Mount Gunung Raya and Lubok Semilang Langkawi
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Mount Gunung Raya is the highest peak in Langkawi, its height is 881 m. At the top is a tower, from the observation deck which offers beautiful views of the island, especially in clear weather. However, spectacular views open even without climbing to the site, but from the site you will see the full panorama. There is also a small cafe and a three-star hotel, where you can stay for the night if you wish.
But the most interesting thing about the mountain is not the spectacular view from the top, but its flora and fauna. On the slopes is the Lubok Semilang National Park, through which a wonderful trekking route with a length of 3.1 kilometers or 4278 steps passes to the top through the jungle. If you decide to overcome it, you will have a chance to see more than 400 species of tropical plants, 230 species of exotic birds, insects, monkeys and other animals. Also at the beginning of the path there is a waterfall. To see as much as possible, it's best to hit the road early in the morning. If you doubt your abilities, you can go down the route, first reaching the top by taxi.
🕐 Working hours: it is best to visit during the day in good clear weather.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: access to the mountain and park is free, entrance to the tower with a viewing platform is 10 ringgit. Guided trekking tours from 250 ringgit.
🚶 How to get there: the mountain is in the center of the island (mountain on the map). You can get to the top by Transport on a good asphalt road, or on foot along the trekking route laid through the Lubok Semilang National Park.
by Transport: the summit is reached by an asphalt road that starts at the foot of the mountain on the West Side (a branch from the Jalan Ulu Melaka road). Find the turn is not difficult, it is well marked with a pointer. Then a good road goes up, you can overcome it on any transport, it will take 30 minutes. If you are in good physical shape, you can climb on a bicycle, which will take about 3 hours. At the top, vehicles can be parked right along the road. If you go up here on a motorcycle, do not forget to fill it in advance, as it takes a lot of fuel to climb. A taxi ride from beaches of the island here will cost from 90 ringgit in both directions, and about 60 in one direction.
On foot:the trekking route runs uphill through Lubok Semilang National Park. It can be overcome independently, reaching the starting point by taxi or rented transport, or by purchasing a tour. Tours are offered at travel agencies on the street, and include delivery to the starting point, and accompanied by a guide. The length of the route is 3.1 kilometers, passes through the old stone staircase, in time about 3 hours. If you are not sure of your abilities, you can not go up, but go down from the top.
If you decide to go to the track yourself, you can find the entrance to the trail at the point indicated on the map (start of the tour on the map). There is a parking area, but the places here are deaf, so if you come by rented transport, you will have to leave it at your own risk.