Our little trip to Malaysia continues - after Penanga arrived on the island of Pangkor for a couple of days. Pulau Pangkor translates as "beautiful island." This very small island is located on the west coast of Malaysia just a couple of kilometers from the mainland, so getting here is simple, quick and inexpensive, unlike overloaded tourists Phi Phi, Koh Chang in Thailand, Langkawi in Malaysia.
Despite its accessibility, this place has retained some rustic charm and tranquility. And we were in the off-season even in the middle of the week, so we felt complete relaxation :-) There are still no major chain hotels, taxi drivers do not bother tourists, and at 8 pm silence is broken only by the sounds of the jungle, and by rare passing cars and bikes. Once this place was a haven for fishermen and pirates, as well as an important stronghold in the Strait of Malacca.
A very small island opposite Pangkor
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The coastline is built up literally 100 meters deep, and in many places it looks like this: beach, road, impassable jungle. Everything. Interesting rhinoceros with funny beaks live in the surrounding forests. They fly to feed directly on the hotel lawn or on the table in the cafe. Well, we’ll tell you more about them below. Even monkeys came to our courtyard, that is, you live really in the real jungle, but with some comfort. The monkeys generally behaved decently, but on the last night they emptied all the trash in our resort :-)
Orienteering on the island
Boats sail to the east side to the small town of Pangkor. From it there is a road west to the opposite coast, first passing through the village of Pasir Bogak, then to the beaches of Teluk Nipah and Coral Beach. Then the road leads to the airport and returns in a circle to the city of Pangkor through the villages of Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar.
How to get to Pangkor?
It is not surprising, but on such a small island there is an airport that is served by the Berjaya Air airline, which operates Kuala Lumpur Pangkor flights three times a week, costing from 200 RM (about $ 50 at the rate for February 2016).
On the boat
The coastal town of Lumut (Lumut) is the main point for access to Pangkor. Here, right next to the bus station, there is a pier, from where large speedboats leave for the island, somewhat similar to "Rocket" (we used to go along rivers).
First they stop at the Sungai Pinang Kecil pier in the village of the same name, you do not need to go out there, you need to go to the next one, in the town of Pangkor.
The fare is 10 RM ($ 2.5) round trip, and boats run every 30-45 minutes depending on the time of day from morning to evening. When you purchase a ticket, they will give you a piece of paper with a schedule of boats, so that they arrive back on time and do not have to wait for the next.
The expensive hotels Pangkor Island Beach Resort and Pangkor Laut Resort (on the island of Pangkor Laut) have their own piers, which can also be reached from Lumut.
How to get to Lumut?
You can get to Lumut by bus from various cities of Malaysia, for example:
Kuala Lumpur - 4 hours, 25 RM.
Butterworth (Penang) - 3.5 hours, 15-19 RM.
Ipoh (for transplanting at Cameron Highlands) - 2.5 hours 8-10 RM.
Singapore - 9 hours, 55-60 RM.
Transport on the island
To get from the pier to the beaches on the opposite west bank, it is most convenient to catch a pink minibus, of which there are plenty. The usual price to Teluk Nipah beach is 15-20 RM per car, the four of us drove and paid 5 RM each, so it would be useful to meet someone along the way :-)
To ride around the island you can rent a bike (30 RM per day) or a mountain bike (15 RM per day). There are many ups and downs on the road, but the asphalt is good, and the traffic is small, so it’s a pleasure to drive here.
Pangkor Live Landmark
There are several beaches on Pangkor, but for a good rest and swimming it is best to go to the western part of the island.
Pasir Bogak Beach It is located just a few minutes drive from the pier in the village of the same name. Tourism began on it in Pangkor, which is why it is here that a large selection of housing and a relatively developed infrastructure. Pasir Bogak is a rather long crescent-shaped beach with pleasant sand and sea. Now there is quite active coastal development in large buildings - this is of course a minus. We arrived apparently in the off-season, so I did not meet the people at all!
Teluk Nipah Beach during our visit was more lively, although many public institutions were closed. There are several budget guesthouses and resorts, as well as more expensive hotels, as well as cafes and restaurants from simple to decent. The beach itself is rather narrow, but overhanging trees create a pleasant shadow. Locals offer various water activities: diving, jet skis, snorkeling and more.
