Perak > Pangkor Island
Pangkor Island is a charming island situated off the west coast of Perak. For centuries, Pangkor has been a welcome stopover for weary sea travellers, pirates and adventurers.
The name Pangkor is said to be originated from the Thai word Pang Ko which means 'beautiful island'. Others believe it may be 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.
Today, it is a thriving tourist attraction with wonderful offerings of its pristine beaches on the western coastline. Among the popular beaches are
Pantai Puteri Dewi (Golden Sands Beach)
Pantai Puteri Dewi is named after a legendary lovelorn princess. Also known as Golden Sands Beach, it is the most popular beach on the island. Located northwest of Pangkor, the beach is a lavish landscape of white, blue and green with foaming waves lap the shoreline all along the gently curving bay. Tall swaying coconut palms stretch this 1.2km white beach. It is ideal for sunbathing and recreational activities like bird watching. Hornbills are said to be roaming in this area.
Pasir Bogak Beach
Renowned as the world's biggest "swimming pool", Pasir Bogak is popular for its extensive coral reef, rich marine life with its crystal clear shallow waters. Besides being a popular snorkelling site, it has a variety of fun-in-the sun activities like sailing, fishing, and canoing. Some visitors enjoy picnicking under the shady trees. Look out for the mouth-watering local delicacies like satay, barbecued squid and fish fritters at the open air stalls.
Teluk Nipah is located one kilometre from Pasir Bogak Beach. It is popular especially with couples due to its soothing lush greenery and awe-inspiring looks. Its azure waters are home to multi-coloured corals, sea cucumber and a rich variety of other marine life. Try walk across the Giam Island at low tide, you will reward yourself with a treasure trove of marine life.
Pulau Sembilan, the nine islands (sembilan means nine in Malay), is an angler's paradise and a perfect spot for those who like fishing. Situated 27km south of Pangkor, it takes half an hour boat ride to reach there. This is the spot where Pulau Sembilan Fishing Safari is held every year as a tourism event. Besides fishing, you will enjoy a superb diving experience here.
Pangkor Laut, Malaysia's Fantasy Island, is a world-renowned tropical island destination. There are 3 main beaches on the island which can make your fantasies come true. Emerald Bay, the finest beach in the Straits of Malacca, is great for swimming and sunbathing. Snorkellers and divers will discover an underwater paradise with colorful coral and rich marine life off Coral Beach. Royal Bay, on the other hand, offers you sailing and windsurfing.
Sunset cruises can be arranged and couples can choose to have dinner by the beach to experience a truly romantic scenic views.
Other attractions on the islands include
The Chinese Fishing Village
View the bustle of the docks filled with workers cleaning and drying the day’s catch.
Dutch Fort (Kota Belanda)
Built in 1680 by the first Europeans in Perak, the Dutch Fort located at Kampung Teluk Gedung, used to protect the vital tin supplies in the state. It has seen a volatile history wit constant attacts by locals and pirates.
A charming one-street town with superbly handcrafted items and preserved sea food. Great place to look for souvenirs as nostalgic memories of your visit to Pangkor Island.
Sacred Rock (Batu Bersurat)
Sacred Rock or Batu Bersurat is a huge stone located near the Dutch Fort. There is a drawings of a tiger mauling a boy on the stone. The boy believed to be the son of a Dutch dignitary has disappeared and is believed to have been killed by the tiger.
Foo Ling Kong Temple & Little Great Wall of China
Home to numerous rock paintings, the temple features a miniature replica of one of the wonders of the world.
Lin Ye Kong Temple
Expertly built on a rock outcropping in honour of the GoddessKuan Yin ( Goddess of Mercy)
Kali Amman Temple
Largest Indian temple on Pangkor Island
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