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.
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.