When travelling around South East Asia you are literally spoilt for choice as to the number of places to visit. I often find that the best way to do it to choose a particular country or area and spend a good amount of time there. On one of my more recent trips I decided to check out some of maybe the less explored areas of Malaysia as I had previously done the usual destinations like KL and the islands of Penang and Langkawi. A little bit of research led me to a small island of the West of Malaysia and although the island is small I still found plenty of things to do in Pangkor, especially because I was staying at Pangkor Laut Resort where the staff are super helpful.
One of the great things about many Southeast Asian countries is that they are rich in history, especially colonial history. As you probably know Malaysia was once a colony of the Netherlands and the infamous Dutch East India Trading Company. Scouting around the island I came across the old Dutch Fort. This place goes back to the 1600’s and was a major strategic point for the company. Also related to the Dutch East India Company was the Sacred Rock inscribed with its name and tiger/child motif.
Having done a little bit of sightseeing a bit of relaxation is always in order and there really are some beautiful beaches in Pangkor. Probably the pick of the bunch was Teluk Nipah. Crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and the white sandy beach is a great place to relax and catch some sunshine. Another beach to consider is Coral Beach. The real draw for this place is that at low tide the coral reef linking it to Giam Island is exposed and it took me about ten minutes to wade through the shallow water to reach it.
As far as other things of interest to do if you’re feeling a little bit energetic is to go on a hike through the jungle. It is actually quite easy and there is some great wildlife and fauna to see. I particularly like to see the tropical birds and there was plenty of different species to see, especially hornbills. It took me about two hours to complete the walk.
All in all, I had a great trip and with lots of Pangkor Hotels to choose from I had no problem finding accommodation.