How are the beaches in Langkawi
Langkawi Beach Guide - all beaches on the island
The Malaysian island of Langkawi is the main island of the Langkawi Archipelago, in which there are about 100 other islands. It is located on the northeast coast of Malaysia, not far from the Thai island of Koh Lipe, which you can also reach from Langkawi by boat.
Langkawi beaches - all information about the island's beaches
Pulau Langkawi, as the island is called in Malay, is almost 320 km² and can be explored on your own. Plus, Langkawi is one Duty Free Zone, which is why you don't have to pay taxes on many products.
Tourism is the main income in Langkawi and you can visit the island all year round. In addition to the numerous activities on Langkawi, there are of course some beaches on the island, which we will introduce to you in this Langkawi beach guide.
Arrival to Langkawi
As Langkawi is an island, there are only two ways you can get there. The fastest and most comfortable variant is that plane, e.g. from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore or Guangzhou with Air Asia, Firefly, Malaysia Airlines or China Southern. You can find a good overview of times and prices on Skyscanner or Momondo.
Furthermore there is Boat connections to Penang or to the Malaysian mainland to Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah. You can also take the ferry to Koh Lipe or Satun in Thailand. You can find more information about prices and times at our partner 12go.asia.
Overnight stay in Langkawi - our hotel tips
During our time in Langkawi, we stayed at the Paretto Seaview Hotel. It is right on Cenang Beach Road with plenty of dining options nearby. It is only a 1-2 minute walk to the beach. The accommodation consisted of a living room, bedroom and balcony with a view of the beach and the sea.
The staff were also very helpful and organized scooters for us as well as an absolutely cheap ride to the airport at the end. We felt very comfortable and can only recommend the Paretto Seaview.
However, if you would like more luxury on your vacation and the budget does not play a major role, then we would like to recommend the Four Seasons at Tanjung Rhu. The top class hotel is located on the most paradisiacal beach on the island and if you are looking for peace and quiet, this is the place for you. You can find more hotels on Langkawi here.
Langkawi: Tours and Tickets
1. Cenang Beach
The Cenang Beach, partly too Chenang Beach written, is Langkawi's busiest beach and also the main tourist spot. The one-way street along the beach leads past many restaurants, boutiques and souvenir shops and of course also offers direct access to the beach.
The northern part of Cenang Beach is a bit quieter and some higher-class resorts have settled here. The beach is very wide, fine sand and good for swimming. The view of the islands such as Pulau Rebak Besar is really nice. In the northern area we can also recommend the Thirstday Bar and the Kalut Bar. Very relaxed atmosphere right on the beach.
Most happening in the middle and southern part of Cenang Beach. You will find a wide range of water sports such as jet skiing or parasailing here. You can also rent loungers with umbrellas there to spend the day on the beach. The beach is also very fine here and the sea is good for swimming, but you don't have that much peace.
2. Tengah Beach
The Pantai Tengah, or Tengah Beach, is located a little south of Cenang Beach's main beach on Langkawi. Although Tengah and Cenang Beach are only separated from each other by a hill, you cannot reach the other via the beach.
Many hotels and even a beach club have been built on Tengah Beach over the past few years, but it is still a lot quieter than Cenang Beach. But even here you will find more and more restaurants along the “Beach Road”, because the island is constantly developing.
Just like on Cenang Beach, the Pantai Tengah is a great place to watch the sunset on Langkawi. Water sports such as parasailing or jet skiing are also offered on site. Otherwise it is a bit quieter and also suitable for swimming, unfortunately only shady spots are rare here.
3. Teluk Baru
In the south of Langkawi, if you follow the road along Tengah Beach, you will find Teluk Baru Beach. Should you take one of the popular day trips by boat from Langkawi, you will start here and explore the island world around Langkawi.
Since many of the boat tours start from Teluk Baru, there are two piers on the beach and there are many boats off the coast. While Teluk Baru Beach doesn't look bad at all, it's not really great for swimming or relaxing.
4. Legenda Park Beach
The Legenda Park is right next to the Eagle Square in the island's capital Kuah. Opened in 1996, it stretches over 20 hectares with its own beach, which we call Legenda Park Beach here. It doesn't have an official name.
The park is often little visited, so you can spend some time on the beach here and most likely all by yourself. Even if it is a bit stony in the south, the sand becomes finer towards the north. However, due to the nearby pier, the water is not the clearest here either.
