Situated on the west coast of Langkawi, Pantai Cenang, is the most popular beach in Langkawi, a famous island getaway of Malaysia. It is just about 25 km from Kuah, the capital town of the island. Cenang has all you want in a tourist beach. It has white sand, turquoise waters and palm trees providing the shelter. It is also the most developed out of the beaches in the area, with numerous resorts and hotels that range from budget accommodation to high-class lodging.
A dining experience along Pantai Cenang can be very satisfying. From hawker stores, native cafes (kopi tiams) (local cafes) to trendy restaurants; you are given so many choices with regard to sumptuous local dishes and delicacies. Cenang is also a convenient access point for sea excursions. You can easily arrange a scuba diving or snorkeling trip to the nearby Pulau Payar Marine Park. After a fun day under the sun, you may treat yourself to a soothing massage offered by the numerous spas in the area.
Even as the sun sets, Pantai Cenang continually attracts many tourists. On its main strip, you can eat, drink, shop, people-watch or just soak in the incredible ambience. Although this beach is one of the premier spots to enjoy at night, it is not a party beach. You will not see a rowdy nightlife scene; and there are no clubs playing loud techno club beats. Instead, Cenang’s bars and pubs exude a laid back atmosphere. They are ideal spots to hang out with friends or family; or relax while listening to soft music and drinking a glass of beer. Alcohol is sold very cheap in Cenang and the rest of Langkawi, because it is marked as a duty-free zone.
If you have spent plenty of time swimming, sunbathing and relaxing on the beach, you may also visit other neighboring attractions to maximize your vacation. One of the most popular attractions in the area, is the Underwater World Langkawi. This aquarium is the largest one in the entire country, and features more than 200 varied marine and freshwater species. Examples of the species found in the aquarium are seals, rays, sharks and rock-hopper penguins. The aquarium also houses the biggest freshwater fish in the world, the Amazonian arapaima.
Another attraction worth exploring is the Rice Garden Museum. This museum was erected to educate people about rice cultivation and its rich heritage on the island. The museum features depictions of rice planting activities. It also has two important sections, which are the Garden of Variety and Herb Garden. If you visit the Garden of Variety, you can get the chance to try rice farming activities. There is also a duty-free shopping center just beside the aquarium called Zon.
Pantai Cenang may welcome a great number of tourists every day, but it is widely known for its tranquility. It would be such a shame if you do not get the chance to explore this beach and its surroundings. To grab this opportunity, you need to arrange private transport to take you to key places, or you can always hire a taxi. Both options cost a bit more because the fare is fixed and higher than the prevailing rate in Malaysia. A great and cheaper alternative is to rent a motorbike or bicycle and leisurely explore at will.