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PANGKOR ISLAND

Off the coast of perak State, lies a cluster of fabulous islands with unquestionably some of the best coves and beaches on the western coast of peninsular Malaysia. The cluster of islands we refer to as Pangkor is made up of one major mountainous island with 3 smaller uninhabited islands. Among them two islands predominate in the terms of accessibility, infrastructure and development, the largest island PANGKOR and the smaller known as Pangkor Laut. It has a population of over 20,000. Pangkor is a mountainous island with a all weather paved ring road circumventing the Island. This Ring Road is 25 kilometers long, a heaven for mountain bikers though certain stretches are made precarious by on-coming traffic. The highest "peak" on the island is 800 feet. There is a mountain trail from Pasir Bogak beach to the Sungei Pinang Town. Pangkor welcomes visitors with its serene, golden beaches, crystalline blue water and cool, refreshing breezes. Located about 9Okm south-west of lpoh, it is largely inhabited by fisherfolk. They live in scattered fishing settlements along the coast especially on the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik, and their catch comprises mainly cuttle-fish and anchovy.

The island is famous for its 'ikan bilis' (anchovies) and squids. The real attraction here however are the enchanting beaches on the western coastline Pantai Puteri Dewi , Teluk Belanga, Teluk Nipah, and Teluk Cempedak are marvellous for swimming or just basking in the sun, in complete privacy admist tranqull surroundings.

With its serene golden beaches, crystalline green water, vibrant tropical forests and cool refreshing breezes, Pangkor Island remains a haven for those seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It comes as no surprise that Pangkor Island has for centuries been a welcome stopover for voyagers, pirates, and adventurers throughout history. Yet the island's natural wonders have remained unscarred, and her environment remains as tranquil and beautiful as ever.



HISTORY OF PANGKOR ISLAND

The ancient name for this island is Spirit Island. The ancient islanders believed that this island is protected by the spirits of "Keramat Serban Hijau", "Keramat Serban Kuning" and "Keramat Tok Janggut". Fishermen claim to hear voices chanting verses from the Holy Quran and smell incense from the uninhabited Pulau Gedung hills. The origin of the inhabitants is unknown. The island was frequently visited by pirates roaming the seas around the island. They robbed boats with commercial goods plying from Kedah to Perak and vice versa. The pirates hideouts are on top of Pulau Gedung hills. This place till this day is known as Gua Lanun (Pirates' Cave) and Batu Perompak (Pirates' Rock).

The Dutch were invited to the tin rich state of Perak as a deterrent to the ambitious Ayudha ruler and Thai invasion. They remained in Pangkor Island until the threat from the Thais diminished whereupon Perak once more asserted its independence. The Dutch monopolised the tin industry until the arrival of the British. During their tenure on this island and due to the opposition by the locals, a fort was built by the Dutch 1670, at the entrance of Tiger Rock. With the arrival of the British in 1800 the island was renamed to Pulau Kera (Monkey Island) . This was due to the abundance of monkeys on the island. The islanders opposed this name. The British were pressured by the village Headman Penghulu Mohd. Noordin b. Mastan to rename it Pulau Aman (Peaceful Island). It was named Pangkor soon after. One famous treaty signed on Pangkor Island, known as The Pangkor Treaty was signed in 1874 between Sir Andrew Clark, principle Perak chiefts & Chinese headmen agreed on the acceptance of the 1st British Resident.



PLACES OF INTEREST ON PANGKOR ISLAND

Sungai Pinang Kecil


On the east coast of the island, facing the mainland, there's a contionous village strip comprising Sungai Pinang Kecil, Sungai Pinang Besar, and Pangkor Town. The ferry from Lumut stops at Sungai Pinang Kecil before Pangkor Town.


Sungai Pinang Besar

In Sungai Pinang Besar the Foo Lin Kong Temple is worth a quick look. Located on the side of the hill, the main attraction is a mini Great Wall of China.


Kota Belanda (Dutch Fort)

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. The fort was abandoned after it was attacked by a local warrior, Panglima Kulub, and his followers. Muzium Negara undertook its reconstruction in 1973.

