to Langkawi Insights Isles of Legends and Mystique
from a seven-generation curse placed by the maiden Mahsuri, Langkawi
is today famous for its sun-drenched shores washed by clear turquoise
waters and the mysterious mist-covered peaks that echo a hundred
legends. At long last, Langkawi regained its splendor once again.
abound in Langkawi, both real and mythical. Here was where Malaysia's
former Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman was exiled for two years
when he secretly married Englishwoman Violet Coulson. By law,
marriage between Kedahan royalty and non-Malays without permission
of the Sultan was illegal, and needless to say, the marriage between
the Tunku and Violet was frowned upon. Because of this, the Tunku
was transferred to Langkawi, then a desolate and quiet place.
His brief stay there inspired the novel Princess of Langkawi,
which has been filmed as Sumpah Semerah Padi (in 1978), and a
If Penang, 90 miles south, is famed for its heritage buildings,
then Langkawi is famous for its countless legends, which have
been immortalised in folk tales and history. The names behind
Kuah (the main town), Beras Basah and Air Hangat have interesting
roots. The story goes that once upon a time, many moons ago, there
lived two feuding giants called Mat Cincang and Mat Raya. Unhappy
that Mat Raya's son was marrying his daughter, Mat Cincang caused
a melee during the wedding feast. During the fight, pots and pans
were thrown around and the earth shook. The place where a big
pot of gravy landed is now called Kuah, (the Malay word for gravy)
and the place where the uncooked rice landed was called Beras
Basah (wet uncooked rice). During the tremor, a huge vat of hot
water turned over, and the placed has since then been called,
you guessed it, Air Hangat (hot water)!
tales such as these pepper Langkawi's local culture and history.
Just as you feel a sense of the historical when you walk the streets
of George Town, you will be mesmerised by the ancient myths and
legends that surround you when you visit Langkawi.
Hussein bridging the gap between the arts and the public
Cheah's honeymoon in Langkawi brought him face to face with a
Malaysian icon of modern art. Arguably the most successful (from
a financial point of view) and respected Malaysian artist ever,
this man had in his distinguished career, rubbed shoulders with
the likes of the late Andy Warhol. He now runs his own art gallery
and studio in Langkawi and was not too proud to rub shoulders
with the honeymooners when they visited the place. He personally
admires Ibrahim's works for the freedom and originality they embody.
Mysterious Caves of Langkawi, Malaysia
over 99 islands and islets, Langkawi is home to many caves which
are at once mysterious and eerie the likes of which include
Gua Langsir (Caves of the Wailing Banshee) which is believed to
be haunted by the spirits of a woman who, like the vampire, lives
on the blood of humans. This
book is a first of its kind and the most comprehensive to date,
taking readers deep into the bowels of these caves and unearthing
some of its secrets. Click here
for full story.
Siput Kepah Dance
Chong discusses the merits of an unconventional but rewarding
pastime where participants "do the jig" on the seabed to the tune
of gentle lapping waves. Click here
for full story.
Coolest Spot in Langkawi
highest peak offers respite from the tropical heat and rewards
visitors with a bird's eye view of the islands. Eric Chong rises
to the occasion for this story. Click
here for full story.