Beach Coral Beach. Everyone goes swimming here, because this is perhaps the best beach in Pangkor - wide, with white sand and clear water in the sea. Nearby there are also several simple resorts and cafes, water activities. It is especially pleasant to come here early in the morning, when the sea is simply charming and serene calm.
Beach Coral Beach
Pantai Puteri Devi Beach, as I understand it, it belongs to the luxurious resort of Pangkor Island Beach Resort, it may be closed, but check this if necessary.
What to see on the island?
In addition to a beach holiday on the island, there are several points of interest.
On the east coast is a large-scale Chinese temple Fu Lin Kong with a small copy of the Great Wall of China. There, on the east coast, look at fishing villages and ships.
Fu Lin Kong Temple
A little south of the city of Pangkor there are the ruins of an old Dutch fort.
Remains of a Dutch fort
You can also go kayaking, diving, snorkeling and do not forget to feed the rhinoceros birds. Every day opposite Sunset View Chalet at 6-30 p.m., a local peasant brings them food and gives everyone to feed the birds with their hands. All this is absolutely free. Despite their impressive beak, they are very neat and even delicate! The oldest and most experienced bird is not afraid to sit among people and eat impudently out of the box with papaya. The rest must be thrown to catch on the fly.
Uncle feeds birds every day
The first mention of Pangkor dates back to several centuries ago, when it was chosen by fishermen, merchants and pirates. In the 17th century, the Dutch built a fort here to control the tin trade in the state of Perak and to protect themselves from the Siamese troops. It is quite well preserved to this day and is the main attraction of Pangkor.
The English colonial period began in 1874, although it did not leave any special trace in history. It was then that the modern name was established, which translates as “Beautiful Island”.
Tourists have appeared recently, so nature is well preserved here and there are not a large number of hotels.
Why go to Pangkor
The main feature of Pangkor is that the island is both easily accessible and secluded. This combination is no longer on the west coast of Malaysia. Of course, in the east there are also wilder islands (Tioman, for example), but traveling there is much longer and more expensive.
Another feature is the combination of privacy and clean beaches with a fairly well-developed infrastructure in the form of hotels, paved roads, transport, restaurants and some interesting sights. In fact, it is almost the only resort in Malaysia where such a balance is maintained.
For example, there is too much infrastructure on Penang - there are a lot of skyscrapers, cars on the roads and people on the beaches, plus water in the sea leaves much to be desired. There are almost no skyscrapers in Langkawi, but there are plenty of people on the two most popular beaches, plus this is the country's most expensive resort. The other extreme is observed on the east coast. On the same “wild” Tioman there are almost no paved roads and, accordingly, movement between the beaches is difficult. To do this, use an expensive water taxi, trips on which can ruin.
Entertainment there is also zero. It is good only for doing nothing on the beach, diving and snorkeling. If this bores you, then your choice is Pangkor Island. There you can at least rent a motorbike and see all the beaches and attractions, spending a little more than $ 10 on it.
The island of Pangkor, whose name translates as "beautiful", is located northwest of the mainland of Malaysia between the popular resort of Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Malay is recognized as the official language, but many residents speak English well, which was promoted by the long domination of the British Empire in Malaysian territory. Over the past decade, Pangkor authorities have been actively involved in the development of the tourism industry on the island, but fishing is still the main engine of the economy.
Most of the population (about 30,000 people) are Malays and indigenous people, but you can also find Chinese and Indians here. Since Malaysia is very tolerant of religious issues, representatives of various religious movements live on Pangkor. Although Islam is considered the official religion, practiced by about 53% of the population, many Buddhists, Christians and Hindus live on the island, as well as followers of Taoism and Confucianism.
Tourism infrastructure and prices
The island of Pangkor in Malaysia does not belong to those resorts where there are ubiquitous crowds of tourists everywhere, and nightlife rages non-stop. This is a secluded place that cannot boast an abundance of luxury hotels and an avalanche of entertainment. However, one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia is ready to provide its visitors with all the necessary conditions for organizing a decent vacation.
Several modern hotels have been built at different points on the island, and you can also find many budget guest houses here. So, thrifty travelers have the opportunity to stay overnight at a hotel for only $ 15 (for two). On average, the price in the budget segment ranges from $ 20 to $ 45 per night, but more luxurious hotels with a spa, gym and golf course will cost $ 120 - $ 200 per day.
