Kuah's town centre is just over the bridge and inland on the main road from Pekan Rabu. Here you'll find most of the major banks on the island (open Mondays to Friday 09:00-16:30) along with hawker stands, restaurants, electronics and duty-free outlets. Just to the left at the main traffic lights is a long row of shophouses that overlook the seafront catering to groceries, electronics and furnishings. Along this stretch you'll find Thai, Chinese and Malay restaurants on the inland canal.
North-south running Tengah beach is the smaller and quieter of Langkawi's two most popular beaches, with the yellow grainy sand that stretches between two jungle clad outcrops at each end sheltered by forested hills to its back. The only money changer in Pantai Tengah outside of the larger hotels is about 20 metres up from T Shoppe located across from Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa.
Heading north, on the other side of the northern outcrop, Cenang beach "officially" begins, but most consider the end of Jalan Pantai Cenang (at the intersection of Jalan Pantai Tengah) as Cenang beach. In between the beach and main road is a cluster of budget motels, amusingly named restaurants and sleepy beach bars that mainly come alive after sunset.
Further along the main road of Jalan Pantai Cenang, you'll reach looming Underwater World and the duty-free shopping complex. There are ATMs there as well as a Maybank in nearby Cenang Mall. There are numerous and well marked money changers all along Jalan Cenang from the intersection at the east end of the main road onward. Pantai Cenang is exited to the north, clearly marked with the sighting of the vast fields of rice. A few scattered scarecrows will welcome you to the Laman Padi Museum, which is located nearby.
Most centres on Langkawi lack dedicated internet cafes, but WiFi hotspots are quite common in restaurants and cafes in the southern area. In the north you'll most likely have to rely on your hotel. Scarborough's Fish and Chips near Tanjung Rhu offers WiFi to their customers.
The main Langkawi police station (T: (04) 966 3999) is located just north from the central lights on Jalan Ayer Hangat coming into Kuah. This is the station where all criminal investigations and bookings take place as well as direct public assistance. The Matsirat police station (T: (04) 955 1090) covers several areas including the Kedawang sistrict, which includes Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah. A limited number of tourist police patrol the area, especially at night. The Ayer Hangat police station (T: 04 959 1223) is located on Jalan Tanjung Rhu just north of the Padang Lalang roundabout and is responsible for the northern stretch of the island.
Langkawi Tourist Information Centre
Jalan Pesiaran Putra, across from Pekan Rabu waterfront 'Complex' in Kuah
T: (04) 966 7789, F: (04) 966 7889.
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