Known as the Jewel of Kedah, the island of Langkawi belonging to Malaysia, is located alongside the Thai border. A duty free island, Langkawi enjoys a tremendous influx of holidaymakers annually, both foreigners, who flock to the isle to witness its much publicised beauty and splendour, as well as locals seeking a change of pace. The island has been named a World Geopark in UNESCO in 2007 where the Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, the Dayung Bunting Marble Geoforest Park and the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park are located. The island is also home to some splendid beach resorts Langkawi that cater to tourism and The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa is a truly spectacular choice in terms of accommodation.
Located close to Langkawi, a mere fifteen minutes by boat, is Pulau Dayang Bunting, one of the larger islands in the area, second only to Langkawi. Tourists can choose to hire a boat to reach the island and it is truly worth a visit for the scenery on the way is quite unique. For instance, while jetting off to the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden, travellers will be treated to the sight of the mysteriously shaped mountain range that resembles a pregnant woman. Once you arrive at Pulau Dayang Bunting, travellers can explore the Tasik Dayang Bunting caves created by soil erosion a very long time ago. This area is replete with naturally stunning phenomenon including a spectacular freshwater lake at the centre of the island with green yet clear waters that have mesmerised tourists over and over again.
Aside from its natural beauty, the islands also boast of unique soil and rock formations. For instance, the island is made of limestone rocks and limestone hills can be seen all around the island. This island makes for an excellent distraction from Langkawi due to its proximity and beauty and tourists and travellers alike can enjoy the wonderful natural surroundings that Malaysians are quite proud of.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Shazzana Hamid is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary. Disguised as Lavinia Woolf she writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.