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Langkawi is an island that is located 30 km off the coast of northwestern peninsular Malaysia which is near the Thai border. Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands with only 2 that are inhabited. The biggest island is Langkawi Island which has a population of over 64,000 people.

Langkawi has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and offers incredible views of sunsets. The beaches around Langkawi have crystal clear water, a comfortable gentle breeze, blue lagoons, and clean sandy beaches. Pantai Cenang beach is the most visited beach in Langkawi.

In this post, we will go through the cleanest beach in Langkawi Malaysia. Let’s get started!

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When To Visit Langkawi Malaysia?

Langkawi has a tropical climate. that has 2 seasons which are the dry season and wet season. It also has an average temperature of between 27°C to 34°C all year round. The Monsoon is between September to October, it can rain every day with thunderstorms.

The best time to visit Langkawi is from January to March since it is the dry season, so no rain with a nice warm temperature.

If you are looking for bargains on discount tours and hotels then the wet season is the best time to visit Langkawi.

Cleanest Beach In Langkawi Malaysia

Langkawi beaches are located all over the island. The beaches in Langkawi can vary from beach to beach with some being very busy and developed while others can be less developed.

Here are some of the cleanest beaches in Langkawi which usually are the best beaches in Langkawi.

See Pantai Tengah Beach

This beach is the longest stretch of the beach in Langkawi. Pantai Tengah Beach is located just near the southern road bend of Pantai Cenang.

There is not much to do in terms of sightseeing and activities but is a great place to unwind and relax.

Pantai Tengah Beach in Langkawi Malaysia

Visit Tengkorak Beach

Tengkorak Beach is secluded and is one of the more picturesque beaches in Langkawi. This beach offers crystal clear water to the soft white sands and forested trees.

The beach is approached through parkland with forested trees and is a local favorite. It has all the basic facilities like picnic tables, huts, shower rooms, and toilets.

Explore Pantai Cenang Beach

Located on the western coastline of Langkawi. Pantai Cenang Beach is the busiest beach on Langkawi Island. The beach is a long stretch of beautiful white sand with great views and sunset views.

With it being one of the busiest beaches, it offers a wide range of hotels, resorts, cafes, restaurants, and shops. There are plenty of activities to do such as watersports activities like snorkeling and swimming. Also, there are beach bars and spas along the beachside road.

Pantai Cenang Beach in Langkawi Malaysia

See Shark Bay Beach

Shark Bay Beach is another picturesque beach. It has a wonderful stretch of sandy beach with palm trees and shaded seating areas along the edge of the promenade to enjoy the views.

This is perfect for a family day at the beach and excellent for swimming. There is also a restaurant there at the beach. You can get to the beach by taxi or car.

Enjoy Tanjung Rhu Beach

This beach is secluded. As a result, you will have to drive to the beach. Water at this beach is just as clear as crystal and with soft white sand.

This is probably the most beautiful beach on the island. There are some roadside stalls at the beach but activities are limited on the positive side it is not touristy and peaceful.

Tanjung Rhu Beach Langkawi Malaysia

See Pantai Kok Beach

The Pantai Kok Beach is another secluded curved stretch of white sand. Pantai Kok beach is home to high-end and upscale resorts. This is a clean sandy beach, with almost perfect water, and spectacular views of the bay. This beach is always going to be a tourist attraction.

It also has shops, restaurants, and bars along the beach. Plus it has other activities like the cable-car ride to the peak of Mat Cincang Mountain and the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.

Enjoy Datai Bay Beach

Datai Bay Beach, locally known as Pantai Teluk Datai. This is a private beach and is exclusive to two resorts.

This marvelous sandy beach with a curved stretch of white sands offers magnificent views of the sea and islands ahead.

See Black Sand Beach

As the name of this beach suggests that this beach has black sand. Swimming or sunbathing is not recommended on this beach. Not all of the sand is black but it’s still unique and interesting to see the black sand.

You will see a lot of boats anchored in the sea and some twigs and leaves floating around. It not going to be the cleanest beach in Langkawi.

Black Sand Beach in Langkawi Malaysia

There are loads of shops and stalls selling clothes & accessories. This also has toilets and other amenities in the beach complex nearby.

Visit Sandy Skulls Beach

Pasir Tengkorak Beach means Sandy Skulls Beach. A little out of the way and hence not so easily accessible unless you have private transport but that’s probably what makes it quiet, clean, and serene.

Be fully prepared with your own gear, food, drinks, towels, and the facilities at the beach are quite underdeveloped. Be careful of the monkeys.

Where Is Langkawi Malaysia?

Langkawi island is located in the Andaman Sea near the Thai border. Around 30 km off the coast of northwestern peninsular Malaysia.

Langkawi Malaysia Map Location

How To Get To Langkawi Malaysia?

You can get to Langkawi by air, sea, or train. If you’re in Kuala Lumpur and are planning to travel by air, then you’ll be departing from either KLIA or LCCT airports.

By Air

This is the fastest way to travel to Langkawi. It takes about an hour with Air Asia, there are other airlines that provide a similar service to Langkawi.

Go By Sea

You can take a ferry into Langkawi from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis, Penang, or Satun (Thailand). The ferry ride is slightly over an hour long.

This is the ferry schedule link.

By Train

You have to get to Langkawi by ferry at some point. There are 3 places where you can catch ferries. Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, and Penang. So you can choose to take the train to any of these 3 points, then catch a cab to get to the ferry.

Also, the sleeper train departs at night and arrives early in the morning, from which point you take a cab to the ferry terminal to catch the ferries.

Wrapping Up

Finally, Pantai Cenang beach is the most visited beach in Langkawi, with that is the most developed beach. Langkawi beaches, in general, have crystal clear water, a comfortable gentle breeze, and clean sandy beaches. As well as offering an amazing opportunity to enjoy the sunset.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the cleanest beach in Langkawi Malaysia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know what you think of the beaches in Langkawi.

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Cleanest Beach in Langkawi Malaysia


  • These beaches look so dreamy! The Black Sand Beach looks pretty amazing to discover.

  • Looks like a relaxing and beautiful area. I’d love to explore Malaysia and especially snorkel or dive.

  • In Madeira where my biological parents are from they have black sand beaches that is from the basalt rocks that the cliffs are made from so it was intriguing to see that Maylasia also has black sand beaches. Aesthetically though Pantai Tengah Beach in Langkawi is absolutely stunning!

  • I`ve seen black and brown sand beaches but never a beach with mix coloured sand. This post makes me miss the seaside so much. Leaving in England make wanna book sunny holidays all the time.

  • Christiana says:

    I have always loved beaches, and these ones look so attractive. Beautiful photos.

  • I think the best beaches I have ever seen in my life were in Asia, Malaysia had some amazing ones too but I’ve never been to Langkawi. I would love to visit the Black Sand Beach.

  • oh, now that is winter, how I wish I can be in one of those beaches, no matter which one, right now!

  • Dogvills says:

    My cousin and her family are in Malaysia right now. I will have to let her know about these beaches. If I were in Langkawi, I would love to visit Tanjung Rhu Beach. It looks so idyllic. Shark Bay Beach looks lovely too, but I guess I am just not comfortable to swim in a beach called “Shark Bay.”

  • Ana Ojha says:

    All these beaches look just amazing! As a Floridian girl, I’m fond of Gulf beaches!

  • Oh these beaches looks so beautiful! Looks so relaxing and i am sure my family will love it here.

  • Kelly says:

    Fantastic informative post. I do have one question tho. I have been to Langkawi many many times and never seen beautiful clear water. What time of year did you visit? I will have to organise my next visit better in order to enjoy the beach there.

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