Facts about Pangkor Island
Facts about Pangkor Island facts are easy to obtain. On this page we have collected the information you need to know when you want to visit Pangkor.
On this page you will further find:
Food and Drinks
One note about food and drinks. Malaysia is a Muslim country. Muslims are not allowed to drink alcohol. However beer and liquids are widely available. Most of the Chinese restaurants serve beer and stronger local liquids (rice wine). The minimum age for consuming alcohol is 18.
Further, during the Ramadan period the Muslim restaurants will be closed at day time. Chinese and (Hindu) Indian reastaurants are open. In the cities you won't have problems to find food but in the kampongs it can be difficult. Be respectful to believers, do not offend them.
Banks and ATM
Long term backpacker or on holiday for 3 weeks, sooner or later you will need a bank. There are ATM's in Pangkor Town.
The Malaysians call their currency Malaysian Ringit. Some older people will call it the Malaysian Dollar. Here's some useful information:
The Malaysian ringit or dollar comes in notes of RM 1, RM 5, RM 10, RM 20, RM 50, RM 100, RM 500 although you won't find many notes bigger then RM 50 outside Kuala Lumpur. There are also coins of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 sen and 1 ringit. (There are 100 sen in 1 ringit).
Check for the exact exchange rate our currency converter.
If the bank or the ATM runs out of money, you can change your money at some of the hotels. Alternatively, you can go Lumut where there are more banks available.
In Malaysia the maximum you can take out of the ATM is RM 1500.00 per day. In some cities like Kuala Lumpur this can be more.
All drivers in Malaysia are required a valid driving license. This can be a Malaysian driving license or a foreign driving license. An international driving license is accepted if the foreign driving license has been lost or is being renewed.
Be good prepared before going on the road. Facts about Pangkor would not be complete with some information on Health and Safety issues
Many hotels offer wireless internet in the room. There are also several internet cafes in Pangkor Town, Pasir Bogak and Nipah Bay available.
The official language in Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia. English is widely spoken. Here's some phrases you may find useful:
Can't wait until you come to Malaysia and learn more Bahasa Malaysia, or is it Bahasa Melayu? Miss Wan has an answer on that question too. She wrote an extensive website about learning the National Malaysian language online. Although, she claims the website is primarily for youngsters, I find it very well written for my own purposes (and trust me, I am a little older then the target group:), it's a great start for beginners, but also useful for experienced Bahasa Malaysia speakers: click here to go to Miss Wan's website about learning Bahasa Malaysia/Melayu which is indeed simple fun.
Most of the hotels offer laundry service. There is a laundry shop on Jalan Pasir Bogak in Pangkor Town.
There is a post office in Pangkor Town. On the mainland there are a few post offices in the vicinity.
The area code for the whole of Perak is 05. You will find phone booths all around the island. Phone cards can be bought at many local shops and stalls.
Are you planning to use your cell phone in Pangkor? You will need a world phone in order to get good reception. Some remote beach areas have very poor reception.
There is no tourist information center at Pangkor, but there is one in Lumut, nearby the jetty.
We have collected the visa information on a separate page. Click here for the visa information
So, when do you have to go to Pangkor? Is there a "best season"? Read more about the weather and how to prepare for the weather conditions at and around Pangkor island Malaysia. Click here for the weather at Pangkor in Perak.
All foreigners who want to work in Malaysia require a work permit.
Diving at Pangkor
It's possible again! Since late 2011, Quiver Dive Team have a dive team ready to show you the beauty of Pulau Sembilan.
Don't dismiss Sembilan Islands, the quality of underwater wildlife here is great and includes a wide range of nudibranches, turtles, leopard sharks, lesser barracudas, trigger fish and even the pygmee seahorse!
Quiver Dive Team have leisure dives (3 dives a day) and technical dive course available.
Events and Festival in and around Pangkor
While you travel in Malaysia, it's likely you will be somewhere when there's something to do. Check here what event or festival is on in Malaysia and around Pangkor.
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