Langkawi is the main island from a group of 99, which form the archipelago with the same name. Often overlooked – especially by Western tourists – in favour of the better-known Thai islands and Singapore, Langkawi offers breathtaking scenery with its beautiful beaches, incredibly fine sand, crystal-clear water and coastal mangrove swamps. The inland areas are no less striking: the tropical jungles are thick with luxuriant vegetation and extremely rich in fauna (the island’s name itself indicates an eagle with characteristic reddish feathers), and will impress nature lovers looking for a pristine, largely untouched rainforest. One of the most intriguing of Langkawi’s attractions is the tomb of Mashuri. A legend that deeply resonates with locals has it that Mashuri, a girl unjustly accused of adultery and consequently executed, cursed the island for seven generations.