Pantai Cenang is Langkawi’s most popular area where the majority of local and international eateries, duty-free shopping complexes, and luxury resorts are located along its gorgeous beach. With countless visitors lounging on the sandy beach and enjoying spa treatments and massages, Pantai Cenang is the best place for sunbathing and exciting water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. For families with children, Pantai Cenang also houses two of Langkawi’s most popular attractions, namely Underwater World Langkawi and Rice Garden Museum. Traveling in Malaysia is quite convenient since it has some major bus terminals and express buses are the preferred mode of transport here. Tickets for which can be booked online from www.redbus.my.
Spread across nearly six acres, Underwater World Langkawi is one of the island’s best-known attractions. Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang (almost at the border of Pantai Tengah), beside the Zon duty-free shopping Centre, it is Malaysia’s largest aquarium. The huge white-washed structure houses more than 200 different species of marine and freshwater fish including harbor seals, rock hopper penguins, sharks, giant rays and the enormous Amazonian arapaima – the biggest freshwater fish in the world. Some of the many highlights of the tourist-friendly Underwater World include an Educational Resource Centre, a cafeteria and a three-dimensional (3D) theatre – be sure to watch the short movie about Michael, a little prehistoric fish and his life before becoming a fossil.
Rice Garden Museum
The Rice Garden Museum is a gallery in Laman Padi with a collection of artefacts, photos, charts and tools on the history of rice cultivation in Langkawi. Set in Pantai Cenang, opposite Bon Ton Resort, it is divided into the Heritage Gallery, Paddy Gallery, Herb Garden and Garden of Variety. Opened in June 1999, the Rice Garden Museum is a good place to spend an afternoon. The Heritage Gallery has a series of displays on the sequence of activities pertaining to rice planting; meanwhile the Paddy Gallery is a viewing deck with breathtaking views of a multi-tiered rooftop rice garden. The Herb Garden and Garden of Variety sections are places where visitors can actually have a go at traditional rice farming.