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Gecko Guest House

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What we say: 3.5 stars

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.

A welcoming reception, complete with whiteboard.

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.

That old-style charm.

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.

The can’t-miss-it sign.

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.

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Contact details:

Pantai Cenang, Langkawi.  T: (019) 4283801 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm Fan 18 ringgit 18 ringgit
Dbl fan private b'room 40 ringgit 40 ringgit
Family room 80 ringgit 80 ringgit

Added to Travelfish on: 22nd May, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 24th August, 2014

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Vanessa eventually based herself in Langkawi and settled into the island lifestyle. The location offered a gateway to Southeast Asia, from where she continues her exploration of Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and other destinations on her 'to-do' list.
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