Located on the east coast of Pulau Pangkor, Pangkor Town is the business center of the island. The town is quite small and very quaint, leaving a feeling that tells you nothing has changed for the past decades. A few years ago, a great fire occurred in the main town, and after renovation and rebuilding, you can now see several concrete buildings. You can also find wide-range of souvenir and clothing shops and food stalls serving tasty local delicacies. Being the main center of population, this is also the best place to get to know the locals and the genuine culture of the island.
The east coast of the Pulau Pangkor faces the inland and comprises the continuous strip of fishing villages including the Sungai Pinang Kecil, Sungai Pinang Besar and Pangkor Town. The town has been the center point between the fishing villages in the east and the famous beaches in the west coast of the island. From the main town, you can easily cross heading to the west coast and find several famous beaches such as Pasir Bogak which is only 2 kilometers from the town. You can also drive continuously going north to reach Teluk Nipah. Beside the single main road stated earlier, once you head southward, it will take you to Teluk Gedung and Teluk Baharu.
Activities that can be done in the main town include shopping for unique souvenir items and dried seafood, eating out at throngs of food stalls and simply walking along the main street. Souvenir items are popular in town including cheap shirts and other items crafted from sea shells. Food is fantastic in the island and the cuisine in restaurants isn’t just about Chinese, Indian or Malay. Because of the intermixing of cultures, new blend of food and dishes have also developed. All your strolling time can be spent tasting and nibbling. You’ll be surprised as some of the best foods can be found on local food stalls. There are also a few restaurants and coffee shops in town. Truly, eating out in Pangkor Town can be an exciting experience not just for your eyes but also your tummy.
In the main town, you will find numerous shops stuffed with different varieties of products from the sea. Of course, supplies are coming from the local villagers. Today, dried seafood packages are vacuum-sealed, making it more presentable and cleaner. The satay fish, dried squid and jellyfish are tasty although some people may find the smell a little stinky. Another place to visit in the main town is the dried fish factory, the place where the seafood are dried and processed. Ikan Bilis or anchovies are the most popular dried seafood in the island.
The main town has practically everything you need especially for tourists looking for other necessities like summer clothes. Besides the foods and dried fish for sale, a few budget hotels and banks are also available in Pangkor Town. Many tourists even stay there before heading to the beautiful beaches on the west coast.