Plenty of choice
Watching the sun setting beyond Langkawi archipelago’s horizons is an evening holiday ritual for many a traveller, with a variety of locations to choose from. Here are a few great places to catch the end-of-the-day light show in Langkawi.
In Kuah town, Charlie’s Place at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club often has a maritime special as the yachts bob in time with the currents and the late afternoon sun slowly dips behind the distant hills. Although a restaurant, you can expect to see plenty of salty, as well as not so salty, sailors holding court at the bar.
And if you hurry you can head northwest to Pantai Tengah and catch the sunset’s final decent into the sea. Sugars in Pantai Tengah sits waterfront and the sunsets involve plenty of people watching and a rather crazy water sports rush hour. Parasailing and jet ski popularity increases as the late afternoons blend into evenings. With Sugar’s wide variety of cocktails and an eclectic menu of both Malay and Malay-Western fusion dishes, you may find yourself staying long after the sun has actually set.
Head further north to popular Yellow Cafe in Pantai Cenang, located next to the Langkapuri Inn and hang out in one of their hammock chairs, taking advantage of the 16:00 until 18:00 beer special. Just a stone’s throw away The Cliff Restaurant and Bar has the best seats in the house, straddling the rocky headland above the surf and getting a full view of the long expanse of Pantai Cenang.
For a higher end toe-in-the-sand experience, Cba Restaurant and Bar at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort gets the award for the best stretch of white sand on the quieter north end of Pantai Cenang, with comfortable loungers situated in anticipation of sunset. Their happy hour runs daily from 16:00 until 19:00 and is a great spot for sundowner cocktails or mocktails, perhaps followed by a post sunset romantic dinner. For the budget-minded, a superb spot to mix and mingle with the locals is the lively roadside picnic area of Langkawi lagoon, just west of the airport. Savour sunset with a piping hot bowl of laksa or ayam bakar with a side order of fresh coconut juice.
Get back to nature a bit at Mangoes Bar and Grill in Kuala Teriang. On the edge of the mangroves in a small, active fishing village, the rustle of the surrounding foliage and onshore breeze make this little expat hidey-hole also popular with cruising sailors seeking Western cuisine.
Telaga Harbour in Pantai Kok offers a selection of eateries and watering holes along the boardwalk of Perdana Quay. Elegant Privilege Restaurant gets the sundowners ball rolling early with a 15:00 until 19:00 happy hour and affordable fine dining. Along the immediate waterfront piers, the clanging of halyard lines play chorus throughout the marina and Tapas and Mari Blue offer selections of beers and spirits as well as some tasty cuisine and a view of the harbour.
On the northern shores of Langkawi, Scarborough’s Fish and Chips on Tanjung Rhu Beach offers a quiet no-frills sunset spot with a side order of fish and chips. But hands down the best sunsets around Langkawi are viewed on a sunset cruise. Tropical Charters offers a four-hour open bar sunset cruise for 260 ringgit, and will make a point of finding the best possible Instagram moment for a picture-perfect end of the day.
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.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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