Food and drink
Pangkor cannot be called a center of culinary delights, but the island has many restaurants and cafes where you can have a tasty and inexpensive lunch. Since fishing is developed here, many establishments offer an extensive menu with seafood, where you can taste dishes from crab, squid, shrimp, oysters, sea bass, etc. There are also restaurants specializing in Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes.
To fully enjoy the exotic of Malaysia, you should also try the local cuisine, among the main dishes of which are rice cooked in coconut milk and seasoned with nuts, fish curry, and, of course, rice noodles with vegetables and shellfish. Local salads made from exotic fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy drinks such as freshly squeezed juices and coconut milk deserve special attention.
So that you won’t be tormented by the question of where to eat at Pangkor, we offer you our own selection of the most worthy restaurants for visiting:
Uncle Lim’s Kitchen
- Uncle Lim’s Kitchen
- Fisherman’s Cove
- Nipah Deli Steamboat & Noodle House
- Island One Cafe & Bakery
- "Daddy’s cafe"
The average check for lunch at a local cafe will be $ 10-12. A glass of beer or a cocktail in a restaurant will cost you $ 2.5, water - $ 0.50.
There is no public transport on the island, so moving on it is possible only by taxi or by rented bike or car. Taxi on the island is a minibus painted pink. The cost of a trip on this transport is $ 5, but if you find travel companions, you can divide this cost in half.
An alternative to a taxi can be a rented car or a scooter. The minimum price for renting a car per day is $ 20. Scooter is a more popular and less expensive means of transportation on Pangkor, the rent of which for a day will cost on average $ 7.
Some travelers prefer to rent mountain bikes: after all, unlike Kuala Lumpur and other major cities in Malaysia, the traffic on the island is not so intense, and the roads themselves are in good condition. You can rent a bike for only $ 3.5 per day.
At Pangkor, it’s good not only to have a carefree vacation, but also to explore the territory, get acquainted with local animals and vegetation. What can you do on an island in Malaysia?
Catch the fish with your own hands and grill it - what could be nicer? Local fishermen will help you get to your favorite fishing areas for a small fee. Here you can fish with a net, fishing rod and spinning rod. Tackles for every taste are sold right on the beach.
From the Pasir Bogak beach, the famous trail opens leading to the uncharted nature of the rainforest with its hills and panoramic views of the countryside. Here you can watch animals and birds, explore new plants.
Locals offer tourists to go on a tour to explore the underwater world of the island. It also offers windsurfing and kayaking.
Any traveler has the opportunity to swim around Pangkor and visit the islands adjacent to it. To do this, it is enough to rent a boat, rent of which will cost $ 20-25 per hour.
Thus, on the island of Pangkor all the necessary conditions are created that can ensure a good rest. Children here will also be quite interested: even such an unpretentious event as feeding rhinoceros birds will leave in their memory the most vivid memories.
There are about a dozen beaches in Pangkor, for which most tourists come here. Getting to them will not be difficult, but not all of them can please you with clean waters and white sand, so it is important to study the most worthwhile options in advance. A lot of villages are concentrated on the eastern coast of the island, the inhabitants of which are fishing, respectively, and the water with sand there is quite dirty and not suitable for tourists.
The western coastline is considered more favorable for recreation, where in addition to clear water and clean sand, water activities for visitors are also provided (rental of water bikes, snorkeling, etc.). The good news is that most of the time the beach areas are empty. Only on holidays and weekends are they filled with Malays who come from the continent to relax with their family. What beaches are worth visiting at Pangkor? Among them:
You can get to it in just a few minutes from the pier of the village of the same name. It is considered the most favorite place to relax on the island because of its proximity to the city. The sand here is white, the water is clear, but slightly unclear, which was a consequence of the popularity of the place. Along the beach there are several shops where you will cook shrimp and squid on the grill. Pasir Bogak offers a wide range of water activities, from kayak rentals to diving tours.
It is considered the most beautiful beach of the island, it will delight the traveler with its clear water and white sand. Teluk Nipah is quite narrow, but palm trees and trees growing on its banks give a cool shadow and the same exotic atmosphere. There are also several cafes and restaurants, and locals offer water activities.
You can get here in 10 minutes from neighboring Teluk Nipaha. It has become the best beach in Pangkor due to its wide coastal zone, crystal clear water and white sand. At the same time, it is quite calm and serene, there are few tourists, so Coral Bay is great for solitude with nature.
