Regardless, Langkawi is situated in the Northernmost part of Peninsular Malaysia. Other ‘dark sky areas’ within 3-4 Bortle scale that are still within reach are Perlis, Kubang Pasu, Padang Terap, Sik and Baling. The ideal condition of these areas in term of availability and accessibility making it a plus point for astro-tourism. To note, Bortle Dark-Sky Scale is a nine-level numeric scale that measures the night sky’s brightness ranges from Class 1, the darkest through Class 9, for inner-city skies.
We plan to conduct 10-day of basic to moderate level astronomy short course to 20-most financially affected Langkawi tour guides who are registered with Langkawi Tourist Guide Association (LTGA). Our aims are:
i) to expose and later train the tour guides with knowledge in astronomy and navigation;
ii) to equip them with extra skills on mobile entrepreneurship and astro-tour hospitality and service; and
iii) to revamp the tourism sector in the Northern region with new niche on astronomy tourism.
This project will make use of the national astronomical facility – Langkawi National Observatory under the governance of Malaysian Space Agency (MySA) as a training hub, with support from Tourism Malaysia, Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and National Corridor Economic Region Implementation Authority (NCIA).