Flying with a domestic airline company for an hour from the capital city Kuala Lumpur, arriving to the most popular island of Malaysia Langkawi is amazingly welcoming with palm trees, rice fields and its sincere locals. Having a 5 star holiday at one of the resorts lies at Cenang Beach which is famous with its white sandy beach along, visiting the oldest rain forest the Geo-Kilim Park, observing jelly fishes from closer sight for the first time at fish village, feeding the eagles, having a cruise around islands such as Pregnant Woman Island or Shoe Island through the borders of Thailand, ending a wonderful day with the most stunning sunset while ending the cruise.
There are more to it rather than only swimming or getting tanned under the sun; climbing to the highest spot of the island with the most upright cable car in the world while going through the 130 million years of old rain forests beauty, the untouched natural waterfalls. Looking through the island from the top, taking few shots, daring to walk on Skybridge which was the Bollywood Movie Don’s scenes shot, coming down to the dream-land like designed village, The Oriental Village to have some fresh marinated sea food, going to Dataran Merdeka, to have few more shots with the symbol of the island, the ‘Eagle’.
Langkawi has a lingering legend woven into its history. Ask anyone on the island about the tragic story of a beautiful young lady named Mahsuri, and you’ll hear a tale of love, jealousy and a curse that was placed upon the island by her for seven generations.
STORY OF THE ISLAND
The best known legend of Langkawi is of Mahsuri, a pretty maiden who lived in Langkawi between 1762 and 1800. The story goes that Mahsuri , the daughter of Pandak Mayah and Cik Alang, grew up to be a beautiful young woman of marrying age. From the many suitors, Mahsuri was then betrothed to Wan Darus, the younger brother of the village headman Dato Pekerma Jaya.
Soon their idyllic life was disrupted, when Wan Darus left to fight against the invading Siamese army. It was during this time that Mahsuri befriended a young wandering minstrel named Deraman. The village chief’s wife Wan Mahora, who was always jealous of Mahsuri’s beauty, accused Mahsuri of adultery in the absence of Wan Darus.
Mahsuri was tied to a tree in the scorching sun for days while awaiting her punishment. She pleaded her innocence, but no one believed her. She was finally sentenced to death, but none of their daggers or swords could kill her. Resigned to her fate, Mahsuri told them to kill her with her father’s ceremonial keris. When she was stabbed, white blood flowed from the wound, signifying her innocence.
With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi with seven generations of bad luck. Langkawi then experienced a period of tribulations – from the Siamese invasion to a series of droughts and floods, prompting the populace to believe in the Mahsuri curse.
Today, the seventh generation of Langkawi’s inhabitants has long come and gone, but people here still believe that the prosperity and blessings the islands enjoy today and the passing of the curse is no mere coincidence. The mysticism of this legend can be felt in many parts of this island, especially at Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri’s Mausoleum), where Mahsuri is said to be buried.
Despite what looks like a slant towards tourism, many of the islanders are actually farmers, fishermen and entrepreneurs. Experience the beautiful countryside and peaceful landscape of paddy fields by renting a car and taking a leisurely drive around the island. Some of Langkawi’s most rustic and memorable views are along the road that circles the island.
You’ll pass small villages with wooden houses framed by palm trees, and children pedalling their old bicycles on errands. Aside from experiencing the local lifestyle, there is no shortage of things to do in Langkawi.