If one is seeking a dream vacation, this is it! Let your mind wander to the core of fantasy, indulge yourslef in a bit of fairy tale. We all do once in a while! And the best time to do it is while you are here. Why not?
Remember, the more you believe, the more real it becomes; let this magical and mystical island lead you by the hand and take you to another dimension, of a maiden of unsurpassed beauty and purity, of ogres and giants, of gigantic birds, warriors and fairy princess, battles and romances ... let the "Spirit of Langkawi" be your "fantasy guide".
This is an intresting legends, as it explains the origin of certain place names on the island.
Mat and Raya were enormous giants that walk this mystical island eons ago. Anyway bothe Raya and Mat were to celebrate the engagement of Mat's son to Raya's daughter. A great feast was commissioned for this occasion.
The passion of youth (or perhaps a last fling at a wild Stag Party) weakened Mat's sons defenses and was cought red handed flirting with another maiden. This moment of indiscretion resulted in a raging battle between the twofamilies.
The auspicious engagement ring was first flung. Where the ring fell, is now known as Tanjung Cincin. (Cape of Ring). The pot cooking the gravy was smashed at a place now called Belanga Pecah (Broken Pot). The gravy flew from the pot and spilled, at what is now the capital of Langkawi - Kuah (gravy). This enormous amount of gravy seeped into the earth 6km from Kuah, at a place Kisap (to seep). The hot water boiled in a cauldron (presumably to make coffee!) landed at Air Hangat (the local hot spirngs).
A terible fight ensued between Mat and Raya. The whole island quivered with fear. Another giant called Sawar, tried to pacify these two raging Nephilims, but to no avail. Mat got terribly chopped up. And Raya lost his right sholder.
The timely intervention of the heavens turned these giants into mountains, before the whole island got destroyed. May was petrified as Gunung Matcincang (mountain of chooped up Mat).
Raya was turned into Gunung Raya. Sawar who tried to play buffer, became Bukit Sawar (Sawar hill), which lies between Mount Raya and Mount Matcincang. A cowardly giant who tried to run away from this fight became Bukit Tungal (near Langkawi Mall)
After this, peace reigned at Langkawi and as usual, the Bard Cacophonix was tied up at the celebrations!
About a kilomeer from the Oriental Village is a beautyful waterfall cascading over seven natural pools. The beauty of it not only attracts mortals but fairies too, who take delight in the cool and invigorating mountain stream.
The mesmerrizing beauty of these spiritual damsels is said to be a sight to behold and puts one in immediate Valhalla. But onfortunately very few have sighted them.
The is a story of a mountain prnce who lived hear these waterfalls, who made great efforts to capture one of these beauties but failed.
It is said that these fairies usually bathe in this mountain stream in the wee hours of the morning. They sometimes leave behind their toiletries. Usually it is a couple of "limau purut" ( akind of sweet aromatic lemon, the juice of which is used to scrub the body) and "sintok" (a kind of root used as a shampoo). If find these, and bathes with them at the seven wells, it is said that all bad luck is washed away!
The the midst of this island lies a ig beautiful, freshwater lake supposedly inhabited by a white mystical crocodile. The strong resemblance of its physical appearance to the belly of a pregnant maiden inspired its name.
The pristine lake was the bathing place of a heavanly princess, Puteri Dayang Sari. A prince, Putera Teja, was smitten with love but his advances to the princess were not entertained. An old and wise man (some kind of medicine-man) advised him to apply the tears of mermaid on his face. Hey Presto! It worked. They were blessed with a child who died immediately after Putera Teja's trickery came to light. The princess buried the baby in the lake and blessed it with fertility powers. The baby was trnasformed into a white crocodile.
It is now believed that the drinking of the water from this lake by barren women would make them conceive. There have been many reported instances of this but there has been no scientific investigation commissioned as yet.
Perhaps the water contain certain minerals in the right combination, which induces fertility.
And about the croc, nobody has ever seen it, so its quite safe to swim in the lake.
A long time ago two mighty empires existed. Rome and China. Desirous of creating a mightier empire the emperors' agreed to the marriage of their children.
This provoked anger of the fire breathing bird, Phonix, who sought audience with King Solomon to prevent this union. The wise King Solomon told the Phoenix to forget is as it is the will of God. Phoenix became mad with fury and exerted that if it fails to prevent this marriage, it will banish itself from the face of earth.
It abducted the princess and hide her in a cave palace at Langkawi (now known as Gua Cerita or the Cave of Legends) and attacked the ship carrying the prince. The prince's admiral, Merong Mahawangsa (the First Mythical King of Langkawi) fought the Phoenix using his supernatural powers.
He invoked a giant sea eagle Jentayu, to help fight this Phoenix. A fierce battle ensued between these two giant feathery foes and eventually Jentayu was burnt to ashes by the fire of Phoenix. It then smashed the prince's ship. The prince hung onto a peice of driftwood for his dear life.
Coincidentally, he washed ashore at the exact place where the Chinese princess was hidden. Ramance blossomed and love prevailed.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix flew back to Solomon and boasted that it had succeeded in breaking the marriage. Solomon just smiled and used his supernatural powers to show a vision of the couple arm in arm. The couple, were brought back to Solomon who personally solemnized their marriage.
Humiliated, the Phoenix, true to his word, flew off into outer space never return.
The story of Mahsuri is more real and dramatic. She was the daughter of Pandak Mayah, a poor peasant who hailed from Thailand.
A series of strange events occured when Pandak Mayah entered Langkawi and he soon became very rich and famous selling birds nest (refer to the section on Mysterious Caves). Soon after that Mahsuri was born.
As she grew up she blossomed into a young lady of exquisite beauty. Everybody on the island adored her except Wan Mahora, (the wife of the chieftain - Dato' Seri Kerma Jaya), who grew more and more envious of her.
She was married off to a hansome young man called Wan Darus and Mahsuri had a child and were very happy and content. One day, when Wan Darus had to go to southern Thailand fro trade, a poor wandering minstrel called Draman came to the village.
The benevolent Mahsuri took pity and befriended him. Draman out of gratitude composed many poems praising her. It was then that evil Mahora took advantage of the situation and plotted a plan to rid her of Mahsuri. A report was lodged with Dato' Seri Kerma Jaya, that Mahsuri had purportedly committed adultery with Draman. He immediately arrested her. Her plea of innocence was completely ignored, and she was sentenced to death. The executioner was very surprised when his keris (Malay dagger), could not penetrate her flash. After many attempts, Mahsuri said "If you have so made up your mind to take life despite my innocence, so be it", and pointed to a 'sacred keris' that would do the job.
When this keris was plunged into her, white blood spurted out. It is believed that this was a sign from heavens of her innocence and purity. With her dying breath, she laid a curse upon Langkawi, that it would not prosper for seven generations.
Soo after, Langkawi was attacked by the Siamese. Dato' Kerma Jaya was mercilessly slaughtered. Drought prevailed and Langkawi was soon a barren land. It is thought that this curse lifted on the of Wan Aishah - Mahsuri's eightth generation descendent in 1985.
The fact is that Langkawi started developing around 1985, as a experienceist destination, to become what it is now. Coincidence or not, the development of Langkawi, does fit in with the lifting of the curse! Mahsuri's body was laid to rest, at a place now call Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri's Mausoleum).
She is now treated with reverence and her resting place is considered a shrine to some.