Quiet and budget-friendly
With their motto ‘Love Green, Love Nature’, Tstar Cottage delivers the goods by offering budget travellers white-sand beaches, surround-sound nature and even some wildlife smack dab in the middle of the Pantai Tengah’s seaside action. Set away from the main thoroughfare, the lush surrounding gardens should offer enough quiet and scenic privacy to keep low-maintenance backpackers happy.
Throughout the maze-like walkways are various fish-filled ponds with a few handsome frogs bopping about. The foliage and tall shade trees attract tropical birds and other forest-dwelling critters, who may perhaps become too comfortable at times — especially the dusky leaf monkey welcoming committee loudly announcing their locations throughout the compound.
Sixty rooms are spread across wooden chalets with upstairs and downstairs options, all boasting a glass front entrance and private garden-view verandas, which make up for their rather compact interiors. Japanese-style beds dominate the floor space as the lone piece of furniture, with rooms tight on walking space. But with a closet and shelf neatly inlaid in the adjacent wall and an attached cold-water shower and toilet confined to the rear, the neat and tidy concept works. Free WiFi is offered throughout.
Guests should not expect room service or even daily housekeeping service, as Tstar embraces the money-saving self-service concept. Guests are asked to keep their own rooms clean and are provided with a broom and dustbin. Upon check in guests are also provided with a nifty small laundry bag and towel to use, with daily laundry service offered for a mere five to six ringgit.
In addition to the lobby’s cafe offerings, other conveniences arethe well-stocked namesake sundry shop at Tstar’s roadside entrance as well as their namesake rental service Tshoppe, where you can rent anything from a bicycle to a mini-van. Plenty of eating choices are within walking distance as well as a few local island-style pubs.
Do heed the resort’s warnings and don’t feed the monkeys or leave any tempting goodies lying about. Intelligence and years of practice make purses and even small backpacks fair game to the inquisitive primates who snatch up your wallet from the treetops within a blink of an eye.
Address: Jalan Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
T: (04) 955 5551; (012) 423 2010;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º44'3.85" E, 6º16'27.02" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||55 ringgit||70 ringgit|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||95 ringgit||110 ringgit|
A short contract job in a (Singapore) hospital initially landed Vanessa in Southeast Asia, where she decided to take a break from her medical career for more creative endeavours. She is presently basing herself in Langkawi, Malaysia from where she continues her exploration of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other destinations on her bucket list.
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