Standing at 881 metres high, Gunung Raya is Langkawi’s tallest mountain, located at the centre of the main island. Legend tells us that the mountain is the cursed form a giant named Mat Raya, who lived in Langkawi. Visit the lovely Gunung Raya Golf Course at the base, or make your way up to the top. The dense rainforest which covers the mountain is bursting with native flora and fauna, providing beautiful scenery whether you choose to drive or trek to the peak. The winding drive through the lush rainforest is via a good tarmac road and takes approximately 30 minutes. The gradient isn’t too steep. Stop off at the various lookouts along the way for delightful views. Trekkers can opt to take a guided tour or make their own way. Look out for an array of wildlife including leaf monkeys, macaque monkeys, flying foxes, squirrels, mountain eagles, and hornbills along the way.
The peak is a granite formation, home to a resort, a small park, a museum, and a watch tower. Enjoy panoramic views of the whole island and the turquoise Andaman Sea. The resort houses some tempting restaurants and a blissful spa and also owns the watch tower, however, it is open to the public. There is an admission fee for the tower; however, it’s worth taking the elevator to the top for the breathtaking 360-degree views, stretching as far as Thailand on a clear day. Sip on complimentary Chinese tea as you soak up the sensational views.