MalaysiaLangkawi Free All Year Mostly Outdoor
Beach

Tanjung Rhu Beach

Tucked away at Langkawi's northeastern tip, Tanjung Rhu Beach is a secluded bay surrounded by a leafy jungle and towering mountains. It's no wonder why some of the island's most prestigious luxury resorts chose Tanjung Rhu. The beach itself welcomes visitors with a wide stretch of fine white sand and crystal-clear yet warm water ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Facing north, Tanjung Rhu provides a glimpse of Thailand on clear, sunny days. Unlike other popular beaches in Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu doesn't offer jet-ski hire and water sports. This is a beach for hardcore relaxers content to spend a day sunbathing, swimming, and sipping cocktails at the beachfront bar.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

1-3hours

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

24 hours7 days

Look Around

Sandy beachSandy beach
Shaded area under pine treesShaded area under pine trees
Stretch of beach passed pine treesStretch of beach passed pine trees
Boat toursBoat tours
Epic sunsetsEpic sunsets
Main beach area
Main beach area from above with mangroves in the background
View above main beach areaView above main beach area
Nearby marinaNearby marina
Surrounding islandsSurrounding islands
Surrounding waters and islands

Who Will Like Tanjung Rhu Beach

Relaxation Guru

Lay on the beach with a good book, jumping in the ocean for a light swim whenever you need to cool off.

Nature Lover

Soak up the calming, jungle-kissed scenery, take a boat tour through the UNESCO listed mangrove forest, or bring your snorkeling gear to explore the underwater marine life.

Luxury Maven

Enjoy a private section of this paradisiac beach by booking a room at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort or Tanjung Rhu Resort.

Photography Whiz

Arrive by golden hour to set your tripod up and capture one of Tanjung Rhu's exquisite sunsets. Or take your drone for a flight over the turquoise waters.

Insider Tips For Tanjung Rhu Beach

  • Bring or hire a beach umbrella to escape the hot sun. Alternatively, visit later in the evening when its cooler.
  • Several vendors selling hats, clothing, and snacks line the path between the carpark and beach.
  • Toilets cost RM0.50 (USD$0.12) and shower costs RM1 (USD$0.23).
Shady area under pine trees
Shopping stalls near beach entranceShopping stalls near beach entrance
Food and beach toy stallsFood and beach toy stalls
Large local-style restaurantLarge local-style restaurant
Tour stallTour stall
Clothing, food, and tour vendors

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Where Is It

Ayer Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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How To Get There

Car

Public carpark located in front of a series of shopping stalls.

Free

Driving directions... Walking directions from car...

Motorbike

Small carpark with plenty of space for scooters and motorbikes.

Walking directions from motorbike...

Rideshare

Grab drivers pick up and drop off in main carpark.

What To Bring

Do:
  • Beach towel and beach umbrella.
  • Swimsuit and dry change of clothes.
  • Flip-flops to protect your feet from the hot sand.
  • Sun protection like hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.
  • Cash as many vendors don't accept card payment.
  • Snorkels and flippers.
  • GoPro or underwater camera.
Don't:
  • Valuable belongings like passports and jewelry.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Golden Hour

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Kalut Café & Bar - Beachfront bar with beanbags selling cocktails, beer, and meals. Vegetarian and vegan options like veggie tacos are available.

A handful of vendors line the path from the car park to the beach. Some sell drinks and local snacks. Pisang goreng (fried banana) is only RM2 (USD$0.47) for 8 pieces.

Happy hour cocktailsHappy hour cocktails
Bean bag seatingBean bag seating
Bar areaBar area
Vegan tacosVegan tacos
View of oceanView of ocean
Kalut Bar

Backstory

Tanjung Rhu is named after the tall Casuarina trees that line Langkawi's northern coastline. The name roughly translates as "cape of Casuarina trees" as "Tanjung" is the Malay word for "cape" while "Rhu" means "Casuarina tree".

Tanjung Rhu's remote location attracted luxury resorts, The Four Seasons and Tanjung Rhu Resort to offer their guests a touch of privacy mixed with exquisite ocean views. The area has since been considered upmarket compared to the more affordable Pantai Cenang.

Beach and Tanjung Rhu Resort

Etiquette

Do:
  • Drink plenty of water to beat the heat and stay hydrated.
Don't:
  • Touch monkeys or other wildlife.
  • Walk on private beaches in front of luxury resorts (follow signed instructions)

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Exquisite scenery with jungle backdrops and an ocean speckled with steep islands.
  • Perfect swimming conditions with warm water and soft sand.
  • Quiet and uncrowded compared to Pantai Cenang.
  • Beachfront cocktails at Karut Café & Bar.
Could Be Better:
  • Very basic facilities. Toilets and showers are not always clean.
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