When you think of a taxi, you would think that it would probably look like a sedan vehicle of sorts but on Pangkor, they would be in the form of vans. When you arrive at one of two main Pangkor's ferry terminal, you will find many vans and their drivers outside welcoming you and offering to take you to wherever you want to go or a two-hour "special island tour" where they will take you to the major tourist spots for about US$15. Not bad considering you will have the van to yourselves, but this is recommended for first timers or visitors
I've heard that a ride from one area to the next is about RM1 (or under US$0.50) but if they know you're a visitor, don't expect this
You can easily catch ferries from Lumut ferry terminal to Pangkor every 15 min to 30 min and a return fare is quite cheap, about RM10 (USD3) for adults, less than half for children. Two ferry companies cater for locals and visitors alike and the service is relatively the same
The ferries are quite comfortable with airconditioning and the journey takes about 40 min. The ferry terminal is in town so you needn't catch a taxi or another bus when you arrive in Lumut town
Directions by Road
For guests driving to Pangkor Laut from Kuala Lumpur, the nearest town on the mainland is Lumut, where the Resort office will be able to assist with check-in procedures and directions to the jetty for the ferry service.
The journey is approximately 280km and will take around 4 hours.
Take the North South Expressway, starting at the Damansara toll plaza, heading for Ipoh.
Exit at the Bidor toll plaza where the charges are approximately RM15.80 per car
The rest of the journey will be on trunk roads. You will pass through Bidor where there is a Shell petrol station on your left if you need to refuel.
Follow signboards stating “Pelabuhan Lumut” or “Lumut Naval Base”.
You will then need to follow signboards to “Teluk Intan”, “Setiawan” and “Pulau Pangkor”.
The journey from Bidor town to Lumut jetty is approximately 110 km, or 1 ½ hours.
Once you see the jetty ahead of you, our Lumut office is on the left just past the Shell Petrol Station. Look out for a single storey building with a large signboard that states “Pangkor Laut”
There is a car park next to our Lumut office with a nominal fee of RM10 per day for overnight parking.
For the rental of motorcycles, it is good to have the contact no. of the owner with you in case the vehicle breaks down or unforeseen circumstances happen. He should give it to you even if you haven't asked.
We lost our key at Tortoise Bay in the late evening. It was too far to travel anywhere else on foot. The owner came to our rescue with another key after we called him with the help of another local at the beach. *Phew* Really helpful.
There are a few ferry operators at Lumut jetty. As you approached the jetty, you would see at least 2 tickets counters (impressionably, one group in yellow and another in pink) trying to draw your attention with their voices. That's where you can buy ferry tickets. :)
One-way trip cost from 5 - 8RM. Some hotels and resorts like Pan Pacific and Teluk Dalam offer their own ferry service. So do take note. Tell the counters where you are heading (your lodging). They would tell you where to get the right tickets.
Rent a motorcycle at Pangkor. You may even get a good deal at Lumut Jetty, mainland Malaysia. It is the most common mode of transportation on Pangkor and is definitely very convenient to travel to any part of the island.
The price is around 20 - 30RM per day. But it could escalate to 50RM during peak periods like holidays. We got it for 60RM for 2 days just before Deepavali. Look for the helpful Mr Tan outside the Pangkor town jetty.
Some resorts and hotels also offer such rental services but they may be more expensive. So try the town.
Bicycles are not recommended as there are a numbers of up and down slopes on the road, particularly the northeast region. Would be very strenous to ride a bicycle.
Else try the taxis in pink!
We were warned prior to leaving home that the luggage weight limit for this flight from Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor is 10kg. Having twice that amount of luggage we were hoping for storage facilities at the airport, but there are none. As we are returning to KL after Pangkor, our agents in KL kindly offer to store the luggage for us. As it turns out, on check-in, and Italian couple with 60kg luggage between them weren't charged any extra, in fact no-one even commented.
There are only 13 passengers on this Dash 7 48-seater flight, so we manage to secure an emergency exit seat each, right at the front. We have great views of the hotel as we fly over Pangkor Laut.
The arrival airport lounge in Pangkor is open sided, rustic and friendly. The Pangkor Laut reps are waiting to transfer us across the island in a very cramped and old mini-bus. It is not in keeping with the luxury of the resort.
The jetty where we catch a transfer to Pangkor Laut is busy and confusing. We are on a private boat with seven others.
The journey across the water is OK and the hotel looks lovely from the sea approach.
At the Lumut jetty, you can buy tickets to join the ferry to Pulau Pangkor. There are ferries at regular intervals (every 20 mins or 30 mins, depending on whether weekday, weekend or PH).
The 30 minute journey is comfortable and safe. Yes, I checked and there are life jackets on board.
For those passengers who want to go to Pangkor Island Beach Resort, the drop off point is different from the main drop off point., which is nearer to Pangkor town.
During school holidays and public holidays, there was a long queue of people trying to leave the island at the same time (probably they have to catch some kind of public coach). So, if you have time (and your own car), instead of queuing up with them, go to the jetty after the peak period. After 4pm onwards should be safe.
we drove up from Singapore to Lumut. It was a very interesting trip by getting lost in K.L and taking the small roads instead of the North South Highway. But the small roads allow more interesting drive such as rail, greenery , old shophouses.... coconut plantation, palm plantation n even banana plantation.
It's a 7 hrs drive up. Toll charges came ard SGD 50 coz we went off to the small road. Take caution for trailers
U can park your car at Lumut for RM10 per night.
If you do drive, remember to get the fresh mangoes along the way when u have left ard 30-45mins from Lumut. They r SOOOooo good n fresh. I bought "Dragon Fruit" and the flesh is a lovely purple maroon colour. ONe of a Kind !
1) Get tickets from Puduraya, Kuala Lumpur
2) Your destination should be Lumut, Perak.
3) One-way ticket to Lumut = RM16
4) Earliest bus 8.30am. I took the 9am.
5) Journey takes 4 hours, with one stop along the highway for toilet break.
6) Final stop in Lumut.
7) Buy your return ticket (if you are in a hurry to get back later)
8) Walk to Jetty (3 minutes away)
9) One-way ferry ride to Pulau Pangkor is RM4. Get off at the second stop. The first stop is at the Fishermen's Village.
From Lumut on the mainland, enjoy a short ferry ride to Pangkor Island where disembark at Pangkor Village. Take taxi or bus services journey in to experience the warm and friendly nature......
RM4 for one-way ticket. 30 minute ride in air-conditioned (but NOISY) ferry. I sneaked out behind ;-)