Pangkor Island

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Pulau Pangkor translates as 'beautiful island', which is entirely appropriate considering its setting. The former hideout of pirates, the island has had a tumultuous history involving Dutch forts, the tin trade, a colonial period and an overthrowing by a local ruler. For such a placid island it's hard to imagine it as the source of so much conflict, but one look at those tropical white sand beaches and it's not difficult to see why it's been hard fought over. These days the only invaders you'll really come across are weekend warriors from around Malaysia, keen to seek out a slice of pure relaxation before heading back to work. For this reason Pangkor doesn't see many foreign tourists, which is a shame because its laid back, village feel offers much to the intrepid visitor. Sure, the beaches aren't the best Malaysia has to offer (Bunga Raya and Langkawi hold that crown), but the wild jungle interior is unexplored and during the week you'll largely have the place to yourself.



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