, the paradise island, is one of the famous and
well known islands in
. It is located approxiamely 90 km southwest of
is an idyllic and beautiful island resort for a
carefree and relaxing holiday. Its natural scenery of green hills and palm-friged
beaches of fine white sand lapped by the warm blue waters of the Straits of
Malacca is truly magnificent.
is mainly populated by fisherfolk who occupy
the eastern coastline. The island is famous for its 'ikan bilis' (anchovies) and
squids. The real attraction here however are the enchanting beaches on the
western coastline Pantai Puteri Dewi , Teluk Belanga, Teluk Nipah, and Teluk
Cempedak are marvellous for swimming or just basking in the sun, in complete
privacy admist tranqull surroundings.
One of the best
ways to see the island is to go on a round island trip van taxi. The trip cost
approximately RM30.00-RM50.00. As you travel travel around coastal roads, you
will see quaint Malay villages with wooden houses on stills under the shade of
coconut trees. Now and then, you will catch glimpses of the white sand and the
shimmering blue sea. In the forests, you may chance upon shy deer or playful
monkeys darting among the branches.
On the east coast
of the island, facing the mainland, there's a contionous village strip
comprising Sungai Pinang Kecil (SPK), Sungai Pinang Besar (SPB), and
. The ferry from Lumut stops at SPK before
. As a matter of fact, from SPK it is a continious village strip on to
Pangkor Town - messy but full of interest. There is lots to look at: boat
building, fish being dried or frozen and a colorful south
. This is principally the Chinese and Indian
part of the island.
In SPB the Foo Lin
Kong Temple isworth a quick look. Loocated on the side of the hill, the main
attraction is a mini
Great Wall of China
! It also has some tacky rock paintings and
other features of dubious artistic merit. The temple is signposted from the main
For a bit of
history, visit the old Dutch Fort at Teluk Gedung. Built in 1670, it was used
for storing tin and was one of the Dutch strongholds against pirates and local
Malays. Today, only the stone foundations remain to remind us of the power they
once exercised over the area.
Pasir Bogak 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 and
further north is a wider better beach. The best beach on this side at
, about 20 min. bicycle ride from Pasik Bogak. The water is a clear
emerald-green due to presence of limestone, and usually the beach is quite clean
) at the northen end of the island is pleasent.
Access is restricted to Pan Pacific Pangkor Resort guests, though day-trippers
can visit for a ridiculous RM40.
on nearby Pulau Pangkor Laut is a beatiful little horseshoe-shaped bay
with clear water, fine coral and gently sloping beach. The entire
hass been taken over by a hotel conglomerate,
but some of the boat tours stop at the beach
For the ferry
schedule to Pangkor Island, please refer to Pan Silver Page