5. Tanjung Rhu
If you want to go to Tanjung Rhu, you might be a little confused at first glance, because there are actually two stretches of beach called Tanjung Rhu. We therefore subdivide according to Tanjung Rhu 1 and 2.
Tanjung Rhu 1 is located in the north of Langkawi, where tours through the mangroves also start. Here you will find a few small restaurants and souvenir shops at the entrance to the beach before you get to the beach. The sand is fine and the water is great for swimming. If you go further to the right along the beach, it also becomes more and more lonely, because most visitors linger right at the beginning.
The area around Tanjung Rhu 1 reminds us a bit of Thailand, especially Krabi or the Ang Thong National Park in the Gulf of Thailand with its many limestone cliffs. A really nice stretch of beach that you should definitely see.
The Tanjung Rhu 2, which is located directly at the Four Seasons Resort, is in a class of its own. It is probably the most beautiful beach on Langkawi, at least if you, like us, like white fine sand and turquoise colors of the water. This is what a heavenly beach should look like for us.
You can reach the beach by stopping on the left at the local small restaurants on the road towards Four Seasons and Tanjung Rhu 1. You can simply park your scooter or car here and if you want you can even rent a lounger or just walk along the beach to the Four Seasons. An absolute must for beach fans.
6. Black Sand Beach
About four kilometers southwest of Tanjung Rhu you will find Black Sand Beach, also known as Pantai Pasir Hitam. Contrary to its name, the beach is not completely covered with black sand, you will only find it in a few places. This is said to come from deposits of black minerals and quartz.
However, Black Sand Beach is not really well attended and only a few go swimming here. Directly in front of the beach you will still find a number of stalls selling souvenirs, clothes or food. You have to cross this and then reach Black Sand Beach via a staircase. The beach is fine for a short stopover, but we personally prefer a beach like Tanjung Rhu and, above all, fewer shops on site.
7. Teluk Yu
The next beach along the coast to the west is Teluk Yu, which means in translation Shark Bay. But don't worry, there are no real sharks here, just a few shark statues on the promenade.
The Teluk Yu is still not visited very often, but more tourists come here than e.g. Black Sand Beach. In the end, the beach is actually a continuation of this one, but without black sand. The sea is quite shallow, calm and therefore ideal for lingering in the water.
You will also find parking facilities and a restaurant right on the beach, which you can visit for a refreshment. The disadvantage, however, is that you can hardly find any places in the shade.
8. Pantai Pasir Tengkorak
Between the bay of Teluk Yu and Teluk Datai lies the Pantai Pasir Tengkorak, sometimes also called Skull Sand Beach designated. The name comes from a legend according to which sailors washed up on the beach after being victims of a giant sea monster.
The beach is particularly popular with locals and Malaysian visitors and in the afternoon it can get very crowded at the small Pantai Pasir Tengkorak. The beach is relatively fine and the sea is also suitable for swimming, only the surroundings make the beach look worse.
A parking lot with an entrance, several houses and a small park have been built in front of the beach. However, everything looks rather neglected and a bit degenerate. In our opinion, this is not really worth a visit.
9. Teluk Datai
Teluk Datai Beach is located in the northwest of the island, on the same road that leads to Pantai Pasir Tengkorak or the Langkawi Falls leads. To get to it, you have to follow the road all the way to the end.
The beach of Teluk Datai is reserved for the guests of the resident resorts, because there is no other way that leads to the beach. So if you are staying at The Datai Langkawi or The Andaman, then you can visit the beach. Otherwise unfortunately not and the long journey is therefore not worthwhile for a visit to the beach. Nevertheless, the scooter ride along the road in the middle of nature is a nice experience - but beware of the wild animals.
10. Pantai Kok and Burau Bay
The Pantai Kok is, so to speak, on the way to the Langkawi Oriental Village with the famous SkyBridge, within Teluk Burau (Burau Bay). A marina has also settled here and the lighthouse is also in the bay.
You will also find a few top-class hotels here, such as The Danna Langkawi. The beach itself is usually very quiet, nice and you can swim there too. Because of the bay, the sea is very calm.
Even after the marina there is a longer stretch of beach on the Pantai Kok. Here you will find parking and also something to eat and drink. Despite the obvious location on the way to Langkawi Oriental Village, the beach is never crowded and is definitely worth a visit.
What is your favorite beach in Langkawi? Do you have another tip? We look forward to your feedback in the comments.
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