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5 reasons to visit Pangkor Island

By Aura Farrando Image: Pulau Pangkor and its many islands

By Aura Farrando
Image: Pulau Pangkor and its many islands

Searching for that perfect weekend getaway? Perhaps something a little quieter than tourist hotspots like Langkawi and Perhentians? Look no further than Pangkor Island, located off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Perak, just 90km from Ipoh. It has everything you want for an island escape — and so much more — with sleepy fishing villages, relaxed atmosphere and amazing views. Here’s our Top 5 for Pangkor Island.

 

  1. Perfect Location

Unlike other beach destinations in Malaysia, Pangkor Island is quite easy to get to. You can drive or catch a bus from Kuala Lumpur to the ferry port at Lumut. The ferry from Lumut to Pangkor take 35 minutes and operates 7am to 8.30pm daily. Pangkor also has an airport, with Berjaya Air flying there three times a week. Once on the island, the best mode of transport is by scooter. Renting a scooter is relatively cheap, and will allow to you to cover most within 15 to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can hail one of the island’s famed pink taxis.

Image: Pangkor’s famous pink taxis. — http://www.pangkorislandhomestay.com

Image: Pangkor’s famous pink taxis. — http://www.pangkorislandhomestay.com

2. Beaches and water sports

 Pangkor is just 8 square kilometres, but you’ll be surprised how much you can do, and what you can see. Of course, sun baking on the beach is the most popular pastime for visitors, with Nipah and Coral beach often dotted with holiday makers. There are also two small islands nearby — Giam and Mentagor — that are perfect for snorkelling with an array of coral, sea cucumbers and other sea life to be found. If you’re more adventurous, grab a kayak and circumnavigate the islands. Pasir Bogak is another famous beach, just 2km from Pangkor Town and it is the best place for jet skiing and parasailing.

Image: Snorkelling in Pangkor

Image: Snorkelling in Pangkor

  1. Food

With a thriving local fishing scene, it’s no coincidence that the choice of seafood is amazing. The main catch is cuttlefish and anchovies. Selling dried fish is still an important part of the economy, with locals often transporting large bags of dried anchovies from the port, to the mainland and to the markets. You’ll most likely experience a taste of these anchovies at breakfast with your nasi lemak. At evening, head to the many beachside restaurants and order ikan bakar or grilled fish. What more could you want to end your day. Oh, and it’s cheap, too.

 

  1. Explore by foot

If, for some reason, you are allergic to the ocean, there’s also plenty to do on land. There’s an uphill trek across the island with great vantage points of the local wildlife, particularly the hornbill. You can even feed these gracious birds every day at 6.30pm at Sunset View Chalet. Its owner Nordin Bakar has been feeding the island’s population of hornbills for the past 12 years. For nature lovers and hikers, also check out the jungle trails at Teluk Segadas Hill and Titi Ganung.

 

Pangkor Island has some must-see historical landmarks, too. The island has always been a trading enclave in the state of Perak. The vestiges of history can be traced in the Dutch Fort built in the 17th century. The reason behind its construction was to monopolise the tin trade in Perak and protect the Perak Chieftan.

Image: Hornbills rule the island

Image: Hornbills rule the island

  1. Relax and indulge

Pangkor Laut provides the ultimate luxurious experience. This private island is next to the bigger and busier Pangkor Island. The resort includes 140 villas and suites and has 300 acres of rainforest as a playground. If you feel like splurging, you can stay in the huge Pavarotti Suite. The tenor sang at the launch of the resort in 1994 and said the island was “paradise”. Other celebrities who have stayed here include Michael Schumacher, Eric Cantona and Michelle Yeoh. The resort will also organise your transport to and from the island. More information: http://www.pangkorlautresort.com/

Image: Paradise, Pangkor Laut Resort

Image: Paradise, Pangkor Laut Resort

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Ecotourism in Langkawi 

Langkawi may hide behind its popular beach resorts, tax-free haven and party scene but there’s miles of stunning, unspoiled jungle and rainforest to explore, making it one of the most accessible ecotourism destinations in the world. In 2007, UNESCO listed Langkawi as a geopark, guaranteeing the conservation of many uninhabited parts. Ever since, this archipelago has thrived on ecotourism with thousands of visitors wowed by its natural beauty.

