Categories: Drink, Eat, Shop, Sleep
by Manjeet Dhillon
Categories: Drink, Eat, Shop, Sleep




99 Islands

Langkawi, the island of the reddish-brown eagle, gets its name from a Brahminy kite, known as “helang” in Malay. The colloquial abbreviation “lang” is combined with “kawi,” a red stone used as chalk for marking goods. Beyond the surface of travel reports, Langkawi’s name reveals various dimensions.

In Sanskrit, “Langka” translates to beautiful, and “wi” means many, suggesting that Langkawi could mean “many beautiful islands.” (hinting to Langkawi’s 99 islands) Historical maps from the 16th century often referred to Langkawi as “Langa,” “Lanka,” “Lansura,” or “Langapura,” underscoring its undeniable beauty. The Kedah chronicles, specifically the “Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa,” even mentioned “Langkapuri” as the abode of Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s mythical bird.

Lagnkawi’s Legend: Mahsuri

  • Learn about  the tale of Mahsuri as narrated by Pak Ku Ahmad, the storykeeper at Kota Mahsuri in Langkawi. This is a timeless legend from 1819, that continues to echo through the ages.
  • For a visual journey, watch the video:

Explore the map  below to discover a curated list of accommodation, activities, dining spots, shopping destinations, and spa experiences. Uncover the charm of Langkawi through distinct night markets happening throughout the week, offering a taste of local cuisine that won’t break the bank. The map is conveniently divided, tagging locations after the key beaches (Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah) and the bustling Kuah town centre on the island.

Langkawi List

Langkawi Geopark

Langkawi Night Markets

Rohingya children in Langkawi