After Kuala Lumpur and Malaka,
our Malaysian itinerary was as follows:
Each of these locations were spectacular, stunning or sensational in their natural beauty but completely different from each other. This is the first of three posts.
We visited Pangkor Island, located in the Straits of Malacca, in the monsoon season, so we were expecting some rain but we were surprised at the huge amount of debris washed up each day on the idyllic, tropical beaches, however they were cleared each morning, of the garbage that had sadly collected over night.
According to the build-up in our guide-book, we were expecting some of the best snorkeling in Southeast Asia. However, when we went on a boat trip around the island, our snorkeling opportunity was restricted to an area of about the size of a large swimming pool – the reason given for the small size of roped off area was that there was a problem with sea urchins. However, it was amusing to watch some of the Malays and Chinese people jumping off of the boat wearing their life jackets in a depth of about four foot of water if we were lucky and actually swimming in life jackets, after all, it wasn’t exactly the Titanic!
Pangkor Island is very popular with local people, so it’s hard to find good hotel accommodation, especially at weekends when the hotels are over crowded and under staffed.
Pangkor Island is incredibly beautiful, fantastic white sandy beaches, lush vegetation and jungle, and an amazing selection of wildlife. Monkeys and birds are a major attraction, and watching the Hornbill each evening was a true delight. Our hotel had some beautiful resident Peacocks that just wandered about the place, gracefully, as if they owned it, finding shade at midday on the lower balconies and producing a splendid natural display of colour.
The food in some of the local fish restaurants was exceptional, especially in the Chinese restaurants, of course.
On balance, we were a bit disappointed by the debris on the beaches and in the sea but to be fair, it was the monsoon season, after all, so we have to make some excuses for this beautiful corner of paradise.
Our photos will follow eventually…