Pulau Langawi

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We had originally planned to cross to Thailand right after Georgetown, but we decided to linger a bit longer in Malaysia. Still looking for the perfect picturesque island, we settled on Pulau Langawi, which was said to have Malaysian’s best beach.

Getting there was pretty easy: we simply took the boat from Georgetown, a smooth three-hour ride. We arrived in Kuah, where all the shops are, (the island has a duty-free status), and went straight to Pantai Cenang, which has the best beach.

And indeed, it’s gorgeous. The two-kilometer strip of white-sand beach is lined-up with green palm-trees and even though the water isn’t all that clear, it’s warm and has a nice shade of blue. In the distance, the many islands surrounding Palau Langkawi made the scenery even better.

Once again, there were fewer travelers than we had expected, considering that this is one of Malaysia’s top destination. Strange.

We beach-bummed and caught up some zzz—last week, we had to get up a sunrise a few times to catch the plane to Singapore, the train to Butterworth and the boat to Palau Langawi. Who said traveling was just about resting?!

You can see the complete set of pictures taken in Malaysia on Flickr.

Pantai Cenang Beach

Sunset at the Beach

Going to Pulau Langawi


Little Crab Hole

Empty Beach

Empty Beach

Sunset on the Beach



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  1. Ah Langkawi. Miss my times day.

    But nope, Langkawi doesn’t have the best beach in malaysia. you’ll have to find those in Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian on the east coast, or ehad to Malaysian Borneo for idyllic beaches and islands. And Cenang Beach is the most happening beach in Langkawi, I doubt it’s Langkawi’s best beach. For that, you’ll have to venture into the private and more secluded beaches on the northern shores of the island – Tanjung Rhu or the Datai, where the most prestigious resorts are found there. 🙂

    And I miss my beach days! :S

  2. @kyh – I’ve heard Borneo was great but it’s not easy to travel independently there. Maybe another time… Pantai Cenang was still pretty good, especially it wasn’t crowded.

    @PhotoVigor – Thank you!

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – 😆 We really beach-bummed in this trip!

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