Kuah, Langkawi Sunset

Kuah, Langkawi Sunset
Kuah, Langkawi Sunset

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tanjung Rhu Resort: A barrier to a beautiful beach

Well, this is not a hotel review.

There is a wonderful beach in Langkawi called Tanjung Rhu. Where me and my wife spent really good time in 2007. Sand is lovely and during low tide you can walk 100 meters into the sea. It is also the start of mangrove river. And it's a public beach. And there is a hotel called Tanjung Rhu Resort there.Seems like a nice hotel from what I see. But;

A few weeks ago, one weekend me and my friend wanted to go there to spend some time, swim, relax. It was around 3 pm. When we arrived at the road leading to the beach there was a security checkpoint of Tanjung Rhu Resort. Somehow this beach became a private property. And here is our conversation with security;

We are going to the beach
Sorry sir, you cannot, it's too crowded, come 30 minutes later (beach is really big by the way)
What ? it's a public beach ?
No sir it's private property, you see the sign ?
No way, it was a public beach and still should be (By the way, we are both foreigners. Meanwhile local people's cars are passing by without interruption, even a taxi with people passed by). Why they can go and we cannot ?
Because they are locals.
We are going in, it's a public beach and you are letting only locals in.
(this is where he started shouting)

Than we turned back, like other foreigners on bikes and cars. This lovely luxury Tanjung Rhu Resort has killed my spirits. I've spent the best time of my life there with my wife and now I cannot get in. Frak you anyways.

Here is a photo shot by my wife at sunset on Tanjung Rhu Beach taken 5 years ago.