If you are spending your holiday in peninsular Malaysia, at some point the topic of where to plan a quick beach break may come up. The jungle, highlands and KL were fabulous, but now you'd like to get your feet wet. On the west coast, some of the obvious candidates for this are places like Langkawi, Penang and indeed, Pulau Pangkor.
This small resort island lies roughly in between Kuala Lumpur and Penang, off the coast of the state of Perak. While Langkawi may be good for couples looking to make a romantic break and Penang offers a quite complete package featuring bustling nightlife and lots of stuff going on in general, Pangkor offers a more straightforward resort experience - though one that is more popular with domestic than with foreign tourists.
No more than 8-9km from north to south yet with at least three dozen resorts lining the island and its smaller brother Pangkor Laut (home to a spectacular five star resort), it's pretty obvious what you should come here for. Outside of the resorts, Pangkor has a very rustic feel to it. Jungle treks into the mountainous interior can provide a good break from lazing around at the beach, as can the checking out of sights like the Foo Lin Kong Temple and ruins of the Dutch Fort [Review by travelindicator]
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- Pangkor is a region in Malaysia. It is situated at an altitude of 295ft and the best airport to fly into is PKG (Pangkor Airport, Pangkor)
- The main spoken language here is Malaysian / English, and the average English skill is high
- The currency used in Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit (MYR)
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