While the most popular islands like the Perhentians or Tioman are on the otherwise very conservative and religious east coast, Pangkor is in the west, three hours from Kuala Lumpur and even less from Ipoh.

Secluded Coral Beach.

So hop on the ferry in Lumut and half an hour later, you’ll find yourself in a tropical paradise.

Yes, Pangkor’s strongest suit is it’s accessibility, also due to its proximity of 3.5 km / 2.2 mi from the mainland.

While the interior of the island is hilly and forested, the main reason why you should visit are the beaches on the west coast, the most popular ones being Pasir Bogak, Teluk Nipah, and Coral Beach, the most relaxed and secluded one.

The beach of Teluk Nipah stretches just in front of a small fishermen village where you find a range of accommodations – from pretty simple to a bit more upscale – no luxury, though. There is also a small supermarket and stalls selling beach equipment, souvenirs, and refreshments along the road next to the beach; everything is very relaxed.

Even the sunset takes it slow over Pangkor.

If you’re willing to walk for ten minutes, you’ll get to the even nicer and more secluded Coral Beach in the adjacent bay.

Fruit punch with a view.

Both beaches offer fine sand, clean waters, and friendly restaurants serving good food, but Coral Beach is broader and more separated from the road by palm trees and restaurants; now, how does that sound?!

Lazy Dayz on Pulau Pangkor.

To be honest, the other attractions on the island like the Lin Je Kong Temple, the Sri Pathirakaliamman Temple, or the Dutch Fort are not that overwhelming that you have to sacrifice a lazy beach day – especially if you’ve seen temples and forts elsewhere on the peninsula; just sayin’.

Pulau Pangkor caters mainly to national tourists so during the week – granted it’s not school holiday season in Malaysia – the beaches are pretty empty. Here, you can actually have the entire beach practically to yourself.

There is an ATM and even a bank on the eastern shore of the island, so no worries here.

Like on many smaller island in Malaysia, electricity can be a bit weak and so does the wifi. Great opportunity to unwind….

There is no bus going from Teluk Nipah to the jetty, but cabs take you there and around at reasonable prices.

Best place to sleep:

Accommodations around Teluk Nipah are not expensive, but to our standards, they aren’t great, either. The Anjungan Beach Resort is quite good – and exactly half way between two beaches….can it get any better?!

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Best place to eat:

There are two really good places on Coral Beach, Daddy’s Café and Nipah Deli. Both serve excellent food and good drinks – and most of all, the owners are very pleasant, helpful people.

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