BEACHES


Pasir Bogak


Pasir Bogak is the largest and most popular beach on the island. The beach is crescent shaped and numerous shady trees provide idyllic picnic spots under the canopy of their lush foliage. The water is shallow and crystal clear, offering endless hours of fun and frolic in the sunlit sea. There are some facilities for boating, fishing and snorkelling.


Teluk Nipah

Teluk Nipah further north is a wider better beach. The best beach on this side at Coral Bay, about 20 min. bicycle ride from Pasik Bogak. The water is a clear emerald-green due to presence of limestone, and usually the beach is quite clean and pretty.


Teluk Belanga

Teluk Belanga(Golden Sands Beach) at the northen end of the island is pleasent. Access is restricted to Pan Pacific Pangkor Resort guests, though day-trippers can visit.


Emeraid Bay

Emeraid Bay on nearby Pulau Pangkor Laut is a beatiful little horseshoe-shaped bay with clear water, fine coral and gently sloping beach. The entire island of Pangkor Laut has been taken over by a hotel conglomerate, but some of the boat tours stop at the beach.


Pulau Pangkor Laut

Pulau Pangkor Laut is a smaller island off Pulau Pangkor. It is privately-owned, but accessible to those who like to experience the ultimate in luxury and tropical splendour.


Pantai Puteri Dewi (Golden Sands)

This beautiful beach paradise was named Pantai Puteri Dewi (literally, Beach of the Lovely Princess).


The Painted Fishing Boats

Pangkor is defined by all the painted fishing boats. Trips onto the ikan bilis boats can be arranged. They are a big adventure.


Boat Building

Pangkors boat building yards are great. The boats are wonderful huge pieces of sculpture & the carpenters, skilled artists.


Pangkor Fishing Village

Pangkor' s fishing villages & jetties hug the coastline, standing over the water on stilts.



ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodation facilities available on Pangkor Island, Malaysia includes Teluk Dalam Beach Resort Pangkor Island, Tiger Rock Pangkor Island and DCH Holiday Home on Pangkor Island.


GETTING TO PANGKOR ISLAND

By Air:
Pelangi Air offers direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor.

By Road: The road journey from Kuala Lumpur to Lumut takes approximately 3 hours. At Lumut, take a ferry to Pulau Pangkor, a half hour iourney.

By Rail: KTM Bhd (Malayan Railways) operates daily services from Kuala Lumpur to the north with a stopover at Ipoh. From Ipoh, taxis are available to Lumut. Then take a ferry to Pangkor. It takes 40 minutes by ferry from Lumut to Pangkor Island: the fare is RM 4.00 returned.


Malaysia Hotels Dot CC, brings you some of the best hotels on Pangkor Island, Malaysia. We bring to you Teluk Dalam Beach Resort Pangkor Island, Tiger Rock Pangkor Island and DCH Holiday Home on Pangkor Island. We present them here comprehensively with factual information on all our participating hotels and resorts in the state of Perak, Malaysia.


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PANGKOR ISLAND BEACH RESORT
Pangkor Island Beach Resort located on an unspoilt tropical island of Pangkor, on the west of Peninsular Malaysia, is surrounded by 73 acres of lush tropical Jungle, exotic land and marine life. On this private enclave, it offers 1.2 kilometres of white sandy beach with inviting emerald green sea. CLICK HERE


TELUK DALAM BEACH RESORT
The delightful, rustic ambience here is made more exquisite by the chalets, bungalows and villas. These features of kampung-styled architecture, are furnished and equipped in a manner to help make for your total comfort and pleasure. CLICK HERE


HAVANA BEACH RESORT
Havana Beach Resort is on the beach front, separated from the beach by the quiet access road to the airport. Comfortable accommodation for everyone. There's a suitable room for all, individuals, honeymoon couples, families or groups or friends, all at very competitive rates. There is a spacious air-conditioned conferences/dining room as well. CLICK HERE

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