Although Pangkor Island is known for its rich marine life and beautiful beaches evidenced by the rising tourism industry and the age-old fishing trade, the island is also known as a great trekking and bird watching place. Pulau Pangkor is a mountainous island, lying off the coast of the state of Perak. Pangkor Island is a popular destination in Malaysia for its unspoiled virgin forest, various exotic land and marine animals and suitable climate. For an exciting trekking site in Pangkor, you can explore Pangkor Hill and Tortoise Hill and experience the magnificent overview of the entire island.
Because of the island’s remarkable topography, there are a lot of activities to do here. Other than jungle trekking, some of the activities in the island include scuba diving, snorkeling, cultural trips, camping along the seaside and bird watching. These activities will let you get near nature and make for a great bonding moment with your friends or family. Pangkor Hill is a common trekking place in the island. Located at the foot of the hill is the Foo Lin Kong temple, another popular site to visit in the island, boasting beautiful water garden and stunning landscape. Besides Pangkor Hill, you can also try Tortoise Hill.
The highest peak of Pangkor Island is 266 meters or 800 feet. This mountainous trail starts from Pasir Bogak Beach, just at the south of Teluk Nipah. The trail ends on the other side of the island, in the town of Sungai Pinang where you’ll see some cheap restaurants and eateries. Somewhere in the middle of the trail, you can proceed trekking further to Tortoise Hill. This is a genuine outdoor activity, so don’t underestimate the trekking trail and always wear a comfortable, durable shoes. During the rainy season, a lot of leeches appear and the trail is slippery so make sure your legs and feet are protected.
Along the trails to the hill, you can find some exotic flora and fauna. The site is home to dozens of flowers, plants and animals. Rare orchids can be found along the way while colorful birds like giant hornbills perch on the trees at the steep hill slopes. Catch a glimpse of the Macaque monkey swinging on the tree branches. When you reach the hilltop, you’ll see a tall viewing tower to witness the panoramic view of the countryside, the Strait of Malacca, the lush forests and the Tortoise Bay. The Tortoise Bay, also known as Teluk Ketapang in Malay, is a stunning and peaceful beach, sandwiched in between Pasir Bogak and Teluk Nipah. In this beach, you can witness a clear view of Pangkor Laut Island and Mentangor Island.
You should not miss trekking in Tortoise Hill because this is only one of the few untouched natural sites in Pangkor Island. You can snap great photos of the island watch different species of birds and animals and witness the orange sunset on top of the hill. You can also bring some food and enjoy a book while sitting under a shady tree.