By: Ani Nadila, Sara Susanne Fabunan, Kristy Inus & Illshat Mustafin
Whether your planning to have a laidback beach bum life for your holidays, or are more inclined to visit well-known legendary sites, Langkawi Island is the place for you. This tiny island of 32,000 hectares located under the state of Kedah in Malaysia, is already famous for its legend of Mahsuri – a beautiful woman who cursed the island when she was executed on alleged adultery – while its sandy white beaches has been the talks of international and local tourists alike. Visitors can look forward to various activities, ranging from frolicking in the sun and playing various water sports, visiting Mahsuri’s tomb (Makam Mahsuri) , going for the cable car ride up to Mount Cincang, or just a shopping experience in the duty-free island.
One should not exempt shopping in Langkawi. Chocolates, kitchen ware, liquor, perfume and cigarettes are amongst the main items to be bought at Kuah Town, Langkawi’s main town for shopaholics. Pantai Cenang, located 25 kilometres from Kuah and has a resemblance to popular islands like Bali and Phuket, meanwhile offers lots of clothing and beachwear items.
Paddy Planting – Laman Padi
Tourists can also drop by the Langkawi Paddy Field (Jelapang Padi Langkawi) to experience and learn how they plant, harvest and process paddy in the olden days. Rice cultivation represent the oldest agriculture industry in Malaysia, where rice is the staple food for the majority of its population. The administration has kept this place an exact version of a paddy field and put in role players (paddy harvesters) so that visitors can have a first-hand experience in whole process.
Meanwhile, the fainthearted and those afraid of height might have second thoughts of going for the cable car ride, but they would be rewarded with a breathtaking view up from Mat Cincang Mountain, which is 705 metres above sea level. A steel bridge suspended across Mount Mat Cincang and a neighbouring mountain, will offer a different viewpoint of the island and sea towards the north,while you enjoy a cooling breeze during your walk.
A gamelan is a musical ensemble featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. It is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together, bringing out the unique and pleasing sound to your ears.
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