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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
LUMUT : Pulau Pangkor Island
 
 

PANGKOR ISLAND

 

Relax and rejuvenate at Perak?s tropical island getaways. Indulge in a romantic honeymoon, spa holiday, family vacation or an angling trip here, and you might just find yourself savouring every minute of it.

 

Situated just off the west coast of Perak in Peninsular Malaysia is one of the most enchanting islands you?ll ever come across. Pangkor has for centuries enthralled visitors with her charming beauty. In days of old, she was the refuge of seamen who sailed through the Straits of Malacca. Pangkor?s many idyllic bays made it the perfect stopover. Pirates, adventurers, merchants and soldiers of fortune sought the peace and tranquility she had to offer. In stark contrast to Malaysia?s fast-paced progress, Pangkor rocking gently on calm blue waters, Get closer to nature as you trek through virgin jungles. Or experience the warm, friendly hospitality of her people. Whichever you choose, Pangkor awaits you.

 

For centuries, Pangkor has been a welcome stopover for weary sea travelers, pirates and adventurers. At one time even ruled by European conquerors. Vet, as if oblivious to the ravages of war and conquest, her natural wonders have remained unscarred. Perhaps to conquer your heart. Pangkor today is a thriving tourist destination that somehow does not reflect her turbulent past. Visitors will be charmed by the serenity of her fishing villages, her small but bustling towns and her splendid selection of world-class holiday resorts.

 
 
TREASURES OF THE ISLAND
 

Nothing beats the wonderful offerings of Pangkor's pristine beaches. And after you?ve had enough of the beach, retreat into the cool shades of virgin jungles for a closer look at nature. There?s so much to do in Pangkor, so come discover at your own pace. If solitude amid quiet coves and untrodden bays is what you seek, then Tortoise Bay, Teluk Nipah, Teluk Dalam and Teluk Cempedak are the places to stay Marvelous for swimming or just basking in the sun, they offer complete privacy amid lush green surroundings. Teluk Nipah is particularly ideal for snorkelling and diving. As one of Pulau Pangkor?s sea parks, it is blessed with spectacular marine life and a vast coral reef.

 

Another snorkeling site with an extensive coral reef and shallow, crystal clear waters is Pantai Pasir Bogak. The largest and most popular destination on Pulau Pangkor, its large crescent-shaped beach and numerous shade trees also make it the idyllic spot for picnicking. Here you can find ample accommodation ranging from hotels, a government rest house to A-frame huts, to facilities for boating and fishing.

 

Pantai Puteri Dewi (Golden Sands Beach)

Water sports enthusiasts can indulge in their favourite activities here while beach lovers relax beneath the shade of casuarinas trees on this magnificent shoreline.

 

Pantai Pasir Bogak

The perfect spot for travelers who prefer more rugged accommodation. A-frame shelters for up to four people can be rented at a moderate rate.

 

Teluk Nipah

Designated one of Pangkor?s sea parks, it is blessed with a vast coral reef and spectacular marine life which makes snorkeling a must.

 

Fishing Villages

Don?t miss a visit to one of Pangkor?s quaint fishing villages to get a closer look at the lives of fishermen and their families.

 

 

 
KOTA BELANDA (DUTCH FORT)
 

This 300-year-old fort was once a Dutch stronghold against pirates and local Malays until a ferocious attack by the latter forced them out of Pangkor. In 1743, the fort was rebuilt and made a garrison for 60 Dutch soldiers. The fort was abandoned after it was attacked by a local Malay warrior, Panglima Kulub and his followers. The National Museum undertook reconstruction work on the foundations in 1973.

 
 
 
A PLEASURABLE STAY
 

Pangkor offers visitors a great selection of ultra-modern resorts complete with outdoor and indoor sports and other recreational facilities as well as smaller yet cosy hotels, bungalows and chalets. Most of the larger establishments are situated on the beachfront and offer you rooms with a splendid view. Pubs, discos and entertainment lounges are usually found here.

