Area: 47,848 hectares
Location: 06o19' N - 99o50' E
Langkawi, a district of Malaysian state-Kedah, is an archipelago in the
Andaman Sea. It comprises a cluster of 99 islands, however, 5 additional
islands are visible during low tides. Langkawi lies on north of the
Strait of Malacca, and is about 30 kilometers away from the
north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is to be found next to
the border of Thailand. It stretches between the latitudes of 06°19'
N and the longitudes of 99o50' E.
The archipelago has a total land mass of 47,848 hectares, while the
main island itself has 32,000 hectares. The focal island of Langkawi
sprawls across an area of 25 kilometers from north to south. As regards
the size, Langkawi Island is the largest amongst all the islands. Pulau
Dayang Bunting and Pulau Tuba are fairly smaller whereas other islands
give the impression of mere dots in the emerald green ocean, when seen
from the air.
Langkawi is divided into 6 districts, including Mukim Kuah, Ulu Melaka,
Padang Matsirat, Ayer Hangat, Bohor, and Kedawang. Gunung Raya, at an
elevation of 890 meters, is the highest point of the archipelago. Its
coastal areas are usually covered by alluvial soil interspersed with
limestone ridges. The islands of Langkawi boast of lush forests,
interesting rock formations and several caves with their dramatic
stalactites and stalagmites.