Langkawi is today the most popular summer destination in Malaysia. It is an archipelago off the western shores of Kedah, Malaysia near Thailand. Located in warm waters where Malacca Strait meets the Andaman Sea, the archipelago has a total of 104 islands, five of which are not officially counted as islands since they disappear during high tides. As a leading tropical island destination, the archipelago is primarily known worldwide for the inviting Langkawi beaches.
The archipelago’s official name is Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah. It is a treasured province of mainland Malaysia because of its pristine virgin beaches that are attracting hordes of tourists every year. Langkawi Island is the largest island in the archipelago. All the cool beaches are here, and a few of them are the following.
Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach) is most popular for its sunset, long white-sandy beach, clear blue waters, restaurants and bars, high-end resorts, inexpensive hotels and the many fun water activities that make this the liveliest of all Langkawi beaches. It is the island’s most developed beach. There are nearby islands, such as Purau Rebak Kecil and Purau Rebak Besar, where tourists could go island-hopping. Also nearby are two popular tourist attractions, the Laman Padi Rice Garden and Underwater World. Cenang Beach is 25 km west of Kuah, the island’s capital and center of commerce.
Tanjung Rhu Beach is popular for its white-sand beach, caves and mangrove swamp, the exclusive Tanjung Rhu Resort within the beach, Tanjung Rhu horse-riding center, and a row of swaying Casuarina trees. The inviting Tanjung waters are shallow and calm. It is located on the northern tip of Langkawi, about 22 km from Kuah.
Pantai Kok (Kok Beach) is popular for the relaxation it offers. A common scene in Kok Beach are tourists resting along the white-sand stretch while watching sailboats and yachts passing by the blue horizon of picturesque Andaman Sea. Kok Beach is as popular as Cenang Beach but much quieter and more romantic; perfect for honeymooners. This beach is about 25 km away from Kuah.
Burau Bay Beach is popular for the Kuala Teriang fishing village, Padang Matsirat, Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, and the migratory birds at the nearby Burau Island. This is one of the most beautiful beaches located to the west of Langkawi.
Pantai Tengah (Tengah Beach) is popular for its clear blue water that is perfect for sightseeing and photo-shoots but not really for swimming since it is teeming with jellyfish. The beachfront is packed with cheap and high-end resorts, hotels and restaurants, the most famous of which is the open-air Lighthouse Restaurant and Beach Bar. Tengah is just 500 meters from Cenang Beach.
Sand Skulls Beach is popular for the eerie feeling it provides, making its guests feel as though there are pirates lurking behind the nearby rainforest and boulders. People come here to picnic during the weekends. Not far from the beach is the equally popular Ibrahim Hussein art and culture museum.
Black Sand Beach is a Langkawi beach that popular for its, well, black sands. Not many people come here to swim, but nonetheless its black sands that are made up of tin and mineral ore deposits are known by everyone in Langkawi.
A few more Langkawi Beaches are Batu Hampar Beach, Datai Bay Beach, Sharks Bay Beach and Baru Bay Beach.