Pangkor is a small island on the West coast of Malaysia largely inhabited by fishing communities scattered along its coast. Over the years, tourism has grown to be major industry for the island. Just as its name means ‘beautiful’, visitors will discover Pangkor to be an island with a lot of magical charm.
A 40 minute ferry ride from Lumur will take you the island. Then, you can rent bicycles and motorbikes to get around the place and do some sight-seeing. A large number of resorts have also sprung up to meet the boom of visitors.
Pangkor has its fair share of exotic flora and fauna. Watch out for majestic hornbills roosting on the treetops. Along the trails, you may find some rare orchids growing in abundance while monkeys swing among the trees. Butterflies will land on an outstretched palm.
You’ll be surprise at just how many creatures call this little island home.
What to Do
Well-known for its sandy beaches and clear waters, visitors can bask under the sun and swim. There’re also plenty of water-sports facilities available for you to jet-ski or take a speed boat round the island. The popular beaches include Nipah Bay, Pantai Pasir Bogak, Teluk Ketapang, Pantai Puteri Dewi and Emerald Bay. Snorkelling is another activity you can do here although Redang and Tioman Island will be more suitable for that.
Nipah Bay is, by far, the most popular beach with plenty of huts, chalets, resorts and restaurants. However, the beach is still able to maintain its natural beauty. Unlike the other beaches, it has corals, sea cucumbers and even hornbills flying around during the evenings.
Visitors can also take a look at the traditional fishing villages and have a small meal at the many stalls along the streets. Walking through the villages will enable you to glimpse the culture of a Malay fishing village at its best. You must also try the local salted and dried delicacies of fish and shrimps from the sea such as ‘Satay Fish’.
During the day, you can also visit the Fu Lin Kong, a Chinese temple with its own mini Great Wall of China. At Teluk Gudang, the remains of a Dutch Fort built in 1670 can be seen. Only the stone foundations and carvings left on a large rock by the soldiers remain, called ‘Batu Bersurat’. Other interesting places to visit include the fish farms where, for a fee, the fishermen will show you around. You can also ask them to catch a fish for a local restaurant to prepare for you.