Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island is a unspoiled tropical island between Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia. With gorgeous sandy beaches and emerald sea, Pangkor Island promises a relaxing holiday under the tropical sun of Malaysia.

Highlights

  • Pangkor Laut Resort is an exclusive island gateway with beautifully appointed villas nestled within lush gardens or on stilts above the water
  • Pangkor Island is known for its' empty beaches like Teluk Nipah, Coral Bay and Pasir Giam

The name Pangkor may have originated 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 Island’s main attraction are undoubtedly the pristine beaches.

Golden Sands Beach or Pantai Puteri Dewi is one of the most appreciated in Pangkor Island, probably thanks to its golden beach, sparkling waters and captivating serenity.

Pasir Bogak Beach is famous for its snorkeling site with an extensive reef and shallow crystal clear waters. It’s also great for kayaking or just relax and unwind.

At Teluk Nipah Beach you may find many stalls selling food, fresh coconuts and souvenirs. There are also watersport operators offering all kinds of water based activities.

A walk across to Giam Island at low tide will reward you with a treasure trove of marine life.

Head to Pulau Sembilan group of islands, 27 km south of Pangkor Island for a superb diving experience. The nine islands are home to a rich colourful marine life.

HOW TO GET THERE

Lumut jetty is approximately 3-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Pangkor Island is a 15-minute ferry ride from Lumut Jetty. There are departures every half hour.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Although November to February is the monsoon season, Pangkor Island generally escapes the worst of the wet and squally weather. So, its not a problem to visit Pangkor during the this rainy season because Pulau Pangkor, a perfect island that’s far away from the monsoon depression.

For the rest of the year, its quite dry but very humid. Temperatures average balmy 32°C or 90°F.

ACCOMMODATION

Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Laut is a world- renowned tropical island destination. A 20 minute ride from Pangkor Island, it boasts one of the finest beaches in the Strait of Malacca. Pangkor Laut houses and exclusive resort named after the island.

Pangkor Laut Resort was rated as the ‘best among the best’ by Conde Nast Traveller in 2003. Actress Joan Collins and renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti have graced the resort.

You will find no other resorts in Pangkor Laut – just secluded bays curled around pristine beaches, evening skies woven with colour, and a deep sense of serenity. A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness woven together to produce an environment where peace and magically memorable moments are the currency.

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