Datai Langkawi Beach is pristine both in and out of the water!
The Datai Langkawi Beach
Once in a while the thought of escaping the monotonous city life and horrendous traffic jams, to a place of utter bliss, can consume us when we are overwhelmed with stress.
If anyone told us that there is a place with stunning views right on the beach and right beside the rainforest, it would be hard to take them seriously. Yet the Datai Langkawi beach is just that.
Surrounded by lush vibrant jungle, the tranquil sea, the towering trees, with comforting sights and sounds, everything that we need to relax our mind, is here. This tropical paradise exceeds all expectations.
The Datai Beach in Langkawi is incredibly white with shallow clear azure water and the rainforest creeps right up to the edge of the water. This is one of the best unspoilt hideaway beaches on this side of earth.
From the beach, you have a panoramic view of the mountain islands on the horizon (actually, the horizon is part of Thailand). The swimming is great and you can see the water teeming with marine life, if you are into snorkeling you will be disappointed, unfortunately the coral reefs were devastated by the catastrophic tsunami that ravished this part of the world in 2004.
The forests by the beach are home to quite a few monkeys. There are two species that populate the area here, the Macaques and the Grey leaf monkeys. The monkeys are quite used to humans and are not aggressive. Nevertheless, they are not shy and sometimes venture out onto the beach to hunt for crabs.
Location wise, the Datai Langkawi beach is situated on the north western corner of Langkawi Island and is a fair bit off the main road. There are a few jungle trails that you will take you to the Datai Langkawi beach. By the way, the most exclusive golf course, in Langkawi, the Datai Bay Gold Resort, is also located on this part of the island. The beach near the resort however is solely for guests of the resort.
To make your visit to the Datai Langkawi beach more interesting, you can stop by the crocodile farm that is located along the way to the beach. They have shows on during the morning as well as in the afternoon.
Getting To the Datai Langkawi Beach
There are daily flights from KL to Langkawi Island. You can either use Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia.
Take the KTM train from KL to Alor Setar in Kedah. From there, you can take a taxi or a bus to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis and hop on a ferry to Langkawi Island.
There are regular ferry services from Kuala Kedah to Langkawi. The journey takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes. If you take a ferry from Kuala Perlis, the journey takes only 45 minutes. Ferry services are also available from the Penang side.
Take North South Highway to Kedah. Exit at Interchange 177 (Alor Setar Selatan exit). From there head to Teluk Kechai and Kuala Kedah respectively. Once you have reached Kuala Kedah, just take the ferry to Langkawi Island.