Most Budget accommodation in the Pantai Cenang area of Pulau Langkawi is tucked away in side alleys across the road from the beach. A great example of this backpacker accommodation in this area is the Shirin Guesthouse.
After arriving in Langkawi and getting hot and sweaty walking up and down the main strip, we eventually found the Shirin. A very interesting Japanese lady showed us nice little yellow double Chalet, complete with with air con and shower, she told us the cost was just RM50 per night, just across the road from the main beach – Bingo!
After checking in the very friendly Japanese lady and Iranian man (the couple who owned the guesthouse) told us a little about the place, and promised us a welcome beer before we went out that night. We received very personal and relaxed service like this throughout our entire stay, they even gave us chocolates on valentines day!
Inside our chalet as the Shirin Guesthouse was neat and tidy when we arrived (apologies for the photo of inside the room being messy), the air con was a basic wall mounted unit, which looked quite old but was still effective. The chalets themselves are located around a nice garden area and are painted all different colors, the setting is great and the other guests there seemed very well-natured.
The bathroom is basic as expected, but has everything you need, a shower, western toilet and a sink! The dirt around the floor of the bathroom is just sand from us coming back from the Pantai Cenang beach and showering off. The bathroom is the same standard that most cheap backpacker accommodation in Southeast Asia is like.
I really liked this guesthouse altogether, but not only because of the location and value, I had a few extended conversations with the owners too, they are very knowledgeable about Langkawi and the local Pentai Cenang area. The Japanese lady really had some great stories to tell, she has traveled the world and had a bucket load of great travel stories to share.
This was the first place I have stayed in Langkawi, I liked the area of Pantai Cenang, i’m sure if I’m on my way backpacking in Malaysia again I’ll give this island another visit, and probably the Shirin Guesthouse!