Wildlife diversity
Langkawi is the perfect destination to spot the most diverse creatures. The Mangrove Swamp Tour is one of the most popular activities on the island and a must for all nature lovers. Mangrove forests are home to a whole ecosystem of rich flora and fauna. The most common species of monkey on Langkawi is the macaque. Be careful, though! Beneath their adorable appearance they can be quite aggressive; hissing, spitting and trying to steal your food. Comparatively, dusky leaf monkeys are shy and more difficult to spot. You can recognise them for their white circles around their eyes and the colour of their newborn (yellow). The mangroves are also common place for squirrels, sea otters and many reptiles including snakes, crocodiles and mudskippers.

Dusk Leaf Monkey

Dusky Leaf Monkey

Beauty in the air
Langkawi is home to over 240 bird species. The most impressive and easiest to find are the eagles. Did you know Langkawi actually means reddish-brown eagle in the local language? The main place for feeding eagles is the Kilim River, north-east of the island. You can admire these creatures from the comfort of a boat tour along the river or while island hopping. Langkawi is also home to more than 500 types of butterfly. Take a Butterfly Discovery Tour and see how many you can spot? Local guides will also talk about the flying five: flying snakes, squirrels, lemurs, foxes and even monkeys. See and believe for yourself.

Langkawi Eagle

Native Langkawi Eagle

Geological treasure
Langkawi is not only rich in fauna but also geological diverse. Gunung Mat Cincang is probably Langkawi’s best-known mountain, aside from its neighbour Gunung Raya. At 850m high, it is the second highest mountain in Langkawi and is the oldest rock formation in Southeast Asia. If you have experience, you can hike to the peak with a refreshing stop at the Seven Wells Waterfall. If not, it’s advisable to take a guided tour to climb the mountain or maybe catch the famous Langkawi Cable Car. The views are stunning!
Langkawi’s limestone formations are also a popular visit on the island. The limestone hills are home to well-known caves like Gua Kelawar and Gua Cerita — home to ancient legends and mysterious inscriptions in Jawi language.

Langkawi Cable Car Gondola

Langkawi Cable Car

Surrounded by water
For a half-day or day tour, hop on a speed boat and cruise around Langkawi’s amazing islands and beaches. The second biggest island on the archipelago is Dayang Bunting, literally meaning pregnant maiden. The island has a fresh water lake surrounded by mystery and superstition. The legend says Prince Mat Teja fell in love with the celestial Princess Mambang Sari, who liked to bathe here. They got married and had a son, who sadly died. They left their son in the water to rest in peace. Since then, there is a strong belief among locals that barren women will be able to conceive after taking a dip in the lake.

Pulau Payar Marine Park is the best diving destination on the west coast of Malaysia. This uninhabited area consisting of four little islands is 30km from the coast of Langkawi. To get there you have to book a return boat journey. There is no accommodation on the island. Apart from the diverse marine life, Pulau Payar is a good place for wreck diving due to numerous capsized fishing boats which have created artificial reefs here.

Dayang Bunting Lake

Dayung Bunting Lake

For more information about the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark head to https://www.langkawigeopark.com.my/en/. Also visit http://naturallylangkawi.my/ for events, news and deals.

 

 

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Perlis – More than only a stopover

Perlis might be a smallest state in Malaysia, yet binds a possess when it comes to a abounding ancestral past and desirable attractions.

Perlis is located during a northern partial of west seashore of Peninsular Malaysia, south of Thailand and north of Kedah. With a race of tighten to 230,000 people in an area measuring tighten to 800 block kilometres, Perlis is famous as a smallest state in Malaysia.

