Pulau Pangkor Things to Do
Pulau Pangkor is a small island located off the coast of Malaysia. Though lesser-known than some of the other nearby islands, Pulau Pangkor is a popular vacations spot with plenty of attractions and activities for visitors.
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The Dutch Fort
The Dutch Fort is a can’t-miss historical site in Pulua Pangkor that offers plenty of opportunities for beautiful photos. The fort, built by the Dutch in 1670, was originally meant for storage and protection of tin supplies that came from the sultanate of Perak. Although the fort was destroyed in 1690, it was rebuilt in 1743, again by the Dutch.
You can visit the fort on your own, or see it during a taxi tour. There is a gift shop on the premises, so you can buy souvenirs to remind you of your visit. Make sure to read the signs that explain the history of the area, and don’t forget your camera.
If you’re interested in Taoism or religious art, you’ll definitely want to spend some time at the Fu Lin Kong temple. This is the largest Taoist temple on the island. It hosts a large variety of different artifacts and display items, so plan to spend several hours there. You’ll need at least that long to discover all of the different features of the temple. There’s even a miniature version of the Great Wall of China for you to explore.
You’ll also want stroll the grounds of the beautiful garden compound where the temple is located. There you can enjoy the natural beauty of the area, as well as the work that’s gone into renovating and maintaining the temple. Donations are accepted to help with the upkeep of the temple.
There are several ways to explore the island, including walking or taking a taxi, but one unique way to explore Pulau Pangkor is by taking a boat trip around the bays. Not only will you get to see some of the gorgeous beaches and landscape of Pulau Pangkor, you’ll also be able to spot some of the local wildlife. Look for crabs, monkeys, and fish.
Speaking of fish, some boat tours may include the chance to explore a floating fish farm. There you’ll be able to see where certain species of fish are raised until they reach a size large enough to fetch a high price. You may even get a chance to try feeding some of the fish yourself.
Don’t forget to spend some time exploring the shops in Pangkor town. There you’ll find vendors selling dried fish and noodles, fresh fruit, and other staples. You can also find restaurants and cafes where you can get a good cup of coffee, and you can spend some time checking out the local antique shops. Don’t forget to take some time to take in the beautiful scenery along the road.
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