Tanjung Rhu

Pulau Langkawi

On the north coast, Tanjung Rhu is one of Langkawi’s wider and better beaches, fronted by magnificent limestone stacks that bend the ocean into a pleasant bay. On clear days, the sunsets here give the word ‘stunning’ new meaning. The water is shallow, and at low tide you can walk across the sandbank to the neighbouring islands (except during the monsoon season). Accommodation is provided by two upscale resorts.

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