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Pantai Cenang, Langkawi T: (019) 4283801
Gecko Guesthouse is one of the original backpacker-type guesthouses in Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang. It’s conveniently located a short walk from Jalan Pantai Cenang, the main thoroughfare that runs parallel to Cenang Beach seaside. Originally built in the early 1990s, it was purchased by its present proprietor in 2003 and upgraded, yet has kept its old beach-style charm.
Gecko’s reflects Pantai Cenang of years past but also the Pantai Cenang of today. Its 18 rooms in addition to one dormitory-style room are a mix of both traditional wooden structures as well as more modern brick buildings. The enclosed central courtyard affords a certain degree of privacy for guests, creating a rather lush garden common area. With the open-air restaurant, bar and WiFi available, backpacker comfort level is optimal.
Gecko’s rates and social scene make it a backpacker magnet. Beds in the air-con cooled dormitory go for 18 ringgit per night and the rooms start at 40 ringgit and run up to 80 ringgit for the family room, depending on the number of guests. Only half of the 18 rooms have air-con and private baths, but none have hot water. Langkawi temperatures are generally quite comfortable though, and if it’s a particularly hot day, you’ll be grateful for a cold shower. Breakfast is served daily from 09:00 until 14:00 costing 3 to 10 ringgit, but other dining options are conveniently within walking distance as well as a few minimarts.
Gecko Guesthouse is located across from Orchid Ria restaurant down a small side road. Take a left at the first junction until you see the large windsurfer planted in terra firma. It’s another one-of-a-kind accommodation option in Langkawi, and they don’t take reservations, so it’s walk-in traffic only. But don’t let that deter you — it’s worth checking them out if you’re watching your ringgit, and if they’re full other guesthouse options lie in the immediate vicinity, including Daddy’s Guesthouse and Rainbow Lodge Langkawi.
By Vanessa Workman
Last updated on 24th August, 2014.