Photographer Adrien Gallo is a globetrotter and regular contributor to respected travel and news magazines. On Ecophiles, he shares lovely captures of the Malaysian islands of Langkawi.

Langkawi is a collection of 99 islands that form an archipelago and remains one of the world’s most accessible ecotourism destinations. UNESCO conferred on Langkawi the status of a World Geopark. The protected areas (that nurture the geo and biodiversity) will certainly be the most memorable experience on your visit.

Some of the things you can look forward to are mangrove kayaking trips and soaking in the local legends and myths. The most famous among them is the Legend of Mahsuri, a married woman wrongly accused of adultery and put to death. As the story goes, when the executioner plunged a dagger into her, white blood spurted from the wound as a sign of her innocence, and Mahsuri cursed the island for seven generations.

Island 13 - copie - 1024 x 745Surrounding the main island of Pulau Langkawi are a number of stunning offshore islets, like Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Singa Besar, Pulau Payar Marine Park and Pulau Beras Basah.

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In this lush landscape, the 400-million-year-old Machinchang mountain ranges, the karst limestone formations of the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and the Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park are absolute gems.

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The Cable Car, at the Oriental Village,  located on the southwestern coast of the main island of Langkawi, is a 30 minute-drive from Kuah town. It takes you to the top of Machinchang mountain and offers an outstanding vista of the islets below.

Photo: Adrien Gallo

And finally, when you’ve had your fill of the mangroves, spectacular views and island-hopping, visit the Pulau Payar Marine Park for excellent snorkeling and diving.

It seems the legendary Mahsuri’s curse has worn itself out, for Langkawi is a blessed, welcome delight.

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