Malaysia is one of the world most visited countries in the world. Besides being quite affordable, there are plenty of places we can visit in Malaysia. If you are looking for a recommended list of places to visit in Malaysia, you will come across a beautiful island named Pangkor.
Checkout our travel tips to Malaysia before going.
You can find this offshore island in Perak, the west coast of Malaysian peninsula. Some of you might see it as a small island. But, don’t get it wrong as there are plenty of fun activities you can do in this place.
Here are a few things to do on Pangkor Island you must experience.
Visit the Fantastic Beaches
Since this is an island, the first thing you must do is definitely taking a stroll on the beach. This Island has several beaches you can go to such as Coral Beach and Nipah Beach.
These two beaches are quite breathtaking.
The weather is good with a cool breeze. Most people usually swim in daytime. But, we highly recommend you to do it in night time as well. Why? It is because you will be able to see blue planktons glowing under the water.
Besides Nipah and Coral Beach, you can also go to Pasir Bogak Beach. Here you will see long lines of golden sand against to the emarld sea.
Ketapang Beach is also amazing. This white-sand beach is quite popular as a picnic location for family. It also has a look-out tower which you can use to see the horizon.
Want to explore the beauty of the underwater scene? Then snorkeling is the best activity for that. Not far from Nipah Beach, you will find some stalls where you can rent snorkeling equipment.
In Pangkor Island, there are some small isles which are suitable for snorkeling. Fascinating views of the underwater will welcome you. You will also get a chance to sight varieties of exotic fishes and other aquatic beings.
We highly recommend you to spend your time mostly on Mentagor or Giam Islets. You will have some great time for snorkeling there.
Try Some Water Sports
Snorkeling is not the only water activity you can do at Nipah Beach or Coral Beach. There are other water sports which can be quite challenging. Whichever water sport you choose, each of them can get you thrilled.
You can choose a wide range of water sports such as banana boat, jet ski or even parasailing. There are also kayak rentals if you would like to go around the island.
You even can go all the way to Giam Islet for snorkeling.
Go to the Old Dutch Fortress
Malaysia used to be colonized by Netherlands. So, it is not surprising to see some old buildings made by Dutch in this country.
One of them is the old Dutch Fortress. This building was originally built in 1670. The Dutch colony used this place as a storage for their tin supplies.
It may not look like it now since Malay people destroyed the place. However, this fort used to fire cannons. People tried to rebuild it in 1743, but they abandoned it years later.
You will learn several versions of the history behind it but none of them sound pleasant. When you come to this place, you will see one cannon pointing to the sea.
Trekking at Pangkor Hill
If you love to do something adventurous, then you must do jungle trekking. One of the best treks around this island is Pangkor Hill. The thick and shady rainforest is worth for trekking. And, the top of the hill is not that far too.
It only takes one or two hours to get there. You can start trekking from Bogak Beach. Its path will take you to a small Pinang River and continue to the east.
Along the journey, you will hear cicada calls, which are very calming. You might also be able to encounter some macaques.
Don’t worry about getting lost as there are path markers along the way. They will help you to gauge your current location.
Explore the Temples
Pangkor Island has several mystic temples you can explore. One of them is Foo Lin Kong Temple.
There are two life-sized statues of fishermen which act as the guardians of this Taoist-style temple.
As you enter the large red and blue gate, you will see more unique statues as well as characters.
The main temple itself has such an outstanding construction complete with animals statues like dragon and lion. There are also 12 Chinese zodiac signs on the temple’s roof.
Try to spot them all if you can. That will be very entertaining, especially when you do it with your family or friends.
Go Bird Watching
Do you love birds? Then try to wake up early in the morning in Nipah Beach. You will see a lot of hornbills hanging on the trees. They are everywhere around the island. Some locals often give them fruits served on some bowls. You can actually feed them too if you want.
Simply go to Sunset View Chalet around 17.30 to 19.00. You may feed the birds with some slices of banana prepared by the guesthouse management.
This is also a great place for photography. You can do those activities here without getting charged at all.
Enjoy the Seafood Cuisine
Ant trip would not be complete without savoring the culinary of Pangkor Island. The main dish you will find here is mostly seafood. And, they are totally fresh out of the sea.
For seafood addicts, Lin Restaurant at Bogak Beach is the best choice. This place opens in evening hours, and it is often full. So, you better make a reservation first in order to enjoy their premium seafood cuisine.
Where to Stay on Pangkor Island
Pangkor Island has a limited supply of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Pangkor Island if you are planning to visit Pangkor Island.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Rating 8.1, Prices start from $48 for Double room
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring a garden and a terrace, Joe Fisherman Inn is set in Pangkor. Among the various facilities of this property are a shared lounge and a bar. Free WiFi is available.
The rooms in the inn are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Joe Fisherman Inn provides some rooms that include pool views and each room comes with a private bathroom and a desk.
Rating 8.8, Prices start from $21 for Double room
Pangkor Guesthouse SPK is housed in a renovated shophouse, which preserves the original century-old woods and pillars. It offers complimentary WiFi access throughout its premises.
Rooms feature air conditioning and an en suite bathroom with shower facilities and toiletries. Towels are provided.
Rating 8.3, Prices start from $21 for Chalet
Pangkor Waterfall Beach Resort offers tranquil and comfortable accommodation with free WiFi access in its public areas. It provides complimentary parking on site.
Offering views of mountain and greenery, rooms and chalets come with tiled flooring, a clothes rack, a TV and ironing facilities.
At Pangkor Waterfall Beach Resort, the friendly staff can assist to arrange activities such as fishing, canoeing, hiking and snorkelling.
Finally, as you can see, there are so many things to do in Pangkor Island. And, the list above is only a few of them. it will be more exquisite if you do them with your lover, family, or friends.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on things to do on Pangkor Island Malaysia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.