Friday, August 31, 2007

Pangkor Island Day Tour

As I've mentioned earlier, we checked out from the hotel as soon as the rain stops after breakfast. Orient Star Resort is only 2 minutes walk away from the jetty to the island. The weather was perfectly fine that day.

The Jetty @ Lumut

We used to take a ride on wooden ferries to the Island 10 years ago. Now, wooden ferries were replaced with air conditioned ones, equipped with a 32 inch tv!

Life jackets all neatly arranged on top of each passenger seat.

Pangkor Island is a small island on the North West coast of Malaysia in the Straits of Malacca. According to the villagers, the population in Pangkor island was estimated at 20,000. Quite crowded for a small island huh?

You'll know that you're about to reach Pangkor Island when you see the fishing villager's little huts.

A bumpy and narrow ride around the island with Uncle Chan :)

As you arrived at the Island, you'll have a choice to rent a taxi [which is actually a pink van] to tour around the Island. You might consider renting a car, a motorbike or even a bicycle to explore the island. Since we're only there for a few hours day tour, we hire the pink taxi. Mr Chan [our chauffeur for the day] was really informative and helpful.

First Destination: The Dutch Fort

The Dutch Fort was built in 1670. It was one of the Dutch strongholds against pirates and local Malays. During the Dutch occupation in the 17th century, tin supplies from Pangkor and the mainland were stored for protection in this fort. As time goes by, the locals were unhappy with the treatment of the Dutch. So, they managed to destroy the fort in 1690. The Dutch then returned in full force to rebuild the fort. 60 soldiers were commissioned to protect the fort until 1743, when it was finally abandoned after being attached by a local warrior, Panglima Kulub, and his followers.

Kota Belanda/Dutch Fort

Holes for fire cannons

The front view of the fort. Can you spot our pink taxi?

Next stop...

We went to Fu Lin Gong Temple. That's where the miniature Great wall of China Pangkor situated.

Tortoise spotted outside the temple

A pond filled with Koi

Spotted a few sad looking monkeys in cages. These little friends are supposed to be roaming wild and free at the Monkey Island [which is situated at Pangkor]!

Next destination..

Mr Chan took us on a detour to the white sandy beach. The sand was fine and clean. There's nobody there at the beach that afternoon. Gosh it's like we own the entire beach on that day!

Our second last stop was the fishing village and the Satay and salted fish factory

Factory's warehouse

Fishing boat

A lady @ work

Ewww...flies! The stupid unlucky ones are trapped on fly papers.

Salted and satay fishes being dried under the sun.

Dried satay fish will be compressed using these dirty machines.

These are salted stingrays.

On our way back to the Pangkor jetty..

Mr Chan drove us to the ship yard and explore how boats are made. Interesting! A basic boat cost around MYR350,000 [without the engine]. If the engine and furnitures are added, the boat will cost a couple of millions...

Looking across the green sea lies a new island YTL bought recently. It's under construction now and soon it will become a duty free retail zone for shoppers visiting the island....

It was a pleasant day at the island and throughout the entire trip, we kept mentioning about bringing our parents along on our next visit to the island. I believe it's going to be a great trip for the entire family.....

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