Welcome to the 75th edition of the Pulau Pangkor Newsletter! It has been a while but with good reason. Being on the road and outside Malaysia on and off for the last few months didn't give me a lot of time to check the changing situation at Pangkor myself. And I don't offer second hand work, as you know. So what did I see visiting Pangkor and the Pangkor mainland? Things are changing. rapidly, especially around Sitiawan and Seri Manjung.
- Teluk Nipah beach building finished
- New spectacular photos Pasir Bogak!
- Pangkor Tour around the Dutch Fort and Tiger Rock
- Update Teluk Rubiah
- Jambatan Gambung, Pasir Bogak
- Nipah Guesthouse
- Cooking Class Penang (official opening September 24)
- Lumut Heritage
- Surrounding of Lumut is booming
- Teluk Intan, more than the Leaning Tower
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Peter van der Lans
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Teluk Nipah beach building finished
The construction at Teluk Nipah is finally finished. I admit it's not as bad as it did look like but the shops are build right at the beach, which is 1. not very clever with rising water, when there's almost no beach left and 2. there's little space for enjoying the beach itself at several points. That said, the Nipah mainstreet looks a lot cleaner. The shops are not yet open (which means the messy shops just before Teluk Nipah still exist but this should be all cleaned up soon).
For those who are concerned about the views towards the beach, with the old rotten ramshackle huts providing food and souvenirs there was already little to view from the hotels but the view is at least a lot cleaner. Besides, with Coral Beach nearby, you will have the best beach at Pangkor still nearby.
New spectacular photos Pasir Bogak!
Pasir Bogak is sometimes called the biggest swimming pool in the world. True or not doesn't really matter. Truth is that the beach is beautiful. I went here again a couple of days back. Pasir Bogak rivals any great beach in Malaysia. Check out yourself:
Pangkor Tour around the Dutch Fort and Tiger Rock
Thursday 15th September I did some cycling over Pangkor, here is a selection of photos around the Dutch Fort and Tiger Rock.
==>> More about the Dutch Fort including updated photos: http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Dutch-Fort.html
Update Teluk Rubiah
Teluk Rubiah is no more. Vale Industries has started building an iron ore. The destruction has begun. It's hearty breaking to see that again economy prevails over nature.
Photos I made before the destruction:
Some locals have started a Facebook group to save Teluk Rubiah. Although I do not believe Teluk Rubiah can be saved, it is possible to make people more aware about the environmental issues and demolition of both the Pangkor mainland at Seri Manjung, Sitiawan and Lumut and Pangkor itself.
==>> http://www.facebook.com/SaveTelukRubiah ...
At Pasir Bogak there is a little gem little visited by tourists. It's the Jambatan Gambung, a suspension bridge in the jungle. True, there's not more than just a bridge in not the very best state too but it's an interesting place as you can really feel how dense the tropical rainforest here is:
The small, cozy and incredible friendly Nipah Guesthouse has become my favorite guesthouse at Pangkor. Annuar and Alicia have build themselves a great place which this year extended with new cottages (and more to come later in 2012).
Nipah Guesthouse is my no. 1 personal recommendation for staying at Nipah Bay (Teluk Nipah)
The new cottages... with aircon, TV and fan...
Cooking Class Penang ==>> Opening at September 24!
Nazlina's Cooking Class in Penang, Nazlina's Spice Station has moved location. Although she already teaching at her new location, the official opening will be at September 24. Location: Stewart Lane 71 in George Town Penang.
Prof Dato Anwar Fazal, director, Right Livelihood College, Universiti Sains Malaysia will open the shop officially. The activities will start at 3PM.
==>> Book NOW: http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/cooking-traditional-food-class.html
Also, you may want to check Nazlina's http://www.pickles-and-spices.com and her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/penangcookingclass
The new location for Nazlina's Cooking Class
Lumut is a small town and doesn't have much heritage. What there is to see, takes some effort. You know Lumut is basically a two street town. The two streets are separated in the heart of town near the bus station. However, if you pass the Orient Star Hotel, you will find some really beautiful and completely abandoned and in deplorable state heritage houses.
Lumut heirtage but there's not a lot left
Surrounding of Lumut is booming
The surrounding of Lumut is booming. It seems building processes are everywhere. A lot of the natural resources are being used. I suspect a lot of the hills around Lumut and Seri Manjung will disappear within the next 10 years to make space for more housing areas (the over 5000 people who will be employed at the Vale Iron Ore at teluk Rubiah will need houses and roads).
The consequence is that you can have a good choice of bungalows and semi D houses available in Seri Manjung and Sitiawan:
One of the more interesting though less visited cities in Perak is Teluk Intan. The city is mostly famous for the Leaning Tower. However, if you dig a tiny little bit deeper, there is a lot to explore, especially in terms of food and heritage. And with Pasir Salak nearby, you will have a very full program for a few days in Teluk Intan.
In the town center there's a few hotels, I would recommend the Anson Hotel which is conveniently located 100 meters from The Store within walking distance from almost everything you'd like to see.
A visit to Teluk Intan can not be complete with a visit to Pasir Salak:
More photos of Teluk Intan in my Facebook:
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