Langkawi is the largest island among an archipelago of around 100 islands and serves as the gateway to exploring this region of the Andaman Sea. The sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports are as good here as anywhere else in the region. Langkawi also has the advantage of a beautiful mountainous interior where hot springs, trekking, and waterfalls await more adventurous travelers. Culturally, the island has its own unique mythology which is promoted at every turn. Tales of giants, fairies, and doomed princesses add a pleasant fantastical flavor to the standard array of beach activities. Kuah is the island's only real town, serving as a ferry hub and the center of Langkawi's duty-free shopping. The locals also excel at handicrafts such as batik painting, crystal, and silverworks, all of which make for interesting souvenirs. Most visitors gravitate to the west coast beaches at Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, but intrepid travelers will find more secluded beaches if they venture outside these main tourist hubs.