Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah (Malay: Langkawi Permata Kedah) is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. On 15 July 2008, Sultan Abdul Halim of Kedah had consented to the change of name to Langkawi Permata Kedah in conjunction with his Golden Jubilee Celebration. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of some 64,792, the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. Langkawi is also an administrative district with the town of Kuah as largest town. Langkawi is a duty-free island
Only four of the 99 islands are inhabited – Pulau Langkawi (the main island), Pulau Tuba, Pulau Rebak and Pulau Dayang Bunting. The population is approximately 99,000, around 65,000 of them in Pulau Langkawi, of which 90% are Malays. The other ethnic groups consist mainly of Chinese, Indians and Thais.
An agro-based economy of padi and rubber cultivation and fisheries is fast being overtaken by a tourism-driven economy, taking into consideration the natural, unspoiled, ecological beauty of the island and major governmental emphasis.
The Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) development program is a Malaysia Government initiative to accelerate economic growth in the north of Peninsular Malaysia – encompassing the states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and the north of Perak.
The target for NCER is to achieve increased tourism receipts per visitor from MYR1,890 (US$600) in 2005 to MYR3,034 (US$963) by 2012.
Annual tourist expenditure is targeted to increase from MYR9.0 billion (US$2.86 billion) in 2005 to MYR21.8 billion (US$6.9 billion) in 2012 and MYR64.5 billion (US$20.4 billion) in 2020
On 1 June 2007, Langkawi Island was given a World Geopark status by UNESCO. Three of its main conservation areas in Langkawi Geopark are Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest park (Island of the Pregnant Maiden Lake). These three parks are the most popular tourism area within Langkawi Geopark. In 2014 Unesco issued a ‘yellow card’ warning threatening the status of the Geopark.
Tourists can enter the island via ferry from Kuala Perlis and Penang, or by flight from Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia and Fireflyz provides budget connection to the island.
Places of Interest
Below are some of Langkawi and its’ surrounding areas’ popular places of interests.
- Langkawi International Airport
- Pulau Dayang Bunting
- Pulau Singa Besar
- Pulau Payar Marine Park
- Pulau Beras Basah
- Pantai Cenang
- Pantai Tengah
- Dataran Lang
- Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman
- Al-Hana Mosque
- Padang Matsirat
- Pantai Kok
- Mahsuri’s Tomb
- Oriental Village
- Langkawi Cable Car
- Telaga Harbour Park
- Underwater World
- Langkawi Eagle Square
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