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Cruising Article –06/16/2011

Appreciate the lush landscape of Langkawi, Malaysia

Asian cruise destinations

Thanks to its lush forests, soaring hills and scenic beaches, the island of Langkawi is one of the most popular resort destinations in Malaysia. You will love exploring all that this tropical paradise has to offer when you go on a shore excursion during an Asian cruise.

The first thing you will see when you arrive in Langkawi is Eagle Square, a major landmark situated near the port. This area serves as a hub of activity for the island, and it is most famous for the majestic eagle statue situated in its center.

While in town, you'll want to check out a few other major cultural attractions. One unforgettable destination is the Galeria Perdana, a two-story structure dedicated to the former Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his wife. Here, you can see more than 2,500 awards, souvenirs and gifts received by the prominent pair, giving you insight into their lives and their role in Malaysian society.

To experience a different side of the country's culture, pay a visit to the Laman Padi, or Rice Museum. At this expansive facility, you can learn all about how rice is grown and harvested thanks to exhibits of artifacts, charts, photographs and tools. Another top attraction is the Budaya Craft and Cultural Complex, an arts and crafts center featuring a museum, a workshop and more. On a visit to this facility, you will get a glimpse of the rich heritage of Malaysia - and you may even be able to pick up a nifty souvenir to take home.

No visit to Langkawi is complete, however, without exploring its lush tropical landscape. One of the most popular ways to experience the island is to go on a cable car ride to the top of its second-highest peak. After riding over virgin rainforests and cascading waterfalls, you will be able to take in amazing views of the surrounding archipelago. You can also dive into the Langkawi wilderness by going on a river cruise through the mangrove forests of the Kilim Nature Park, which is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna.

If you want to explore more of the Langkawi archipelago, go on an island-hopping adventure to several nearby islets. The most popular nearby attraction is Pulau Dayang Bunting, also known as Pregnant Maiden Island.