Pulau Pangkor Things to Do

  • Spotting crabs in a bay on Pulau Pangkor
    Spotting crabs in a bay on Pulau Pangkor
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    Boat trip around the bays

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 9, 2012
    Turtle Rock, one of the islands next to P. Pangkor
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    Taking a boat trip arond the bays is a great way to see more of Pulau Pangkor. We arranged a boat trip from Pasir Bogak - 150RM for a three hour trip which we thought was a fair price. The boat driver took us to several points of interest including a view of turtle rock and heart rock. We saw several beautiful bays, stopping to swim at one where we had fun spotting crabs scampering on the rocks and watching monkeys groom each other in the overhanging branches. The only disappointment was the snorkelling, something I would arrange better if I was to travel to Pangkor again.

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    Jambatan Gantung - Suspension Bridge

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 5, 2012
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    A sign post on the side of the Pasir Bogak road signals the start of a short walk into the jungle to an old suspension bridge. When I visited in June 2012, the sign said closed for repairs but I decided to take a look anyway. Once into the jungle it was a pleasant walk as the overhanging branches kept the sun away. There are steep stairs leading to opposite ends of the suspension bridge. It is very still and you can hear the sounds of the jungle insects. It is a relatively easy, pleasant walk. There are a few places to sit down, but take insect repellant and water with you.

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    Wandering through Pangkor Town

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 5, 2012
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    Although there is a strong smell of drying fish, Pangkor Town has some interesting shops selling produce and supplies such as toiletries, a few decent cafes/restaurants and an excellent antique shop just at the edge of town on the corner heading to Pasir Bogak.
    Shop fronts are lined with boxes containing a wide variety of dried fish, fresh fruit can be purchased at shops or temproary stalls, and there is a shop that makes noodels and dries them on the street.
    I also found a street stall outside the mosque that made excellent coffee. After ordering a coffee, the call to prayer came, and the owner locked up his stall and left me while I was still drinking my coffee!
    I walked to Pangkor Town from Pasir Bogak - quite hot in the afternoon heat - and on the way back picked up some delicious mangosteen from a family who had set up a stall on the side of the road.
    I was really taken by the backdrop to the school on the road between Pasir Bogak and Pangkor Town.

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    Lin Je Kong Temple

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 5, 2012
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    Situated on a headland at the northern end of Coral Beach is Lin Je Kong Temple - one of the more bizarre sights on the island! The entrance to the temple is 'guarded' by oversized statues of cartoon characters. Inside the temple grounds are several shrines and incence burners. At the top there is a good view across to Coral Island.
    Outside the temple a lot of noise is made by the ringing of bells as young children encourage you to buy ice-cream.
    On a quiet day, Coral Beach is a beautiful place for a walk.

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    Boat Building Industry on Pulau Pangkor

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 5, 2012
    Boat building on Pulau Pangkor
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    On the east side of Pulau Pangkor heading north from Sungai Pinang Kecil is a small boat building industry. Huge pieces of thick timber are piled high near the side of the road as a crew build a large vessel of wood using elementary tools. The workmen allowed us to walk into their yards - we were watched by a dozen or ore dogs - to really get the feel of their working conditions. It reminded me somewhat of the boat building near Bira in South Sulawesi where builders are commissioned by the rich and famous to craft heir vessels.

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    Foo Lin Kong temple 3 - Giant Carp

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 5, 2012
    Giant carp in the pond at Foo Lin Kong temple
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    One expects to see ikan mas - gold fish - in ponds in south-east Asia but the fish I saw in the pond at Foo Lin Kong temple really took me by surprise. I was crossing the bridge spanning the pond when I saw a huge ripple almost a splash, in the water. Wondering what could have caused such a disturbance, I took a closer look. To my surprise there were several 'giant' carp in the murky water. The photos don't give a full picture of the size of these animals due to the colour of the water, but you can see how long - some close to a metre and a half, and how thick these fish are.

