The favourite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari was said to be Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden). A prince, Mat Teja, fell madly in love with her and tricked her into marrying him.
Sadly, their child died from a mysterious illness at the age of seven days. Distraught, the grieving Mambang Sari left the child’s body in the lake and returned to her heavenly abode. Today, some believe that barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child.
We are staying on Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pregnant Maiden Island, where the lake can be found. It’s also said that the name comes from the shape of the jungle-covered mountain formations that resemble a pregnant maiden lying on her back.
We’re being thoroughly spoiled. We booked a chalet for a week just metres from the lapping waves with Shade and his wife. They’re providing us with three delicious meals a day, motorbikes, canoes and trips around the island and to the ‘mainland’, Langkawi island. We have our own beach, mangrove swamps and even water buffalo. We spend a lot of time lying on our hammock and at dinner time enjoy interesting conversation with Shade and any other guests (none at the moment).
The highlight was waking up just before dawn yesterday, opening the door to our verandah to see what was causing the wonderful dawn chorus and finding a small herd of buffalo slowly ambling through the shallow waves beyond. We sat in silence watching them and were then treated to the most glorious sunrise.