Pantai Cenang is the busiest resort area on Langkawi Island. It sits between the airport and Kuah town, so tourists enjoy convenient access to transportation and duty-free shopping without giving up the luxury resort atmosphere. Accommodation in Pantai Cenang includes several affordable hotels and an ultra-chic beach resort.
Pantai Cenang is a long sandy beach with the best resort facilities on Langkawi Island. It’s a great place for al fresco seaside dining. Tourists can choose from Japanese, Thai, Korean or Western cuisine. There are also hawker stalls near the beach selling inexpensive Malay fare.
Much of the activity centers on the beach, where swimming, sunbathing and water sports are possible. The biggest off-beach attraction is Underwater World, an aquarium with an underwater tunnel exhibit and a few outdoor displays with land animals and birds.
Since Pantai Cenang is so popular with commercial tourists, it hosts the most exciting night scene on the island. The major resorts have swanky restaurants and lounges, but there are just as many affordable beach bars in the area. There aren’t any major dance clubs, though live music plays in a few local bars.
Boutique shopping is another important part of a holiday in Pantai Cenang. The beach is lined with stalls selling clothing, souvenirs and handicrafts. Temoyong Night Market moves around the island throughout the week, but is usually in Pantai Cenang on Thursdays. The best duty-free merchandise is at Zon Duty-Free Complex.