Langkawi island, an entrancing island of exceptional beauty and mysticism, spinning a magical web of absolute adventure and soul   soothing escapade for those who seek them. The word Langkawi is a marriage of two words, Lang, meaning a brown eagle and Kawi,  a local manganese stone. You can catch the elusive eagles soaring in the skies of Langkawi and you will find a giant monument of this eagle welcoming visitors to the island by the Kuah jetty. Langkawi holds an unrivalled richness in history as old as age itself. It is filled with geological wonders of mystifying caves, mystical fairy lakes and mysterious misty-laden mountains. Folklores and legends intertwine like flourishing jungle vines in every corner of Langkawi. Embraced by the purest of pristine white sands, sparkling tropical waters and lush enchanting rainforests, Langkawi, with all of its mysticism and exoticism surreally floats between the breathtaking present and the romantic past.
Langkawi is known for her Mystical Legends : Legend of Mahsuri
Mahsuri is Langkawi's legendary maiden of purity and innocence who was wrongfully accused of adultery. Legend has it that she bled white blood at her execution as a sign of her innocence. Her innocence is further proven when the curse she placed on the island in her dying breath, that Langkawi would remain barren for seven generations, came true.
Beras Terbakar (Burnt Paddy)
Beras Terbakar can be found in a village in Padang Matsirat known as Kampong Raja. In the distant past, when the Siamese was on the brink of invading Langkawi, the local ruler, Dato' Karma Jaya, had ordered for the rice granary to be burnt as a war tactic to starve the enemies. To this day, the burnt rice, which was believed to be buried a few metres underground at this very spot, could be seen especially after a rainy day.
Langkawi's International Airport is called Padang Matsirat International Airport. It is located about 20km from Kuah town. Daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur are available via Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Chartered flights from Europe and Asian regions frequently lands in Langkawi airport.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) connects Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar and Arau towns in Kedah. A taxi or a bus is easily accessible from these towns to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis and you can catch a ferry to Langkawi.
It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes by ferry from Kuala Kedah and about 45 minutes from Kuala Perlis. Alternatively, you can also catch ferries further north of Kuala Perlis, accessible via the Jitra Selatan exit (Interchange 181) via Kodiang and Kangar on trunk road K3. It is a longer route about 48km from the NSE exit.
Take the North South Expressway (NSE), head north to Kedah and exit at the Alor Setar Selatan exit (Interchange 177). Head on to the highway towards Teluk Kechai and on to Kuala Kedah. It's about 10 km from the NSE exit to Kuala Kedah. Catch a ferry to the island from there.
Langkawi is situated off the northwestern coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It is about 30km from Kuala Perlis and 51km from Kuala Kedah. It is an island so rich in folklores and legends. Langkawi is well known for its unspoilt beauty, flora and faunas. Amazing centuries-old cave and rock formations are a hidden treasure for cave dwellers. It has been accredited as the first South East Asia Geopark by UNESCO in June 2007.
Climate For those who have a passion for great sunny weather, Langkawi's equatorial weather is a blessing. With a high annual temperature between 24'C to 33'C. There is the dry season   between November and March where you could enjoy outdoor activities by the sea and then the wet season around April. But April showers are brief and fast and comes and goes. The heavier rainfall averages about 2500mm when the monsoon tropical season comes about.
People Langkawi is a melting pot society with a population of about 60,000. The islanders are well known for their hospitality, friendliness and helpfulness. Many foreigners who have had a taste of Langkawi hospitality and lifestyle, have fallen in love with this place and chosen to come back repeatedly or make it their second home, if not the first.