According to legend, the name Pangkor originates 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’s main attractions are undoubtedly the wonderful offerings of its pristine beaches on the western coastline.
Pasir Bogak Beach, a snorkelling site with an extensive reef and shallow waters, faces the channel between Pangkor and Pangkor Laut. Located near Pangkor town, this popular destination is a favourite haunt for picnickers due to its shady trees. 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.
Eating out in Pangkor is a delight as there are restaurants serving both local and international cuisine. Alternatively, head to Pangkor town to enjoy fresh seafood.
Pangkor Laut is a world-renowned tropical island destination. The privately-owned island resort boasts one of the finest beaches in the Straits of Malacca. Sunset cruises can be specially arranged upon request. Couples can choose to have dinner by the Emerald Bay which affords scenic views for a truly romantic experience.
Pangkor Laut houses an exclusive resort named after the island. For those seeking complete rejuvenation, pamper yourself at the luxurious Spa Village.
Lumut is the staging point to Pangkor if arriving by road or rail. Located 83 km from Ipoh, the state capital, Lumut is home to the country’s principal naval base and a commercial port. Teluk Batik in the south of Lumut is popular for camping, boating and windsurfing. Nearby is Marina Island, a man-made island housing the luxury Marina Island Resort.
Lumut is a 4-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur via the North-South Highway. It can be reached by taxi or bus from Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur or Butterworth.
Pangkor can be accessed via a 30 minute boat ride from Lumut Jetty. There are departures every half an hour. It is also accessible via a 10-minute ferry ride from Marina Island Jetty Complex, which offers four daily departures. Services begin at 6.45am and end at 10.45pm.
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