Galeria Perdana Langkawi -A Museum unlike any other

Galeria Perdana in Langkawi is one of the most attractive, yet underrated, museums. It is one of a kind, though, as all artefacts of the museum pertain not to any theme, but are gifts, mementoes, and awards received by Dr Mahathir Mohamed, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia during his tenure.

Located just over 30km from The Datai Langkawi, Galeria Perdana has an architecture that is unparalleled by even the 5 Star Hotels in Langkawi. If you are to observe the outside of the structure alone, you would think that it is built according to Malay style. While the traditional elements of Malay architecture are present in the outer buildings, the inside is a completely different story. There are two ceilings each decorated lavishly with coloured glass. Delicate designs from plaster adorn the ceilings, which gives it the feel of a royal palace from a fairy tale. Adding to this ambience is the gardens, calm, serene, and peaceful.

You might not see the architecture as soon as you enter, though, because the artefacts are of such alluring nature that it demands all your attention. You have silk paintings from Japan, wood carvings from Thailand, oriental rugs that remind you of Arabian Nights, model ships made of wood, model motor cars in their own case, and model trains that look so realistic you would expect them to “choo-choo” any second. There is a large collection of household ware as well made of crystal, porcelain, silver, and lacquer. There are unique musical instruments, kokeshi dolls, art, and of course photographs. The photographs are less of what Dr Mohamed received and more of illustrations of his career. There are pictures of him with the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher as well as with beloved Nelson Mandela.

The museum is open to the public at a nominal price every day between 8.30 in the morning and 5.30 in the evening. There are special opening hours on public holidays, so make sure to check it before you go.

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Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum – Exploring One of the Region’s Most Impressive Museums

Deemed as the world’s second largest 3D Art Museum, the Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum is a must-visit site. The title comes as no surprise to the many travellers who make their way to the museum for its life-like paintings that are simply marvellous! Soaring in the fame of its largest 3D museum, Malaysia allows one to observe more than just ordinary artwork. The structures presented here draw blurry lines between appearance and reality, captivating the attention of each visitor.

Sitting on a commercialized stretch of land amidst all its forestry, the Museum gives visitors a reason to explore the area’s lush green landscapes. A trip around the Teluk Datai area opens out to much more celebrated places like the Teluk Datai Beach which is home to many a resort Langkawi has to offer such as The Datai Langkawi. Other points of interest include the oldest formation of land in South Asia and the area’s most famed waterfall.

The artwork featured at the museum employs optical illusions; a method which deceives the brain into thinking it sees something when in reality it might not be there. While some visitors call it magical, others consider it as a very impressive collection of art. There are a massive 200 pieces of art at the museum which is open to public and incorporates the collective effort of 23 talented artists. Another interesting point is that the museum also allows one to interact with many pieces of art. A total of 105 from the 200 pieces are interactive and attract a massive 500 visitors on a daily basis.

The museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Tickets are priced at RM 38 per adult for foreign visitors and RM 30 per adult for local visitors. Tickets for children too are available and are slightly less in price. The museum also hosts a café where you can drop-in for a casual snack and even a gift shop to get yourself a memento to take back with you.

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Kilim Karst GeoForest Park – Visit the Incredible Geoforest Park of Langkawi

Langkawi isn’t the most infamous of tourist destinations but those who have heard of it, have heard of a place filled with unforgettable natural splendour. Referred to as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’, the main island of Langkawi along with her surrounding siblings are fast becoming a tourist destination that can even rival the Maldives. Accommodation at Langkawi is plentiful, with affordable options and more luxurious types such as The Datai Langkawi, an iconic resort Langkawi is known to house.

Arguably the biggest attraction Langkawi has to offer, is the infamous Kilim Karst GeoForest Park, alternatively referred to as the Kilim Nature Park. The park occupies about one hundred square kilometres and contains stunning lagoons, lush mangrove forests and pristine beaches.
A unique geological phenomena present throughout the park are the various limestone formations that peer out of the lush rainforest landscape, creating a surreal sight that is unique to this part of the world. Some of the particularly frequented sights and sites in the park include the Temple of Borobodur, the Elephant Stone, and the Hanging Gardens.
During migratory season, the park becomes a safe-haven for various bird-species, and a popular destination for budding bird-watchers. If you’d rather observe underwater creatures, there are various species that can be glimpsed through the park’s Fish-Farm such as Moray Eels, Mantis Prawns and Sting-Rays.
If you choose to embark on the complete tour of the park, it begins with a boat ride through the various rivers that act as pathways throughout the park. The ride would even take you through various cave formations, and eventually bring you face to face with the various wild-life contained within the park.
So if you’re seeking out an adventure like no other, be sure to consider the incredible island collective of Langkawi, and her infamous GeoForest Park.

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