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The beaches of Langkawi
Ben van Wijnen

"We were shown the way to Cenang Beach and to the nearest restaurant. Jarno and I went looking for something to eat and then we found a local, small restaurant. Then we walked further to the beach. We first walked through a long cozy shopping street, full of restaurants, hotels and of course shops. We walked this street quietly while we approached everything, then we looked for a quiet spot on the beach where we enjoyed a nice drink. "

Pantai Cenang

Langkawi’s white sand beaches are simply some of Malaysia’s best. From its sandy bays to sweeping coastlines, the island’s beaches are beloved by locals, beach-bummers and travellers from across the world. The western beaches of Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok - are the most popular beaches on Langkawi,with wide choice of accommodation, restaurants and eateries. Datai and Burau Bay surrounded by stunning tropical rainforest provide the location for luxury resorts and one of the most stunning golf courses in Asia

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Tanjung Rhu Beach

It's a wide and empty beach at the north of the island. Home of the fancy Tanjung Rhu Resort and the Four Seasons Resort and starting point of Mangrove River tours. Located just beyond Pantai Pasir Hitam, Tanjung Rhu has one of Langkawi’s best shorelines. The waters are as clear as crystal, the sand is powder-fine and driving towards this beach you’ll have to pass a dense corridor of jungle. The area is absolutely secluded and the atmosphere is silent and peaceful. Bordered by intermittent limestone crags, Tanjung Rhu is gorgeously breathtaking and even though it may be as hot as Hades in some of the other areas of Langkawi, here the air is crisp, clean and cool.
Turn north at the round-about at the village of Padang Lalang. The Beach and various stalls selling souvenirs can be found at the end of the road. Also nearby is the jetty to start river tours through the Mangroves. You get a much better price if you get there yourself and negotiate with the people offering tours instead of booking the trip at travel shops and or resorts.



Tanjung Rhu strand

Pantai Batu Hampar - Beach of Paved Rocks

Pantai Batu Hampar is quite difficult to access as it is a part of The Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort. It is a small stretch of beach facing the resort and only viable access is through the resort itself. It is a well-known five-star Resort set amidst lush tropical forest. The standard rooms and traditionally-styled chalets are equipped with luxurious amenities. It has three fabulous restaurants serving a wide variety of Eastern and Western cuisines. The waters of Pantai Batu Hampar Beach are calm and peaceful, good for a swim and sunbathing on the soft white sand. The beach is delimited by rock outcrops on both ends of the coastline, sheltered with coconut and mangrove trees.

Pantai Teluk Burau

Burau Bay or Teluk Burau is a fairly secluded beach in Langkawi. While Burau Bay is regarded as a public beach, the crowd mostly consists of the patrons coming from either Mutiara Burau Bay Resort or Berjaya Langkawi Beach & Spa Resort. These resorts flank on the opposite ends of Burau Bay. The beach itself is very long. It might take a 2-km walk from one end to the other. The water can be considered pleasant enough to swim in and not as murky as most other beaches in Langkawi. In fact, certain sections of the beach boast a fairly crystal-clear water which is considered a rare offering in the island of Langkawi.
Burau Bay is also a great location to view the sunset as well as the sunrise.


Pantai Kok

The beach along Pantai Kok is dominated by mostly high-end upscale resorts like the Sheraton and Tanjung Sanctuary. The beach is beautiful with clean sands and clear waters but it’s the tourist attractions, as well as the relative peace and quiet, that makes this place so popular. Lined with a thoroughly modern marina, Pantai Kok, on the western part of the island approximately 12km north of Pantai Cenang, fronts a beautiful bay surrounded by limestone hills and verdant jungle. On the waterfront, at Teluk Burau, is the spanking-new Telaga Harbour Park, a yachting marina with a string of shops, bars and restaurants, plus a petrol station, bank and post office. Additionally it has several recreational attractions including a cable-car ride to the peak of Mat Cincang Mountain and the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls. Pantai Kok’s relatively undisturbed locale as well as its verdant greenery makes it doubly popular – especially if you love nature or want a quieter holiday destination.
Hotels nearby are: Berjaya Beach Resort, Tanjung Sanctuary, Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort and the Danna Langkawi.