The collateral of Perlis is Kangar and about 10km divided is a state’s stately collateral Arau. For many travellers, Perlis is a stopover on a approach to other towns or traveller attractions. For example, Perlis’ Padang Besar is a limit city that is partial of a common track travellers take from Malaysia to Thailand. Perlis’ categorical pier and packet depot during a tiny encampment of Kuala Perlis is also used to get to Langkawi Island, renouned with unfamiliar and internal tourists.

Kangar

An aerial perspective of Kangar city today.

Even yet Perlis is seen as a transport couple to other renouned destinations, it is mocking that there is no airfield in a state. Rail or highway are a usually options for people to get into Perlis. The nearest airports are located in Alor Setar, Kedah, that is about 40 kilometres divided from Kuala Perlis, and on Langkawi island, about 45 kilometres divided from Perlis’ categorical port.

Historical go-between

Originally, Perlis was partial of Kedah and was ruled by a Siamese, that cowed Kedah in 1821. During Siamese rule, Perlis was called Palit. At that time a Siamese had sealed an agreement with a British, where a latter concurred a Siamese explain over 4 northern states – Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu. This treaty, famous as a Burney Treaty 1826, positive a British a explain on Penang and rights to trade in Terengganu and Kelantan though division from a Siamese.

The banished Kedah Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin and his supporters fought for over 12 years to revive a Malaya Sultan to his throne, yet finally a Malay ruler supposed a conditions set by a Siamese and resumed his Sultanate in Kedah. The Siamese afterwards distant Perlis as a bondman state, where Sayyid Hussain Jamalulail became a initial Raja Perlis or Perlis ruler.

In 1909, a Anglo-Siamese Treaty dissected a tenure of states again, withdrawal a Siamese’ southern Malay states to a British. While a British had commissioned a Resident in a state, Perlis was returned to a Siamese (or Thailand) during World War II for a fondness with Japan. But this was usually finished quickly as a cast finished after a Japanese surrendered. Perlis became partial of a Malayan Union, afterwards a Federation of Malaya in 1957 and assimilated a Federation of Malaysia in 1963.

Bukit Jernih

Bukit Jernih in Chuping is one of a many charming limestone hills in Perlis.

Perlis today

Kangar is a state collateral of Perlis, with a race of about 50,000.  The 3000 ha sized city is located by a Perlis river. In a centre of a city lies a Sena district or popularly called “Uptown Sena” by locals.

Most of Perlis’ residents are polite servants or farmers who work on a paddy fields in a outskirt areas. The city centre is done adult of crisscrossing streets lined by shophouses, typically housing banks, various shops and quick food restaurants.

Some trust that a name Kangar came from a hawk class called Kangkok while a opposite chronicle of a start is cited in a Perlis state government’s website. The website states that underneath a order of Sultan Muhyiddin Mansor Shah from 1652, Tok Peduka non-stop Kangar in 1653. A Kangar tree was found during a stream and subsequently he renamed a area, Pelabuhan Pohon Kangar or Port of Kangar tree.

Perlis’ categorical mercantile activity is rice tillage and visitors are means to admire a expanded views of paddy fields, wooden huts and farmers given to their stand when they transport over Kangar. Similarly like Perak, pretentious limestone plateau arise from these prosaic paddy fields, that supplement to a attract of Perlis. These plateau or outcroppings as they are known, are partial of a prolonged limestone operation in Southeast Asia called a Nakawan, that lies on a limit of Perlis and Thailand.

This 500 million year aged limestone is home to over 600 class of flora and fauna, including 68 invertebrate species, according to a state tourism department. Visitors can try a wonders of this limestone sourroundings by visiting a 370-metre prolonged limestone cavern called Gua Kelam during Kaki Bukit, all during a Perlis State Park. The usually approach into a cavern is by walking on an eight-foot far-reaching wooden cessation bridge, that links Kaki Bukit to a Wan Tangga Valley.

