Tourism Malaysia

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. —

Image: Pangkor’s famous pink taxis. —

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:

Image: Paradise, Pangkor Laut Resort

Image: Paradise, Pangkor Laut Resort

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Luxury beach holidays in Malaysia

Imagine staring at the ocean, lying on a deck chair or sitting by the infinity pool while sipping on your fresh juice? If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. Malaysia offers great options for a wonderful luxury holiday by the sea.



Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Island 
Pangkor Laut presents the perfect weekend getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. This private island is next to the bigger and busier Pangkor Island, just three hours from the capital. The luxurious 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.

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Westin Langkawi Resort Spa
Tucked away from the duty-free shops and tourist areas of down town Langkawi, Westin is an oasis of high living. For a relaxed stay, take a stroll along the private beach or just lay on a chaise lounge by one of the swimming pools. The more adventurous can go on an excursion around the Langkawi geopark. The waterfalls and dense vegetation will delight nature lovers. At the water sport centre, you can try your hand at kayaking or windsurfing on the Andaman Sea. Families will also love the kids club, with daily activities for children.

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu
From the morning coffee to the evening dinner, indulge yourself with striking views of the ocean. This sumptuous complex on the coast of Sabah in East Malaysia is a luxurious dreamy village. You can dive in the South China Sea or discover the National Park of Mount Kinabalu, before relaxing at the spa and wellness centre. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort also has its own golf club, which has been moulded to match its beautiful surrounds.

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Sea Home Boutique, Penang
Staying at Sea Home Boutique is like travelling back in time. The furniture and antiques are a blend of Victorian and Peranakan styles, a reminder of the rich history of this place. Sea Home is in Tanjung Bungah, a former fishing village on Penang Island. It is the base of the Penang Water Sports Centre and close to Batu Ferringhi, a popular beach destination with one of the most iconic night markets in Malaysia. The capital George Town is just 20 minutes away.

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Batu Batu – Johor Bahru
This luxury resort is on the private island of Tengah on the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia. Nestled within the rainforest and surrounded by pristine waters, the resort is the only development on the island. They have a turtle conservation camp plus a dive centre. They also programme activities for kids. After diving, you can enjoy a meal with your family and watch the sunset by the ocean or spoil yourself at the spa. Batu Batu is great for a family getaway. It’s also ideal for those across the border in Singapore.

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Sungai Buloh

At initial peek Sungai Buloh might seem unassuming, quiet, tedious even, an area within a Klang Valley with greenery. But visitors to Sungai Buloh are in for a warn when they learn of a charming past.

The Sungai Buloh we know currently is a place where gardening enthusiasts go to squeeze plants, unfeeling seedlings and fertilisers from a many nurseries located in and around this suburban town. It is also set to be a vital ride heart as it has been noted as one of a categorical stations underneath a new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project, directed during shortening overload and improving open transportation.

But there’s some-more to Sungai Buloh than meets a eye.

The Sungai Buloh Leprosy Control Centre is a 230ha (568 acres) settlement, with a sensuous greenery and halcyon surroundings, confute a story of this tighten weave community.

Historic events made Sungai Buloh

Severe leprosy outbreaks took place in Malaysia in a 1800s that stirred village leaders and internal authorities to find benevolent ways to assistance lepers by providing them places to redeem and get treatment, as existent comforts were distant from adequate.

Based on internal laws during a time, patients had to be segregated from others, possibly underneath organisation of medical staff or be housed in a camp. In a late 1800s and early 1900s, there were 4 leprosy camps in Malaysia – Pulau Serimbun (Malacca), Pulau Jerejak (Penang), Setapak (Selangor) and Pangkor Island (off Perak).

But it took a few medical experts and process makers to do divided with existent camps, that were likened to barbed-wired prisons. In 1923, Dr E. A. O. Traverse due a process to urge a vital conditions for those pang from leprosy, in an area where patients could live with dignity, while receiving required care.

Selling not usually equipment such as H2O features, a Sungai Buloh Garden World sells a judgment with a design to spin any home a sky to come to.

With this push, Sir George Maxwell, a arch secretary of a Federated Malay States started to build a leprosy allotment in 1926, selecting Sungai Buloh for a sensuous hollow and cold climate, most indispensable for leprosy patients who are supportive to heat. Located nearby Bukit Lagong, by dual rivers – a Sungai Buloh and Sungai Cemubung – it was a ideal place for a community.

The Sungai Buloh Leprosy allotment incited out to be one of a largest settlements underneath a British rule, and a second biggest one in a world, fondly also famous as a Valley of Hope. The area, strictly renamed National Leprosy Control Centre in 1969, was versed with comforts and amenities to spin it into a garden city, permitting a village to turn a confident one. The thought of charity an event to branch tarnish was being realised in Sungai Buloh as lepers were means to grow their possess plants for sale and acquire an income, while vital in a atmospheric and pleasing area.

Houses were built in clusters so people were speedy to correlate with another, on tip of providing a clarity of security. At any cluster, a food placement area or marketplace was built, again to inspire entertainment of people to socialize while they visited these open areas. To serve inspire village activities, a accumulation of clubs were set up. The Malay Club, several Chinese house associations, a Indian Mutual Aid as good as play clubs organized gatherings, dinners and performances. Similarly, eremite institutions like temples, mosques and churches were built as a source of devout support for a community.

Over 2000 patients lived in Sungai Buloh, and a numbers were high adequate to set adult a apart executive body. Simple polite functions such as birth, matrimony and genocide registrations were supervised by a medical superintendent, who also monitored a divorce justice in a area.

More importantly, Sungai Buloh was built for a leper village and it was run by a community. This gave a clarity of purpose for leprosy sufferers as many became executive workers, nurses, teachers and mechanics. Some were some-more entrepreneurial, environment adult coffee shops, coiffeur shops and tiny grocery stores.

Modernising Sungai Buloh

After a late 1960s, there were no some-more admissions to a centre, though skeleton to build an spreading illness control centre was laid out underneath a Ninth Malaysia Plan.

Some 200 aged former leprosy patients still live in a area, possibly in their possess homes or in sanatorium quarters. Conservationists did demonstrate regard over either a sensuous immature area would have to make approach for development, though due to vigour from a Save a Valley of Hope organisation in a debate to safety Sungai Buloh, a authorities designated 78ha of a sum 230ha area to be gazetted as inhabitant heritage.

The Sungai Buloh Leprosy settlement.

Old buildings still dot a Sungai Buloh area, as they offer attract and quaintness of this once contained community. People visiting a area are speedy to try over a horticultural area to admire a aged church, soppy marketplace and houses that are still hire in this settlement. The aged wooden sanatorium is still functioning as a medical facility, while a newer sister sanatorium takes on a some-more difficult cases in a complicated steel and potion designed building located during a opening of Sungai Buloh.

People who wish to revisit this ancestral allotment can do so by open transport. Visitors can house a KTM Komuter Train to a Sungai Buloh hire and take a Selangor train series 144A from a hire into a settlement. Alternatively, visitors can take a same train from Medan Pasar in Chinatown and stop during Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Map: Sungai Buloh

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