Tanjung Rhu Beach

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Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi Overview

Situated along Pantai Pasir Hatim at the northern end of Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu is one of Malaysia's best beaches. Secluded from the heavy crowd and buzz of the city, the 50-metre wide beach is popular for its cleanliness, calming atmosphere and bewitching sunset views.

In Malay, ‘Tanjung’ means ‘Cape’ and ‘Rhu’ is from the species of evergreen trees, known as Sea Pine Tree. So, on the way to the beach, one can spot jungles of evergreen trees with green cliffs and a small lake with campers and few cafes. Along with the peaceful arena of Tanjung Rhu Beach, there are various fun activities to indulge in like boating and Jet Ski tours. The public beach is separated from the privately-owned beach of Tanjung Rhu Resort by a fence.

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Things to Do at Tanjung Rhu Beach

Boating is one of the most popular activities at this pristine beach, the mangrove boats being most preferred. 
Behind the stalls at the beach is a small river jetty from where boats can be rented for the famous Kilim Geopark and Mangroves boat tour.

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi
Mangrove Boats at Tanjung Rhu (Source)
The sea at Tanjung Rhu is not too deep, making it ideal for swimming. In case of low tides, a walk to the nearest island is very easily manageable and snorkelling close to the island can help one get the mind-blowing view of vibrant marine life.

Jet Skiing
Along with the boating tours, there are Jet Ski tours mostly provided by the resorts along with a tour to explore the beautiful limestone cave, mangroves, and catamaran sailing.

Sunset and Photography
The calm and clear water of the sea, fine and pure white sand, mini-islands, limestone rocks and wide area with no crowd, gives a perfect environment to shoot and get clicked. There are many couples and solo travellers enjoying the air and waiting for the sun to go down for the magical view of the sky.

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi
The serene Tanjung Rhu Beach (Source)

Best Time to Visit

The Tanjung Rhu Beach is set in an impressive spot with mini islands surrounding it and Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah Beach just on the other side along with mountains from Malaysia to Thailand visible from the beach. So, this beautiful view with the bright blue sky is best during the early evening time around 4:00 PM or earlier than that.

The beach is open 24 hours and in the afternoon though it is really hot at times, you can bath and swim in the water. Watching the sunset is yet another reason to visit in the evening after which the shops and food stalls are also closed down due to the lesser crowd and secluded area. 

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi
Mini islands surrounding Tanjung Rhu (Source)

How to Reach Tanjung Rhu Beach

The most convenient way of reaching Tanjung Rhu Beach is hiring a taxi. Kuah Town is the nearest point from where a taxi can be taken for around RM 40, the beach being 22 kilometers from there. The drive is very pleasant with jungles of evergreen trees all along the road. The coastal road is filled with green cliffs, a lake with campers and a few cafes, providing a very peaceful drive. One needs to travel until the end of this road to enter the public beach.


  • The weather here is mostly sweltering, and hence, a sunscreen along with sunglasses, and other items to protect your skin, is a must.
  • The beach is mostly not crowded. So, there are few food joints with few of them being highly-priced. 
  • At the entrance there is a rustic restaurant with small huts and shops of clothes and other items on both sides of the coastal road, travelling to the beach.
  • There are no public toilets. It is better to use the washroom at the rustic restaurant at the entrance.

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