Pangkor Island & Pangkor Laut
The small island of Pangkor off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is known for its fine beaches and the virtually inaccessible jungle-clad hills of its interior. Pangkor Island is a haven of relaxation and many visit purely to recharge their batteries on the beach or in one of the island's resorts, but if feeling restless, it is definitely worthwhile doing a little exploration during your stay. There is a paved road that covers the perimeter of the island and doing the full loop of the island will take you around 7 hours on a leisurely bicycle ride, stopping en route at deserted beaches and small fishing villages.
The tiny neighbouring island of Pangkor Laut has been has been made into a private luxury resort, which surrounds Emerald Bay, a small horseshoe shaped bay with a delightful beach, clear water and fine coral. Pangkor Laut became a favourite escape for the late Italian Tenor, Luciano Pavorotti and one of their top suites is now named in his honour. The islands are easily reached by ferry from Lumut on the mainland, and also have their own airport with direct flights from Kuala Lumpur.