Langkawi’s main town, Kuah, is located on the southeast corner of the island and is the arrival point for most of the ferries. If you’re arriving here with the illusion that you’re going to see clear white stretches of beaches as far as the eye can see, then you’re sadly mistaken. They’re located elsewhere on the island. Kuah is a town which sits on reclaimed land and the waterfront sadly looks like a mucky and murky strip. Ships are ever-present in the distance and the looming mountains on the nearby islets are visible during the day but truthfully the Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah stretch is the place to go for clear and inviting views of the crystal clear ocean.
That being said, Kuah is not without its charms – the town has many excellent duty-free stores selling everything but the kitchen sink. Confectionary, tobacco and perfumes are easily found; the stores may not always be pretty, but they serve their purpose. In other words, apart from the numerous duty-free stores, there’s little to stop you proceeding to the beaches on the north side of the island. Kuah is located at the south eastern edge of Langkawi and facing the water area. But there are no beaches here (except for one next to the CHOGM Park, not suitable for swimming though). Although there are several tourist attractions like the Eagle Square on the waterfront, you won't get any sandy stretch on the coast line here. For that, you need to visit the western and northern end of the island. However the view of the water area from places like Eagle Square is wonderful. You see many sailboats passing by as well as cruise ships, and large mountains at a distance looming on the small islands. Other attractions in Kuah town includes lovely parklands like Lagenda and CHOGM parks, Al Hana mosque etc. There are several Spas here that you can indulge in. The Gunung Raya Golf Course is also nearby.
If you are traveling by air, nearest airport is the Langkawi International Airport (IATA: LGK, ICAO: WMKL), which is an airport in Padang Matsirat, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia. Kuah is located around 30 minutes drive from the airport.
There are regular express ferry services from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Penang to Langkawi (Kuah Jetty) and back. There is also a daily ferry service between Satun of Thailand and Kuah of Langkawi. Check out Langkawi Ferry Services to know about the routes, operators, schedules, journey time and other information.
Located four kilometres southwest of Tanjung Rhu Beach, the beach offers memorable photo opportunities and a peaceful retreat from the island’s often crowded areas. Despite its name, the beach is actually a mix of black and white sand, which some locals believe to be the result of a centuries-old curse laid by a mermaid because a fisherman had stolen her ring. Others claim that it’s soil from the rice paddy fields that were burned by farmers back in 1821.
Bayview Hotel Langkawi is located in the heart of the commercial district of downtown Kuah, which is a mere 5 minutes from the jetty where ferry boats ply to and from the mainland, and only 25 minutes from the airport. Bayview Hotel Langkawi is now a Non-smoking and Wi-Fi hotel. The hotel offer 282 well-appointed guest rooms equipped with modern facilities. From superior to deluxe rooms as well as executive, executive suites and presidential suites. Experience the Bayview brand of comfort in your home away from home.