Things to do on Pangkor Island
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Pangkor is not at all like Langkawi for its 5 star hotels and shopping nor like Redang for its beautiful sea life.
It’s much laid back, and can be too quiet at night because it’s basically a fishing village. Despite that, it has quite interesting places to visit and I really suggest renting bicycles or motorcycles to see the sites.
It’s a predominantly Chinese island, and you can see that obviously in areas like Sungai Pinang, near the jetty. Folks here are mostly fishermen and it’s interesting to see their daily activities. Take a bike ride here from the jetty area and you will come across the Fu Lin Kong Chinese temple - it even has a mini
Its interesting on bicycles because you get to go through peoples’ homes…you can see their daily activities this way.
A local industry here is processing sea food - either drying them or selling them as dried squid, anchovies etc or processing them into crackers or fish satay. It’s not my idea of a fun factory to visit but some people might enjoy it.
On the other side of the town, a kilometer away from the jetty lies Teluk Gedung the 330 year old stone foundation of a Dutch Fort built in 1670. It was one of the Dutch strongholds against pirates and local Malays - a place where they stored tin supplies (
About 150 meters from the fort is Batu Bersurat (Sacred Rock). On this massive rock, you’ll see drawings of a tiger mauling a child. Local history has it that the boy was the son of a Dutch dignitary who disappeared and was believed to be attacked by a tiger. The rock is now covered by a roof which to me totally spoils the ambience. It is now very much a part of the village and you’ll see Malay village homes just behind it and little boys playing there.
(One word about Pangkor though, there is raw sewage spewing out into the sea from homes - its so dirty and unhygienic!)
As you go further up this road, about 2 kilometres away fromTelok Gedung is a forest reserve, leading to Telok Segadas, to me the most beautiful beach on
But to get here you’ll have to go on foot and jungle trek through the jungle for about 15 minutes or by a 20 minute boat ride from Pasir Bogak,.
On Pangkor, the taxis are actually pink minivans, with some drivers that whiz you around the island at breakneck speed! The rates are usually set rates and they don’t use meters here.
If you have the time, I highly recommend taking a round island return trip for about RM80. The island is hilly at some points, and has great views of beaches and is very picturesque! The trip takes around 2hrs, and you can ask to stop at various locations along the way.