The charm of Kedah also lies in the blissfully golden beaches and paradise islands. The very mention of beaches and islands one’s mind would naturally linger to the legendary isle of Langkawi. One of Langkawi’s best beaches is Tanjung Rhu which is located 22 km from Kuah.
Pantai Cenang, about 18.4 km from Kuah is the liveliest stretch on the island with restaurants and food outlets offering wide selection of local treats as well as continental fare. This long stretch of white sandy beach flanked by coconut palms provide ample lodging facilities ranging from simple A – frame huts to five star luxury hotels. Further south of Pantai Cenang is Pantai Tengah with more lodgings and souvenir outlets. The most ideal retreat for sunbathing and swimming is Pantai Kok which is 24.8 km away from Kuah.
The crystal clear water and the white powdering sand infringed by swaying palms are indeed a natural haven for those seeking solitude. The 1.5 km long stretch of white sandy beach of Datai Bay is another tranquil retreat. The Golf Club, Datai Bay offers players breathtaking beauty as well as a quality golfing experience. The main island of Pulau Langkawi is no doubt famed for its breathtaking landscapes, ancient myths and legends. Similarly the 104 isles that make up Pulau Langkawi are endowed with unexplored wonders. Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Tuba, Pulau Singa Besar and Pulau Rebak to name a few are among the most well-known.
The islands are perfect venues to indulge in water – based recreational pursuits such as wind surfing, canoeing, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing. There are also island cruises or expeditions and visitors can enjoy the archipelago while sitting back and enjoying the scenic view. You can also explore the marvels of these islands yourself by means of mountain biking or jungle trekking. Or if you choose to engage in less vigorous activities, you may enjoy the wide variety of indoor activities that are offered. For those who want to be pampered after a long day of exciting activities, the service of masseurs is available. The beaches of mainland Kedah are equally spellbinding.
Most popular is Pantai Merdeka which has been an ideal tourist venue even long before Langkawi’s fame. Located about 26km from the town of Sungai Petani, there are adequate facilities for water sport activities. The beach is also excellent for swimming at high tide.