Pangkor Island or Pulau Pangkor (Malay) is the most popular holiday destination in Perak state. It attracts loads of local visitors during the weekends and during school holiday breaks.

The name Pangkor actually originates from the Thai word “Pang Ko” meaning “Beautiful Island.” Most of the island inhabitants make their living as fisherman and as tourist service providers.

Pangkor Island is famous for its white sandy beaches, but not as popular as a diving destination compared to other islands at the East Coast and East Malaysia.

Most of the beaches are open for public, with some decent budget hotels and accommodations available nearby. Accommodations can go as low as USD5 a night with decent quality.

There are a few exceptions of 5 star resorts at Pangkor Island; one of them is the Pangkor Laut Resort, which is often rated as one of world’s best luxury beach resort, featuring in lots of international TV shows and travel magazines.

The only way to Pangkor by sea is via the Lumut Ferry Terminal. It takes approximately 40 minutes by ferry from Lumut Ferry Terminal to Pangkor Island; the fare is RM4-6 depends on your destination on the island.

Pangkor is also accessible by air. The airport is located at Teluk Dalam and it can accommodate only light aircraft. Berjaya Air has one flight on Fridays and Sundays from Kuala Lumpur, mainly for their own resort customers.

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