The name Langkawi is a combination of "Lang" and "Kawi". "Lang" comes from the Malay word helang which means eagle. In the past, the land was a home to innumerable eagles. "Kawi" is Sanskrit for marble, which is found in excess in this part of Malaysia. Both words are joined to form the word "Helangkawi" which ultimately became Langkawi. Langkawi offers beautiful beaches, world-class infrastructure, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating myths and legends.
Places of interest are Langkawi Cable Car, Field of Burnt Rice, the Hot Springs, Telaga Tujuh (The Seven Wells) and the Beach of Black Sand. Boat tours are also organised to Tasik Dayang Bunting, (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories) and the Gua Langsir (Curtain Cave). Other than that, Langkawi has an underwater world, containing an underground tunnel that runs though a giant aquarium.