Langkawi, Malaysia



Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) Waterfalls is at the northwestern corner of Langkawi Island, about 20 km from Kuah Town and within walking distance from Oriental Village. The waterfall is part of the Machinchang rainforest and named after seven natural pools along its path. There are two viewing areas of Telaga Tujuh i.e. at the base of the waterfall and the higher area where the seven pools are located. On the cable car from Oriental Village to the top of Mount Machinchang, you can see Telaga Tujuh from a distance.

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Telaga Tujuh Waterfall by Olga Oslina

Be mindful of the wild monkeys at the base, mind your belongings and don't harass them (just leave them alone) since they may feel threatened and attack you. You have to climb more than 600 steps to get to the top, which gets quite slippery when wet and so be careful. If you fancy, you can bathe in the pools and even slide down the slick rock between them. At the top there is an observation tower and several shelters to rest after a steep climb. If you prefer not to climb to the top, you can detour midway where a walkway leads you to the first tier of the waterfall.

Oriental Village
Oriental Village is located at the base of Mount Machinchang and the location of the base station for the cable car ride to the top of the mountain. Though themed as an Asian village, it is more of a touristy spot encouraging visitors to spend their money. The only thing Asian is a large scenic pond with a Japanese bridge crossing over the pond, worth taking a few snapshots. At Oriental Village, are a few restaurants, souvenir shops, retail stores including a duty-free shop, art galleries and a 30-room Geopark Hotel. There is also
a centre providing information about Langkawi Geopark.
Oriental Village
Oriental Village

There are two petting corners at the Oriental Village, featuring rabbits at one corner and deers at another. Entrance is free and you can purchase feeds to hand-feed the animals at the corners. There is also a daily elephant ride (about 15 minutes) and if you book a room at the Geopark Hotel, you can book a package that offers a free elephant ride. The Tiger! Tiger! Gallery & Exhibit is devoted to create awareness about the 500 remaining Malayan tigers in Malaysia's jungles. The highlight of the exhibit is Langkawi's first live tiger named Zanah.

Eagle Square
Eagle Square (Dataran Helang) is an imposing 19-acre landmark located in front of the Jetty Point shopping mall and ferry terminal in Kuah Town. The main feature of Eagle Square is a giant 12-metre statue of a reddish brown eagle. According to legend, the island got its name from the Malay words 'helang' meaning eagle and 'kawi' (reddish brown). Thus, Langkawi means Reddish Brown Eagles that live on the island. Beyond the statue are the beautifully landscape gardens and geometrically designed terraces extending into the sea. The view of the sunset is fantastic over here and at night lights illuminate the statue.

Eagle Square by Olga Oslina

Atma Alam Batik Village
The Atma Alam Batik Village is a batik textile factory located
near the PETRONAS fuel station at Jalan Padang Matsirat. The batik factory is the brainchild of Malaysian artists Aza Osman and Roshadah Yusof. Styled as a Malay village, it is a showpiece of Malay culture and heritage focusing on the art of handmade batik. It is also the place where local artisans and craftsmen are train on the art of making batik. The village has a workshop where visitors can observe batik being made as well as visit the showrooms and galleries. There is also a large shop selling a variety of batik apparels, paintings, handicrafts and souvenirs.

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