A sea of green: The monumental perspective of a paddy margin in Perlis.

History buffs can suffer a state museum, Kota Kayang Museum or revisit a Syed Alwi State Mosque, a former state mosque that was built in 1910. Other renouned sights are a old-fashioned fishing city of Kuala Perlis, renouned as a movement heart and also for a internal cuisine. A lizard and invertebrate plantation is located nearby Sungai Batu Pahat and surrounded by a Bukit Bintang Forest Reserve,  an captivate for inlet lovers. At this farm, investigate is conducted to rise anti-venom medicine for lizard bites. It houses over 20 class of snakes and reptiles, including crocodiles and guard lizards.


Map: Perlis


Perlis State Park, Wang Kelian

North to Perlis we go!

Tasik Melati, Perlis

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Langkawi, Malaysia Guide

Langkawi

Langkawi, a holiday bliss that combines a willing environment from a healthy universe and oppulance from a complicated accommodation comforts charity oppulance and viewpoint all during once.

The island of Langkawi, Malaysia is an outlandish holiday finish that offers accommodation of all kinds (from bill beach chalets to a many hedonistic 5 star resorts) and amenities sitting side by side with halcyon beaches, ancient rainforests and old-fashioned villages. Langkawi Malaysia is an archipelago of 99 pleasant islands (or 104, depending on tide) off a north-western seashore of Peninsular Malaysia, about 30km from Kuala Perlis on a mainland. The island was named after dual Malay difference – ‘lang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi’ (reddish brown), hence a commanding eagle statue during Dataran Lang (Eagle Square), welcoming visitors who arrive on a island by a Kuah Jetty.

Langkawi Fun Map

The archipelago has some of a world’s many primitive rainforests, limestone and karst formations, caves with overwhelming stalactites and stalagmites, and among a world’s many pleasing beaches cleared by transparent emerald waters plentiful with sea life.

ATMs and Money Exchange booths are accessible during a Langkawi Airport, during Langkawi Parade Shopping Complex and subsequent to Underwater World during Pantai Cenang.

Langkawi is a duty-free island, and ethanol is significantly cheaper here than in a rest of Malaysia. Hotel tariffs and sell products are giveaway from supervision duty. Visitors with some-more than 48 hr stay in Langkawi are giveaway on equipment like wines and wine (1 liter), tobacco (200 cigarettes), apparel, cosmetics, souvenirs and gifts, food and food preparations and unstable electronic equipment (one item).

Best Time to Visit


Langkawi, Malaysia is gentle and balmy all-year-round. Humidity is high and a annual normal heat is 25C – 32C. Even during stormy season, a mornings are customarily filled with sunshine, with a sleet entrance during cloudy afternoons. The mid-season (neither dry nor rainy) is from midst Apr until August. The mornings are again sunny, though a afternoons can be overcast. The dry deteriorate is from midst Nov until midst April, during that time there is really small rain.

Where to Stay


Casa Del Mar Hotel
Jalan Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Malaysia 07000
A 4 star 34 room boutique review located on a beach during Pantai Cenang. Offering all sea viewpoint accommodation in a traveller area of Langkawi, we are usually 10 mins or 7km’s (4miles) from a airport. read some-more …

The Danna Langkawi Hotel
Telaga Harbour Park, Pantai Kok, Langkawi, Malaysia 07000
Resting peacefully on a west seashore of Langkawi Island, this skill is surrounded by 2.8 acres of greenery. Capturing a exhale holding viw of a immature plateau and a marina, The Danna Langkawi Hotel is a few stairs divided from a white sandy beach. read some-more …

Tanjung Sanctuary Langkawi Resort
Pantai Kok, Langkawi, Malaysia 07100
Featuring 67 acres of land and private beach, this regretful hotel presents 30 atmospheric and ethereal bungalows that provides pretentious views. read some-more …

