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“Owners are brilliant and hotel is away from the masses”
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The Box Chalet
Ranked #16 of 163 Langkawi B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed here for 6 nights over Christmas 2012. Excellent value for money and Mas and her husband are incredible hosts and were always at hand to help.
Location is great if you are wanting to explore the island, fancy a quieter environment and are happy to hire a motorcycle or take taxis and it is only 15 minutes drive from Cenang beach.
The rooms are spacious and clean with air con and a mini fridge. Free breakfast in the morning with lots of choice and the whole week was brilliant value for money. Its nice to know your money is going to a hard working family.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

The Box Chalet was just what I needed for my Langkawi trip this time around. The location outside from the busy Cenang Beach or Kuah Town was perfect and peaceful. The owner and caretaker is so friendly and helpful. The thing I enjoy most while I was there is the breakfast time where I get to meet with other tourist and chat till afternoon sharing stories in our own leisure time. The room are very clean, the toilet is also very clean, they have hot shower and clean linen. Perfect.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
2  Thank DylanNoor
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

The Box Chalet was very impressive. Quite honestly, there is nothing much to add here, everything has been already written down and mentioned here on TA. We stayed there for 9 nights and if we could, we would have stayed there even longer. If you decide to book at the Box Chalet you will experience the following things and definitely not regret it:

+ Very friendly, helpful as well as professional staff/owners. This was the first time ever that both owners (Mas and her husband Effendi) would personally introduce themselves and give us a briefing about all relevant stuff with respect to the Box Chalet and Langkawi. After arriving to Langkawi (quite late) Mas gave us a ride to Cenang so that we could have dinner there and to rent a Motorbike. Moreover, she showed us right away where we would find the big, local supermarket to save money for food and drinks, and she told us which restaurants/kitchen stalls provide decent food for a very affordable price. All her recommendations were quite helpful and saved us a lot of time for finding the right budget spot. Mas is quite open-minded and very extrovert. She speaks very good English and she will tell you many interesting as well as practical things about Langkawi if you like. Every conversation with her was a big pleasure and quite interesting and not just ordinary, superficial smalltalk.
+ The rooms are brand new, modern and well equipped. That is, every room is spacious and has a well-working AC, big fan, fridge, hot water, fast Wifi. Moreover, the rooms are cleaned every single day (floor is wiped, new towels, glasses, and new water is provided on a daily basis to). Every time when we returned in the evening it seemed to us as if the room would was already prepared for the next guests. Mas herself is mainly responsible for the maintenance of the rooms. She takes thorough care so that her guests have a perfect stay. She worked for a 5 Star resort on Langkawi for a quite long time. The very positive thing about this is that she applies all her knowledge and skills to her own hotel now. Without a doubt, you are being treated like a 5 Star guest there.

+ Safety. I would like to point out that we were never afraid that our belongings were at risk. Although the rooms are not equipped with safes, we had never ever the feeling that our valuables might get stolen. As mentioned before, it is only Mas (the owner) herself who enters and cleans the rooms and she perfectly understands how to deal with sensitive issue. Nonetheless, she mentioned already that safes and cameras will be installed quite soon.

+ Free breakfast. Every day Mas prepares a local (warm) dish.. Other than that you can have toasts with different jams or with cream cheese. Next to that, you can have fresh fruits such as water melons, bananas, papayas, or mandarins. Instant coffee, water and tea are also provided. In our opinion this was also a big upside of the Box because right after the breakfast we could go to the beaches or explore the island with full stomachs instead of first searching a decent place to have affordable breakfast.

+ If you want, she will also book trips for you and tell you which trips are worth the money. She also makes sure that you pay a fair price.
+ Great sleeping quality. In the Box Chalet we had the best sleep ever in South East Asia. This is probably due to the fact that the Box is not located in close proximity to the urban area of Langkawi and the very comfortable big sized beds.

+ Again, I have to point out the absolutely amazing service, honesty and friendliness of the owners. When we asked Mas whether she could drive us to the airport for a normal Taxi fee, she did not hesitate to help us out. However, when she dropped us off she denied any fees. This was a very friendly gesture in our opinion and only showed that she did not view our stay as one-time transaction, but an opportunity for repeated stays and thus a long-term relationship. Furthermore, when Mas had birthday she went to every single room and shared her fantastic birthday cake with all her guests. As somebody wrote earlier on TA, you definitely feel like part of Mas’ family when you are a guest of the Box Chalet.

From our point of view, this guesthouse was incredible and we would always go back there again if we visited Langkawi again. Moreover, we would always recommend it to any other traveler looking for a budget room with extraordinary quality. The only problem which you may encounter is the fact that the Box is located not right away to the beach. If you take the shortcut (Mas will show/explain to you how to use the shortcut) you will drive approx.. 10 to 15 minutes till you arrive the main beach. So you have to rent a Motorbike. However, Mas is perfectly aware of this weakness and she will make sure that you get a decent bike for a very fair price. Please note though, in our opinion the distance was not a big issue. If you want to explore the island, you will need to rent a motorbike/car anyways unless you are willing to give up flexibility. Furthermore, we were glad that we had the chance to drive all the way from the Box to the other places because all rides were very pleasant as you will pass by beautiful landscape and see the real nature of Langkawi. If you are lucky, you might even see a 2 meter lizard as we did :)

All in all, we would recommend the Box Chalent any time. We stayed at Casa Fina and Zackry's Guesthouse before. Hence, got already a feeling of the accommodation quality on Langkawi and after all we would always prefer the Box Chalet.

