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Tubotel Langkawi

Funky beachside cocoons

What we say: 4 stars

Hands down the most unique accommodation choice in Langkawi is Tubotel, whose catchphrase is, “Don’t be square!” Located just north of the entrance to Pantai Cenang at the end of Jetty Pelancongan Cenang, this colourful curiosity has a prime waterfront location offering rooms at guesthouse prices.

The colourful ambiance of your private drainage pipe awaits.

The rooms are cocoon-like structures made from large diameter drainage pipes. Each cylindrical suite is closed at one end and fitted with double glass doors and a window at the other. Each tube has its own theme defined by the handpainted mural on the interior wall. It may be a bit tight on leg room, but with the view and the adjacent sea-front verandas you won’t get this close to the water at these prices anywhere else on the island.

Can feel the love in the community showers.

Tubotel isn’t for everyone, but its unique qualities have brought in travellers from budget-minded backpackers through to the just plain curious. Its communal bathrooms don’t allow the privacy of en suite bathrooms, but they’re spacious and clean. The tube-rooms have air-con for an additional fee, but the thick concrete walls’ insulation and provided fans keep the temperatures quite comfortable. They also offer a limited number of non-waterfront non-drainpipe rooms, which have air-con and more space, which will suit those seeking a more standard accommodation.

The ultimate sunset spot.

With the amazing seafront view, community deck, plush loungers and saltwater jacuzzi pools, Tubotel is almost like a mini-resort. The on-site restaurant and bar offer reasonably price meals from breakfast to sandwiches, pizza and daily set meals priced from to 10-28 ringgit. They also have free Wifi, a pool table and satellite TV.

Great for hanging out even on cloudy days.

Tubotel provides free bicycles to guests, but scooter and car rentals are available in nearby Pantai Cenang. Cenang beach is within walking distance from the hotel, either by the scenic main road or the shortcut across the river to the beachfront. There on the main drag you’ll find an abundance of shops, mini-marts, restaurants and other markers of civilisation — including a mall, if you so require. Rooms start at 148 ringgit including a delicious breakfast, but early bookings direct through the hotel website can save you 10% or more.

Be warned that due to current construction work on the new lagoon fishing harbour, the jetty road that leads to Tubotel gets a bit congested and rutted towards the end. But once within the grounds of Tubotel it’s location, location, location and it’s easy to overlook the current chaos going on.

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Contact details:

Jetty Pelancongan Chenang, Kuala Cenang, Langkawi.  T: (012) 329 4094 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dbl air-con share b'room 188 ringgit 188 ringgit
Standard - Double 168 ringgit 168 ringgit Up to 188 ringgit for closer to the beach

Added to Travelfish on: 13th July, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 24th August, 2014

Last reviewed by:
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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