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Your Key To The Legend of Langkawi – 2020 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee – Malaysia

Mahshuri Mausoleum Langkawi has always been associated with legend. Most of the island’s natural attractions have fables attached in true Malay style and Mahshuri Mausoleum is probably its most famous legend.

Mahsuri has a story that not only touches the heart but also a lesson you can learn. Mahsuri was accused of adultery by her mother in law and was sentence to death. She was tied to a stake but when she was pierced with the ceremonial dagger she bled white blood, a sign of her innocence.

With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed the island with seven generations of bad luck. Later the Siamese conquered Kedah and invaded the island – the inhabitants of Langkawi set fire to their staple crop and poisoned their wells in order to halt the advance of the invaders. Legend has it to this day traces of burnt rice can be seen in nearby Padang Matsirat (The Field of Burnt Rice) especially after torrential downpours.

Mahshuri Mausoleum (the site where Mahsuri died) was converted into a historical site: it includes Mahsuri’s shrine, a fenced-in white slab of marble that stands alone in a shady garden. Besides that, there is a reconstruction of a traditional Malay house, a theatre and a ‘diorama museum’ which houses some of Mahsuri’s jewellery and the weapon that killed her. There are also a few food outlets at Mahshuri Mausoleum and a well that is said to bless those who dip their hands into it with beauty


Mangrove is a complete ecosystem that is found in the inter-tidal zone between land and sea. It comprises of trees and shrubs that have adapted to living in sea water. These adaptations include using reverse osmosis to get fresh water from the sea.

The trees also join others in their respective families by fusing at the roots. These trees are very heavy due to the absorption of carbon from the air. This can equate to as much as four times what the rainforest can do. The extensive root systems will also absorb a large amount of nutrients from the water thereby preventing algal blooms in the ocean. Large numbers of fish also breed in there. In Langkawi that about 63% of the commercial species caught in the ocean.

We have been very lucky in that the karst landscape combined with the mangroves make an incredible sight. The tours that are done there cover almost all of the eco-system and the views are simply stunning.

Monkeys frolic in the trees and scrounge for food from the boats. Eagles swoop from the skies to catch prey from the water. The odd snake will be sleeping on the branches hidden by leaves. Small crabs sparkle like jewels on the mud while fish that are evolving into land based creatures share the mudflats with them.

The mangroves are a major attraction for tourists and the better tours offered are interpretative with good guides. We are lucky to have an ecosystem that offers such strong tourism potential while cleaning the air and seas while proving us with food.

Meet the Author
Muhendra Reddy

Muhendra Reddy who hail from a humble island – Langkawi, an MBA graduate in General Management from Australia. I am a people person who love to assist and guide my friends and family - which makes me a concierge by profession. To assist and accommodate every guest’s request, anticipating their needs so long as it is morally, legally and humanly possible, ensure their stay a memorable one, make them feel at home experience and above all, get them right. My motto and principle: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The best part of my job is that it is never the same. Every day I have different guests with different requests. It is never boring. I personally love to meet new people from around the world, talk to them and I get to do that for a living. Everyday, I am learning and teaching something new from all walks of life.

Travelling is one of my passions and this includes travelling off the beaten path. Not only it broaden my mind, it also allows me to explore in various kinds of culture and indulge in local food.

The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi

Set within a 10-million-year-old rainforest on the edge of the Andaman Sea, The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi ushers travelers into a pocket of the world where luxury and nature intersect. Hike through the dense, dynamic jungle or listen to the whispers of the forest from your sundeck. Kayak through mangroves, or simply gaze over the ocean during dinner. Whatever siren song calls to you in Malaysia, you will find its reply at this five-star resort. Designed to capture the charm of the nearby traditional villages, or kampongs by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architectto, the spa’s five spa treatment rooms resemble Malay fishing nets, or bubus, tall intricately designed shapes akin to a birdcage, or cocoon. The resort’s 75 guest rooms, 15 suites and 29 villas are framed by delicate references to Malay architecture – think intricately carved furniture, large windows, and gabled roofs.

With private outdoor spaces, glass walls and a palette of natural materials, the guest rooms and villas at The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi invite the outdoors in. Views of the surrounding rainforest and ocean complement the contemporary Malaysian décor, while beachfront villas also offer private pools.


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