Go island-hopping in Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago and set your sights on the Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park on the island of Dayang Bunting. A jewel in this already gorgeous natural crown, the park boasts breathtaking seascapes and a legendary freshwater lake surrounded by impressive karst limestone formations. Let the spooky stories that attempt to explain the seemingly impossible beauty of this area further carry you away on your Langkawi holiday.
At times, legends are the only ways mere mortals can account for nature’s ability to take our breath away. Consider, for example, the tale of Pregnant Maiden Lake (also known as Tasik Dayang Bunting or Lake Guillemard).
Approaching the Malaysian island of Dayang Bunting, the rock formations you can see from the sea as you look towards the lake resemble the outline of a pregnant woman lying on her back. Consequently, a story developed that a fairy princess, whose child passed away shortly after birth, laid the infant to rest in the waters of this freshwater lake. She then blessed the turquoise pool with the power to grant fertility to women who drink from the lake or take the plunge here.
In addition to learning this and other riveting island myths, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do at Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park. Go swimming in the lake that was actually formed by the collapse of an enormous underground limestone cave, or get close to the surrounding hills, caves and mangroves in a hired paddleboat or kayak.
These caves each have eerie stories of their own to explain mysterious sounds (like the high-pitched noise that emanates from Gua Langsir, Cave of the Banshee) and interesting rock formations (like those in Gua Pasir Dagang). Walk along the park’s boardwalk through the lively mangrove forests. Keep your eyes peeled for the resident monkeys and many other wildlife species that call the park home.
Langkawi itself obtained the UNESCO title of World Geopark in 2007 to increase protection from overdevelopment on this abundant ecotourism destination. The hope is that this status will help maintain nature’s centuries of evolution and enable lucky tourists to continue to experience all that this spot on the Andaman Sea has to offer. You can easily get to the park by ferry, boat tour or private charter.