Langkawi Guide

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  • First Time to Langkawi: Where Should I Stay?

    Where Should I Book My Hotel In Langkawi?

    On planning your first ever trip to Langkawi, your first critical challenge is choosing where to stay and which beach is best for you. Making the wrong choice could ruin your holiday.

    Hailed as Malaysia's most popular tropical destination, Langkawi is a massive island that’s divided into several uniquely-named districts. Catering to travellers of various budget levels and preferences, accommodation in Langkawi ranges from modest hostels for backpackers to luxurious beach resorts for the affluent. We’ve compiled a rundown of Langkawi's most popular districts as well as their pros and cons to help you make the right decisionfor a truly enjoyable holiday.

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Pantai Cenang is the busiest beach town on Langkawi Island, housing cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and duty-free outlets along its picturesque beach strip. It is also home to high-end resorts, chalets and budget hotels with views of the Andaman Sea. When the sun goes down, Pantai Cenang is transformed into a busy nightlife hub as visitors mingle with locals and enjoy cheap drinks with their feet in the sand at beachfront bars and lounges.

Who is it For:

- People looking for a busy nightlife scene
- Budget travellers and backpackers
- People who like a wide range of restaurants
- People who like to be in the centre of the action

What's Good:

- Lots of duty-free shops and recreational activities by the beach
- Restaurants and cafes cater for different prices
- Beach area is clean and well-maintained

What's Not So Good:

- Traffic can get very busy
- Limited sightseeing opportunities

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Situated next to Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah is a quiet stretch of beach with several basic chalets and all-inclusive resorts with a good view of the Andaman Sea. Visitors can also enjoy a few activities here such as island-hopping, jet-skiing and parasailing. It is the longest stretch of beach in Langkawi and is especially popular with travelling families.

Who is it For:

- People looking for a more laidback nightlife scene
- Moderately wealthy travellers

What's Good:

- A good range of local and international food
- Plenty of affordable spa centres

What's Not So Good:

- Sightseeing is scarce
- Lack of shopping venues

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Situated 30 km from Langkawi International Airport, Datai Bay hosts Langkawi’s most exclusive and swanky resorts - a favourite retreat amongst the rich and famous.Surrounded by a tropical rainforest, this quiet locale has very limited attractions and activities but wealthy travellers will delight in the luxury resorts’ sophisticated and romantic setting, award-winning restaurants and numerous facilities such as spa centres, private beach and golf course.

Who is it For:

- Wealthy travellers
- Honeymooners
- People who want everything in one place
- People looking for a more laidback nightlife scene

What's Good:

- Very exclusive resorts with private beach
- Award-winning restaurants

What's Not So Good:

- Sightseeing is very limited
- No public transport
- Lack of cheap accommodation
- Very far from the main town

 

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Padang Matsirat is a quiet and peaceful town in Langkawi with only a handful of dining venues and shopping options. Visitors can find mid-range and budget hotels in Padang Matsirat as well as plenty of sightseeing opportunities here, including the legendary Mahsuri’s Tomb, Air Hangat Village, Atma Alam Batik Art Village, picturesque animal parks and expansive farmlands.

Who is it For:

- People looking for a relaxed atmosphere
- People looking for a diverse range of hotels

What's Good:

- Historical attractions such as Mahsuri Tomb, Buffalo Farm, and Atma Alam Batik Art Village
- Cheap and authentic local cuisine

What's Not So Good:

- Attractions are set far apart
- Not much of a nightlife scene
- Far from main town

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Accessible within a 15-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport, Pantai Kok is a relatively peaceful and quiet bay that’s surrounded by limestone hills and lushrainforests. Its expansive beaches also feature very clean sands and clear waters, with other natural and manmade attractions such as Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, Mat Cincang Mountain and Langkawi Cable Car. Dining and nightlife options can be found at the Telaga Harbour Park, a yachting marina with a string of shops, bars and restaurants.

Who is it For:

- Beach and nature lovers
- People who prefer a quiet setting

What's Good:

- A good range of restaurants and bars
- Attractions are set quite close to each other

What's Not So Good:

- Far from the main town and Langkawi’s other districts

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Situated on the southeast corner of Langkawi, Kuah is the island's main town and arrival point for those who travel via ferries. While there aren't any stretches of beaches, Kuah houses several historical attractions as well as excellent duty-free stores selling kitchenware, chocolates, alcohol, cigarettes, apparel and perfume.

Who is it For:

- People looking for affordable hotels
- Budget shoppers

What's Good:

- Plenty of duty-free shops and local seafood restaurants
- Historical attractions such as Al-Hana Mosque, Dataran Lang (Eagle Square) and Taman Lagenda Langkawi Park

What's Not So Good:

- Traffic can get very busy
- Far from the airport
- Nightlife is very limited

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