Pangkor Island [Wikipedia|Wikitravel] is one of the most beautiful islands in the northern region of Malaysia, attracting tourists from all over the world. One can drive or take a bus to Lumut town, and later board a ferry to the island. A more convenient way of travelling is by air and the only operating airline is Berjaya Air that flies to Pangkor Island five times a week.
One of the most beautiful beaches on Pangkor Island is Pasir Bogak Beach, located about 30 minutes away from the airport offering a lot of activities for tourists. Of all the resorts that are located along the Pasir Bogak Beach, Coral Bay Resort offers comfort and convenience to tourists with its 142 rooms and 70 apartment units for bigger groups. Fully equipped with recreational facilities, including freeform swimming pool, water slide, open air Jacuzzi, sauna, sports and fitness centre, water and telematch facilities and beach games, Coral Bay Resort promises tourists a fun and enjoyable time throughout their stay. For gastronomic indulgence, The Moonlight Coffee House, The Pool, The Abyss, The Mamak Stalls and Poolside Terrace are the places to be to savour some local and international delights.
At Pasir Bogak beach, the activities do not only involve the beach, but also the hills that surround this area, and tourists can challenge themselves to go for jungle trekking. However, it is advisable to hire a tourist guide to avoid getting lost in the jungle or in any case of injuries. This activity is suitable for everyone because the trail is not that challenging and as a reward, tourists will be able to see a splendid view of the sun shining down on the nature on Pangkor Island.
Other than exploring the greeneries along the trek, tourists can enjoy the breezy beach with loads of activities and one of the most exciting is the beach games. This activity is more suitable for a big group of at least 10 persons so that teams can be formed. The beach games include Rolling Ball, Giant Slippers, 360 Pangkor, Tug of War and many other games that can be arranged with the management of Coral Bay Resort prior to the visit. Another fun activity that cannot be found anywhere else in Malaysia is hunting for sea cockroach. Sea cockroach is a species of molluscs that run very fast and live in the sand at the sea shore and its colour is similar to the sand. With all its surviving features, it is very challenging to catch this creature. However, it is a really fun activity because it requires a lot of patience, skills, and speed to catch it. There will be a lot of tumbles and falls and misses during the catch but all is done in the name of fun.
Treasures From the Sea
When in Pangkor, the sea is the play pan and one of the most famous activities is snorkelling. Pangkor may not have the most beautiful corals among other islands in Malaysia, but the variety of the fish population creates a colourful environment in the sea. After snorkelling, tourists can enjoy becoming fishermen by fishing at a few fishing spots at this island but the catch very much depends on the luck. It doesn’t really matter how big the catch is, but it is more to the excitement of pulling the fish into the boat. Tourists will definitely be thrilled with the experience of catching the fish. There are also water sports that they can enjoy here, for example banana boat and jet ski, where they can experience the ride of their lifetime being thrown off the banana boat and get their adrenaline pumped up being on the jet ski.
One special activity that is done by locals in Pangkor is beach netting, which is normally done at night on the beach using a long net measuring up to 80 feet long. This activity requires at least three persons, where two persons will be on the beach to handle the net and one will be on the boat to spread the net that will be pulled from both end to land the catch. It looks quite simple, but this activity requires a lot of strength because the net will be very heavy when the catch is pulled together with the net. There will be a lot of sea creatures caught, for instance fishes, squids, crabs and some jellyfishes as well.
Rich in History
Other than natural attractions, the small town in Pangkor Island also possesses other charms, especially the history. Tan Boon Chin’s coffee shop in Pangkor town for instance, has been running its business even before Pangkor Island was commercialised and the menu here is limited to only drinks, packed ‘nasi lemak’, half boiled eggs and toasted bread. But the specialty of Tan Boon Chin’s coffee shop or known by locals as Chin’s coffee shop is the rich taste of the coffee that is brewed traditionally and its recipe is passed to the later generations. Hai Seng Hin fish factory is also among the pioneer in entrepreneurship on Pangkor Island. This fish factory produces all sorts of processed seafood products, including fish ‘satay’, dried squid, grilled squid, prawn crackers and many others that are marketed nationwide.
Pangkor Island may not have long history line as long as Melaka, but in 1650, the Dutch arrived in Pangkor and the locals were forced to agree with the construction of Dutch Fort after they were ambushed by the Dutch. Dutch Fort was then built as a plant to keep all the collected tin ore away from the locals and after some time, the locals rebelled and attacked this plant. Since then, it was never put to use and has become a tourist attraction on Pangkor Island.
Pangkor Island has a lot to offer if the tourists really explore the whole island. It has the beach, sea, greeneries and priceless history for tourists to discover and enjoy. Pangkor Island is just as charming as always, and the people are just as lovely and warm.