Gunung Raya is the tallest peak on Pulau Langkawi, standing at 881metres. It can be reached by a snaking, paved road through the jungle. It is a spectacular drive to the top with views across the island and over to Thailand.
Among the significant sites on the island that have been preserved for posperity is Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri's Mausoleum) about 12 kilometres from Kuah. This shrine was erected in honour of Mahsuri, a fair maiden who was unjustly accused of adultery.
According to legend, she bled white blood at her execution as a sign of her innocence. In her dying breath, she laid a curse on the island that it would remain barren for seven generations. Fact or fiction, seven generations have since passed and today, Langkawi is a flourishing destination.