Pulau Pangkor Destination Guide
Across the Manjung Straits opposite Lumut is a bustling
fishing village on Pulau Pangkor, the largest of nine islands
in a small group of islands. The name Pangkor might have
originated from the Thai word Pang Ko meaning 'beautiful
However, others believe it might have been named after Pang
Kui, a legendary Chinese adventurer said to have lent his
skills in seamanship to bands of pirates this island once
Pangkor, with its quaint mix of fishing settlements and
resorts, is a fascinating holiday destination. It presents
the visitor the rare chance to live near fishermen and observe
their lifestyle, or to simply enjoy the fine beaches and
The fishermen live in scattered settlements on the eastern
side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik. Visitors
get a chance to see some of them on the 40-minute ferry
ride from Lumut as the ferry stops at the main settlements
of Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar before landing
at Pangkor Town.
Pangkor's two popular beach areas of Pasir Bogak and Teluk
Nipah offer sun and sea enthusiasts activities like scuba
diving, Snorkeling, wind-surfing and fishing. While Pasir
Bogak is quite developed, Teluk Nipah still retains its
kampung, or village, atmosphere.
The island has accommodations to suit every budget and visitors
can hire vans and motorbikes for island sightseeing. Food
is available in most locations around the island and there
are some good seafood restaurants in Pangkor Town itself.
How to get there
Access by road via the North - South highway to Lumut. If
travelling from the south, exit at Gopeng interchange and
turn left after Pangkor/Sitiawan/Batu Gajah signboard. Upon
arrival in Lumut, parking space are available here and Lumut
town offers regular ferry services to Pangkor Island.
Parking: Public parking costs RM5 per day. Display coupons can be purchased at many shops along Jalan Sultan Idris Shah in Lumut.
View Lumut Jetty in a larger map
Public transport are available from Kuala Lumpur to Lumut
and from Lumut to Kuala Lumpur.
Pangkor is a 40 minutes ferry ride from Lumut. There are
departures every half hour from 7am to 8pm.
From Lumut, there are ferries taking passengers across to Pulau Pangkor for about RM6 one way.
You can take a bus, taxi or even hire a motorbike great
for some nice biking or motorbiking around. Bicycles and
motorbikes can be rented in Pangkor Town or in the hotels.
Place of interest
The mystique of this pretty fishing village has never failed
to charm tourists from all over the world. Past the Pangkor
Island Jetty is the main village offering a wide variety
of fresh and dried seafood and souvenirs crafted from seashells
and local materials. Don't forget to visit Sungai Pinang
Besar village where this village is popular for boat building
At Teluk Gedung lies the 300-year-old stone foundations
of a Dutch Fort Built in 1670, it was one of the Dutch strongholds
against pirates and local Malays.
Pasir Bogak Beach
This narrow stretch of white sand is one of the most popular
spots for tourists from the mainland and gets crowded during
holiday seasons and weekends. There are shallow, crystal
clear waters and areas of still unspoilt coral reefs for
North of Pasir Bogak is Teluk Ketapang, or Turtle Bay, where
the turtles make an annual pilgrimage to lay their eggs.
The best months for turtle watching are between May and
Teluk Nipah further north has a wider beach and is less
crowded. It is a beautiful strip of beach, and at a place
known as Coral Bay, the water is a beautiful emerald green.
Pantai Puteri Dewi
This beautiful beach paradise was named Pantai Puteri Dewi
(Beach of Lovely Princess). Pangkor Island Beach Resort
(formerly Pan Pacific Pangkor Island) has a prime location
along this stretch of beach and offers elegant rooms and
facilities, including a sports complex and a golf course.
There are some wildlife to be found here, including monkeys,
lizards and hornbills.
On the nearby island of Pulau Pangkor Kecil is the Pangkor
Laut Resort, an international standard resort. The beach
at Emerald Bay is touted as one of the best Malaysian beaches.
Fu Lin Kong Chinese Temple
Your trip is not complete without a visit to the temple.
You can see the mini Great Wall of China here.