Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island is a un-spoilt tropical island halfway between Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia, with white sandy beaches and emerald green waters. Pangkor promises a deeply relaxing holiday under the tropical sun.

Highlights

  • Sun baking on the beach or explore the nearby islands
  • Dine at one of the many beachside seafood restaurants
  • Relax and indulge at the exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort
  • Rent a motorbike and go around the island freely

The name Pangkor may have originated from the Thai word Pang Ko meaning ‘beautiful island’. However others believe it may have been a memorial to Pang Kui, a legendary Chinese adventurer said to have lent his skills in seamanship to the bands of pirates this island once sheltered

Pangkor island’s main attractions are undoubtedly the wonderful offering of its pristine beaches on the western coastline. Named after a legendary princess, Golden Sands Beach or Pantai Puteri Dewi is one of the most popular beaches on the island. Located on the northwest of Pangkor this 1.2km stretch boasts warm turquoise waters fringed with tall swaying coconut palms. The beach here is ideal for sunbathing and recreational activities such as bird watching.

Pasir Bogak Beach, a snorkeling site with an extensive reef and shallow waters, faces the channel between Pangkor Island and Pangkor Laut. Here, visitors can enjoy a kayak run or the simple pleasure of beachcombing. Teluk Nipah is where tourists can enjoy both solitude and excitement by the beach. Take in the soothing lush greenery or browse the open air stalls by the beach.

A walk across to Giam Island at low tide will reward you with a treasure trove of marine life.  Head to Pulau Sembilan group of islands, 27 km south of Pangkor for a superb diving experience. The nine islands are uninhabited with and abundance of colourful marine life.

HOW TO GET THERE

Lumut jetty is approximately 3-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Pangkor Island is a 15-minute ferry ride from Lumut Jetty. There are departures every half hour.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Although November to February is the monsoon season, Pangkor Island generally escapes the worst of the wet and squally weather. So, its not a problem to visit Pangkor during the this rainy season because Pulau Pangkor, a perfect island that’s far away from the monsoon depression.

For the rest of the year, its quite dry but very humid. Temperatures average balmy 32°C or 90°F.

ACCOMMODATION

Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Laut is a world- renowned tropical island destination. A 20 minute ride from Pangkor Island, it boasts one of the finest beaches in the Strait of Malacca. Pangkor Laut houses and exclusive resort named after the island.

Pangkor Laut Resort was rated as the ‘best among the best’ by Conde Nast Traveller in 2003. Actress Joan Collins and renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti have graced the resort.

You will find no other resorts in Pangkor Laut – just secluded bays curled around pristine beaches, evening skies woven with colour, and a deep sense of serenity. A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness woven together to produce an environment where peace and magically memorable moments are the currency.

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