It is located about two kilometers south of Teluk Nipah, which can be reached from here in 30 minutes by leisurely step. Usually this beach is empty, because there are no hotels nearby, but it is worth visiting at least in order to meet a rare species of leathery turtles, after which the area itself was named (Teluk Ketapang - “turtle bay”). This is a beautiful and clean corner with clear water, but very underestimated by tourists.
You can go to Pangkor at any time, because its equatorial climate provides hot weather all year round. Although the period from November to February is considered the rainy season, in reality precipitation may not occur for several days in a row, so be sure to plan a vacation for these months.
The average temperature during the day is at least 31 ° C, and at night the heat gives way to pleasant air cooling to 25 ° C. Pangkor has a rather high humidity, which varies from 70-90% depending on the time of year. The island is not characterized by any natural disasters and inclement weather.
|Month||Daytime average temperature||Average temperature at night||Water temperature||Number of sunny days||Daylength||Number of rainy days|
|January||31.5 ° C||26 ° C||29 ° C||16||11,8||11|
|February||31.7 ° C||26 ° C||29 ° C||19||11,9||9|
|March||32 ° C||27 ° C||30 ° C||22||12||10|
|April||33 ° C||28 ° C||30 ° C||21||12,3||10|
|May||33.4 ° C||28 ° C||30.4 ° C||17||12,4||10|
|June||33.5 ° C||28 ° C||30 ° C||22||12,4||5|
|July||33,3||27 ° C||30 ° C||21||12,3||7|
|August||33 ° C||27 ° C||29.8 ° C||19||12,2||10|
|September||32 ° C||27 ° C||29.7 ° C||13||12,1||10|
|October||32 ° C||27 ° C||29.5 ° C||14||12||16|
|November||31.7 ° C||27 ° C||29.5 ° C||6||12||19|
|December||31 ° C||26.5 ° C||29.5 ° C||10||11,9||16|
How to get to Pangkor from Kuala Lumpur
Pangkor is located north of Kuala Lumpur, and the distance between them in a straight line is about 170 km. Although the island has a small Pangkor Airport, it currently does not accept regular flights from Kuala Lumpur and other cities in Malaysia and only serves private flights (information for January 2018). However, you can get to Pangkor not only by air, but also by land.
The best and cheapest option to get to Pangkor from Kuala Lumpur will be such transport as a long-distance bus. In order to get to the island, first you need to get to the port city of Lumut, from where the ferry to Pangkor leaves all day. The fare from Kuala Lumpur to Lumut by bus will be $ 7, and the trip itself will take about 4 hours.
The bus from Kuala Lumpur leaves from KL Sentral and Pudu Sentral stations and disembarks its passengers in Lumut near the pier, from which the ferry leaves for the island. Ferries from Lumut to Pangkor depart every half hour from 7.00 to 20.30, the fare is $ 1.2, and the journey time is 45 minutes. Upon arrival to the island, you can use the services of a pink minibus (taxi), which will take you to the hotel you need for $ 4-5.
If, traveling in Malaysia, you decide to go to Pangkor from Kuala Lumpur and you have a rented bike, then you can also get to Lumut, and then take a ferry to the island with a scooter. The vessel does not officially transport vehicles, but for a nominal fee ($ 3-5) the team will load your scooter on board. Of course, to get from Kuala Lumpur to the ferry, you can take a taxi, but this is a very expensive option ($ 180).
If you are in search of the pristine beauty of exotic open spaces not touched by human civilization, go to the island of Pangkor (Malaysia). This exotic place is always ready to receive new seekers of unique sensations.
Ator: Catherine Unal
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Our plane landed in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur at 18.00 local time. Passing customs and baggage took about two hours and exit! Here we again breathed the peculiar and unforgettable air of Malaysia! But before going to the hotel, it was necessary to exchange money in the exchanger. At the airport, exchanging a large amount is not worth it - the rate is lower than in the city. On the day of our arrival, the exchange rate at the airport was 3.9 ringits for one US dollar, and at exchange offices in Kuala Lumpur-4.15. Therefore, they exchanged $ 50, which is enough to pay for travel, hotel deposits, dinner and breakfast.
From the airport you can get by express train, bus and taxi. We traveled by bus to KL Sentra l (one of the final destinations where buses and high-speed trains go) for about an hour, the fare for one passenger is 10 ringit (for some reason, the way back cost 12 ringit).
The hotel was at the beginning of the tenth. The hotel is located very close to the bus station, you need to go through the shopping center (the hotel is on the day of arrival and departure, you chose the location next to the shopping center, you can buy everything you need, there are exchange offices).
