night not only because you get a much more picturesque view, but you get to avoid the heat of the sun.
They can also proceed directly to Eagle Square where they can enjoy all the attractions on the 19-acre public property. There are beautifully landscaped terraces, ponds, and fountains. Walking on several footbridges, you can get to several shops and eateries and you can also dine and rest on their pavilions.
The most popular restaurant in the area is called the Eagle View Seafood Restaurant. Fresh seafood is served here including lobsters, crabs, and prawns. Their Chicken Fried Rice is a favorite order to pair with a variety of dishes.
Eagle Square in Langkawi is open 24 hours a day. They don’t charge admission fees to the place. When you get to Langkawi, proceed to Kuah Jetty to see the magnificent eagle sculpture. You can call the Langkawi Tourist Information Center at +604-966-7789 for directions or to book a ferry ride to Eagle Square.
A visit to Langkawi won’t be as good until you get to ride the Langkawi Cable Car in Pantai Kok. Cable car rides are always fun because you get a great view of your location. Riding a cable car in Langkawi is an even more unique experience since you hover over the beautiful Langkawi archipelago.
Found in The Oriental Village, tourists arrive at the foothill of the Machinchang Mountain which is the second highest peak in Malaysia. The village has its own oriental garden for a relaxing ambience as you settle down and wait for your cable car. There are also souvenir shops and gift shops nearby to get stuff you need.
From the counter at The Oriental Village, tourists ride the escalator which directly takes you to cable car station. This is the base station. The whole ride will take you to a middle station and the top station which stops near the peak of Mt. MachinChang.
Riding the cable car will be trailing the slope of the mountain which means it is quite a steep ride. Slowly, the cable car will ascend to a height of 708 meters above sea level where you can feel a natural cool breeze the whole time you’re in the cable car.
As you continue to ascend, the view of the Langkawi archipelago will get more majestic. There you will get to see beautiful islands that make up the whole location. It would also allow you to look at the rainforest growing on the side or at the top of the mountain.
Once you get to the middle station, there are viewing platforms you can stand on to soak in the air at 650 meters above sea level. This spot gives you a panoramic view of Langkawi and many of its nearby islands.
Those who want to proceed the top station can do so riding the cable car or through a flight of stairs located in the middle station. The view there gets even more dramatic because you are over 700 meter above sea level. You can also try the Sky Bridge which connects the top station and the peak of Mt. Machinchang. Views from these spots are breathtaking.
Visitors can choose from 4 different gondolas to ride. The Normal Gondola, Bottom Glass Gondola, VIP Gondola, and the Private Gondola. All have different rates ranging from the standard 30 RM for kids to a premium of 550 RM for the private ride.
The ride is open from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm for the entire week including Sundays. There are maintenance schedules which visitors can look up ahead of time to plan their visit accordingly. Enjoy the wonderful ride offered to you by Langkawi Cable Car.
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A 125-meter long bridge sits atop the Machinchang Mountain in Langkawi, Malaysia which is popularly known as the Langkawi Sky Bridge. The curved bridge is rises 100 meters above the ground and can carry around 250 people at one time. We recently visited it and it is fun.
It is one of the top destinations in the district because of the unique experience it brings. Since the bridge is so high up, tourists get views of the unspoiled jungle growing on top of the mountain as well as breathtaking natural scenery.
The Machinchang Mountain is the second tallest land mass in Langkawi. There a ton of beautiful views when crossing the bridge. You can see the pristine Telaga Tuguh Waterfall surrounded by a virgin rainforest.
The curve design of the bridge allows for different viewing angles as you cross the bridge from end to end. Photographers and photo enthusiasts love to take pictures on the bridge as it provides stunning perspectives for photos.
As you walk across the bridge, there are two sets of triangular platforms where people can stop to rest or take their photos. These were strategically placed to be the resting points as well as provide beautiful views of the mountain.
A pylon at 85 meters high holds the bridge on one point to balance the bridge’s weight and load. Construction of the bridge was a superb feat and people looking at it from the ground would be easily impressed with how it was built.
For visitors to get to the Sky Bridge, they need to take the Langkawi Cable Car which has the bridge as the last station of its route. It takes you to around 23,000 feet above sea level and once you disembark you are greeted with several stores that sells food, toys, and souvenirs.
At the end of the bridge, a narrow flight of stairs leads you to the observatory deck which provides a beautiful view of the sky and sea on the highest point of the mountain. A great view of the Tarutao Island of Thailand adds to the already unforgettable experience.
Those who want to visit the Langkawi Sky Bridge can take a tour to Jalan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau in Langkawi. Ticket prices for the bridge is 5 RM for adults and 3 RM for children. The affordable rates and stunning views is what makes the Langkawi Sky Bridge a must-see attraction.
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Nature spots are a hit in the Langkawi district especially with tourists. The location is blessed with several tourist destinations that showcase the beauty of nature. Tours pass by many of these spots parts of the entire trip.
Langkawi Wildlife Park is one of the top choices among travelers when they got a trip planned to the area. This park offers a one-of-a-kind nature experience that allows them to relax but also learn through interaction with actual animal species.
The whole park spans five and a half acres of land in the Kilim area with a look and feel of an actual rainforest. It takes about 10 minutes to get to the park from the nearest settlement, Kuah Town. This park was opened in 2002 and originally labelled as the “Langkai Bird Paradise” for its rich species of birds.
