If you choose not to fly, a ferry ride from either Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis on the mainland will bring you to Kuah. This is the main entry point for visitors arriving by sea to Langkawi. Legend has it that two giants spilled a pot of gravy - "kuah" in Malay - on the spot where the town is presently located. The quiet and unhurried pace of this charming resort island town provides a refreshing change for city folks.
Kuah is located on the south-eastern part of Langkawi and was once a fishing village but has developed into commerce hub. At the centre of town, you can find banks, duty-free shops, small emporiums, spanking new luxury hotels as well as large shopping malls. This is the best place for you to do the bulk of your shopping, despite it being rather small - you can find all sorts of duty free items and souveniers. Shopping in Kuah is really a bargain as you can compare prices before you buy as most shops sell the same things.
A popular place to start shopping is Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall featuring more than 100 outlets. Other shopping outlets worth visiting include Langkawi Duty Free and Jetty Point Complex. Souvenirs, sports attire, audio-visual items, electrical goods, perfume and liquor are among the bargains to be had.
Kuah has several good restaurants. The Malay and Indian fare is delicious while seafood cooked in Chinese-style is memorable. There are a variety of stalls selling local food from delicious fried keow teow to fried banana fritters.
Kuah has no beach but there are a number of interesting places for you to visit. You can get information on Langkawi's famous tourist attractions at the main Tourist Information Centre located just a distance away from the jetty ferry, heading towards town. The centre closes at about 4.30pm.
One of Kuah's famous attractions is the Dataran Lang or Eagle Square where you can find a huge statue of the island's symbolic eagle. Dataran Lang is situated just beside the ferry terminal - it is probably the first sight that greets you as you arrived by ferry.
Next to Dataran Lang is the Lagenda Park. Lagenda Park is a twenty hectare theme park located on the waterfront along the road from the jetty leading to Kuah town. This park is built on reclaimed land and it boasts of beautifully landscaped gardens and interestingly sculptured personalities inspired by local legends and history. The garden is adorned with sculptures and is the best place to have an insight into the tales of this legendary island. You can also find some man-made ponds and a lagoon, suitable as a picnic spot.
Another place not to miss in Kuah is the al-Hana Mosque. You'll be impressed by its architecture - the golden dome, minarets and arches, resembling some beautiful Moorish influence.
From Kuah, you can head to the west coast for the main Langkawi beaches. There's no way you can lost as there's only one main trunk road that leads from Kuah and back there again, encircling the island.
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