Exchange offices close at 21.00 and open at 10.00. Therefore, in the morning we had time to walk around the “Little India” quarter, which is located nearby. On the whole, they didn’t see anything special: shops with Indian souvenirs, fabrics, saris ...
Road to pangkor
After exchanging money, we went to the TBS bus station, which is located about fifteen kilometers from the city center. We went by taxi, payment on the counter 27 ringit.
We bought tickets to the city of Lumut, where ferries depart for the island of Pangkor. The cost of a ticket per person is 27 ringit with "pennies." Buses are very comfortable, air-conditioned. The seats are much more comfortable than in an airplane. About five hours and we are in Lumut.
Berth in Lumut
Two hundred meters to the ferry station, we buy ferry tickets - the cost per person is 14 ringit round trip and on the way to Pangor !. From the ferry, beautiful views and 30-40 minutes fly by quickly. There is no public transport in Pangkor, so we go to the hotel by taxi, which is a minibus for 6-8 seats. The fare is fixed and depends on the distance. There are eight kilometers to our hotel - 16 ringit per car.
Here we are at our hotel. Last time we also stayed in it. Anjungan Beach Resort is the best hotel on the Coral Beach!
Near the jungle, to the beach three hundred meters along a scenic road. Here, guaranteed access to the terrace of your room with monkeys, toucans! Toucans are amazing birds that are an attraction of the island! By the way, every day at 18.00, on the next street, the owner of one of the hotels feeds toucans and everyone has the opportunity to feed these amazing birds! Impressions are not forgotten - on the fly birds take bananas from outstretched hands!
Coral beach is one of the most remote from the ferry station. Therefore, it is not crowded. Most vacationers happen from Friday evening to Sunday evening, when locals come to spend the weekend. But even these days you don’t have to look for a place to stay on the beach. A beach with clean white sand, the entrance to the water is convenient both at high tide and low tide.
Yes, there are no sunbeds and all that is inherent in the beaches of untwisted resorts. But here you will find silence, tranquility and a feeling of unity with the outside world. Lying in the shade of sprawling trees, watching how crabs run along the beach - this is what we went to Pangkor for! Pangkor has many small beaches, on which there are no vacationers at all.
We were on two, though one of them had to make our way along the path through the jungle. But it was worth it - the feeling that you are on a desert island! The views are simply amazing - huge boulders, a white sandy beach, emerald water and no one around.
Sunset at Pangkor
About sunsets in Pangkor should be discussed separately. You can watch the sun gradually go into the sea, highlighting the clouds, you can at least a thousand times! And each time it will be a new vivid experience! But it’s better to see it with your own eyes, because no story will convey all the charm of what he saw ...
Unfortunately, the influence of civilization did not pass the island - there are a lot of places where garbage dumps, plastic bottles and other objects of human activity nailed to the beaches by the sea. Alas…
The hotel stay was with breakfast. It remains to decide where to have lunch and dinner. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel there are three cafe-restaurants: Asian cuisine, Indian and European. There are also many roadside cafes with local dishes and seafood, which are most active from Friday to Sunday and are aimed at locals and come for the weekend.
We chose Deddy’s cafe for ourselves. This cafe is located directly on the Coral Beach, tables are located directly on the sand about fifty meters from the surf zone.
The choice of dishes is as follows: European cuisine, represented mainly by chicken dishes, grilled dishes, seafood, local dishes. The cafe is very tasty fresh at a price of 8 ringit. The average bill per person: the second dish is 15-30 ringit, with fresh, ice cream or dessert from 30 to 50 ringit. There is a selection of alcoholic cocktails at a price of 20-25 ringit. The food and cocktails are delicious, the portions are large! The prices in the cafe are about two times higher than in the roadside ones, but the atmosphere of Deddy’s cafe, a large selection of dishes and a beautiful presentation are worth it to pay more! Sitting at a table in the noise of the surf, which could be better for a pleasant meal!
Who should go to Pangkor Island?
Pangkor Island is not for those who want a vibrant nightlife - here it simply is not. It is also not suitable for shoppers: besides magnets and knitwear with island symbols, there is nothing to buy here. But for us to come here is like exclusive tours to Russia for foreigners.
So, the days of communication with nature, admiring the sunsets, peace and quiet are behind. The time has come to return to the world of a developed civilization.