Selat Cincin (Langkawi)
The channel trends SE around the NE side of Pulau Langkawi and is bounded on the NE side by the coastal bank off the coast of Thailand.
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Langkawi means reddish brown eagle in colloquial Malay. The Malay word for eagle is helang - shortened is "lang". Kawi means the colour reddish brown.
The main island of Langkawi itself has a total of 32,000 hectares. The main island spans about 25 km from north to south and slightly more for east and west. The coastal areas consist of flat, alluvial plains punctuated with limestone ridges. Two-thirds of the island is dominated by forest-covered mountains, hills and natural vegetation.
Only four of the 99 islands are inhabited - Pulau Langkawi (the main island), Pulau Tuba, Pulau Rebak and Pulau Dayang Bunting.
On langkawi island There are two island areas. The Southern Islands, with a heavy tourist population and the islands to the North East which are more secluded without tourist traffic.
Pulau Langkawi, about 15 miles wide, is mountainous, densely wooded, and formed and flanked by towering masses of limestone.
The E coast of Pulau Langkawi is rocky, but there are a few sandy beaches.
A chain of islets lies SW of Pulau Chorong, the easternmost island of the group.
The W coast of Palau Langkawi S of Tanjung Chinchin to Tongung Belua, 4.5 miles S, is rocky and steep-to, with a few sandy beaches, backed by precipitous hills covered with jungle.
The bay SE of Tanjung Belua to Pulau Borau is fronted by a long sandy beach, backed by low lying land and small hills.