August 28, 2014

   

Tanjung Rhu – Malaysia’s Hidden Gem

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Tanjung Rhu is situated in the northwest coast of Malaysia. This beautiful long stretch of beach is a coastline rich with colourful marine life. Tanjung Rhu is tucked away in a secluded cove and shaded by leaning palm trees that makes the landscape really an ideal tropical destination.

The view of the rising Chabang Island from the sea is one of the prominent features of the beach. When the tides are low, it is possible to walk across the sandy stretch linking the beach to the island. There are a lot of nearby caves on the island that you can visit, namely Gua Cerita and Gua Siam. The deep clear water is ideal for swimming and the luxury resort nearby offers refreshing drinks and snacks in the cozy lounge overlooking the beach below. Horse riding is also available at the Tanjung Rhu Riding Center. You can also arrange mini-mangrove tours or snorkelling at a nearby island. There are various stalls selling souvenirs that can be found at the end of the road.

Tanjung Rhu

Getting there is easy. From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia you may fly to Langkawi and take a cab to Kilim Geopark. Alternatively, you can also take an overnight sleeper train from KL Sentral to Arau (10-hour travel time, RM 54). At Arau Station, take a cab to Kuala Perlis (RM 25), then board the ferry to Kuah Port in Langkawi (RM 18). Once you get to Langkawi, you can take a cab to Tanjung Rhu.

The beach is not very crowded so it has a very calm and tranquil vibe and the pleasant view of the nearby islands makes the overall ambience very ideal. Also, nearby is the jetty to start river tours through the mangroves. If you ‘re travelling on a tight budget, you get a much better price if you get there yourself and negotiate with the people offering tours instead of booking the trip at travel shops and or resorts.

Have you been to Tanjung Rhu? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations.

Photo Credits (Flickr Creative Commons):Tanjung Rhu by pat_ong

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