Pangkor Island

Travel Guide Asia Malaysia Perak Pangkor Island

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Introduction

Pulau Pangkor is an island off the coast of Perak in north-west peninsular Malaysia, reached by ferry either from the old jetty or from Marina Island jetty both located in Lumut. It has a land area of only 8 square kilometres, and a population of approximately 25,000. It is promoted as a low-key tourist destination by the Malaysian government.

Pangkor used to be a favourite refuge of fishermen, sailors, merchants and pirates, and was an important site from which to control trading in the Strait of Melaka.

A Dutch fort was built in the 17th century to monopolise tin trade in Perak and to protect the Perak Chieftan against Acehnese and Siamese incursions, but the Dutch were soon driven out by the local ruler when the promised protection did not materialise.

In 1874 a contender to the Perak throne sought British backing and signed the Pangkor Treaty, as a result of which James WW Birch was installed in Perak and thus began the British Colonial era on the peninsula.

Pangkor's economy was once reliant on fishing, and fishing and dried fish products are still a major industry for the island. The famous satay fish originated here.

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Sights and Activities

Pangkor Fishing Villages. On the east side of Pangkor Island there are three fishing villages facing the mainland: Sungai Pinang Kecil, Sungai Pinang Besar and Kampong Teluk Kecil. In fact it's a long strip of villages that continues to Pangkor Town. Although the villages are small they are interesting to visit. Many of the houses are traditional and some are built in the sea on stakes.
Pangkor Town. The main town on Pangkor Island, is on the east coast. It is a small town and only have one street. There's a range of souvenir shops, dried seafood shops, coffee shops and few restaurants along the street. Some of the best food you will find in the local stalls. One of the favorites choice for breakfast among the local and visitors, is the restaurant opposite of the Kheng Hai Chuan Fishery shop, to be recognised by the bird nests attached to the name board. edit
Dutch Fort (At Teluk Gudang).
Fu Lin Gong Temple and Mini Greatwall (福临宫). Beware: the owner keeps some monkeys in small rusty and dirty cages. The poor animals look very ill and show behavioral disorders. Pure animal cruelty.
Batu Bersurat (inscribed stone). Also known as Tiger Rock due to the etching found on this huge granite boulder. The rock measures about 10.7 m long and 4.6 m wide and stands at 4.3 m tall, and today, there is a pavilion built to shelter it. Batu bersurat is located close to the Dutch Fort, in Pangkor Island. The etchings shows the picture of a tiger carrying away a child. There are also two round-shaped leaves, and the letters "If Carlo 1743" and "VOC". The "VOC" probably refers to the Dutch East India Company. There are several theories about the inscription. One sinister version of the tale claimed that the Malays and Bugis kidnapped and murdered a Dutch dignitary's son in 1743, in revenge of the ill treatment of the Dutch to the locals. When the Dutch looked for the boy, the locals made up a story that they saw the boy was snatched by a tiger. In commemoration of the incident, the Dutch soldiers etched the inscription.
Sri Pathira Kaliamman Temple. While you are in Sungai Pinang Kecil, you might visit the Kali Amman Temple. This is the largest and the only Indian temple of any significance on the island. It is noted as one of the two Indian temples in Malaysia that have the entrance the shrine of the goddess Kali, facing the sea. The other is located on Penang Island. The temple has a short staircase that descends to the sea where worshipers are required to cleanse themselves before entering the hall for worship. edit
Traditional Boat Building. Visit the hand crafted fishing boat building with amazing skills.
Pulau Sembilan. The fishing haven with 13 islands to hunt for all kinds of fishes.
Pulau Jarak. The best diving island in Pangkor region. The water here is crystal clear up to 20 m for 70% of the year.

Beaches

The beaches have clear water and almost white sand. Though the water seems to be clean, the beach is littered with plastic debris and driftwood. The island has some waste management problems, as can be seen in the southern part at the huge waste dump and at the small villages where sewage is discharged into the sea. Some travellers have reported sea lice.

Coral Bay - the best west coast beach, just north of Teluk Nipah, with clear emerald-green water due to the presence of limestone. Usually clean and pretty, but there are not to many people swimming there. A great place to watch the sunset.
Pasir Bogak was the first-developed beach and thus the most famous. It is fine for swimming, but gets very crowded during holidays. The beach here has white sand but is rather narrow. It is the largest and most popular beach on the island. The beach is crescent shaped and numerous shady trees provide idyllic picnic spots under the canopy of their lush foliage. The water is shallow and crystal clear, offering endless hours of fun and frolic in the sunlit sea. There are some facilities for boating, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving (Pulau Sembilan), kayaking, rafting. However, lots of sharp edged objects lie on the sea ground, which can be a big annoyance.
Teluk Nipah - The government is current cutting down many of the trees on the beach and replacing them with concrete eyesores. The view from the street to the beach is frequently blocked by unfinished buildings. The majority of the northern end of the beach has been virtually wiped out by this new construction.
Teluk Belanga - a wide beach spanning this whole bay. Privately owned by the Pangkor Island Beach Resort.

