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Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Langkawi, Malaysia

Malibest Resort

address:
Malibest Resort, Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, Tel: 04-955 8222, 955 8202, Fax: 04-955 2822, Email: malibestlgk@yahoo.com.my

phone: 04-9558222 / 9558202

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nice Budget Resort on Cenang Beach, RM 100 - RM 230 (Chalets). They also have really lovely treetop chalets (RM180, RM230) but you need to book in advance to get them, on-site indian restaurant


prices:
Treetop Chalet (1 Unit) RM 230
Treetop Chalets (4 Units) RM 180
Superior (Double Queen Size) RM150-180
Family (with bunk beds) RM 140
Super Deluxe (RM130)
Deluxe (brick/wood) RM120
Standard (across the road) RM120

though ask for promotion rates if you stay a few nights. I paid RM100 for staying 4 nights in January 2008

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Hotels in in Langkawi
HOSTELS
in Langkawi
AB Motel
Accommodation on Cenang Beach with Travel Agency and Bike Rental, RM50 - RM150
Gecko Guesthouse
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach
Things to do & see
Datai Beach
Langkawis most exclusiv beach in the north-west of the island. Home to the super-exclusiv Datai and Andaman Resorts ... more
Kuah
The main town on Langkawi and the place you arrive per boat from Penang, Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis or from Thailand. ... more