GEOPARKS AT OUR DOORSTEP

The underrated Langkawi Island in fact took shape over half a billion years ago and was the first part of Southeast Asia to rise from the seabed during the Cambrian period.

Twenty years ago, a group of friends and I swam in a fresh water lake nestled amongst pristine forests in Langkawi. The surrounding area was fresh and the water clear and cool. We of course didn’t realise that the lake came about due to the collapse of a massive limestone cave. We only knew that the lake is associated with a legend – being the location where a dead infant was buried. The infant was the product of a union between a heavenly maiden and an earthly prince. Hence, its name – Lake of the Pregnant Maiden. The water was allegedly blessed by her before she departed for heaven.

Today, this area is named the Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park due to its unique marble formations. Tourists can take boat rides in the vicinity of the islands and observe the landscape of tropical karst influenced by the wave erosion such as sea-caves, sea-arches and sea-stacks.

GEO – WHAT?

Why call it a Geopark? It was only 11 years ago that UNESCO recognised Langkawi’s superb natural and geological heritage and declared it a UNESCO Global Geopark. Currently, there are 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks from 38 countries.

Langkawi’s branding as a Geopark is obvious in
its array of impressive rock formations surrounded by ancient jungle, vast caves with stalactites and stalagmites, winding mangrove rivers, sea caves and tunnels, wildlife and waterfalls.

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