Langkawi 2011 - Oriental Village
One of the main attractions in Langkawi is the cable car, and to get to the cable car you need to pass through a tourist trap called Oriental Village. This is a venue obviously designed to make tourists part with their dollars, but it is surprisingly low key. There are no touts urging you to visit their massage palour, or to buy things from their shops. You are pretty much left to wonder around the place alone, which was quite pleasant. Besides the cable car, there are several other attractions which you can book from here - including a tour of the Langkawi Geopark, elephant rides, and ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) rides through the jungles.
The architecture is a mixture of Malaysian, Chinese and "Oriental" styles. There is a large landscaped pool in the middle of the complex. With the majestic Machinchang Range as the backdrop, the place is quite a picturesque distraction.
Tough the architecture is kitschy, the beautiful surroundings more then made up for it.