LANGKAWI, Dec 7 — The Kubang Badak Biogeotrail, located some 30 km away from Kuah town, is set to offer visitors a new experience with 12 geosites that will bring them the wonders of unique geological, biological and cultural heritage.
Many might have visited the mangroves around this legendary island such as Kilim Karst Geoforest Park or Tanjung Rhu, but Kubang Badak Biogeotrail is no less exciting.
Tourist guide Othman Ayeb said previosuly, Kubang Badak was only known as a fishermen’s village but studies conducted by many researchers discovered a variety of unique biological, cultural and geological attractions which have tremendous tourism potential.
Speaking to Bernama recently, he said visitors can start their biogeotrail excursion at the Kubang Badak Fishermen Jetty by taking a boat or kayak ride along Sungai Kubang Badak or Sungai Siam beneath a canopy of mangrove trees before visiting the geosites.
“There are 12 geosites here, three of which are the main tourist attractions, namely Bukit Menora; an old charcoal chamber site in Kampung Siam and Gua Pinang.
“While on their boat or kayak ride, visitors will get to see Bukit Menora which is a mogote, a geological term for a steep-sided hill composed of either limestone, marble or dolomite,” he explained.
Othman, who is an Associate Fellow at the Langkawi Research Centre of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, visitors would also be taken to Kampung Siam to see for themselves an old charcoal chamber site, believed to be over 100 years old.
“This site shows that charcoal industry had once become a source of income for the Siamese community around Kampung KubangBadak,” he said.
With almost 24 years of experience as tourist guide, Othman said Gua Pinang was another must-visit destination for tourists.
“Visitors need to take a 10-minute walk from a small jetty to get to the cave. Gua Pinang is the remains of an ancient sea cave formed by waves when the sea was 15 metre (above its current level), some 6,000 years ago.
“Visitors can also see piles of ancient seashells around the cave,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sungai KubangBadak Fishermen’s Cooperative secretary, Sabri Musa, said besides the three sites, other geosites were Kampung Kubang Badak, Kubang Badak Fisherman Jetty, Pulau Kubang Badak, Siam River, hot spring, Jemuruk Island Cambrian fossil site, Tanjung Buta, titik pandang landskap and sand bar.
“Besides visiting the 12 geosites, visitors can also take part in snorkelling activity at Pulau Dangli if the weather condition permits,” he said.