Langkawi, Malaysia




The islands of Langkawi total an area of nearly 480 sq. km. with Langkawi Island being the largest in the archipelago, accounting for two-thirds of the land mass. While the islands are famed for their sandy beaches and pristine waters, about two-thirds of the land area is occupied by rainforest and estimated to be more than 500 million years old. The rainforest spreads across the lowlands to the highlands and home to a diversity of wildlife with the main conservation areas being part of Langkawi Geopark.

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Geoforest in Langkawi

Geoforest in Langkawi

Machinchang Geoforest Park
The rainforest of Mount Machinchang is located in the southwestern corner of Langkawi Island, about 15 minutes drive from Langkawi International Airport and 25 minutes from Kuah Town. This is the most well-known and visited of the Langkawi Geoparks. A cable car ride takes you from the base station at Oriental Village to the middle station and then transfer to another cable car to the top of Mount Machinchang.

The ride to the middle station covers a length of 1,700 metres and to the top another 450 metres with breathtaking views of the rainforest below during the journey. There are observations platforms at the middle station and at the top. The best views are at the top and along the 700 metres long Skybridge, providing commanding views of the rainforest, the lowlands, Andaman Sea, the mainland and southern Thailand.

Machinchang Geoforest Park

Machinchang Geoforest Park

If you have the legs, there is a 2.5 km trek through the rainforest from Telaga Tujuh to the middle station and then further to the top station. The trek is very steep, hard and a strenuous climb most of the way. You should only attempt this hike if you are fit, have good hiking boots and should not attempt it alone. If you do climb, you will notice not only the changes in temperature but also the flora as you trek from the lowland to the highland.

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is located in the eastern part of Langkawi Island,
comprising of three river basins and stretches to Tanjung Rhu and the neighbouring islands of Tanjung Dendang and Langgun. The park is spectacular in its lansdcape supporting a diversity of flora and fauna, featuring coastal beaches, mangroves, mudflats and limestone caves. Wildlife seen here include macaque monkeys, kingfishers, eagles, monitor lizards and otters. To enjoy and appreciate Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, there are boat tours departing from the Kilim Jetty on the Kilim River.

Dayang Bunting Geoforest Park
The Dayang Bunting Geoforest Park is located on Dayang Bunting (Pregnant Maiden) Island, the second largest island in the Langkawi archipelago. From Langkawi Island,
Dayang Bunting Island is accessible by boat (15 minutes) from the jetties in Kuah Town and Pantai Cenang. Beyond the beaches and clear waters, the island is famed for its mangroves and rainforest. The freshwater lake of Tasik Dayang Bunting is the largest lake on the island, formed from a collapsed limestone cave. Another attraction is Gua Langsir (Cave of the Banshee), located in the western area of the island and home to thousands of bats.

Tasik Dayang Bunting by liewcf

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