Pantai Cenang Beach in Langkawi

Langkawi Pantai Cenang Beach
Pantai Cenang Beach in Langkawi is the most popular place for travelers to visit. Well known for their complete infrastructure, the main beach stretches for about two kilometers with a wide assortment of accommodations and things to see and do.

The popular beach is also located nearby the Langkawi Airport therefore getting here simply takes about ten minutes by taxi.

As I have visited Pantai Cenang many times over the years, much has been improved in terms of lodging and shops which offer all kinds of services from mainstream shopping to travel agents.

The north part of Cenang Beach

Pantai Cenang Beach

Overall, the beach here is one of the most popular with many locals and foreigners due to the outstanding layout, accessibility and facilities offered.

From the main Pantai Cenang Road, you just walk in about a hundred meters and you are on probably the most famous beach in Langkawi Island.

A number of resorts, motels and guesthouses line the entire stretch so choices are abundant here. For the less pricy accommodations, they are located across the road inland. 

One of the beach bars at pantai cenang

Shops, Bars, Restaurants, Cafes at Pantai Cenang 

The beach road tends to come alive once the sun sets and Cenang Beach is also touted as the best place to have a great time.

A number of bars and restaurants offering a variety of choices in food and beverages are found scattered along the main road.

From Italian right to your regular 'mamak' (Indian Muslim) stall, there are also seafood restaurants to fancy five star dining options here.

While pubs or bars are well spread here, you will find a couple of them located right on the beach while most of them are further towards the end of the road here. 

As Langkawi is a duty free island, you can be assured of cheap prices for beers and liquors here, and this is a bonus for those seeking alcohol.

Most locals would be seen heading to Kuah town for the duty free shopping to buy loads of beer and then have barbecues and beach parties at Pantai Cenang.

A common hotel along pantai cenang

Picture of Pantai Cenang Beach
Beach lovers relax

Langkawi Red Tomato
Red Tomato at Pantai Cenang, Langkawi. One of the popular restaurants here

While staying at Pantai Cenang, you have the option to rent motorbikes, cars or bicycles to move around. Depending on how far you want to go around the island, you best double check.

There are many restaurants of all sorts available here from Western, Chinese, Malay, Fusion right to halal Arabic food.

Cafes and bars are also found along the main road but not as much as you would think. There are quite a number of convenient stores and a number of traditional massage centers here too. 

One of the main attractions called Underwater World is also found along this main road. If you go right to the end of Pantai Cenang, you will come to a junction and take a right and immediately left, it leads further in to more restaurants, hotels, resorts and cafes.

Photos of Pantai Cenang Beach
View of the main Cenang beach area
An interesting place to check out at the end of Pantai Cenang would be the Sun Cafe or Matahari, a Malay-fusion styled restaurant, that has been around for many years.

Traveling all the way in would lead you pass the Holiday Villa Resort, Frangipani Resort and at the end, Awana Porto Malai Hotel which serves as one of the main boat jetties, and docking harbour for cruise ships. 

Having been here many times over the years for work, I keep seeing much development being done only to make the place look more interesting, which is goo if you ask me.


There is no doubt that Pantai Cenang is probably the most visited place in Langkawi Island, and comes alive when the sun sets.

Anyone visiting Langkawi will surely make some time to visit this part of the island, and to be very honest, a visit to Langkawi Island will not be complete if you do not visit Pantai Cenang Beach.

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