Pantai Pasir Hitam

Pantai Pasir Hitam is a stretch of black sand beach on the north side of Pulau Langkawi, about 19 kilometers from Kuah town. The blackish colour of the sand of Pantai Pasir Hitam is the result of the mineral content in the sand - a mixture of granite with tourmaline, ilmenite and zircon. According to one local folklore, the original sand was transformed into black sand by an mermaid who became angry with a fisherman who broke his promise to her. Another folklore has it that the black sand was the result of the fierce battle that took place there between Garuda and Jentayu. The remains of skulls, broken bones and ship wrecks have resulted in the nearby places being given names such as Skull Beach (Pantai Pasir Tengkorak), Cape of Bones (Tanjung Tulang) and here, the Black Sand Beach.

Pantai Cenang

Pantai Cenang – Langkawi’s main vein – may not be as rowdy as the Las Vegas strip but it is Malaysia’s most developed west-coast beach; its shores are a gorgeous mix of white sand, crystalline turquoise-blue waters and verdant palms. Crammed with mostly budget to mid-range hotels, Pantai Cenang – located 18 km west of Kuah – is also home to more than a few high-end resorts. When the sun goes down a peculiar jumble of backpackers, expats, Asian tourists and families throng the main road to eat, drink and window shop.
The fine powdery sand beach at Pantai Cenang fringed by coconut trees and casuarinas, stretches for two kilometres and is lined with a mix of resorts, luxury hotels, chalets and restaurants. Popular during the peak tourist season, it makes a good base for exploring nearby islands like Pulau Rebak Kecil and Pulau Rebak Besar.

Pantai Datai

The short, sandy stretch of Datai Beach forms part of the sweeping coastline of Datai Bay on the northwest of Langkawi Island. This pristine and sunkissed beach brings together the Datai Bay Golf Course and the five star Datai Beach Hotel. The beach has dense forest as its backdrop and boulders at both ends. Just offshore you can see the little island of Pulau Anak Datai. Pantai Datai is known as one of the best beaches in Langkawi.

Pantai Teluk Yu

Literally, Pantai Teluk Yu means "Bay of Sharks' Beach," but you can rest assured, the waters are shark-free and completely tranquil. The peaceful, sunny beach with its dense forest backdrop is very picturesque and great for photographs. Although Pantai Teluk Yu is actually a continuation of Pantai Pasir Hitam it is free from the black pigmentation in the sand. Located at one side of the beach is the Teluk Ewa Jetty, which serves large ships.

Pasir Tengkorak Beach

The best sun-kissed beach on the big island of beautiful beaches is Tengkorak Beach or, literally translated, ‘Sands of the Skull Beach’.
From this tranquil site you can see Koh Tarutao, a remote island of southern Thailand, and that is part of how Tengkorak got its mysterious name. While there are a few mythical stories of pirates and ancient mariners, the most likely theory is that the skulls of drowning prison-camp escapees from Thailand were washed ashore here.
Pasir Tengkorak Beach is a bit of a hidden secret and is often overlooked by tourists who settle for the most popular beach on Langkawi’s southern side, the famous Cenang Beach. Pasir Tengkorak Beach is simply beautiful and beautifully simple. When you stand on the fine sand here there is nothing to see but shades of nature for 360 degrees.
While this beach has many natural attributes, it is the crystal clear flows of the spectacular, nearby Temurun waterfall that really distinguishes it. This ancient 200 meter, three-tiered waterfall is one of the highest beachfront waterfalls in the world. This means visitors can enjoy immersing in both salt and fresh water. Fantastic.
The three small beachside chalets run by the Forestry Department, with clean facilities and even a prayer room, are set back and hidden under a generous forest canopy. The beach is ideal for casual day picnics and stretching out on a towel for a few hours. It might only be 145m long but this pocket-sized beach is unlikely to become overcrowded, except on weekends. It is nestled between two small headlands and the sand extends 40m seawards at low tide. The waterfall is only a few minutes by car to the west or a 15-minute trek. Further west again lies a world-class, waterfront golf course at Datai Bay, one of three quality courses on Langkawi.





  Ben van Wijnen



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