The story of the formation of Langkawi will begin some 550 mill years ago when the earth was divided into two super continents, one located in the northern hemisphere called Lauasia, while the other located in the southern hemisphere was called Gondwanaland. It was here at Gondwanaland that the oldest part of Langkawi and Malaysia were to be formed. Gondwanaland was then a lifeless continent of deserts, lakes and rivers. Here at mouth of one of its many rivers that Langkawi was first born. Sand, silt and mud are transported downstream and as the river met the primeval seas these fine sediments are sedimentary laid and eventually formed a delta. Testament of that fact are the ripple marks fossilized in stone that now can be found at the summit of Matcincang formation indicating that this was once part of a very shallow marine environment. Today one can reach the peak of this formation by cable car from The Oriental Village. It is a most exhilarating journey to peak and one will be rewarded by some of the most breathtaking views of Langkawi. The Gondola sits six comfortably and it silently glides over the tops of magnificent rainforest trees that quickly change to the unique heath forest that you find higher up. From lowland rainforest trees that punctures the skies at more than 40 meters to miniature (relatively speaking) stunted trees of a heath forest at its summit. It is home to a diverse range of specialized plants including orchids, herbs, moss, lichens and begonias – a botanist haven. Be warned that removing them is an offence. Once at the top there are two viewing platforms, shame though there seems to be a communication tower of sorts on one side but if you can disregard that one small glitch the vistas are worth every ringgit you spent. Then there is the sky bridge that gently takes you out over a sheer cliff – confident in the knowledge that this is Swiss engineering at its best – which definitely the wow factor of the whole experience. Gunung Matcincang has the total package - the geological history, stunning formations, beautiful vistas and amazing flora and what an exhilarating ride. Not surprisingly this has become one of the top attractions for Langkawi and it is good advice to buy the express ticket during the school holidays so as to avoid the queue. Posted By Irshad Mobarak
The cycle is back! Raining season has arrived with lots of rain in end of August and today! The record held so far, five days of continuous rain in which it is the longest ever since I arrived on this island. We had so much of rain that it painted a glorious picture to our waterfalls here on the island, especially Temurun Waterfall!! Gushing and gushing of water generating the energy of wind to blow the bad chi away. I do not understand why people would moan and groan over such rainy days. Out of 365 days in Langkawi, the island only have less than 10 percent of such glorious event and the rest of it will be hot and sunny days. The island has natural springs and such rain is beneficial to the agriculture such as the paddy fields and farming. Smile, for it rejuvenates the forest. After the rain, the clouds that came down low stretching themselves over the hills make perfect landscape pictures. Pick up your poncho or umbrella and if you do not have one, borrow them from the concierge. Head out with your rented car or a taxi van to Langkawi’s waterfalls and the paddy fields.Note: There are three public access to the waterfalls, which are:
- Temurun waterfall
- Durian Perangin waterfall
- Seven wells waterfall
You’d probably be asking the similar question that went through my mind; A coral is meant to be left where it is, isn’t it? Exceptional to this case, the coral clearing involved the rehabilitation of a damaged coral reef near the Datai Bay beach that was closes to the Andaman. A marine biologist and consultant for this project, Dr Gerry Goeden, had mentioned that most of the coral reef in the Datai Bay was swept, scattered and destroyed by the 2004 Tsunami. The rehabilitation exercise involved the clearing of dead coral at certain times of the month during the lowest tides to encourage live coral to grow. The rehabilitation exercise goes further by grafting new coral onto dead coral which are then nurtured in sea water tanks before being returned to the coral reef. This activity involved not only the efforts of the resort but also the co operation of the resort’s guests and Junglewalla as well. I am neither a marine biologist nor a diver and having spent most of the time on land rather than under the sea, I am definitely a newbie to the world of corals. The only thing I know of a coral reef is that it is a very important ecological system that keeps the biodiversity in our oceans in balance. Eventually, the balanced and healthy biodiversity in the ocean will provide economic values to the Homo sapiens. After the laborious work of clearing the dead corals, the participants of the exercise are then rewarded with a ‘coral walk’ next day. A coral walk is all about getting to know what is going on and what we can find in a coral reef. Dr Gerry opened my eyes on my first walk to various species of corals and sea life such as mushroom coral, slipper coral, chitons and sea cucumbers that breathe through their anus. A coral reef is a ‘rainforest’ in the sea for us to learn, to discover and so much more. Whether it’s a rainforest on the land or in the sea, much must be done to save them from exploitation and threats. I do ponder over the last statement above as Langkawi’s natural environment slowly dwindles against the rising tide development to which even the Datai Bay isn’t immune to. Any development will definitely create an impact but how much of an impact? I do not have the answer right now but can only hope for the best and continue to help the corals flourish.
