Introduction to Pulau Pangkor

Pulau Pangkor, Perak is located on the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsular. The word ‘Pangkor’ when directly translated means beautiful, while ‘Pulau’ is a local word for Island, thus the name of the island itself means Beautiful Island.

Pulau Pangkor has a land area of 18 kilometers and has a population of approximately 25000. The forest of Pangkor also houses many variety of wildlife which includes several reptiles, apes, and the iconic Hornbill.

The history of Pangkor Island goes back to the 17th century, where it is originally a refuge for local fishermen, merchants, and pirates. The Dutch also left their mark in history by building the Dutch Fort in an attempt to control the tin trading around the area of Perak. The building still exist to date, and is now one of many historical attractions available on the island.

Pangkor is surrounded by many beautiful beaches such as Pasir Bogak and Teluk Nipah. Those looking for an amazing snorkeling experience may head to the nearby Giam Island, where many underwater creatures and wildlife lies. Other attractions include Batu Bersurat, Fu Lin Kong Temple, Dutch Fort, and Tortoise Hill just to name a few.

Access to the island is made available through water and air transportation. Visitors may depart by ferries through either the Lumut Jetty, or the Marina Island Jetty. If air travel is preferred, visitors may take the flight in-bound to Pangkor Airport which is located on the north side of the island.

Those looking for an accommodation for their Pangkor Island visit can have a look at Pangkor Coral Bay’s website at

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