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.

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
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Sandy Beach Resort
Chalets on both sides of the road on Cenang Beach, from RM90
AB Motel
Accommodation on Cenang Beach with Travel Agency and Bike Rental, RM50 - RM150
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