On 16th of April I had a chance to experience a helicopter tours. Looking at Langkawi at eagle's eye viewpoint which I dream for so long already. The beauty of this island undoubtly stunning. My camera clicking non stop during this one hour ride.
Depart from Langkawi Airport we took helicopter turbine engine which being pilot by Captain Ismail. Our route are Padang matsirat-pantai kok-kubang badak-pasir hitam-durian perangin-gunung raya-bukit sawar-kuala teriang -airport.So whatever you expectation is, i'm sure if not all some will be memories for life. Hope to see you guys around here. Cheers, Madi.
JungleWalla hit another milestone this month, after a long wait, at last a Solar Boat dream has become a reality. It arrived in Langkawi on the 2nd of June. We planned to launch it on World Ocean Day (8th June). But as any first model, we quickly stumble over a few teething problems. These matters however quickly settle by the arrival of new replacement engine. At long last the solar boat will be launch and used for the first time on the 29th June. Why is it a milestone?. It has been Irshad’s wish for quite a while to have an environmentally friendly motor boats to reduce noise, fuel and exhaust pollutants. Early this year that dream comes true when we meet Philip Johnston, director of Power Eco Energy Solutions. Phil is a new residence in Langkawi and I meet him on one of the Nature Society meeting. Quickly through our contacts, a Malaysian made aluminum boat, a German made electrical engine and Solar panels put together to create the first ever commercial solar powered boat in Langkawi and Malaysia. It is silent in operation; obvious advantages in areas such as waterways where the marine and wild life need to be protected. Other areas such as reservoirs, where nature and tranquility need to be preserved, mangroves and inland waterways, have obvious benefits from using such an outboard. As pioneer in nature tourism and supporter of conversations we believed that we will set the trend and many other boat and tour operators will soon follow to convert their boat into Solar-Electric Outboard too. Its a new beginning that will soon change Langkawi towards a greener island. So join us and Keep Langkawi Wild!.
Everybody knows about carbon footprint? A carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 you as an individual or your institution creates. The increment of the amount of carbon will directly impact the global warming. Why we should care about that? It is increasingly becoming a hot issue that many of us not beginning to be aware of. According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), the earth getting hotter and warming up far more quickly than scientists forecast last year. Their most recent assessment concluded that the average global temperature would increase by between 1.1°C and 6.4°C by 2100. It is depending on how much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases were released into the atmosphere over the coming decades. I believe we as individual can take our part and do something to help the world we are living in. We can reduce this by reducing the amount of power we use in our homes and places we work. I found out that the average person in the developed world creates more than 9,000 kg of C02 without air travel. Not that I am suggesting stop travel at all, but perhaps to reduce carbon footprint, one can offset the carbon by planting trees while you are here. Rainforest tree would be the best action taken to offset the carbon; this is because rainforest tree can capture more than 20 kg per annum for as long as 40 years. In JungleWalla we offer utmost opportunity for those who are traveling to enjoy the island and at the same time intend to put an effort to offset their emissions. We provide tree planting programs as one act of charity to nature. For Langkawian let start from our own house, plant more trees that will give you fresh air, provide shade and perhaps even produce fruits that you can eat and the animals can feed on too. You will get long life benefit through this kind act. Just as The Prophet said , "There is none amongst the believers who plants a tree, or sows a seed, and then a bird, or a person, or an animal eats thereof, but it is regarded as having given a charitable gift [for which there is great recompense]." [Al-Bukhari, III:513]. With that said, Let walk on the earth with more conscience and leave less Footprint.