Pangkor Island, Pangkor

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Pangkor Island is a resort island in Manjung District, Perak, Malaysia. It has a population of approximately 25,000. Nearby islands include Pangkor Laut Island, Talang Island, Giam Island and Mentagor Island . The major industries of the island are tourism and fishing.
Pangkor Island has a land area of 18km2 and is from Peninsular Malaysia. The interior of the island is forested and is home to 65 reptile species, 17 amphibian species, and 82 total herpetofaunal species.
Historically, Pangkor was a refuge for local fishermen, merchants and pirates. In the 17th century, the Dutch built a fort in an effort to control the Perak tin trade known as the Dutch Fort. In 1874, it was the location of a historical treaty between the British government and a contender for the Perak throne (the Pangkor Treaty), which began the British colonial domination of the Malay Peninsula. The old British name for the Pangkor Island group was the Dindings.
In 2003, Marina Island (a man-made island) was developed by the Marina Island Group of companies and began operation in 2010, with private investment of RM250 million by 2013. The integrated mixed development resort island consists of waterfront residential properties, a new jetty called Marina Island Jetty, a private commercial marina called Pangkor Marina Malaysia, service apartments, hotels and shop offices.
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  • Last visit to this island was 26 years ago. Was shocked to see how dirty this island has become. The Perak state government has obviously not been paying attention to its development which is really.....  more »
  • I like this island and plan to go back again. Easy to go from KL, take a bus around 4hrs from TBS and arrive at Lumut Jetty and get on the ferry with 7rm ticket for round trip per person. Then the...  more »
  • Gorgeous, stunning beaches. Renting a car or motorbike is super recommended to explore all the beaches and lookout points. Dining is a problem due to price and bad service so it's helpful to bring along some snacks, ramen and bread. Don't forget bottled water too.
  • Not too touristy, nice friendly island. I would have stayed longer if I could. Watch out for mosquitoes. Hire a scooter for RM40 a day. RM4 for petrol.

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