Langkawi is an archipelago of more than 100 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. Langkawi is often considered as one of the region's best island paradise destinations.
This park area consists of three river estuaries that stretch from the Kisap village approximately 10 km to Tanjung Rhu and they are all interconnected. They are rich in wildlife and tourists may see hairy nosed sea otters, brown winged kingfishers, monitor lizards and swimming macaque monkeys. Limestone, inherently porous, forms caves and there are several in the mangroves. One of Langkawi's natural beauty spots is the Pirate Lagoon just outside the river. Technically this is a collapsed cave (hong) consisting of a cave entrance from the sea emerging into a hidden lagoon with towering, limestone escarpments and smaller caves.
Completed in 2005, it is a 125-metre curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge. The bridge deck is located 660 metres above sea level at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang on Pulau Langkawi, the main island of the Langkawi archipelago in Kedah. It is designed as a curved walkway to maximise the viewing experience, providing shifting perspective as a visitor walks along the bridge. At each end of the walkway, the bridge has a 3.6m-wide triangular viewing platform that serves as resting and viewing areas for visitors.
Cenang beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Langkawi; a picturesque one with long stretches of fine white sand. It has numerous restaurants and bars for evening entertainment, several hosting live music and for watching the sun set. The beach is lined with tall coconut and casuarina trees.
Located on a historical and cultural site, the Mahsuri Museum is dedicated to a lady named Mahsuri. According to local legend, in the late 18th century, a maiden named Mahsuri was wrongfully accused of adultery and put to death, and she placed a curse on the island that would last for seven generations. In addition, the museum also showcases reconstruction of different Malay households and farming items of the era.
A landmark and symbol of Langkawi, on the square is a huge eagle statue perched over a scenic waterfront plaza. According to one interpretation on how the name 'Langkawi' came about, Langkawi means island of the reddish-brown eagle in colloquial Malay. The Malay word for eagle is helang - which is shortened to "lang", while kawi is the name of a red stone used as a chalk to mark goods. This interpretation was used to create the sculpture of an eagle as the symbol of Langkawi at Dataran Helang (lit. Eagle Square).