Archive for the 'Langkawi' Category

Oct 09 2012

Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang

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Yup, long stretch of white sandy beach.

Thanks to development, the new part of Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang looks absolutely nothing like it did just five years ago. The plus side of this is that the place definitely looks alive and open for business, regardless of the season; but it also looks and feels a bit chaotic at times. The stretch of road … read the full post

Sep 29 2012

Northwest Langkawi to Datai Bay

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Tenghorak Beach and yes, that would Thailand across the way.

The north side of Gunung Mat Cincang falls to the sea to form this area on the northwest side of Langkawi. You’ll find two five-star resorts here, the Datai Resort which commands Datai Bay, and the Andaman Resort — and not much else. Both have exclusive use of their adjacent beaches, but this corner of … read the full post

Sep 27 2012

Langkawi’s Tanjung Rhu

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Many a tourist has found themselves on the north side of Langkawi, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Depending on the time of day, the Tanjung Rhu area may often appear like a ghost town, with shops closed and perhaps even a few tumbleweeds rolling by. But don’t pass it by, because there’s a whole … read the full post

Sep 17 2012

Langkawi’s Pantai Kok

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Lots of shade available and car parking.

On the west side of Langkawi stretching between Telaga Harbour and the Mutiara Burau Bay Resort is Panti Kok (Kok Beach). This area was originally home to a small fishing village with small seafood restaurants and simple accommodation for the adventurous traveller. However 20 years on and Telaga Harbour with its multitude of restaurants and … read the full post

Sep 03 2012

Langkawi’s Pantai Tengah

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The official beginning of Tengah Beach.

Most people traveling to Langkawi have heard of Pantai Cenang, or Cenang beach — Malaysia’s version of Cancun, if you like. Pantai Cenang has a lot to offer: shops, restaurants, hotels across all budgets and a long stretch of beautiful beach. However, just past its rocky headland — which sports The Cliff Restaurant — lies … read the full post

Sep 03 2012

Review: Zackry Guest House, Langkawi

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Eclectic and fun.

Zackry Guest House off Panta Tengah is a 27-room guesthouse set in a hodge-podge cluster of buildings down towards the end of Jalan Pantai Tengah. The small pool to the left and the duck pond to right add to Zackry’s eclectic ambiance. As you arrive you walk down a short drive to the main reception … read the full post

Aug 28 2012

The Langkawi cable car

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Don't look down.

Well-informed me didn’t even know Langkawi had a cable car till I started riding around the island and saw the signs for it — and with it climbing almost 700 metres, oh what a cable car it is. Opened in 2003, the Langkawi cable car has three “stations” which you pass through on your way … read the full post

Aug 13 2012

Langkawi: Photo essay

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Sunset parasaling at Pantai Cenang.

After four action-packed days in Langkawi on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia I’ve had my assumptions about the island shattered — in a good way. I’d always written it off as a tourist trap, but what I found was far more interesting — and far less touristed — than I expected. Admittedly I visited … read the full post

Oct 13 2011

Langkawi Live: A new music festival with more than a hint of green

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The Malaysian government’s announcement last week of a 420 million ringgit plan to boost tourism in Langkawi sent a huge shiver down my spine. The last thing this beautiful island needs is more visitors; most of its best beaches are already either over-developed, or the private property of exclusive resorts. What Langkawi (and indeed Malaysia … read the full post

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