 
 
 
TASTY TREATS
 

Eating out is no problem as the island has a fair number of restaurants and eating places. Be sure not to miss a seafood treat at one of the many seafood restaurants. For those who prefer haute cuisine, most of the hotels have f&b outlets that serve a wide range of continental favourites in addition to a grand selection of exotic local fare.

 
 
 
MOVING AROUND
 

Buses and taxis are readily available on Pangkor for most part of the day. However, do check the fare before embarking on a ride as the taxis have no meters. Should you decide to opt for a more thrilling way to see the island and at the same time enjoy its crisp fresh breeze, there are several motorbike and bicycle rental agencies for you to choose from, You can also rent boats to go fishing or for a cruise.

 
 
 
GETTING THERE
 

 

Pangkor is a 40-minute ferry ride from Lumut, a coastal town which is about 84km. from lpoh in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia.

 
 
 

PEKAN PANGKOR

 

You will find the main town of Pangkor to be quaint, though a little crowded with its narrow streets lined on both sides with many shops, mostly groceries, stalls selling seafood snacks, and some eateries. The main towns restaurants mostly serve Chinese or Malay food while Western fare can commonly be found at hotels and resorts by the beaches on the opposite side of the island. Pangkor is ringed by a good road that takes you through the island?s populated places as well as to its beaches and panoramic hills. If you travel along this road towards the north, you will pass Through Sungai Pinang Besar and then Sungai Pinang Kecil, which are both small towns populated largely by fishing community of Chinese descent.

 

At Sungai Pinang Besar, there is a lovely Chinese temple, built by the hillside, commonly known as the Mini Great Wall or the Foo Lin Kong temple. This pretty Taoist temple has a nice garden partly built on a hillside and there is a miniature Great Wall of China, as well as 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac on its roof . Many tourists find the temple perfect for photography with its pretty statues of dragons, deities, phoenix, and pagodas, painted in sparkling gold, bright red, and jade colours. As you pass by both The Sungai Pinang towns, you will find that the community there enjoy relaxing by roadside coffee stalls, and chaffing, probably after a hard day at sea.

 
 
HILLS & ITS EXOTIC CREATURES
 

 

Further on, the road starts ascending as it cuts through the forested slopes of the Pangkor Hill. The air is still and moisture laden here and heavy with sounds of insects and birds. This hill and its thick forest is indeed home and refuge to numerous wild animals, namely the Hornbill. Flocks of Hornbills can be seen everywhere in Pangkor and they mostly roost on trees in the jungle here. The Lesser Hornbill is the most commonly seen in Pangkor and it is not as shy as its bigger cousin, the Giant Hornbill that originates from Borneo, which prefers hiding in the foliaged heights of tree tops. The Lesser Hornbill can be a cheeky bird, waiting to steal food that is left unattended. However, their staple diet consists of wild fruits and small reptiles.

 

Another common creature which can be a nuisance at resorts where they steal food and other stuff, are monkeys of the macaque specie. They come close to the hotel resorts, where they can be seen travelling in families of more then 20, but in the hillside, these creatures prefer to move in smaller groups. There are also other species on the hill especially the Silver Leaf Langur, and Gibbons, which eerie hooting calls is audible in the mornings and evenings. You may also chance upon the Common Monitor or the yellow and black banded mangrove Snake at the lower slopes that meet the sea. The monitor are very good swimmers and can be seen swimming among the rocks at the shore. More majestic and gliding in the sky is the White Bellied Sea Eagle. often seen swooping over the sea to snatch fish, or sea snakes that can be found here. Also sharing the sky and commonly seen is the Brahminy Kite.

