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Langkawi, KEDAH

World-renowned Langkawi beckons with sun-kissed

beaches, clear blue skies and the marvels of nature.

Langkawi is the largest of a multitude of islands that lie off the

coast of Kedah state, in the far northwest of Peninsular Malaysia.

The island comprises a archipelago of 99 islands. Langkawi is a

versatile holiday destination with world-class infrastructure and

facilities – a modern international airport, excellent roads, state-

of-the-art marinas, a wide range of accommodation options from

budget hotels to award-winning luxurious resorts, superb golf

courses and a host of recreational activities.

Visitors arriving by sea will disembark at the jetty in the main

town of Kuah. Located southeast of the island, the town houses

many hotels and shopping centres. A large prominent statue of

an eagle, situated at the popular Eagle Square, is visible from afar

when approaching the island. According to local folklore, Langkawi

derived its name from the eagle or helang (lang).

Langkawi’s idyllic beaches are perfect settings for a fun-filled

vacation. Tanjung Rhu Beach, 22 km north of Kuah, is fringed by

casuarinas from where the beach gets its name. A perfect place

for a picnic, this wide sandy beach offers unmatched pristine

tranquility. The sunset here at dusk, in a blaze of orange and red, is

a truly spectacular sight.