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Malaysia
Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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Langkawi, Malaysia

Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach)

address: Langkawi Island
Langkawi-Pantai-Cenang-Beach.jpg, This wide and long beach is the most popular beach on the island and the center of Langkawi's tourism infrastructure. It is a lively place also at night with various bars and restaurants.
looking north along Pantai Cenang
This wide and long beach is the most popular beach on the island and the center of Langkawi's tourism infrastructure. It is a lively place also at night with various bars and restaurants.

Despite being the most popular beach on the island with the densest infrastructure, it’s still quiet and laid back. The beach is quite long and wide so things spread out. Along Jalan Pantai Cenang, which runs parellel along the beach, you find all the facilities and services you possibly need on your holiday (restaurants, access to resorts, laundry services, motorbike rental, island tours, water sports etc. or to get tickets to scuba diving and snorkeling around Pulau Payar Marine Park).

Accommodations are located on both sides of the road. On the beach side you can find resorts and bungalows with beach views while on the other side on the road you can find more budget (backpacker) friendly accommodation with lower prices. So for backpackers, Cenang Beach is the place to stay on Langkawi.


How to get to Pantai Cenang
Pantai Cenang or Cenang Beach ("pantai" means "beach" in Malay) is located at the west of Langkawi, about 25km from Kuah where the ferries from the mainland arrive. It takes about half one hour to get to Pantai Cenang from Kuah (taxi price: around RM24). A taxi from the airport (located to the north of Pantai Cenang) costs around RM18.

Malibest Resort
one of the beach side resorts (Malibest Resort)


Jalan Pantai Cenang
Jalan Pantai Cenang, the main road that runs along the beach


Pantai Cenang
time to relax at the beach


sunset
play time as sunset approaches - the islands in the background are Pulau Rebak Kecil and Pulau Rebak Besar


Pantai Cenang at low tide and sunset
Pantai Cenang at low tide and sunset


beach bbq
restaurant on the beach with seafood bbq


sunset
watching the sun setting beside Pulau Rebak

 



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Hotels in in Langkawi
HOSTELS
in Langkawi
Langkapuri Beach Resort
budget resort on Pantai Cenang (RM95 - RM160)
Gecko Guesthouse
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach
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