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Teluk Datai in Langkawi Malaysia
The north coast of Langkawi features a bay with the most stunning of all vistas on the island, namely Teluk Datai. The bay is home to the most exclusive resort and golf course on Langkawi island and the beautiful beach is reserved for guests of The Datai, Langkawi.
As you travel north from the western beaches, you'll come across the Crocodile Farm, about twenty-two kilometres before Teluk Datai. Here, visitors will be able to see saltwater crocodiles at their various stages of growth and take a close look at these prehistoric-like animals. Daily 'man versus crocodile' shows are performed at 11.15 a.m. or at 2.45 p.m. The farm itself is opened to public from 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening. Entry is RM5 for children and RM7 for adults.
Air Terjun Temurun (Temurun Falls)After leaving the Crocodile Farm, about halfway between the farm and the Datai Resort, there is a waterfall. The sound of clear spring water making its way from the top of the hills only serve to tempt visitors into having a splashing good time there. A large concrete archway spanning the road is an indication to visitors that they have arrived at the Air Terjun Temurun or Temurun Falls.
TELUK DATAI(Datai Bay)
Approaching Teluk Datai, the road curves and climbs before bringing you before the sight of clear, sapphire blue water flowing into a couple of secluded coves. In the distance, several islands dot the horizon and the view across the bay to Thailand is spectacular The Datai, Langkawi and other private villas are located here and if you continue past the resort, you'll find yourself at a headland overlooking the bay. A short trail through the jungle leads you down to the sea. No real beach exists there as such, however the breath-taking sight that awaits is well worth the effort taken to get there.
Ibrahim Hussein Museum & Cultural Foundation The newest attraction in Langkawi, the museum opened its doors in November 2000 and houses a series of galleries on a gentle hill slope. This open plan gallery showcases not only the artistic talents of Asian, artists like Thawan Ducahnee from Thailand, Made Wianta of Indonesia, Malaysians Hasnul Jamal and Juhairi Siad, but also the wondrous landscape sceneries of Mother Nature. This gallery is open throughout the year and only closes once, from January 1st to 3rd. Entrance fee is RM12 for adults and no fee is imposed on children below 17.
PANTAI PASIR HITAM
Pasir Pantai Hitam means 'black sand beach', so called because of the streaks of mineral oxide deposits that run through the area. The beach itself is small, located at the foot of a five-metre drop and only a few metres wide.
KOMPLEKS BUDAYA CRAFT (Cultural Craft Complex)
A large handicraft centre featuring a wide range of goods produced locally in Malaysia and other countries in the immediate region. Visitors are spoilt for choice with items such as batik (a specially printed cloth), pottery and woodcarvings. The design of the complex itself is worth a closer look - it is done in an elegant neo-Islamic style.
Tanjung Rhu, also known as Casuarina Beach has an abundance of casuarina trees instead of the usual palms and coconuts. The little pine shaped cones that litter the sand add a little excitement to families with young children who enjoy collecting these 'nuts'. To get there, look out for Kampung Padang Lalang, a village just beyond Pasir Hitam. There is a roundabout; take the turn-off to the north. If you keep on the main road, you'll end up back in Kuah.
Tanjung Rhu is one of Langkawi's better beaches although the sand a little gritty. The sea here is sheltered by the curve of the bay and, with its shallow waters, is unusually tranquil, reminding one of a lagoon. During the low tide, it is possible to walk across a sandbank to the nearby islands of Pulau Pasir and Pulau Gasing only a few metres away. A pleasant experience, make sure that your little excursion is well timed according to the tide. It is not advisable to attempt it during monsoon season.