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Things to do in Pangkor Island when you visit Malaysia

By Siddhi - June 18, 2020
Sunset at Pangkor Island

Malaysia is one of the world most visited countries in the world. Apart from being quite affordable, you have plenty of places that you can visit in Malaysia. If you are looking for a beautiful island with beautiful beaches in Malaysia, then Pangkor Island is worth considering. You can find Pangkor Island in Perak, the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula. Some of you might think this place as a small island but, there’s plenty of fun activities you can do in this small island. These few things listed here are some top activities to do when on Pangkor Island.

Visit the fantastic Beaches

Pangkor island beaches
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The first thing you should go for is a stroll around the beach, since this is an island. This island has numerous beaches you can spend time at, like Nipah Beach and Coral Beach. These two beaches are quite breathtaking. Apart from Nipah and Coral Beach, you can also visit Pasir Bogak Beach. Here you can experience the sea breeze on long lines of golden sand. The weather is generally pleasant with a cool breeze. Most people usually swim in the daytime. But, we highly recommend you to do it at night time as well. Why? It is because you will be able to see blue planktons glowing under the water. Ketapang Beach is also amazing. This popular white-sand beach is a top picnic spot for family. There’s also a look-out tower from where you can see the entire horizon.

Go Snorkeling

Snorkeling in Pangkor Island
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Want to see the underwater world? Then snorkelling is a good activity for that. Not far from Nipah Beach, you will find some stalls where you can rent snorkelling equipment. In Pangkor Island, there are some small isles which are suitable for snorkelling. Beautiful and sparkling views of the aquatic world will welcome you. You will also get a chance to see varieties of exotic fishes and other sea life. It’s highly recommended to spend some good amount of time on Mentagor or Giam Islets. Have a great time snorkelling with your loved ones here!

Also read: 9 Best Places to Snorkel in Malaysia- Gear up your Gills!

Try other Water Sports

Snorkelling is not the only water activity you can go for at Coral Beach or Nipah Beach. You can go for other water activities that can be quite adventurous and fun. There’s a wide variety of water sports for you to choose like parasailing, jet ski or even banana boat. You can also take kayak rentals if you would like to explore around the island.

Go to the Old Dutch Fortress

Malaysia used to be colonized by the Netherlands. So, it is not surprising to see some old buildings made by the Dutch in this country. One of the most popular one is the old Dutch Fortress. This building was originally built in 1670. This place was used as a storage for tin supplies by the Dutch colony. But the place currently does not look like it now as Malay people destroyed the building. However, this fort used to fire cannons. In 1743, people tried to rebuild this but later abandoned it. There are several versions of the history behind this but none of them sound pleasant. One popular picture spot at this place is the one where cannon points to the sea.

Hiking Pangkor Hill

If you love to go for outdoor activities, then you can go jungle hiking. One of the best treks around this island is Pangkor Hill. For trekkers, the thick and shady rainforest is an additional factor to the ambience. And, the top of the hill is not that far too. It only takes one or two hours to get there. You can start trekking from Bogak Beach. Its path will take you to a small Pinang River and continue to the east. There are path markers along the way so don’t worry about getting lost. They will help you to gauge your location.

Explore Temples

The island has several mystic temples that you can explore. One of the most popular is the Foo Lin Kong Temple. There are two life-sized statues of fishermen which act as the guardians of this Taoist-style temple. As soon as you enter the large blue and red gate, you can see unique statues as well as characters. The main temple has such an amazing construction with statues of animals like dragon and lion. There are also 12 Chinese zodiac signs on the temple’s roof. Try to spot them all if you can. That will be very entertaining, especially when you do it with your family or friends.

Go Bird Watching

Bird watching in Pangkor island
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Do you love birds? Then try to wake up early in the morning in Nipah Beach. You will see a lot of hornbills hanging on the trees. They are everywhere around the island. You can offer them fruits served on some bowls just like the locals. You can also feed them too if you want to. Don’t miss out the sunset view chalet from 05.30 PM to 07.00 PM. Feed the birds with some banana slices prepared by the guesthouse team. Also, this is a great place to click beautiful pictures. There’s no additional charge for the same.

Enjoy the Seafood Cuisine

Seafood  in Pangkor Island
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Any vacation would be incomplete without enjoying the local cuisine on Pangkor Island. The authentic dish you will find here is mostly seafood. And, the best part is that they are fresh out of the sea. For seafood addicts, Lin Restaurant at Bogak Beach is the best choice. This place opens in evening hours and it is often full. So, you should make a reservation first to enjoy their premium seafood cuisine.

Suggested Read: Malaysia’s exotic islands

Finally, as listed here, there’s a good range of things to do in Pangkor Island Malaysia like visiting the beach to visiting the local temples. All you have to do is to find the best spots that you prefer and start enjoying what Pangkor Island has got! Finding this guide useful? Start planning your vacation with Pickyourtrail and customise your itinerary online. Check out some of the best Malaysia tour packages and book your dream vacation!