Tanjung Rhu Resort
Tanjung Rhu, Mukim Ayer Hangat, Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi, Malaysia
Nestled amidst 1100 acres of rainforest, this eco-friendly review captures a fantastic viewpoint of of a Andaman Sea. Tanjung Rhu Resort boasts 136 tastefully designed bedrooms and suites that incorporate all 5 star amenities to safeguard pinnacle comfort. read some-more …

The Andaman
Jalan Teluk Datai, Datai Bay Area, Langkawi, Malaysia
Bordered by an primitive pleasant forest, this skill is ideal for an eco-vacation. Nestled between a Cincang Mountain and a inexperienced Andaman Sea, this skill combines a willing environment from a healthy universe and oppulance from a resort, charity oppulance and viewpoint all during once. read some-more …

Where What to Eat


There’s a outrageous accumulation of food accessible on Pulau Langkawi, trimming from inexpensive and good hawker food to a splurge for epicurean food in a restaurants. The famous laksa is not to be missed.

Nightlife


Because of Langkawi’s tax-free status, ethanol is many cheaper than in a rest of Malaysia. Religious Muslims do not devour alcoholic drinks, and while they do endure non Muslims who do, try not to act in a unruly imbibed demeanour nearby them, their houses, mosques, and greatfully honour internal enlightenment and community sensitivities. For those vital on a budget, we can obtain ethanol during inexpensive prices from a internal avocation giveaway shops – a incomparable a outlets, a reduce a prices. Expect to compensate RM25 for 1L Absolut, RM45 for 1L Kahlua, RM60 for 1L Bailey’s, and RM5-12for 330 ml can beer.

Despite low ethanol prices, Langkawi is primarily renouned with couples and families. Single travellers and backpackers might therefore be unhappy with a miss of nightlife. Most bars sojourn empty, utterly in a low season, and a 1-2 nightclubs might usually seem inestimable in a rise season, and even afterwards usually on Friday or Saturday nights. Overall, Langkawi provides a family-friendly choice to Thai locations such as Phuket and Koh Samui.

My to do List


There’s so many to see and to do in Langkawi; diving and snorkeling in a primitive H2O filled with abounding sea life tops a list for many people. You can also take a wire automobile float adult a towering that offers a monumental 360 degrees breathtaking viewpoint of a islands, a farming lowlands and a seas as distant as Thailand. For inlet lovers, we can try a sensuous forests and conclude a singular wildlife of a islands from a opposite perspective.

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls aka Seven Wells, (Gunung Mat Cincang, Northwest dilemma of a island, 45 kms from Kuah, walking stretch from Oriental encampment and wire automobile (10 min)), This rapids is named after a 7 healthy pools along a path. Legend has it that fairies used to come down to a pools to wash and frolic. There are 2 observation areas during Telaga Tujuh. The reduce area is during a bottom of a rapids and a aloft area is where a 7 pools are. You can wash in a pools and even slip down a sharp stone between them. Be warned, to get to a 7 pools, we have to stand 300+ stairs that can get utterly sleazy when wet. As with many Malaysian traveller sites, a toilet comforts are not confirmed and balderdash is strewn everywhere. There is also a jungle movement march accessible during a site that will lead we by a route of adult to 2,500 m, adult 2 opposite mountains. This route is practicable with slippers, though it is best to wear gentle hiking boots or boots as some segments of a route are scarcely vertical. Be warned that these trails are not endorsed for family trips.

Gunung Raya, (take a snaking paved highway by a jungle). The tallest towering on a island, during 881m. Spectacular views from a surveillance indicate on a top. There is a review hotel portion dishes and indifferent coffee during a summit. There is a surveillance building that one might stand for RM 10.

Pantai Cenang – The many renouned beach in Langkawi, facilities excellent powdery silt and many beachfront restaurants and bars. Located during a south-western tip of a island, 2 km long.

Stay Away From


Langkawi can have a lot of mosquitoes depending on a time of year and plcae (ie Mangrove areas), so don’t forget to use butterfly repellent.

