Vip Malaysia - Pangkor Island and Other Beaches

About Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island has on multiple occasions been name as a dreamland for tourists visiting Malaysia. The island has so much to offer than you would probably imagine. This exotic island lies on the north- western part of peninsular of Malaysia.

This is an incredibly intriguing island that covers an area of bout 8 sq km and about 25000 people call Pangkor Island home. Generally speaking, fishermen are the main inhabitants of the island and their settlements appear scattered all over the island. Fishing and sale of fish products is the biggest industry of Pangkor Island. With its many wonderful attractions and beautiful beaches, the island has been one of the hottest tourist destinations.

The Pangkor Island ideally lies off the coastal part of Perak state that has a large number of islands with Pangkor Laut and Pangkor Island being the most prominent ones.

Unlike Pangkor Laut which is a private island, Pangkor Island is a public owned island and attracts numerous of tourists especially those travelling to Perak on a budget holiday. One of the things that you will find in Pangkor Island is the incredibly beautiful beaches that will make you want to stay on the island for more days than you had initially planned for.

Being an island, beautiful beaches surround Pangkor Island on all sides. The most attractive beaches here are the Nipah Beach and Coral Beach even though there are many others that will lure you with amazement as well.

If you are visiting Pangkor Island, make sure that you give these beaches a priority in your travel schedule and be sure not to miss them. Pangkor Island is also a great place to go for water sporting activities and snorkeling.

The two islets in Pangkor Island are Pulau Mentagor and Pulau Giam, which are nicely fenced by the strikingly beautiful corals, fishes and sea cucumbers.

The fact that Pangkor Island is a great destination for snorkeling makes tourists to enjoy the place greatly. Besides snorkeling, there is also a wide range of some incredible water sporting activities, which will keep you occupied during the whole period that you are vacationing here and you will be entertained to the maximum. The jungle trek in Pangkor Island is something worthy trying by anyone looking for adventure in the island.

Pangkor Island also has quite a lot to offer bird waters as there is a huge number of highly fascinating species like the hornbill or the so called Burung Enggang which arrive on the island.

Even though beaches are the major attraction of Pangkor Island, there are also many other places of interest here as well. Such include the Pangkor town, fishing villages, Batu Bersurat, tortoise hill, kali Amman temple, and tiger rock, Fu Lin Kong Temple, The Marina Island Pangkor and The Tombs.

The Pangkor Island can be accessed either by air or road. Ferry services are also available. Tourists are not allowed to drive into Pangkor Island with their cars but can use their bicycles and motorbikes for ground transportation on the Island.



Other Islands in Perak

Here we will listed down other beaches or islands in Perak. If you really in love with sea and islands, you can consider the below listed as one of your must visit places. Don't missed out!

1. Pulau Sembilan

pulau sembilan

Pulau Sembilan is a cluster of nine islands situated off the coast of Perak. A great fishing spot, it takes 1 1/2 hours by boat to reach this island from Pulau Pangkor. You are advised to make prior arrangements with a travel agency in Pangkor before making a trip.

Pick-up points for those planning to go for the fishing trip to Pulau Sembilan can be at Lumat,Teluk batik,Manjung or Bagan Datoh.

You can book a boat to ride the crystal seas at night. Once reached to the deeper parts of the sea, you can try and see if the water turns to a crystal like colour.

2. Banding Island on Lake Temenggor

Banding Island

Banding Island is an ideal base for exploring Lake Temenggor and the Royal Belum Rainforest. It is definitely one of Malaysia’s most beautiful places. Lake Temenggor is huge, over 70 kilometres in length, up to 5 km wide in places.

Banding Island is an ideal base for exploring Lake Temenggor and the Royal Belum Rainforest. It is definitely one of Malaysia’s most beautiful places.

Lake Temenggor is huge, over 70 kilometres in length, up to 5 km wide in places and as deep as 120 metres.

It is a man-made lake created in the late 1960s and early 1970s by constructing Temenggor Dam and flooding the valleys of the Upper Perak River and its tributaries. This accounts for its highly irregular shape. Banding Island would have been a hill-top before the valley was flooded.

The construction of the dam had two objectives – to generate hydro-electric power and to deprive the communist terrorists of one of their few remaining infiltration routes from their bases in southern Thailand at that time.

Temenggor Lake surrounded by the Royal Belum Rainforest, a vast stretch of 130 million year old virgin rainforest, one of the last refuges in Peninsular Malaysia for wild animals such as elephants, tapirs, tigers and 10 species of hornbill.

The Belum Forest Reserve is also home to the famous Rafflesia, the world’s largest (and smelliest) individual flower, and other rare plant species.

3. Teluk Batik, Perak

teluk batik

Located about 7km from the Lumut Town and around 1.5 hours drive from Ipoh City, Teluk Batik is one of the most famous beaches in the state of Perak.

The stretch of fine sandy beach is a popular spot for campers,picnickers and sun-lovers while the sparkling coastal water is occupy by various activities such as swimming,canoeing,boating,etc.

This beach is famous among the locals and it is accessible by cars as there are ample parking bays available near the beach.


The surrounding hill areas of Teluk Batik are inhabited by tribes of little monkeys. Occasionally, they will wander around the beach area to enjoy sun tanning while seaching for food.

Pulau Pangkor Laut

Pulau Pangkor Laut houses the exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort. This tropical paradise is noted as one of the world’s top small luxury resorts.

Boasting four beaches, a variety of restaurants,spa village, as well as exquisite sea and land chalets as well as bungalows, it is the epitome of luxury. The resort provides transfer from Lumut to the island,which takes approximately 45 minutes.



5 reasons to visit Pangkor Island

pangkor island

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.

2. Beaches and water sports

blog pangor snorkeling

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.

3. Delicious 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.

4. 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.

pangkor 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.

5. Relax and indulge

pangkor laut

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: