Gunung Raya is the tallest peak on Pulau
Langkawi, standing at 881metres. It can be reached by a snaking, paved road
through the jungle. It is a spectacular drive to the top with views across
the island and over to Thailand.
At the top of the mountain is a VIP bungalow
a sort of Camp David for government ministers, which means access is restricted
when it's occupied.
A personal perspective on
Gunung Raya by Eric Chong
Buku Malaysia in Langkawi is the first and only book village in South-east
Asia. It is part of the International Book Villages and Book Towns
Right: the lush environment at Kampung
It is located just 10 minutes from the Langkawi
International Airport and 15 minutes from the Ferry Terminal. Situated amidst
a lush green forest at the foot of Gunung Raya, the highest peak on the island,
the book village provides book lovers a tranquil setting to indulge in their
Alas, the half a dozen wooden kampung-style buildings
house a rather mundane selection of books which will hardly interest serious
Open: 9:00am to 6:00pm (daily)
Tel: 04-955 5568
may be a relic from centuries ago but there is little historical facts and
the structure itself is of little interest to qualify as an "attraction".
Give it a miss.
Among the significant sites on the island that have
been preserved for posperity is Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri's Mausoleum) about
12 kilometres from Kuah. This shrine was erected in honour of Mahsuri, a
fair maiden who was unjustly accused of adultery.
According to legend, she bled white blood at her
execution as a sign of her innocence. In her dying breath, she laid a curse
on the island that it would remain barren for seven generations. Fact or
fiction, seven generations have since passed and today, Langkawi is a flourishing
Read about the legendary
Open: 7:30am to 6:00pm (daily)
Admission: RM2.00 (adult), RM 1.00 (child)