Room Tip: The rooms do not differ much from each other. Make sure that you do not pay more than 30 RM for a mo...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank kon1cz
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Lovely guesthouse, everything is very clean and cleaned daily! The rooms are a good size, with a fridge, aircon and ceiling fan. Decor is nice, bathroom modern and clean.

Breakfast in the morning is great, best we have had in our time traveling. Options are toast, a choice of cereal, fruit, eggs and odd days noodles etc.. Tea and coffee, water etc....

Location is good for us, out in the fields surrounded by great views and wildlife. Best nights sleep we have had in months. However you do need to rent either a scooter or a car as it isn't walking distance to anywhere. As we knew this it wasn't a problem for us, and we feel its reflected in the price. It's good value and ran by a lovely family, who are happy to help with any questions.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Richard W
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

I ended up staying 2 weeks at this charming guesthouse. I agree with all the positve reviews below, this is a very special place.

But... you NEED your own wheels (or be happy to pay for taxi's whenever you want to go out) cos there is nothing nearby.

The room I stayed in was big enough, The room was cleaned very good every day, it had clean sheets, good aircon and a fan, clean towels every day, very comfortable beds, nice hot shower and wifi in the room. Also drinking water was supplied every day.

The breakfast was exactly what I like, every day a nice hot Malay dish (fried rice, fried noodles, nasi lemak etc, every day 1 dish on rotation and all were delicious) lots of fresh fruit and there is also bread and cereals.

The guesthouse is run by the good hearted husband and wife Effendi and Mas who will go out of their way to help you and make you feel at home.

You can book daytrips here, get your laundry done, all at the cheapest rate I have seen anywhere on the island.

If this guesthouse is also to your liking, that depends of what you want from your temporary home, for me I always look for:
1 Quiet
2 Clean
3 Friendly

The box scores highest marks on all of the above.

However if you want to sleep near the beach, party at your hotel or want to stay at walking distance from shops, restaurants or sights this place might not be so great for you.

The nearest beach (main beach Pantai Cenang) is 10 km away. It is a nice ride so I quite liked it. There are lots of birds to see along the road (saw a big hornbill a few hundred meters away from The Box).

Mas and Effendi will bring you with their car to a place that rents out cars and motorbikes on Cenang and from then on you can explore the island with your own transportation.


This is the end of my review.


Once you have arrived, here are some personal tips that might come in handy.

The Box Chalet is on a strangely U-shaped road. And there is distance wise not much difference if you go left or right to the beach:
Go out of the gate and turn left, it is exactly 4 km on this quiet road till you come to the sign where it says "The Box Chalet 2 km" (maybe they can change this one day). If you go right out from the gate, it is exactly 4.1 km to the same sign. This road is a lot faster because after 1.5 km you get to the main road where traffic goes faster.

The Most beautiful beach is at Tanjung Rhu in the north, it is 24 km away. The main town Kuah is about 14 km away and Pentai Cenang and Pantai Tengah are about 10 and 12 km away.

The Petronas petrol station (near the sign post "The Box Chalet 2 km") has a supermarket which is the nearest place (4.3km away) to buy drinks and biscuits etc.

Most restaurants in Cenang are charging 20 MR or more for dinner and lunch dishes. Restaurant Nasi Kandar Tomato (a few hundred meters north of Underwater World) has good food for less than 10 MR. Also Haji Ramli (opposite Neach Garden, north end of Cenang) has tasty dishes for 8 MR.

If you have time, don't miss the 7 wells waterfall. For the not so fit, see the fall from the bottom, it is a great sight and only 10 minutes to walk there from the parking area, but if you are up to it, go up the 600+ steps to the top where the 7 wells are, it is great for swimming and there is a fun natural slide for the brave at heart.

Only go to the cable car when the weather is good, if sunny, it is a spectacular sight.

Have a pleasant stay in Langkawi!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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12  Thank Fredinasia
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Amazing place in Langkawi, near to the airport, you'll need a car to get there and in order to move in the island, but it's cheaper than most places in Langkawi and the guest are amazing friendly, they'll do anything to help you, especially hooking you up with some car rental and stuff like that.

The place is nice, not beautiful, but is really ok, shower works really well, air conditioning, very quiet neighbourhood, huge breakfast till late, good beds and clean sheets and rooms, I don't know what could you ask more for this small amount of money.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We booked in at the Box Chalets based on the fantastic feedback on Trip Advisor. And how right you all were!! So here we are giving more fantastic feedback. It's such a beautiful little place, cute and manageable. I loved the simple but comfortable rooms, decorated in lovely colours. The vegetation in the garden is lovely. Within minutes of arriving we were cycling down lovely quiet roads to the stunning beach. The adorable hosts truly go out of their way to help you enjoy your stay - in our case for instance checking that we had taken the right route on our bikes. There was no -one else at the chalets when we were there so it was very peaceful, but other reviewers have not mentioned noise at presumably busier times.
We did our sightseeing while based at the Box and then had three days at the luxurious Rebak Island for our lazy pampered experience! It worked wonderfully for us!
The Box Chalets are very special, something quite different to cherish.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Carolyne47
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Address: Lot 1107 no. 1 Jalan Batu Belah Batu Bertangkup | Kg.Caruk, Kedawang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #16 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range: $19 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Box Chalet 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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