Review: Pangkor Island

The happy partner. Or so I thought.
The view
Nearing sunset at Pangkor
Hah! See the happy face of someone who hasn't been on a boatride for a long time?
Oh yes, it's Pangkor!
That's him again.


I knew  a vacation or even a getaway was not even in our list during that time, but there I was, tired and exhausted with work and overwhelmed with the first trimester symptoms of pregnancy that I asked my husband if we could take some time off and go somewhere nice.

He said yes, and I suggested Pangkor Island.

The truth is I knew Pangkor is not a place that will excite him – he has been there for three times at least and has done most of the activities you could think of doing over there. But me, being deprived of such opportunities – could not be happier.

It was on a Thursday that I asked, and on the Saturday, off we went – that’s how ad hoc this whole thing was!

Some notes on the trip:

Purpose: An ad hoc getaway – pleasure for both of us

Accommodation: Nipah Bay Villa – my Partner claimed that that’s the best we could get given that it was so last minute and now that I left everything to the money-savvy, frugal him – I should not expect anything fantastic.

Duration: 2D1N

  1. The only thing that could be off-putting is the fact that the journey from Kuala Lumpur to the nearest jetty i.e. Lumut took approximately 4 hours. Half of the route was off-highway so it could be a bit boring – and we somehow took the longer way, that’s why it’s 4 hours anyway.
  2. We could have rented a car to travel with on the island, but since we were only there for 24 hour only, and we did not have any plans to go beyond Nipah Bay so we managed without it.
  3. I puked before we got onto the ferry at Lumut, and got my partner worried if I will make a scene once we were on the ferry itself as a combined effect of morning and sea sickness, but thank God that did not happen. The ferry ride was a smooth one and we arrived safely at Pangkor Jetty on mid day.
  4. Nipah Bay Villa – the Partner booked a standard room because the chalets were fully booked except for the one right in front of (or to be precise, connected to) the restaurant. He made the right choice for not taking that one chalet for it will be noisy until midnight if so. In general I am pretty satisfied with the room, given the price – RM100/night and the hospitality was praiseworthy. Could not get the sea view though – it crossed my mind that the new apartments/accommodation next to ours could have been a better choice.
  5. Activity: After getting a short nap upon arriving, we went off to the beach which is a few steps away from the Villa itself. We were not planning for a boat ride or anything, but again, I was tempted with RM50 offer (it was not a discount anyway) to go on a two hour ride around Nipah Bay, stopping by at the small island just in front of the beach, and enjoy our quiet time there until the boatman come and pick us up again. And surely, it’s worth my money! The boatman also stopped by on an area where the fish could clearly be seen, gave us some slices of bread to feed them and there you go, you have a happy lady already.
  6. We asked the boatman to come and get us after half an hour, so that we could have ample time to enjoy the sunset on the small island. I could not remember feeling anything else at that time except that it was such a precious moment – me with the Partner, and a 7-week fetus in my womb.
  7. Dinner: Given that we were bound to eateries within walking distance – actually a nauseous woman’s walking distance – we were happy to resort for a dinner at the restaurant operated by the Villa itself. Seafood is its specialty, but unfortunately, it was the Partner who had to finish everything – thanks to my morning sickness. We had our breakfast the next morning at a nearby small restaurant, would not be a choice of ours if not because there was not any other place within our sight – it was a bit dirty to our liking.
  8. The next morning we went to the beach and the Partner went swimming. And me, though incapable of swimming, enjoy it as much. The waves were just wondrous – I would not deny one bit that I turned to be a playful 10-year-old kid!


I so love Pangkor Island and its blue clear water I would not refuse coming back again!  The fact that it’s not overcommercialised to become the likes of Langkawi Island – nothing overly-priced for local visitors with no advantage of higher currency values.



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