The Spa Village at Pangkor Laut is the most amazing Spa I have ever seen. It was already considered one of the best in the world! It has a beautiful pool and many massage villas.
There are plenty of different treatements and massages to choose from. The masseuses are very experienced and their products are high quality. You have to book the treatement of your choice in advance.
Whateverever massage or treatement you choose you will have to be there 45 minutes before because they have a ritual before it. A japanese bath, a foot massage, etc. It's an amazing experience and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated for sure! It's a bit on the expensive side but worth every cent! Oh, and you will get a nice sarong!
Emerald Bay is the beach postcard of Pangkor Laut. It's a beautiful beach , surrounded by trees . The water is emerald coloured, that's why its name and warm. Delightful! You have to go there by shuttle, unless you are willing to take a long hot walk!
Free mini-bus transfer takes you across the island to Emerald Bay on the other side. You can walk it, it is very hilly and warm!
Emerald Bay has been voted one the World's Best Beaches, I can't remeber by whom. It is very beautiful, set in a horse-shoe-shaped bay and lined by palm trees, but I'm sorry, I didn't think it was anything special!
The changing rooms on the beach are in keeping with the luxury found elsewhere in the resort: beautifully furnished individual showers with shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and towels.
The sun beds on the beach already have two towels on them when you arrive - one for lying on and one for drying yourself with.
Staff come round at regular intervals with cool, wet towels to refresh yourself, as well as complimentary tumblers of cold water. There is of course a bar and snack service on the beach.
During our stay (in October), the waves were uncomfortably big, making swimming unpleasurable.
Pangkor Laut Resort is located in a rainforest and they arrange trekking trough the forest with the resident naturalist, Mr. Yip. He will take you and guide you, explaining you about the wildlfe, plants and different trees. You will have the chance to see monkeys, monitor lizards and lots of different birds. This trekking is free.
The island is home to snakes, spiders, crabs, monkeys, peacocks and hornbills.
Most days a guided wildlife walk takes place up into the hills, but you don't even have to go that far to see animals:
Around the pool we saw plenty of hornbills, there was a snake in the pool shower, we watched the monkeys frolicking in the trees whilst having breakfast, we fed the colourful fish from our room balcony, and passed many water maonitors on our way back to the room.
Rent a bike and go round the island.
Motorbike rental is very cheap. The friendly guy at the Pangkor Jetty will offer his motorbike to you at RM 10 per hour. Negotiate and it might come down to RM 5 per hour ........... imagine, the whole island is only 15 km by bike, and you can finish it in 20 minutes. Take time to stop and stare, and you shouldn't take more than 2 hr with photo taking etc........ though if you stop to swim you should add that time on.
A 6 hr trip will show you every nook and corner of Pangkor.
However slow you take it, a whole day is more than what I know what to do there, unless you have your darling with you ................ then, time is never enough ............
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.
If you are driving from KL to Pangkor/Lumut, you might want to drop by the historical site of Kellie's Castle which is near the town of Batu Gajah in Perak. There is a small entrance fee, cheaper for children.
This castle has very romantic beginnings and was built by William Kellie Smith as a home for his beloved wife. Unfortunately tragedy struck, and the building was never completed. It remained hidden for many years as the jungle claimed it for its own. Some years ago, the state government took up the project to clear the site and restore this castle to its former splendour.
The trunk road that takes you from Gopeng or Simpang Pulai/Ipoh to Batu Gajah now leads directly to this site and was newly tarred (my last visit was in May 2004).
Situated next to a river, Kellie's Castle is also a popular picnic site for local families and young couples. There is a small cafe next to the car park.
Not too difficult. Get there, look for a nice shady spot. Put out your mat / pareo. Strip down to swimwear. Make sure your stuff are secured properly in your bag. Jump into the water and drift with the waves ... BLISS !!!
Watch the sun set at the horizon and everything turned orange. The view at Tortoise Bay is not blocked by any smaller islands. Hence it would be a great view if you just want the sky and the sea. There is a also a jetty there, which is a good place to get shelter and view sunset. You can park your bikes at the jetty.
You have to see the sunset!
The public beach of Teluk Batik, Lumut is not far from the jetty to Pangkor. If you have a car you can drive here to take a look. This beach on the mainland of Lumut is popular with locals day-trippers who don't wish to take a ferry to the island of Pangkor.
There is a large car park and stalls set up selling food & drinks, beach-accessories for kids & cheap cotton t-shirts (from RM5 each = US$1.25). They also sell those "fishy" sweetish tid-bits that we all enjoy so much!
Do bring along your own mat so you can take a snooze under the trees, or you could also rent a deck chair. There are also black rubber-tubes are also available for rental here and I saw many local kids playing on them.
If you didn't bring along a swim suit, don't despair! The local muslim women swim in their track pants and t-shirts while the guys wear shorts and t-shirts.
There is also a public toilet to have a bath afterwards. However, it is best if you do have a towel and your own soap! (or buy it cheaply at the stalls)
Teluk Nipah or Nipah Bay is the biggest, if not the busiest beach on Pulau Pangkor. Off Nipah Bay is Pulau Giam and Coral Bay, where visitors can snorkel and enjoy the coral outcrops in the shallow waters. There will be lots of tour operators nearby who offer these trips for a bit of money.
Souvenir shops and budget hotels line the street along the beach so this is a good place for backpackers to stay and explore the island for a few days
Somehow, I don't agree with people stomping all over the coral outcrops because corals are sensitive and easily destroyed
Each sunbed has two toels on them when we arrive, one for lying on and one for drying yourself with. Fresh towels are available at all times, no questions asked.
There is waiter service for drinks and snacks at the poolside, we enjoy a couple of Pina Coladas.
Once you are here in Pangkor, some may suggested you to do a Land Tour trip. As for me and my team, this trip is an average trip/activity. Not many places being bundle in this trip. By doing this activity you will be brought to a Local Sea Product Factory, Chinesse Temple, Dutch Monument and Batu Bersurat (ancient words on a rock).
Overall the Land Tour Package cshould add more places to visit and those existing places also can be improved by making 'em more lively.
My comments for these places :-
1) Local Sea Product Factory = More like shopping in a local sea product warehouse.
2) Chinesse Temple = Mini Great Walls of China available. The Organization should keep the pond clean at all time.
3) Dutch Monument = Unique monument, good to snap few pictures
4) Batu Bersurat = Historical item & unique.
Just a stone's throw away from the Dutch Fort lies a huge boulder the locals refer to as "Batu Bersurat" or the Sacred Rock or which literally means "the stone of inscriptions".
On the rock is an etching of a tiger carrying a child, two round-shaped leaves along with the letters,'if carlo 1743' and 'voc,' an acronym for the dutch east india company and two round-shaped leaves. The child is believed to be the son of a Dutch dignitary who was supposedly attacked & killed by a tiger while playing near the rock.
Again, the admission is free and somehow I think because of that, some insensitive people decided to etch their own "legacy" on it