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Tropical island of Langkawi

Tropical Gem Langkawi

The tropical island of Langkawi is one of the most popular destinations within Malaysia. Though the island is recognised as one of the most beautiful islands in the world; you will never feel you're visiting a crowded tourist overrun island. Visit Langkawi for wonderful jungle, fantastic sightseeing and beautiful beaches. There is an abundance of accommodation available for every type of traveler, ranging from basic B&B's to luxurious 5-star resorts.

Crystal clear water at Perhentian Island

Perhentian Dream

One of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia is Perhentian Island, which actually consists of a big island and a small island. Both islands offer fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The islands are especially famous because of the laid-back atmosphere. Alongside the beaches you will find basic lodges, moderately luxurious resorts, cozy restaurants, dive centers and boat operators advertising their services ranging from water taxis to snorkeling trips.

Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Beaches at Langkawi

Langkawi has a considerable amount of beautiful beaches. Though most of them are private beaches that belong to the many exclusive resorts; however there are also numerous really stunning public beaches. Beaches surrounding Langkawi are really beautiful, though beaches on islands like Perhentian, Redang or Tioman are even better. They are however far more better then the beaches around Penang. Langkawi has many secluded beaches, where you can sunbathe all by yourself.

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Best beaches at Langkawi Island

Rhu beach

The best place for these isolated beaches is in the northern side of the island, nearby resorts The Datai , The Andaman , Four Seasons and Tanjung Rhu . Some of the best beaches are located along Jalan Teluk Yu and Jalan Tanjung Rhu. If you drive past the luxurious resort Tanjung Rhu there you will find the public Rhu beach. Here you will find some nice hawkers and also some souvenir shops. There is also a small harbor where you can book tours to visit the mangrove forests.

Rhu beach Langkawi

Burau Bay (Pantai Kok)

The beaches in front of Mutiara Burau Bay and Berjaya Langkawi Resort are great too, although usually somewhat more crowded (to be specific; this means you share a huge beach with around 20 other tourists, which is not that bad of course).

Burau Bay beach Langkawi

Pantai Cenang

Probably the best public beach can be found in the Southwestern part of the island; Pantai Cenang (which is also a very popular tourist place). Here you find a long stretch of white sandy beach, with nice restaurants and bars along the beach. Pantai Cenang is by far the most popular beach on the island. Most luxurious hotel is Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort , located north of Pantai Cenang.

Cenang beach Langkawi

Pantai Tengah

Next to Pantai Cenang lies Pantai Tengah; an equally beautiful beach but usually less crowded. There are few nice resorts along this long stretch of beach; The Frangipani Langkawi , Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Awana Porto Malai Hotel .

Tengah beach Langkawi

Black Sand Beach

To the north there is the famous Black Sand Beach. Though it is not the best beach to visit for sunbathing; it is a nice beach with a fantastic view on some of the Thai islands opposite of Langkawi.

Black Sand Beach Langkawi

Pasir Tengkorak

Along the way from the Black Sand Beach to the Northwestern part of the island, along Jalan Teluk Yu, you will find the nice and secluded Pasir Tengkorak beach.

Tengkorak beach Langkawi

Pantai Kok

Nearby Telaga Harbor along Jalan Telok Barau you have the nice Pantai Kok beach; especially popular among locals who come here to picnic during weekends. There is one luxurious hotel in this area; The Danna Langkawi Hotel .

Kok beach Langkawi

Datai Bay

There is also one beautiful beach at the Northern tip of the island, but this beach is inaccessible to wandering tourists. The beach along Datai Bay is only accessible to guests of both The Datai and The Andaman ; two very luxurious resorts on the island.

Datai beach Langkawi

Tip: Explore the islands best beaches on a motorcycle. You can rent one for around RM40 a day.


Map of Langkawi Island in Malaysia

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