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Langkawi Geopark A UNESCO Global Geopark

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Langkawi Geopark is Malaysia’s first geopark and is located in the far northwestern corner of peninsular Malaysia. Located in northern State of Kedah, it is unique in the sense that it was formed on 99 islands that made up the legendary Langkawi Archipelago.

The total land area of Langkawi Geopark is about 478km².

It is accessible by sea from Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah and Penang or by air from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore and Bangkok.

Entrance to Gua Langsir

Langkawi has been dubbed as the birthplace or the fetus land of the region. The various natural landscapes of Langkawi reflects the islands’ geodiversity and its complex geological history. It has the best-exposed and most complete Paleozoic sedimentary sequence in Malaysia beginning from Cambrian to the Permian period. Later during the Mesozoic, the islands underwent a major tectonic event that resulted in the emplacement of its numerous granitic igneous bodies.

This incredible power generated by nature from the deep mantle beneath the earth has driven up huge blocks of older rocks and somehow placed them above a very much younger terrain.

In Langkawi’s geological history, much of its geological development was linked to what had happened in the old super continent Pangea and southern hemispheric Gondwanaland since more than 550 million years ago. It started in the deposition of Machinchang sandstone in a lacustrine environment during much of the Cambrian time, followed by the submergence of the land during Late Cambrian time (~500m.y.) which allowed the invasion of shallow marine fauna into the proto-Langkawi sea. The continuous subsidence of the sea floor resulted in the formation of thick limestone of Setul Formation during the Ordovician. At the end of Ordovician time (~440m.y.), the sea became too deep to eventually stop the limestone deposition temporarily.

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GEOFOREST PARK: KILIM KARST

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My 4 years trip around the World ,part 18 .Langkawi and Koh Lipe

Langkawi Island is one of South East Asia’s best kept secrets. Located at the confluence of the Straits of Malacca and the Andaman Sea off Malaysia’s northwest coast near the maritime border with Thailand, Langkawi comprises of 99 islands mostly covered in untouched rainforest. Its beaches are some of the region’s best and only three of the islands have been developed. While few buildings rise above the height of the beachside coconut trees, excellent infrastructure including an international airport, cruise liner berth and various well-managed tourist attractions are in place. In Langkawi it’s possible to relax and do absolutely nothing. However, for those who love nature and adventure, Langkawi offers sailing, watersports, jungle treks, diving, mangrove excursions, bird watching, fishing, mountain climbing, thrilling journeys into the rainforest canopy and visits to local villages and farms.

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Koh Lipe
Where is Koh Lipe?
Koh Lipe is a small island in the Andaman Sea (that’s the Phuket side of Thailand) in the South near the Thai-Malay border. Koh Lipe is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, Thailand’s largest marine park. When we say small, we mean really small. Koh Lipe is about 3.5km by 2.5km and there are only a couple of thousand rooms on the whole island. This of course is part of its attraction, small, remote, surrounded by uninhabited islands and breathtaking beauty. There aren’t many places in Thailand which offer the same attractions.

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Getting To Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe is 60km from the nearest Thai port, Pak Bara, and 40km from Langkawi.. The easiest way to get to Koh Lipe is from either Pak Bara or Langkawi, but during the high season these are not the only ways to get here. The high season is from early November to late April and there are speed boats and ferries connecting Koh Lipe with all the islands and areas up and down the coast including Koh Lanta, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket.
During the low season, from May to the end of October, the only direct boats to Koh Lipe are from Pak Bara. To get to Koh Lipe from Langkawi you can travel via Satun to Pak Bara and catch a speed boat to Koh Lipe.
The journey between Pak Bara and Koh Lipe takes about 90 minutes direct, but during the season some boats stop at Tarutao or other islands along the way making for a longer journey. Make sure you take some bottled water with you
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