Island vacation has fascinated many people, particularly those living in extremely cold countries or in bustling, noisy cities. The opportunity to escape and relax in an exotic and warm environment proves attractive to the body, soul and mind. If you are searching for a calm, serene and relaxing place in Malaysia, the best place to visit is the Pangkor Island (Pulau Pangkor). Often promoted as a low-key tourist destination, this is the perfect place if you want to avoid too fancy and expensive place or places attracting too many people or crowds. The island is situated along the Northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. There are several ways for getting to Pangkor Island either by land, by sea or by air. However, before heading to Pangkor Island, it is recommended to contact the Tourism Malaysia State Office for inquiries and questions with regards to your trip.
When getting to Pangkor Island, you have to drive to the entry point of the island, which is Lumut, the closest town to Pangkor. Lumut town is a quaint town boasting several historical and elegant buildings on the town’s administrative offices. When traveling by road from Kuala Lumpur, take the road to Jalan Kuching, passing to Jalan Duta until you reach the toll. Then, take the North-South Highway after driving for an hour. Leave the highway at Bidor plaza and after 100 meters, you’ll approach the tollgate. Exiting the toll, turn right and you’ll encounter several pit stop offering different beverages, local snacks and tropical fruits past the gas station. Turn left heading to Teluk Intan. Follow the road sign indicating Lumut until you pass the Sitiawan town. Travel time by land from Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor takes approximately 3 ½ hours.
After you arrive in Lumut town, the only way of getting to Pangkor Island by sea is via Lumut ferries. There are a couple of public ferry stops for the people in Pangkor – the Pangkor Jetty that heads directly to Pangkor town and SPK Jetty going to Sungai Pinang Kecil. Also, buses from Kuala Lumpur and other states also drop off at the bus station close to the pier. For tourists, it is better to choose Pangkor Jetty since it is heading to the town capital of Pangkor Island, which is adjacent to major beaches on the west coast. The third pier is the Pangkor Island Beach Resort Jetty, which is exclusive to guests of the hotel. Travel time via boat ride to Pangkor town usually takes 40-minutes.
Perhaps the fastest and most convenient way of getting to Pangkor Island is traveling by air. If you plan an air trip from Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor Island, you can book a flight on the private carrier Berjaya Air from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport with its Dash 7 Turboprop airline. The carrier travels nearly five times a weeks, flying every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Pangkor is 97 nautical miles from Kuala Lumpur. The Pangkor Airport is a small airport with a runway near Teluk Dalam. Of course, during departure time, better double confirm your schedule directly with Berjaya Air.