Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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, Malaysia

Langkawi Dormitorio

Backpacker accommodation at Pantai Cenang

Rainbow Lodge

3min from Cenang Beach with scenic mountain view, village landscape, quiet and peaceful surrounding and calm atmosphere. In-house restaurant and bar available.

Gecko Guesthouse

laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach

Tubotel

Unique accommodation concept located at its own jetty at the northern end of Pantai Cenang with unspoiled sea views and tubes to sleep in

Fox Hill Langkawi holiday resort

Small resort in the heart of Langkawi on the road to Makam Mahsuri with a house for backpackers who want to be in the middle of nature

Sunset Beach Resort

cozy, beautifully landscaped and designed small resort at the southern end of Cenang Road and northend end of Tengah Beach

Langkapuri Beach Resort

budget resort on Pantai Cenang (RM95 - RM160)

Langgura Baron Resort

budget resort on Cenang Beach (RM120 - RM150)

Best Star Resort

2-storey hotel and 6 Chalets on Cenang Beach

AB Motel

Accommodation on Cenang Beach with Travel Agency and Bike Rental, RM50 - RM150

Sandy Beach Resort

Chalets on both sides of the road on Cenang Beach, from RM90

Kedawang Beach Inn

Friendly accommodation with guest kitchen on northern end of Tengah Beach (right south of Cenang Beach), RM70- RM110

Malibest Resort

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

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Hotels in Langkawi

Langkapuri Beach Resort

budget resort on Pantai Cenang (RM95 - RM160)

Rainbow Lodge

3min from Cenang Beach with scenic mountain view, village landscape, quiet and peaceful surrounding and calm atmosphere. In-house restaurant and bar available.

Attractions

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi

wide and empty beach at the north of the island. home of the fancy Tanjung Rhu and Four Seasons resort and starting point of Mangrove River tours

Koh Lipe, Langkawi

Koh Lipe is a small flashpacker island next to the Tarutao National Marine Park in southern Thailand, about 1h boat ride away from Langkawi