Island In The Sun. Hep Hep.
25.08.2006 - 28.08.2006 28 °C
The Jetty in Lumut
The Jetty in Pangkor
Pulau Pangkor is a good place to relax if you like sunsets, history, beaches, seafood, snorkelling and fishing. Internationally, Pangkor is famous for Pangkor Laut Resort, the super high class resort which is the Italian tenor, Pavarotti's favorite getaway.
People get to Pangkor mainly using the ferry service from Lumut. The tickets are cheap as the ferry companies seem to fight for customers all the time. It can get ugly sometimes. The trip take less than an hour. Another way of reaching Pangkor is by air from KL's Subang airport using Berjaya Air. The tickets are really expensive. It's better to drive to Lumut from wherever you are, park your car at the spaces provided and get on the ferry to Pangkor. It's a great experience.
Pangkor local kids
Pangkor is a relatively small island. You can get around by motorcyle or bicycle which you can rent, on your own foot or if you're lazy enough you can take those pink minivan taxis. Basic stuff such as ATM machines and Internet are readily available. Good food can be found anywhere especially at Teluk Nipah. If you love seafood you should try out Restoran Seafood No. 1. Finger-licking-good seafood, trust me.
Stalls at Teluk Nipah
The beaches here are much better than in Langkawi. Pasir Bogak beach is the most famous and crowded. The beach at Teluk Nipah is much wider and provides more activities including snorkelling, jet-skiing and fishing. Plus, there're a lot of good food stalls around. Other beaches include Coral Bay (the best beach on the island), Teluk Ketapang (they say you can watch turtle lay eggs here if you're lucky), Pantai Puteri Dewi (you need to pay RM40 to access this beach unless you're staying at Pan Pacific Resort) and Emerald Bay at the exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort.
Accommodation wouldn't be a problem as there are plenty of places to stay ranging from budget hotels to exclusive 5 star resorts. If you like birds like i do, you can find Hornbills everywhere. Other place of interest include Foo Lin Kong temple, Kota Belanda (Dutch Fort, Batu Bersurat and those seafood factories (dry fish etc). Overall, Pangkor is good for a short stay (less than a week) i guess as you'll probably get bored if you stay too long.
NB: Some photographs appear 'hazy' here. Somehow for this Pangkor trip i forgot to bring my polarizing filter and lens hood.