Later more animal species were added to the forest including mammals and reptiles which later changed the name to what it is known now, Langkawi Wildlife Park. Over 150 animal species call the park their home. And they come from all over the world with species coming from Asia, South America, Africa, Australia, and Europe.
As you explore the park, you would notice that there are roofed walkways and decks that span the entire area. This allows tourists to go visit exhibits and interact with animals without worrying about the rain or the heat of the sun.
Feeding sessions are schedule throughout the day for both birds and animals. It is a hit with children and their families because it is an engaging experience. Food bags are bought at 6 RM to feed the bird or animal species. Tourists are asked to feed food that are appropriate to the species they’re interacting with which can be seen through a chart near the feeding area.
Several Langkawi tours that include the Langkawi Wildlife Park as one of its destinations. They come at different rates and can be scheduled anytime depending on the company that you applied for. This option is great for groups planning to visit the park.
Tourists who want to visit that park can go to their location at Lot 1485, Jalan Hayer Angat, Kampung Belanga Pecah in Langkawi. The park opens at 8:30 am and closes at 6:00 pm with ticket prices valued at 28 RM for adults and 18 RM for kids. Have a great experience at Langkawi Wildlife Park.
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Man-made underwater parks are a hit among tourists because it brings them closer to nature. This accessibility brings a unique experience that attracts a lot of people which is what makes Underwater World in Langkawi so popular. Here are the details from Big Thumb.
The aquaria was first opened to the public in 1995 housing a small group of fish species in small tanks. Today it has grew to a whole water complex that have more than a hundred specialized tanks for different kinds of marine species.
The well-known attraction is found at the southernmost part of Pantai Cenang, a town in Langkawi. It is a big 6-acre aquarium housing over 200 different kinds of fish and other marine life from penguins, seals, sting rays, to sharks.
A unique species that can be found inside Underwater World is the Amazonian arapaima. It is the largest living freshwater fish on earth. The fish has its own medium-sized tank where tourist can view and learn more about it throughout the day.
Visitors can go to five different sections of the park which divides according to the environment where specific animal species live. These are the sub-antarctic, temperate, tropical rainforest, freshwater, and marine life sections.
The sub-antarctic section is the most popular among tourists because of the Rockhopper penguins. This animal species attracts a ton of people because they get to see these penguins in their habitat where they can observe their behavior.
In the temperate section, Blackfooted African penguins and the Southern Fur seals are found here. These are active creatures that move around a lot. Not everybody has a chance to see a herd of seals or a waddle of penguins lying around.
Underwater World’s Tropical Rainforest recreates the environment that the Amazon River giving a great experience. In this section, fish (Pacu, Temoleh, Arowana, etc.) and birds (flamingos, mute swans, etc.) endemic to the area can be seen.
Aside from the Amazonian arapaima, the freshwater section introduces tourists to unique freshwater species like the Bala shark, Garfish, and Matamata. There are many more species found in tropical regions such as Southeast Asia, Africa, and Australia.
Giant stingrays, large groupers, sea horses, giant clams, and lion fish can be seen in tanks inside the marine life section. Various crustaceans, fish, and other invertebrates are displayed across the underwater aquarium where tourists can view through the tunnels cutting across the aquaria.
A 3D theatre provides alternative entertainment for visitors. They can dine in the cafeteria located inside the aquaria. Kids and students can visit the Educational Resource Center to learn more about the animals that reside inside the whole complex.
On weekdays, the park is open from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. During weekends, operating hours extend to 10:30 in the evening. Ticket prices vary for different tours and the rates are also different for adults and children.
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Whatever type of traveler you may be, a quick stroll around the CHOGM Park Langkawi is always something not to be missed. The park is located in Jalan Persiaran Putra, 07000 Kuah, Langkawi. After all, this 10-acre park is conveniently located at the heart of the district. The park was built as an honor to one of the most memorable government meeting that Malaysia hosted back in 1989 – the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), where the name of the park is likewise derived. This is why one of the key feature of the park is the whitewash edifice where all the flags of the countries present during the meeting are placed.
CHOGM Park is a common strolling and unwinding place of the locals, and a popular landmark location for tourists. Despite the tropical temperature in Langkawi, a visit to the park will be a breeze, since it is surrounded by bullet wood trees that are known to have been planted by the country delegations themselves during the historical meeting. Up to this day, these trees prove to be a refreshing sight in a rather manmade park. To complete the leisurely tour of the park, visitors may also opt to have a quiet time by the man-made beach strip, which is located within the park premises, as well.
With the park so vast, it is expected for you to get hungry while touring the place. No worries, because there are a lot of Halal food places around the area. If you want more choices, then you have also head out to the nearest mall, the Langkawi Fair Mall. Kuah’s Al-Hana Mosque is just a walking distance from the park, as well. For large groups who want to have an educational tour of the park, along with other Langkawi key tourism and historical sites, you may coordinate with the local tourism office or a trusted tour guide online.
The park is recommended for all sorts of tourists and visitors from children to senior citizens. It is open for free, throughout the day, but it is best to drop by here in the late afternoon while waiting for the popular Langkawi Night Market to open.
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