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Pangkor Island
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Pangkor Island Destination Guide

Across the Manjung Straits opposite Lumut is a bustling fishing village on Pulau Pangkor, the largest of nine islands in a small group of islands. The name Pangkor might have originated from the Thai word Pang Ko meaning 'beautiful island'.

However, others believe it might have been named after Pang Kui, a legendary Chinese adventurer said to have lent his skills in seamanship to bands of pirates this island once sheltered.

Pangkor, with its quaint mix of fishing settlements and resorts, is a fascinating holiday destination. It presents the visitor the rare chance to live near fishermen and observe their lifestyle, or to simply enjoy the fine beaches and resort amenities.

The fishermen live in scattered settlements on the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik. Visitors get a chance to see some of them on the 40-minute ferry ride from Lumut as the ferry stops at the main settlements of Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar before landing at Pangkor Town.

Pangkor's two popular beach areas of Pasir Bogak and Teluk Nipah offer sun and sea enthusiasts activities like scuba diving, Snorkeling, wind-surfing and fishing. While Pasir Bogak is quite developed, Teluk Nipah still retains its kampung, or village, atmosphere.

The island has accommodations to suit every budget and visitors can hire vans and motorbikes for island sightseeing. Food is available in most locations around the island and there are some good seafood restaurants in Pangkor Town itself.

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, parking space are available here and Lumut town offers regular ferry services to Pangkor Island.

Parking: Public parking costs RM5 per day. Display coupons can be purchased at many shops along Jalan Sultan Idris Shah in Lumut.

View Lumut Jetty in a larger map

By Coach
Public transport are available from Kuala Lumpur to Lumut and from Lumut to Kuala Lumpur.

By Ferry
Pangkor is a 40 minutes ferry ride from Lumut. There are departures every half hour from 7am to 8pm.

From Lumut, there are ferries taking passengers across to Pulau Pangkor for about RM6 one way.

Moving Around
You can take a bus, taxi or even hire a motorbike great for some nice biking or motorbiking around. Bicycles and motorbikes can be rented in Pangkor Town or in the hotels.

Place of interest
Pangkor Town
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.

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.

Pasir Bogak Beach
This narrow stretch of white sand is one of the most popular spots for tourists from the mainland and gets crowded during holiday seasons and weekends. There are shallow, crystal clear waters and areas of still unspoilt coral reefs for Snorkeling enthusiasts.

Teluk Ketapang
North of Pasir Bogak is Teluk Ketapang, or Turtle Bay, where the turtles make an annual pilgrimage to lay their eggs. The best months for turtle watching are between May and July.

Nipal Bay

Teluk Nipah further north has a wider beach and is less crowded. It is a beautiful strip of beach, and at a place known as Coral Bay, the water is a beautiful emerald green.

Pantai Puteri Dewi
This beautiful beach paradise was named Pantai Puteri Dewi (Beach of Lovely Princess). Pangkor Island Beach Resort (formerly Pan Pacific Pangkor Island) has a prime location along this stretch of beach and offers elegant rooms and facilities, including a sports complex and a golf course. There are some wildlife to be found here, including monkeys, lizards and hornbills.

Pangkor Laut
On the nearby island of Pulau Pangkor Kecil is the Pangkor Laut Resort, an international standard resort. The beach at Emerald Bay is touted as one of the best Malaysian beaches.

Fu Lin Kong Chinese Temple
Your trip is not complete without a visit to the temple. You can see the mini Great Wall of China here.

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