SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

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SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

My summer made me discover a favorite island.  And it exists by the name of Langkawi.  Why?  Beer is cheap and the whole island is tax-free.  But more than the given vices of cheap cigarette, alcohol and food, there are natural attractions and landmarks worthy of visit.
 
EAGLE SQUARE

There are many versions of why the island is named Langkawi.  But the most prominent one is the direct translation in colloquial Malay, that is, the island of the reddish-brown eagle. The Malay word for eagle is helang, shortened to “lang” while kawi is the red stone used as a chalk to mark goods.

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

From the said version, the landmark sculpture of an eagle as the symbol of Langkawi was created at the Eagle Square in Kuah.  Within the square is a building of traditional Malay architecture evident on its façade which houses stalls for souvenirs.  It is commercialized though, thus, prices are relatively high compared to the souvenir shop that we have visited at the corner of our booked hotel in downtown Langkawi.

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

PANTAI CENANG

Langkawi Island is definitely known for beaches.  It is after all the main reason why we are in the island.  In this sojourn, we have visited three beaches – Pantai Kok, Tanjung Rhu and the famed Pantai Cenang.

Pantai Kok is the beachfront area of Century Langkawi Beach Resort while Tanjung Rhu is the jump-off for our parasail experience.  The fresh air that hovers on these beaches is refreshing.

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

The long stretch of fine white sand with numerous restaurants and bars aligned the shores make up Pantai Cenang.  It was midday when we arrived at the beach.  The scorching heat nevertheless did not hinder us from scouting for a space to loiter.  We did not swim though for obvious reasons of possible sun burn.

We settled at one corner where the caretaker of the resort is a Filipino.  To cut costs, we laid down one of my travel buddies sarong on the sand serving as mat, and there we placed our cartons of beer and snacks purchased from a nearby duty-free store.  The use of the huts come with a fee.  It would be impractical for us to rent since we will be staying there for just less than two (2) hours. Under the shade of a towering coconut tree and a monobloc chair, we managed to chill, drink and people watch while at Pantai Cenang.

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND


MASJID AL-HANA

Along the way, we likewise noticed a mosque, that is not as grand as other Malaysian mosques I have seen, but definitely a head turner.  We passed by the Moorish-style architecture Masjid Al-Hana, which is said to incorporate Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan into its Malay-style architecture and follows the conventional mosque design.  The mosque is open 24-hours.

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

SUMMER IN LANGKAWI ISLAND

For ease of transport and tours within the city, we are glad to have been assisted by Ekomegah Holidays as our tour guide.
  

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