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4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

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4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

We are looking at adding 4 days in Langkawi at the end of our trip.

Not knowing much at all about the island, any suggestions on which area to stay for a comfy, relaxing, end to our trip would be greatly appreciated.

Somewhere close to good eateries & local markets etc.

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1. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

That's not much to go on. Here are the pros and cons of the main tourist areas:

Kuah

Pros: Good shopping, cheap eateries and pubs. Very cheap accommodations. Good base camp for backpackers if you are renting car or scooter. Cons: No swimmable beaches, few tourist attractions.

Cenang

Pros: Restaurants, spas & shops jammed like sardines. Best eating, boozing and shopping choices on the island within walking distance. Great beach. Most sociable place in Langkawi. Cons: Busy, can get frantic, jetskis buzzing around like hornets. Not very romantic.

Tengah

Pros: Like Cenang but much quieter, more secluded, more romantic. Good walkers can make it to Cenang. Cons: More spread out, less dining and shopping choices.

Burau Bay

Great scenic bay perfect for watersports. Great nature tour opportunities (rainforest at doorstep). Secluded and Romantic as hell. Resorts here are great value for money. Oriental Village next door for dining and shopping. 7 Wells close by. Cons: Might be too secluded for some.

North of the Island

Pros: the best beaches, the most romantic vibe, the best darn EVERYTHING. Cons: Super bleedin' expensive. Remote and far from everything (but then why would you even want to leave the resort?).

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2. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

G'day Patrick.

Nothing like telling it like it is.

Tengah is where Holiday Villa is.

Burau Bay is where Berjaya is.

North of the Island. Wait till we win lotto.

Danuta.

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3. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

Hi Palow

Such thorough info, very much appreciated :)

Danuta, cheers for pointing out where those 2 resorts are, helps to know when comparing with Palows info.

Thanks to you both :D

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4. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

We stayed at the Holiday Villa and it gave us good access to Cenang, a short taxi ride away or 15-20 min walk.

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5. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

Hey Patrick,

I love your style of information, man. Bravo!

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6. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

Thanks Bas. Hey are you ever gonna call me about advertising your fab spa in my guide? Don't make me come and hunt you down like a dog in Penang. Mick was hallucinating with bliss after he was done there last week. I think he plans to smother his body daily in fruit and veg purees from now on.

Victoria, my wife and I publish a free travel guide called Langkawi Link. It's given out at the airport arrival lounge and Jetty Point. If you want a PDF copy, you can download it from my friend's website (Note: I am not responsible for the content on that site. He's helping me out while I'm fixing my website, which has been hijacked by some evil malware):

www.langkawi-gazette.com/langkawilink.pdf

Patrick

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7. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

Pat

Not only fruit but next time I want the jaccuzi filled with a55es milk!

Think that you have just about summed up the areas of Langkawi but I should also add that Cenang can be a bit smelly at times especially late afternoon or early evening.

Mick

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8. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

This is turning into a chat room. How about just relevant information!!!

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9. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

Hi,

Am planning to come to Langkawi on 16th April 2012 with my wife, we are planning to stay at "Mutiara Burau Bay" as it was suggested by our travel agent! What do you guys suggest? Also, is this location good enough?

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10. Re: 4 days in Langkawi, best area to stay?

Thanks Palow

Well written!