The Langkawi archipelago is packed with a variety of accommodation, despite the fact that most of the islands are uninhabited. A comfortable and memorable holiday awaits here for everyone irrespective of the depths of their pockets. Whether you want to wake up to the sound of ocean waves, the songs of birds, or to the din of a city, Langkawi has got them all. From upscale resorts to comfortable bed and breakfasts and reasonably priced hostels, the island has a myriad of accommodation suiting all tastes and budgets. Hence, depending on what you are looking for, listed below are some of the best areas to stay in Langkawi.
1. Kuah for convenience:
Kuah is the commercial and cultural capital of Langkawi. It has a number of shopping malls for duty free shopping and worry free dining. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, delicious local food is available at the famous night markets near Pusur Bandar Kuah. Although there are no beaches in Kuah, the jetty acts as a gateway to the island, making it a great place to start island hopping and other water bound tours.
2. Pantai Tengah for staying on a budget:
Pantai Tengah is the longest beach in Pulau Langkawi. The stretch is packed with a number of backpacker hostels and inexpensive bed and breakfast. A stay at Tengah, will take you to multicultural restaurants, bars and wellness centres to eat, party and then relax in the morning after. The beach in itself is great place to have a lazy and easy day.
3. Pantai Cenang to see the action:
Pantai Cenang, is a two-kilometre-long beautiful beach bustling with shops and tourists. It has plenty of swanky resorts, hotels and tourist hostels lined next to the beach. Cenang is a favourite among party goers, as the area is full of bars, restaurants. It is also the centre of water sports activities in Langkawi. Staying here will also give you an access to the Laman padi rice museum, underwater world and duty free Cenang shopping mall.
4. Pantai Kok for peace and serenity:
The area of Pantai Kok is located around a marina filled with yachts and restaurants next to the mountains Gunung Raya and Gunung Cincang. The beach is encircled with tall palm trees and lush green hills. Surrounded by the Andaman sea, rainforest and two mountains, Pantai Kok will lead you to the adventures of all kinds, including a visit to the Telaga Tujuh waterfall, and a hiking trail to Mat Cincang. When staying here, you will be only a short distance away from Island Horses, an equestrian centre specializing in horseback tours. World-class engineering marvel, the Langkawi Sky Bridge and Oriental village are also best reached from Pantai Kok.
5. Tanjung Rhu for a quiet family stay:
Tanjung Rhu is one of the most serene and beautiful places on the island. The area has lavish resorts with waterfront views. The Tanjung Rhu beach has the most vibrant and colourful sunset in Langkawi. It is also a gateway to the fascinating world of mangroves at the Kilim karst geopark. Other beaches, such as the Shark bay and the Black Sand Beach are also nearby. Tanjung Rhu also has a few local eating joints to treat you with local Langkawi delicacies such as the Mee Gulung.
6. Rebak Island for a private island experience.
The Rebak Island is owned by the Taj group of hotels offering a luxurious resort for guests. It has secluded beaches, and clear water brimming with sea life. The resort has plush modern suites and traditional yet comfy Malaysian wooden chalets. A host of complimentary activities are also available to keep you occupied during your stay.
So pack your bags and choose your abode to create memories of a lifetime in the captivating world of Langkawi.