Situated at the crossroads of the Thai-Malaysian border, within the Straits of Malacca and the Andaman sea, Pulau Langkawi is the largest island in a cluster of 99 islands.
An enchanting holiday destination to all who explore its many attractions, Pulau Langkawi provides vacationers a variety of activities for relaxation and recreation. There are water sports around crystal clear waters, jungle treks through rich tropical forests, quiet strolls through quaint fishing villages, rounds of golf on a 18-hole course and duty-free shopping opportunities.
Pulau Dayang Bunting, east of Pulau Singa, is another island worth visiting. It is renowned for its fresh water lake,Tasik Dayang Bunting(Lake of the Pregnant Maiden). According to local folklore, its water is said to work miracles for childless couples.
Pulau Payar to the south of Langkawi is another alluring island gateway, especially for diving enthusiasts. Gazetted as a Marine Park in 1985, it encompasses the neighbouring islands of Pulau Segantang, Pulau Kaca and Pulau Lembu
Reputed to support the largest number of coral species in the country, Pulau Payar’s crystal clear waters make it suitable for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and underwater photography.
Visitors wishing to enjoy a quiet picnic on Pulau Payar’s sandy white beaches will find picnic tables and bathroom facilities thoughtfully provided.
No hotels are available on the island, although camping is permitted with prior approval from Department of Fisheries.
On the mainland of Kedah, approximately 60km south of Alor Setar, lies a beautiful one kilometre stretch of sandy beach known as Pantai Merdeka. An enchanting beach shaded by tall swaying palm trees, Pantai Merdeka is an inviting spot to picnic or laze away the hours in the sun. Water skiing and sailing are also popular along its coastline.
If camping out on a coral island is your kind of holiday dream, the nearby island of Pulau Bidan, just one kilometre long and half a kilometre wide, is the answer.