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Events and Festivals

  • Thaipusam - This annual Hindu festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Murugan. Over a million devotees and visitors throng Batu Caves on this eventful celebration, every year.
  • Chinese New Year - Chinese make up about a quarter of the total population and in honour of the Chinese New Year, Malaysia has declared the first two days as public holidays. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between 21 January and 20 February.
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) - This Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated by 60% of the population. The first two days are public holidays, and most people take extra days off to spend time with family and visit relatives and friends.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - Alternatively known as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the full moon day (15th day) of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar – usually in September.
  • Deepavali (or Diwali) - A significant Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. Based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar, Deepavali typically falls between mid-October and mid-November.
  • Christmas - This joyous day is declared a public holiday in Malaysia. Year 2000 census indicates that almost a tenth of the population are Christians.

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Getting There

By Plane

Pangkor Airport (PKG IATA). served only by seasonal scheduled airline operations by Berjaya Air from Kuala Lumpur's Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport

By Boat

With the development of the private resort island Marina Island Pangkor, you must take a 7-min ferry ride to Pulau Pangkor saving you hours of waiting compared to the existing ferry services from Lumut. From the private jetty, ferries and private charters depart regularly to different parts of Pangkor Island. Since, it is a private resort, all ferry passengers must be a member of the resort to board the ferry services.

A payment of a RM5 annual fee for a single membership and RM10 annual fee for a family membership category is required. Only 2 way ferry ticketing is available. The first departure is at 7:15AM, the last is at 8:30PM. Departure are at hourly for the non-peak period and during peak periods departures are at 15 min intervals.

The existing and the oldest mainland settlement is the town of Lumut, an attractive, laid-back place about 7 km away. Buses from KL and other places will drop you off at the bus station next to the pier.

From the Lumut pier, ferries depart regularly to different parts of Pangkor Island. A single fare is RM5 per person (return is RM10), and bicycles are free.
First departure from Lumut is at 7AM, last at 8:30PM.
First departure from Pangkor is at 6:30AM, last at 8:30PM.
Departures are at 30-45 min intervals, depending on the time of day, and the crossing usually takes no more than 45 min.

There are two major ferry stops for the residents in Pangkor island; the SPK Jetty in Sungai Pinang Kecil and the Pangkor Jetty in Pangkor Town. Tourists should stop by the 2nd pier, Pangkor Jetty as this is the main township in Pangkor Island and is closer to the various beaches on the west coast of the island.

The 3rd pier, the Pangkor Island Beach Resort Jetty (formerly Pan Pacific Jetty) at Teluk Dalam, is exclusively for guests of that hotel.

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Getting Around

On the island, unmetered taxis (microvans) are widely available they are bright pink and are at the airport and in Pangkor Town once you get off the ferry, or ask your hotel to call one for you. Agree to the fare amount before starting your journey.

Motorbikes are readily available from many man that stand at the exit of the main jetty. Since they are unregulated, the cost will vary depending on your negotiating skills. Some may ask for a deposit, but if you quickly say no, they generally accept. The rough pricing is RM30 for a manual and RM40 for an automatic per day. in November 2016 in Bogak Beach motorbike from 15Myr and bicycle from RM3.

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Eat

Dried seafood is a local specialty.

Village Seafood Restaurant, ☏ +60 3-7803 6577. Chinese seafood restaurant recommended by the locals. Nice and cheap. Walking distance from the Puteri Bayu Beach Resort.
Daddy's Cafe, Coral Bay, ☏ +60 5-685 1744. A restaurant at Coral Bay, and Pangkor's only on-the-beach restaurant. Local and international cuisine. Very friendly service just in front of a superb beach.
No Problem - newly opened beach café and restaurant at Coral Bay, with in walking distance from Nipah Beach. Friendly staff and good chef, seafood, western and local food.
Nipah Bay Villa Side Walk Cafe, Lot 4442 & 4434, Teluk Nipah, 32300, Pulau Pangkor, Perak Malaysia, ☏ +60 5-6852198. Serves Western Food, Local Cuisines & Grill Fish.

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Drink

Nipah Bay Villa Side Walk Cafe, Lot 4442 & 4434, Teluk Nipah, 32300, Pulau Pangkor, Perak Malaysia, ☏ +60 5-6852198. Fresh Fruit Juices, Special Fresh Fruit Papaya Lime Juice.

