If you´re coming to Malaysia for a beach holiday do not miss out on Langkawi and its dreamy beaches. I have been to Thailand before and people kept telling me that you can’t compare Malaysian beaches to Thai Beaches but in my opinion the beaches of Langkawi are in no way inferior to the Thai competitors. Langkawi island, also known as honeymoon island among Malaysians, really lives up to its name.
Best Beaches in Langkawi
1. Pantai Cenang
Probably one of the most popular beaches on Langkawi is Pantai Cenang Beach.
Pantai Cenang is the busiest touristy beach town on Langkawi, where you can find everything from souvenir shops, to duty-free shops, to lovely cafes, restaurants, bars, a shopping mall and nice little boutiques. This picturesque beach is located on the southwestern coastline of the island. It is a long stretch of white sandy beach, plenty of bars and restaurants, resorts, water activities like banana boat, jet ski tours, kayaking, speed boats and water sky adventures. If you are looking for a secluded beach, with calm and relaxing vibes, this might not be your beach. But if you are looking for a busy spot, with lots of action and people, lovely food and drinks, Pantai Cenang is perfect for you. In my opinion it is also very family friendly and seems to be a very attractive destination for families with kids. Kid-friendly-attractions, a pretty calm sea with pretty warm water temperatures and shallow water, makes Pantai Cenang a perfect stay for you and your family. Also solo-travelers or couples can have a great time at Pantai Cenang. Meeting people during water activities or chatting to others in one of the various bars at the beach make new contacts very easy. Also the prices for drinks are reasonable, as alcohol in general, is way much cheaper on Langkawi than anywhere else in Malaysia, as it is a duty-free zone.
2. Pantai Tengah
Just a 15 minute walk away, the neighbouring beach of Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah is way much less touristy. This beach is no less than his bigger brother: white sand, warm water and way less crowded. At Pantai Tengah you can also find a few spots for food and drinks and also some water activities are going on, however way much less than on Pantai Cenang. It’s much more likely to have a quiet minute here. One thing I have to mention is that there is a huge construction work going on in the back of Pantai Tengah (Status: 01/04/2020), however due to the current pandemic the construction work is on hold.
3. Pantai Pasir Tengkorak
If you are searching for a more secluded beach, Pantai Pasir Tengkorak is for you. Way up at the northern coastline of Langkawi, you will this picturesque little beach surrounded by forested area including a soft andy beach, palm trees, clear water and all that jazz. The beaches name developed from local legends, about unlucky sailors that have been victims of a sea monster. Translated the name would be something like skull sand beach. Weeell.. something we don’t want to think about, while being on holiday right? So just enjoy the peace and relaxing vibes at this beautiful beach on Langkawi. This is one of the beaches where you might find more locals than any tourists which I personally really like. People on Langkawi are usually very much open for any kind of conversation and seem to be genuinely interested in who you are and where you come from. So if you want to get in touch with locals from the island or you just want to enjoy some quiet hours, this is gonna be one of your favorite beaches.
4. Pantai Pasir Hitam / Black Sand Beach
Pantai Pasir Hitam or black sand beach on Langkawi, is technically not really a totally black sand beach, so don’t have high expectations when it comes to this. Mineral-oxides added some black color to the beach, but for the most part it looks like a normal beach to me. Around back sand beach you won’t find very much – a playground for children and small little shops and a really tiny restaurant, led by locals. They didn’t speak very good english so we didn’t dare to eat anything from there. The beach is still very pretty though and I can highly recommend it for a chilled day in the sun.
5. Tanjung Rhu Beach
On the top northern part of Langkawi island you will find one of the most secluded beaches. It is a 40 minutes drive from Pantai Cenang with the motorcycle but it is really worth it. Crystal clear water, powdered white sand beach and a little restaurant which offers local food and fresh fruit juices for very good prices. Walking there you will pass by a few stores which sell mainly hats and other beach gadgets. Right next to the public beach there is also a private beach that belongs to a resort, apparently you can rent sunbeds for a few ringgit there as well, we didn’t try it out so i can not confirm at his point.