Be clever pushing around Langkawi during night. Although categorical roads are well-lit, some of a some-more teenager roads are not really good illuminated and might pass by Kampungs (traditional Malay villages) or farming areas where a locals seem to take a really infrequent proceed to highway safety.

Beware of intelligent furious monkeys. Those during Tengkorak beach conflict humans who have food.

Jelly fishes are also apropos increasingly prevalent and have caused during slightest one genocide – a Swedish traveller in early 2010. Do not float during night or when we have been drinking.

Don’t attend in certain activities such as eagle feeding and gorilla feeding as this harms a animals by encouranging them to turn reliant on tourists and we might give them a wrong food.

Beware of restaurants revelation we that they usually have a bigger distance lobsters or crabs available, as that is what they tell everyone. When your lobster or crab is served, we will learn that we will really be profitable for 900g of bombard instead of meat!

Getting There


The island of Langkawi can be reached by sea and air.

The Langkawi International Airport is one of a 7 general airports in Malaysia is 25 minutes’ expostulate from Kuah city core and is a indicate of entrance for many tourists, and connects a island to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Penang, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Phuket and also Subang. The following airlines offer use to/from Langkawi: AirAsia , Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, Happy Airways, and SilkAir.

Malaysia Airlines
Local: 1300 88 3000
International: +60 (0)3 7846 3000

Air Asia
Local: 1300 88 99 33
International: +60 03 7884 9000

Silk Air Singapore
+65 (0)6 223 8888

Langkawi Ferry operates quick A/C boats from Kuala Perlis (RM18, 75 min), Kuala Kedah (RM23, 105 min), Penang (RM60, 165 min), and Satun(RM30 or THB300, 75 min), (Satun packet to Langkawi: final vessel departs Satun during 4PM. Telaga Harbour operates ferries from Ko Lipe, Thailand twice per day during a high season, during 9:30AM and 2:30PM (RM128 1-way, RM248 return, 75 min). These boats wharf during a south finish of Pattaya Beach. Bookings can be done online.

The Express Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur promises a gentle and careful tour adult to Alor Setar (Kedah) and/or Arau(Perlis). From Alor Setar or Arau, buses and taxis are accessible to Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis respectively, from where a Ferry Services take we to a island.

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Pulau Pangkor


Lying off Perak on a west seashore of Peninsular Malaysia, this willing island with a white sandy beaches and desirable fishing villages will entice you.

Currently Berjaya Air is a usually airline that is handling flights approach to Pangkor Airport from Kualu Lumpur Subang Airport.

Lumut is a gateway to Pulau Pangkor. Here’s how to get to Lumut.
Air
KTM Train
Taxi
Car
Express Bus

From Lumut, we have to take a packet to Pulau Pangkor that departs each 30 mins during a day and cost RM 10 for a lapse ticket.

Getting around Pulau Pangkor is unequivocally simple. You can select to lease a motorbike, a bicycle or use a unmetered taxis widely available.

The categorical pull to Pulau Pangkor is positively a white sandy beaches.
Pantai Pasir Bogak
Teluk Nipah has 2 beaches: Nipah Beach and Coral Bay
Teluk Ketapang
Pantai Puteri Dewi
Teluk Segadas
Emerald Bay (on Pangkor Laut)

However other attractions on Pulau Pangkor creates an glorious full day excursion. You can get to these places simply on a rented motorbike or bicycle.
Pangkor Town
Fishing Villages
Fu Lin Kong Temple
Kali Amman Temple
Batu Bersurat and Tiger Rock
Dutch Fort (Kota Belanda)
The Tombs
Tortoise Hill

Here’s a full hotel list on Pulau Pangkor.

Pangkor Laut is a secretly owned island 20-minute vessel float from Pulau Pangkor, it boasts one of a excellent beaches in a Straits of Malacca. Pangkor Laut is home to Pangkor Laut Resort an disdainful review named after a island.

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