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Sleep

Best Stay Hotel Pangkor Island, Lot 55, Jalan Pasir Bogak, ☏ +60 5685 3111, ✉ beststaypangkor@gmail.com. Check-in: 2:30PM, check-out: noon. In the business district. Free 24/7 high-speed WiFi internet access. All bedrooms come with en suite bathroom. from RM75.
Budget Beach Resort, Teluk Nipah, ☏ +60 5685 3529, ✉ budgetbeachresort@gmail.com. Clean room and firm bed. All rooms have A/C, fan and hot shower in attached bathroom. Internet with wifi. from RM75.
Delima Chalet (Teluk Nipah) from RM30
Purnama Beach Resort. From RM85
Nazri Nipah Camp (Teluk Nipah) is at the end of the road on the edge of the rainforest with new renovated A-frame huts and a lot of hangmats. Starts from RM50. A-hut with fan, dimmable light and socket. Very friendly place to chill out.
Nipah Bay Villa, 4442 & 4434, Teluk Nipah, ☏ +60 5 685 2198, ✉ nipah_bay_villa@hotmail.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. A/C , Fan , attached bathroom with hot shower, TV (Astro), kettle (but you have to put deposit for RM50).Bus ticket booking, Cafe, library (sale and exchange), free wifi. RM 30, RM 100+.
Ombak Inn, Teluk Nipah, ☏ +60 5 685 5223. This is a great value low-budget friendly guest house near the beach at Nipah Bay. Excellent free breakfast of eggs, sausage, fruit, toast, pancakes and fresh tea or coffee included in the room price. Really homely atmosphere, chalet rooms with T.V. air.con with W.C. and shower. Free Wi-fi. bicycles and motor bikes available to rent. from RM70.
Seagull Beach Resort. Is located 200 m apart from the noisy road and beach of Teluk Nipah. A/C rooms from RM60 (October 2013) and fan rooms. They serve breakfast. Its the place to go for backpackers. Internet is free. Long-stay discounts, very friendly and helpful.
Island Inn (near KFC), ☏ +60 12-5883313 (Howard), +60 16-4403313 (Wendy). This inn is about 500m from the beach and rooms here come with air conditioning, TV, satellite/cable TV, Wi-Fi and shower. The standard room is narrow but clean and a family room is available. Prices increase on weekends and national holidays. from 68Myr.
Anjungan Resort Pangkor. Anjungan Beach Resort & Spa is situated between two of Pangkor’s best beaches, Nipah Bay and Coral Bay. The 50 modern en suite rooms is a mixture of tropical and maritime concept with modern interior, designed with a unique ambiance that is stylish. Each room features its own private balcony and bathroom ensuring its privacy intended as a peaceful retreat. The ship-shaped swimming pool with Jacuzzi is a prominent feature which exudes a unique appeal fro one to relax or just simply basked in the tropical sun. Tel: 05 – 685 1500
Pangkor Bay View Resort. At Teluk Nipah beach. No views of the bay however, rooms are nice and staff are friendly. Free wifi available in some rooms (if you're close to the router), nice swimming pool and sun lounge area, TVs with astro, all rooms have A/C. Discounts are available during quiet times and for staying a few days.
Coral Bay Resort, No 34 Lot 34, ☏ +60 5-685 5111. At Pasir Bogak beach. Apartments, hotel rooms, penthouses. Swimming pool, open air jacuzzi, sauna.
Coral Bay Resort service apartment. At Pasir Bogak beach.
Puteri Bayu Beach Resort. At Pasir Bogak beack. Hotel rooms, chalets, suites. Swimming pool with slides, tennis courts, futsal and street soccer courts.
Sea View Hotel. At Pasir Bogak beach. Hotel and chalets. Swimming pool and sports facilities. Chinese restaurant.
Golden Beach Hotel and Resorts (Kejora Garden Restort). 3 star resort near the popular Pasir Bogak (beach), 5 min away from the jetty of Pangkor Island.
Ye Lin Guest House, N° 194 Jalan Pasir Bogak 32300 (from the pier strait away to the beach, almost 100mt before the beach), ☏ +60 5-685 5881. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. The basic room is narrow with window, air condition, 22"LCD TV, free Wifi, hot shower, free filter cold and hot water 24h, clean and good terrace, 150mt from the beach. Long stay discount Price encrease in weekend From 98Myr.
Pangkor Laut. Is one of the most expensive resorts in all Malaysia, reputedly favored by Pavarotti among others.
Pangkor Island Beach Resort - luxurious resort with private beach, beautiful swimming pool, golf course, parasailing, catamaran, etc. This resort was originally a Pan Pacific resort, the sister resort to Pangkor Laut. It now has a kind of "run down" atmosphere, but it's still good value for money.

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