;;;; ; ;;;;;;; ;;;;;;, the ocean’s surface and the forest’s canopy appear tranquil, though the 99-island
Although the archipelago’s long-ago legends are all but
archipelago of Langkawi teems with reef fish, coral life, eagles, egrets and macaques, and spans sandstone
mountains, limestone outcrops, tidal flats and caves. On the western edge of one particular island, Pulau
Dayang Bunting, lies the freshwater Lake of the Pregnant Maiden, the setting of a legend about a mortal man,
the fairy princess he loved, and their son. “Langkawi is an old and assertive sage,” says Malaysian photogra-
pher SC Shekar. “For centuries, the belief that every area has a datuk, or resident spirit, prevented locals from
trespassing in the jungle and destroying trees and plants for fear of retribution.” As legends fade, Langkawi’s
UNESCO Geopark designation, which hits the 10-year mark in 2017, still encourages environmental conser-
vation balanced with tourism and economic development. “Public awareness campaigns are something the
Resort carries out regularly so visitors to the islands understand the fragility of the ecosystem here,” says
Andrew Harrison, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. The wise continue to listen.
forgotten today, these Andaman Sea islands still have much to say.
Photography by SC Shekar
LISTENING TO LANGKAWI
Set sail among
cli;s and ancient
limestone caves with a
naturalist guide from
Resort Langka wi.
FOUR SEASONS MAGAZINE / ISSUE
4 / 2016
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