|Off the coast of perak State, north of Selangor , lies a
cluster of fabulous islands with unquestionably some of the best coves and
beaches on the western coast of peninsular Malaysia. Among them two island
predominate in the terms of accessibility, infrastructure and development
--the largest island PANGKOR and her little sister Pangkor Laut. Those who
not familiar with geographical locations generally confuse the
Forty minutes by ferry from Lumut is the most popular island resort of Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor Island) ,welcomes visitors with its serene, golden beaches, crystalline blue water and cool, refreshing breezes. Located about 90km south west of lpoh, it is largely inhabited by fisherfolk. They live in scattered fishing settlements along the coast especially on the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik, and their catch comprises mainly cuttlefish and anchovy. The modern facilities make it an ideal gateway. A wide range of sun and sea activities are available such as scuba diving, wind-surfing, fishing, snorkelling.
Walk around town to savour some local cruisine and native sights. If your timing is right, you may ever see the fisherman pulling in their catch. Have a visit at the seafood factories producing dried cuttle fish, anchovies, satay fish and dried shrimps.
The mystique of this pretty fishing village has never failed to charm tourists from all over the world. Past the Pangkor Island Jetty is the main village offering a wide variety of fresh and dried seafood and souvenirs crafted from seashells and local materials. Don't forget to visit Sungai Pinang Besar village where this village is popular for boat building and repairs.
How to get there
By road : Access by road via the North -South highway to Lumut. If travelling from the south, exit at Gopeng interchange and turn left after Pangkor/Sitiawan/Batu Gajah signboard. Upon arrival in Lumut, you can see a ferry service counter there. Parking space are available here.
By Air : Berjaya Air offer 4flights weekly from Kuala Lumpur (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun) - 35minutes from Subang Airport.
Places of interest
Dutch Fort : At Teluk Gedung lies the 300-year-old stone foundations of a Dutch Fort Built in 1670, it was one of the Dutch strongholds against pirates and local Malays. The fort was abandoned after it was attacked by a local warrior, Panglima Kulub, and his followers. Muzium Negara undertook its reconstruction in 1973. Today, only the stone foundations and carvings on a large rock left by the soldiers remain.
Fu Lin Kong Chinese Temple : Your trip is not complete without visit the temple. You can see the Mini Great Wall of China here.
Pangkor Forest Reserve : Exotic flora and fauna abound in this area. Rare orchid can been seen along jungle trek. Butterflies tamely land on outstretched palms. Colorful birds can been seen perched on the trees at the hill slopes. You may possibly catch a glimpse of monkeys swinging from the branches. Watch out for giant hornbills here. Complete your day by trekking to Pangkor Hill to observe the flora and fauna here.
Pasir Giam Beach : The one of great interest at Pangkor island is Pasir Giam beach, which faces directly the small island of Giam. It is only 2km north of Teluk Nipah by road. When the tide is out, you can walk through the shallow waters to the island but watch for the high tide unless you have a boat.
Along the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia, there is only one island that can boast of its beaches being the best. Of course there are a couple of small isolated islands of Langkawai that has really nice beaches. These are short stretches and difficult to access. It has being kept "nice" due to the fact that such places see little traffic.
The beaches in Pangkor with large crowd can no longer lay claim to such fact. Their quality of beaches varied from good to mediocre. For example, that at Pasir Bogak is marginally better than those in Penang or Langkawai. Then a couple of less trodden beaches can be rated as good.
This scene was taken at a place towards the end of the beach in Pasir Bogak. The main area filled with crowd and the street busy coping up with the endless line of traffic! It was better to skip such scene so as not to deter you!
The Pan Pacific Resort Pangkor Island has 240 rooms including suites, chalets and bungalows. Combining traditional Malaysian architecture with Southeast Asian style furnishing and modern conveniences, each room offers spectacular ocean views or pockets of greenery. Available in the Garden Wing of the resort are 43 deluxe rooms, whilst in the Sea Wing there are 98. Also available are eight chalets, four Houses on the Rocks, two suites and a bungalow.
Pangkor Laut Resort - Spread over 2 of the bays, a total of 126 Malaysian-style luxury villas have been painstakingly created to blend in with and complement the natural environment. And whether you choose to stay over the water, at the beach, or on the densely wooded hillside, all rooms and suites are spacious, elegant and absolutely relaxing.
Swiss Garden Resort Damai Laut - Spread out majestically on 400 acres of land surounded by green hills, Swiss-Garden Resort Damai Laut is a haven for those who crave leisure activities or total rest and relexation. Here, you will discover an almost paradise-like resort that offers comfort, tranquillity and sheer indulgence. Experience wonderful sights and traditional Malaysian hospitality amidst natural forest and sandy beaches.