I took a walk along Pasir Bogak one evening as the sun was going down. By the time I had reached the northen end it was quite dark so I decided to return via the footpath. About half way back I noticed an elderly couple who had stopped on the footpath about 50 metres ahead. Thinking that they were startled by my presence, I stepped out onto the road to walk around them. They were still stationary as I approached and I saw them motioning to the path just ahead of them. A snake was making its way across the path - I'm not sure what kind of snake it was, but they were certainly quite afraid of it. I hadn't seen the snake at all and if I had not stepped onto the road to walk around the couple, I would have walked right through the snakes line of movement!
It is unlikely that you will be driving your own car on Pulau Pangkor, there are plenty of taxis at a good fare to get you round. But if you are riding a bicycle or motor bike around the island, take extra care on the road cutting across the north of the island. There is picturesque jungle on both sides and this section of the island is quite beautiful but there are some very steep, winding sections and it is impossible to see around the corners as the road is built into the cliffs.
Signs actually tell you to beep your horn - heed the advice!
Be careful when you rental the boat (RM15/ person -including snorkering), don't pay first,ask for theirs 2 HP no. (2 person is better), because they may be forgot to bring you back ! We wait at Pulau Giam about 2 hours, hungry,cold & thirsty !
My god, they never pick up your phone, cause they had limited boat , when you call them, may be they servicing others customers , as earn money as possible !!!
While you laze away on the beach under the shade of a tall coconut tree you are more than likely blisfully unaware that you have a better chance of being killed by a falling coconut than by a shark.
It's just another of the dangers to be aware of on your tropical island escapade!
Some packages being bundle up with a snorkeling trip to Pulau Giam.
Do be careful of those sharp coral as you walk from the beach into the saltwater. Lots of sharp coral awaits before you finally find your perfect spot to glide on water to start snorkel.
My group consist of 35 of us, most of them get cuts all over. Recommended to wear dive shoes to avoid major cut although tis is a snorkeling activities.
And do ask the boat operator to stated which spot that have lots of sea urchin as some spot do have lot of tis creature that may cause injuries to your feet.
The road northeast of Pangkor is winding and slopy. For motorcycles and bicycles alike, it is hard and can be dangerous to ride there. Hence it's better to use the road along the west coast (Teluk Nipah, Pasir Bogak).
Some parts of the northern region beyond the airport has little or no light at night. So be careful when driving.
Wear your helmets, especially when you are travelling to the villages or town on motorcycles. You could be fine 50RM by the policemen if they spot you with the helmets.
Interestingly, many wear helmets but do not buckle up.
1) Always be alert. A solo female tourist will always stand out in Pangkor.
2) Keep an eye on your things when you are in the waters.
3) Careful when you walk on the roads. Motorcycles go whizzing by FAST. Also watch out for the vans.