What to See in Kuah
Kuah is more of a commercial centre and shopping zone than a tourist-attraction laden quarter of Langkawi Island. The manmade waterfront is muddy and murky and the concrete buildings surrounding the town are stark and unlovely.
Nonetheless Kuah does have its charms and features a few landmark attractions. Without a doubt Dataran Lang – also known as Eagle Square – is Langkawi’s most well-known attraction. On the other hand if you’re not keen on spending the afternoon walking around Dataran Lang take a trip to the nearby Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman to cool off. Take in the sights of the statues depicting Langkawi’s myths and legends or spend an afternoon admiring the Moorish architecture of the Al-Hana Mosque.
More Attractions in Kuah
Al-Hana Mosque is billed as the largest and most popular mosque in Langkawi. A peach-and-gold structure situated to the west of the picturesque Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman, along Persiaran Putra, the mosque is topped with a gold onion-shaped dome and enjoys a great location close to the waterfront. Also known as Masjid Al- Hana, it is located in Kuah and the whitewashed shrine is close to many of the island’s best-known tourist attractions including Dataran Lang and the Kompleks Jeti Pelancongan. Plus, it is only a short walk away from many of Kuah’s duty-free stores. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
- Location: Lencongan Putra 2 (located beside the Kuah Tourism Information office)
CHOGM Park is a whitewashed concrete structure set in a ten-acre park built to commemorate the 1989 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. A contrived tourist attraction, it is adjacent to Al-Hana Mosque in Kuah, and has a collection of Commonwealth flags flying as a sort of promotional tool. Read More...
- Opening Hours: All Day
- Location: Jalan Persiaran Putra (beside Al-Hana Mosque)
- Address: +604 966 7789 (Langkawi Tourist Information Centre)
Also known as Eagle Square, Dataran Lang is one of Langkawi’s best known manmade attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. A sight that greets visitors to the island via ferry, the 12 metre-tall statue is one of the island’s most instantly recognizable monuments. Located at the southeast corner of Pulau Langkawi, besides offering beautiful views of Kuah Bay, Dataran Lang has beautiful miniature fountains, terraces and bridges, making it the ideal place for those postcard-perfect holiday photos. The square is a good place to watch ferries ply across the harbour but plan a trip here early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is at its least intense. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
- Location: Kuah Jetty
- Tel: +604 966 7789 (Langkawi Tourist Information Centre)
The highest peak in Langkawi, this mountain is believed to be the cursed form of a giant, known as Mat Raya, who once lived on the island. Covered with thick tropical rainforest, this untouched mountain has become a much-loved destination for the adventurous. The trekking here is simply magnificent and taking a guide along is highly advisable and sometimes the government may restrict access to the park so its advisable to call ahead to arrange a trip.
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
- Location: Jalan Air Hangat
- Tel: 604 966 7789
Ibrahim Hussein Museum & Cultural Foundation
Featuring the works of Malaysian artist, Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, this private non-profit museum is dedicated to the promotion, development and advancement of art and culture of international stature. The open gallery currently exhibits mostly Ibrahim's works. In the grounds of the gallery there is also a nature walk that leads into the Machincang Forest Reserve.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Pantai Pasir Tengkorak, Jalan Datai
Located beside the Kuah jetty, Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman is a beautifully landscaped folklore-themed park. Opened in 1996, the open-air ‘garden museum’ faces the Kuah waterfront and colourful statues, with signboards in English detailing the myths associated with specific sculptures are spread out across the park. The 50-hectare compound has a total of 17 colourful sculptures depicting Langkawi legends including legends of heroic giants, mythical birds, evil ogres and beautiful princesses. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 7pm
- Location: Next to Eagle Square and Jetty Point
- Address: Kuah Jetty, 07000 Kuah, Malaysia
- Tel: +603 966 4223
Just south of the Gunung Raya Golf Resort is Langkawi Crystaal – established in 1996 - Malaysia’s only glass-blowing works. Once a simple glass-blowing house, Langkawi Crystal is now an extremely reputable crystal ware production company; that shuns the mass-production moulds of most major European producers. You can visit this factory and see how the individual crystal ware are produced and handcrafted to make it truly unique.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Lot 1804, Plot No. 55, Jalan Kisap, Kuah
- Tel: 603 966 1555
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls is billed as the island’s most wonderful natural attraction. Set on Langkawi’s western headlands, its name means Seven Wells Waterfalls, referring to a series of seven connected natural pools fed by seven separate waterfalls in Mount Mat Cincang. Managed by the Berjaya Leisure (part of the bigwig Berjaya Group), there is an ugly pipeline that runs next to the pools and the waterfall goes all the way to the Berjaya Langkawi Beach Resort. This development has resulted in reducing the water flow at the pools during the wet season to a reserved cascade and a trickle in dry season. Read More...
- Highlights: Gunung Mat Cincang in Kuah
- Tel: +604 966 7789