 

 
REMNANTS FROM THE PAST
 

Teluk Gedung is the place where the island?s famed 17th century Dutch fort and the Batu Bersurat (inscribed rock), is located. Batu Sersurat, also known as Tiger Rock, is a huge granite boulder that measures about 10.7m long and 4.6m wide and stands at 4.3m tall. The rock is sheltered by a pavilion built recently, and is located close to the Dutch Fort. Inscriptions and sketches on the rock show the picture of a tiger carrying away a child. There are also sketches depicting leafs and Dutch and English words if Carlo 1743 on it. The story goes that the inscriptions were made by the Dutch soldiers during their occupation in the 17th century and it was to commemorate the disappearance of the son of a Dutch dignitary. The boy was said to be taken by a tiger.

 

However, locals say that the truth is, the boy was kidnapped by pirates and the Dutch were too ashamed to admit that Yet other stories say that the boy was killed by the locals who hated the ruling Dutch but they made up a story about the tiger Whatever the truth, the poor tiger was blamed for it all. The Dutch Fort was built in 1680 and its remnants is a reminder to the rule by the Dutch who were the first European colonials in Perak. The fort was build to protect the island from pirates and also to ward of repression from locals who hated the foreign rulers. Apart from that, the fort also served as a centre that saw the smooth regulation of traffic in the trading of tin and other goods from this state. Its not far from here to the main town in the island where the ferry terminal stands. Along the short distance, you will see several villages and schools before you reach the busy stretch of road that takes you to the main jetty.

 
 
 

TRANQUIL SANDY BEACHES

 

The first seaside resort that you will see when you descend the ring road out of the forested hill, is the Teluk Rubiah Beach Resort with its signature red tiled roof chalets. There is a beach close to the resort but its not the favourite one in the island. The road branches off after the resort, with one lesser road heading straight on to the plush Pangkor Island Beach Resort, which boasts the lovely Pantai Puteri Dewi, also called the Pantai Emas beach.

 

This is one of the most popular resorts in the island especially among holidaymakers from Europe, Australia, Middle East and even Japan. Back on the ring road, after the Pangkor Island Beach Resort turnoff, you will head on towards the first good beach that can be freely accessed by all. Its the Teluk Nipah beach, which is wide and gently sloping with fine cream coloured sand.

 

There are several chalets and resorts here, mostly budget and there are also several food stalls as well. This is a quieter beach then Pasir Bogak, which is further down where all the hype takes place. However, many tourists still come here to sunbath and enjoy the tranquility. Few visitors are aware that at the northern end of this beach beyond the huge rocks that seem to mark its border, is another smaller but quieter beach that is locally known as Coral Bay. Some people also call it Monkey Bay, probably because there are so many primates here. Its actually the best beach in the island in my opinion with its clear emerald-green water, probably due to the presence of limestone there. There is also an old Chinese temple by this beach.

 

As you leave Teluk Nipah beach and head towards the crescent-shaped Pasir Bogak beach, you are close to completing the circle tour There are more resorts here facing the sea and the choice of room standard ranges from plush to budget and there are even camping facilities. The beach here has white sand and it is the largest and most popular stretch of sand at the island. There are many shady trees providing idyllic picnic spots under the shadeS The water is shallow and clear, offering visitors with many hours of fun.

 

The beach here gets crowded on weekends and you will see families and groups, swimming, picnicking, boating, sailing, or kiting. There are many eateries here and shops selling beachwear and souvenirs. Close to the Puteri Bayu Beach Resort are popular Chinese and Malays seafood restaurants, mainly operating at night and recommended by the locals. The food is excellent and cheap.

 

Pasir Bogak also has many water sports operators who rent out sea sports facilities for boating, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, rafting, and scuba diving at Pulau Sembilan. Not far from Pasir Bogak, parted by about one km of sea is the ultra-luxurious Pangkor Laut, reputed to be among the best resorts in the world. Its sometimes called Malaysia?s Fantasy Island as the resort occupies a small island that is about less then 50 ha in size. This dream resort on a tiny dreamy island has three lovely beaches. One called the Emerald Bay is a fine place to swim and sunbathe. Coral Beach is a scuba divers haven with pretty coral gardens and attractive marine life. Royal bay is where the sailing and skiing activities are done.

 

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LUMUT : Pulau Pangkor Island
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA