A Guide To Pantai Cenang Langkawi
Following our lazy and luxurious Christmas at the Berjaya resort we returned to our backpacker status (and budget) in Langkawi’s major beach resort Pantai Cenang. The beach here is beautiful, 2km of silky white sand and clear turquoise sea, its lined with low rise bungalow resorts, water-sports companies, laid-back bars and palm trees. Its an ideal location to relax for a few days, reading and working on a tan – everything you need is within walking distance plus, the breeze you get from the sea keeps you sane in the intense humidity.
Rafi’s. Another fab place for food and beers at the beach. They mainly serve Malay dishes and all are very reasonably priced, we especially loved their Rendang, Padprik and calamari. The staff are friendly and helpful too.
Red Tomato. This trendy bar is located on the main strip opposite the big duty free shop (near Underwater World). Once we’d discovered it, it quickly became our favourite place for brunch/lunch. Their menu is mainly western ie. salads, sandwiches etc and they serve huge portions at a good price. Service is efficient and friendly. Don’t bother with the place that has a similar name next door.
Yasmin. Unfortunately there are not many hawker stalls in Pantai Cenang but we managed to find this one that serves fresh falafel wraps cooked to order for just 10 MYR (£2). Its the ultimate anti-tourist restaurant solution.