Pangkor Island is in Perak, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, about 100 km west of Ipoh and halfway between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Pangkor Island is a resort island in Manjung District, Perak. It has a population of approximately 25,000. Nearby islands include Pangkor Laut Island, Talang Island, Giam Island, and Mentagor Island. Pangkor Island is one of the tourist destination in Malaysia.
Although Pangkor is less well-known than Penang, Langkawi, and Tioman. Perak state government is making efforts to promote it as one of Malaysia’s main tourist destinations. For the locals the island is famous for the beaches such as Teluk Nipah, Coral Bay, Teluk Belanda and Pasir Bogak It is a popular local resort and can get very crowded at weekends and on public holidays. It has some of the west coast’s prettiest and most tranquil beaches, authentic Malaysian fishing villages that have changed little in 50 years, and some great local food (especially the seafood).
How To Get There
- By Air
Berjaya Air provides thrice weekly flights from Pangkor Airport to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Kuala Lumpur. Flights depart every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
- By Ferry
Public ferries depart from Lumut to Pangkor Island from the old Lumut jetty, the nearby Lumut waterfront, the Lumut bus terminal, and the multi-storey car park. The ferry services start from 7.00am till 8.30pm, about every 20 minutes (RM10 return ticket).
There are two stops at the east side of Pangkor Island. The first stop is at Sungai Pinang, SPK jetty. Its mainly for local residents, fishing-people, and guests for some guesthouses and homestay tourists. The second stop is at Pangkor Town Jetty, where shops and government buildings exist nearby.
- By Road
Pangkor Island is a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur and is accessible through the Simpang Pulai–Lumut 4-lane dual carriage highway and the West Coast Expressway. Buses arrive frequently at the main jetties in Lumut. There are no bridges connecting the island to the mainland because there exists a policy to control the number of vehicles on the island to prevent road congestion. There are no public bus services to the Marina.
- Delima Chalet
- Purnama Beach Resort
- Nipah Bay Villa
- Ombak Inn
- Seagull Beach Village Resort
- Mid Range
- Anjungan Resort Pangkor
- Pangkor Bay View Resort
- Coral Bay Resort
- Puteri Beach Resort
- Seaview Hotel
- Pangkor Island Beach Resort
Interesting Places / Attractions
- Pangkor Fishing Villages
On the east side of Pangkor Island there are three fishing villages facing the mainland: Sungai Pinang Kecil, Sungai Pinang Besar and Kampong Teluk Kecil. In fact it’s a long strip of villages that continues to Pangkor Town. Although the villages are small they are interesting to visit. Many of the houses are traditional and some are build in the sea on stakes.
- Marina Island Pangkor
- Pangkor Town
The main town on Pangkor Island, is located on the east coast. It is a small town and only have one street. There’s a range of souvenir shops, dried seafood shops, coffee shops and few restaurants along the street. Some of the best food you will find in the local stalls. One of the favorites choice for breakfast among the local and visitors, is the restaurant opposite of the Kheng Hai Chuan Fishery shop, to be recognised by the bird nests attached to the name board.
- Dutch Fortat Teluk Gudang
- Fu Lin Gong Temple and Mini Greatwall
The owner keeps some monkeys in small rusty and dirty cages. The poor animals look very ill and show behavioral disorders. Pure animal cruelty.
- Batu Bersurat(inscribed stone)
Also known as Tiger Rock due to the etching found on this huge granite boulder. The rock measures about 10.7 m long and 4.6 m wide and stands at 4.3 m tall, and today, there is a pavillion built to shelter it. Batu bersurat is located close to the Dutch Fort, in Pangkor Island.
- Kali Amman Temple
While you are in Sungai Pinang Kecil, you might visit the Kali Amman Temple. This is the largest and the only Indian temple of any significance on the island. It is noted as one of the two Indian temples in Malaysia that have the entrance the shrine of the goddess Kali, facing the sea. The other is located on Penang Island. The temple has a short staircase that descends to the sea where worshippers are required to cleanse themselves before entering the hall for worship.
- Traditional Boat Building visit the hand crafted fishing boat building with amazing skills.
- Pulau Sembilan the fishing haven with 13 islands to hunt for all kinds of fishes.
- Pulau Jarak the best diving island in Pangkor region. The water here is crystal clear up to 20 m for 70% of the year.
Pangkor Island is primarily a fishing and tourist town which shares many of common cultural attributes with Perak and Peninsular Malaysia. Before the tourism industry flourished, this island was primarily a fishing village. However, after the growth of tourism, many Malaysian of Chinese and Indian ancestry came here which added diversity to this place. Since the Malay of Muslim, most of the important Islamic religious event and celebrated here. Chinese and Hindu festivals are also celebrated on the island owing to its sizeable population of both ethnicities. As far as cuisine on the island is concerned, it primarily revolves around seafood. However appearances can be deceiving, so don’t judge a small and run-down food shack as this could be where you taste the best local delicacy.
Night life in Pangkor Island is pretty much limited to the beach and restaurants. The beach front is really the prime nightspot of Pangkor Island, with a seafood BBQ area for open – air dining served by a series of restaurant and bistros that line its side.
- Pangkor Coral Bay Resort Package
- 2D1N Fullboard Sandy Vacation Deal
- Pangkor Sea View Package by bus
- 3D2N Pangkor Laut Resort