About Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island is in Perak, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, about 100 km west of Ipoh and halfway between Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Pangkor Island is an island for swimming near Kuala Lumpur with good recreational value. The water in the coves is clean, the amenities on the beach are more than satisfactory.

Besides the eastern coast, the island offers the only clean beaches, which are additionally accessible by highway from Kuala Lumpur as a day trip.

Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island

Bus Shuttle Service From Singapore

Buses shuttle regularly from Ipoh, Taiping and even from Singapore via Kuala Lumpur to Lumut, the ferry port on the mainland.

This fishing village lies on the banks of the binding River, 51 miles (84 km) south of Ipoh.

Lumut is also a naval station of national importance. In the Government Resthouse, a museum displays old weapons and tools along with a collection of shells and coral.


Although Pangkor is less well-known than Penang, Langkawi, and Tioman, the Perak state government is making efforts to promote it as one of Malaysia's main tourist destinations.

It is a popular local resort and can get very crowded at weekends and on public holidays, however the beaches are almost empty during the week.

It has some of the west coast's prettiest and most tranquil beaches, authentic Malaysian fishing villages that have changed little in 50 years, and some great local food (especially the seafood).

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