Langkawi is known as “The Jewel of the Andaman” and when you take a look around the island seeking its glorious pantai (beaches) it’s not hard to see why! You can find the best beaches in Malaysia on Pulau Langkawi!
When compared to the other Malaysian Andaman island, Penang, which has many more cultural points of interest for the average traveller, Langkawi is almost exclusively about enjoying some quality beach time. Nowhere else in Malaysia has quite the same quality of beaches as here – not even the Bornean islands such as Bunga Raya. But which pantai around this beautiful Andaman island would you most prefer? I have listed 4 major pantai below and added some info about attractions nearby at which to explore inbetween your sunbathing!
Tanjung Rhu Beach has one of Langkawi’s best shorelines. The waters are as clear as crystal, the sand is powder-fine, and driving towards this beach you’ll have to pass a dense corridor of jungle. The area is absolutely secluded and the atmosphere is silent and peaceful. Bordered by intermittent limestone crags, Tanjung Rhu is gorgeously breath-taking and the air is crisp, clean and cool. Along Tanjung Rhu Beach, there are a few roadside stalls selling Langkawi’s local favourite – mee gulung – but other than that the area is quiet.
The beach along Pantai Kok is dominated by mostly high-end upscale resorts like the Sheraton and Westin. The beach is beautiful with clean sands and clear waters but it’s the tourist attractions, as well as the relative peace and quiet, that makes this place so popular. Lined with a thoroughly modern marina, Pantai Kok, on the western side of the island, fronts a beautiful bay surrounded by limestone hills and verdant jungle. Additionally it has several recreational attractions including a cable-car ride to the peak of Mat Cincang Mountain and the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.
Pantai Cenang is Langkawi’s (and Malaysia’s) most developed beach – its shores are a gorgeous mix of white sand, crystalline turquoise-blue waters and verdant palms. Crammed with mostly budget to mid-range hotels, Pantai Cenang is also home to more than a few high-end resorts. When the sun goes down a peculiar jumble of backpackers, expats, Asian tourists and families throng the main road to eat, drink and window shop.
Home to some of Langkawi Island’s most exclusive and swanky resorts – The Datai and The Andaman – Datai Bay doesn’t necessarily merit a visit unless you’re staying here for the duration of your trip. Tourist attractions in this quarter of Langkawi Island are almost non-existent; the Ibrahim Hussein Foundation Museum and the Langkawi Crocodile Farm are the closest to Datai Bay.