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    Foo Lin Kong temple 2 - The Great Wall of China

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 5, 2012
    Great Wall of China at Foo Lin Kong temple
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    Couldn't resist another series of photos taken at this temple - I've never been to China, but of course I've seen lots of inages of the Great Wall. At Foo Lin Kong temple, they have built their own mini version of the Great Wall curving its way up the hill against which the temple nestles.
    There are some good vantage points to look down on the Wall - a steep climb up some narrow stairs but well worth it.
    I was really quite impressed with the detail. It really is worth a look.

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    Foo Lin Kong temple 1

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 5, 2012
    Foo Lin Kong temple, Pulau Pangkor
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    Foo Lin Kong temple is a large Chinese temple just off the main road at Sungai Pinang Besar, about 1.5 km north of Pankor Town. The brightly colored temple is well maintained in a beautiful garden setting. Perched on the roof are animals depicting horoscope signs. There is a fish pond and a rather saddening concrete pit full with turtles - the only disappointing part of the complex. The temple is set against a hill backdrop. Creeping up the hill is a mini version of the Great Wall of China (see next tip for photos).
    On weekdays it is a quiet place, busier on the weekends with local tourists from the mainland.
    Well worth a visit.

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    Benteng Belanda - Dutch Fort

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 5, 2012
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    A few km south of Pangkor Town is the partially reconstruction of a Dutch Fort built in the 17th century and rebuilt from remnant bricks found in the jungle in 1973. There are some interesting pieces of the history of the area carved into some plaques along the pathway to the fort - well worth the read. In front of the fort is a lawn with raised patterns in white that I didn't get the meaning of, but interesting nonetheless.
    Adjacent to the fort is a souvenir shop and about 100 metres down the road is the 'tiger rock', which is said to represent a tiger stealing a child.
    The fort can easily be reached by taxi but the walk for Pangor Town is a pleasant one.
    Worth a look.

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    Pasir Bogak beach

    by Daihappydai Written Nov 4, 2012
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    Pasir Bogak is a beautiful narrow stretch of beach with clean, refreshing water. Best times for a walk are early in the morning and as dusk approaches. The beach can be crowded on weekends and during Malaysian school holidays. There is a lot of 'water sport' activity during this time. During the week there are far fewer visitors.
    A great place to relax for a few days.

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    Dutch Fort

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    A small piece of history to be found on Pangkor is the Kota Belanda (Dutch Fort) which was built in 1670. But repeated attacks by local warrior chiefs forced the Dutch to abandon their stronghold.

    The fort is about 3km's south of Pangkor Town at Teluk Gedong.

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    Rock carvings

    by anoum Written Nov 17, 2007
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    This carving is supposedly done by someone due to an incident that happened when the Dutch stayed on this island in the late 1600. It shows a tiger clearly but the rest of the carving is not clear. It is believed that it pictures a tiger that caught (and killed, I suppose) the son of one of the Dutch officers.

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    Dutch warehouse

    by anoum Written Nov 17, 2007

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    This place is described as a Dutch fort but now it just looks like a Dutch warehouse. Just three walls are left of the original. Built by the Dutch in the late 1600 when they thought they could establish a trading post on the island but were driven off by the locals. No entrance fee charged. There was a family of wild monkeys in the trees behind this structure on the day I visited, being late afternoon.

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    Teluk Nipah

    by anoum Updated Nov 17, 2007
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    This place has quite a nice beach, clean and many budget lodgings available. There is also the ever presence pink vans of Pangkor island parked along the road, ready to whisk you to whatever spot you wish. This transport is only available till early evening.

    Unfortunately, there are many hawker stalls right in front of the budget accomodation, blocking the view. The food stalls also looked dirty.

    Water scooters are available for hire. When we were there on a weekday, the beach was quite deserted except for a few Europeans sunbathing.

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    Bird watching

    by anoum Written Nov 17, 2007

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    If you are at Pasir Bogak in the evening, at about 5.30-6.00 pm, you can watch people feeding hornbills at Sea View Resort. The management is kind enough to allow the public into its ground. The hornbills can be seen earlier in the big trees at the beach. The birds do not seem to be afraid of people.

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