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The name of the island comes from the Thai 'Pang Ko', which means 'Beautiful Island' means. Actually it is an island group, the main island of Pangkor, and also three smaller islands: Pangkor Laut, Pulau Mentagor and Pulau Giam. Pangkor Laut is this the best known, because of the same exclusive and idyllic Pangkor Laut Resort you will find on this small island. Pangkor is fine for a few days to visit. It is close to Kuala Lumpur and you can explore the island by moped good. The island is too small for a car, in which case you better take a taxi.

Pangkor is a mountainous island, the highest point is 1,216 meters (Pangkor Hill). Because the main island pretty much only consists of mountains, are the roads like a circle around the island. A tour around the island is 18 kilometers. The island is located in the state of Perak, about 85 km from Ipoh (the 4th largest city of Malaysia). Fishing is central on the island, followed by tourism.

The Island

The island itself is really beautiful, it is similar to Langkawi, but smaller and more pristine. Furthermore, you can go to Pangkor Town, the main town of the island. Here you can find good food at hawkers (popular Chicken Rice and Kway Teow) and small fish restaurants. Here are some ATMs.

There are also a few other villages, including some nice beach towns (such as Nipah Town and Bogak Town). You can enjoy activities along the beach. So you can rent a canoe, you can take a ride on a banana-boat and you can make a few laps on the jetski.


Pangkor is mainly at weekends and during public holidays a busy island. Many locals from Kuala Lumpur (or Ipoh) pull the weekends out to explore the island. Often mopeds rented all if you're not on time (although it is always good, in extreme cases you can rent one from a local through your guesthouse or resort). On weekdays it is often very quiet on the island. Around the popular beach towns like Nipah Bay and Bay Bogak are many restaurants than even closed. If you plan to snorkel, or do you want to find the deserted beaches, this is the best you can do during the week. Good food at one of the busy fish restaurants are best on the weekends.

  • Last visit to Pangkor: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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