Air Hangat Village

July 19th, 2011 by langkawihomestay


 

This popular hot springs is one of the world’s only four saline hot springs. The main attractions, albeit man-made, is the three-tiered hot spring fountain and the 18-metre long hand-carved stone mural depicting the legends relating to the place.

 

According to one legend, the spring is the result of a bitter quarrel. During the ensuing fracas, many items such as pots, plates and saucers were smashed, one of which was a pot of hot water, which brought forth the hot springs. Well, it seems that most of Langkawi’s legends are centred around some form of violence. So, can it be that the hot temperament of the ancient people of Langkawi had even affected its geological make-up? Perhaps, this can be a basis for a plausible attempt to connect the colourful legends to the reality we see before us? Well, that is just a a legend but scientifically, it is all the result of water issuing from a spring that become hot due to geothermal heating. The heat beneath the island increases with depth (known as geothermal gradient). As the spring water percolates deeply enough into the crust, it is heated as it comes into contact with the hot rocks. Hence, there you are – the facts behind the legend.

 

You can soak your feet in the therapeutic water of the hot springs. However, please do not jump right into the shallow pools. For hygienic reasons please use the small plastic buckets provided. The water from the hot springs is said to have ‘rejuvenating’ properties. This is due to the fact that heated water can hold more dissolved solids. As such the water at Telaga Air Hangat would, invariably possess a very high mineral content — everything from simple calcium to lithium, and even radium. A foot reflexology service is available. Elsewhere within the complex you will find a few souvenir shops as well as a batik painting demonstration centre on the second floor of the building. You can try your hand at painting your own batik designs.

 

Address:
16 Jalan Air Hangat, Mukim Air Hangat,
07000 Langkawi.

 

Distance : 14km from Kuah town
Opening Hours : Daily: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Admission : Free
Tel : +60 4 959 1357