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Pangkor Newsletter No. 76: Pangkor trekking, explore Perak and more
October 17, 2011
Hello,

Welcome to the 76th edition of the Pulau Pangkor Newsletter! The last weeks I was visiting Pangkor for a couple of reasons. I finally did the jungle trekking over Pangkor for the first time in 6 years. And it was a great experience. Further I went to the opening of Nazlina Spice Station which is the base of her Penang Cooking Class and I was busy exploring Perak.

  • Pangkor trekking
  • Cooking Class Penang - Officially open!
  • Nipah Guesthouse
  • Bruas, the ancient lost Hindu kingdom
  • Pangkor Tour around the Dutch Fort and Tiger Rock
  • Real estate in Seri Manjung
  • A ride from Pangkor to Kuala Kangsar
  • Facebook and Twitter

Ubiah Mosque Kuala Kangsar
Ubiah Mosque Kuala Kangsar

Happy reading!
Peter van der Lans
Sitiawan

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Pangkor trekking
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Few people go for a jungle trekking at Pangkor. Most come for the beaches and that is fair enough. However, if you want to explore tropical rainforest and do not want to go deep into Malaysia Pangkor has a nice piece of jungle available.

Bukit Pangkor, the top of the highest hill.
Bukit Pangkor, the top, the main destination during Jungle trekking at Pangkor but there are no nice views over the island.

The trekking it self will take 4-5 hours and you can do it on your own providing you use our map. Start at the incinerator and climb all the way to the top and continue to Pasir Bogak.

I was happy I had my map with me as there are a few points where it is confusing and taking the wrong turn would have brought me back right to the center of the island and I would have been lost for hours. Bringing a compass is certainly advised.

==>> http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/jungle-trekking-at-pangkor.html

and use the trekking map:

==>> http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/pangkor-trekking-map.html

More photos of the jungle trekking at Pangkor in my Facebook account:

==>> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150299261883167.342648.636673166&type=1

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Cooking Class Penang ==>> Officially open!
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Nazlina's Cooking Class in Penang, Nazlina's Spice Station has moved location. That is, she still teaches at Lone Pine Hotel at Batu Ferringhi on Tuesdays and E&O Hotel on Wedensdays but the rest of the week, from Thursday to Saturday her classes are at the Nazlina Spice Station.

Prof Dato Anwar Fazal, director, Right Livelihood College, Universiti Sains Malaysia has opened the shop on September 24. I was there, as you would expect. Photos can be found here in my Facebook account:

==>> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150304461073167.343551.636673166&type=1

Nazlina has a very good selection of Malaysian/Penang cook and heritage books available. If you do a class, don't forget to check that out.

==>> Book NOW: http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/cooking-traditional-food-class.html
==>> http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/cooking-class-in-georgetown.html

Also, you may want to check Nazlina's http://www.pickles-and-spices.com and her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/penangcookingclass

Nazlina Spice Station
The new location for Nazlina's Cooking Class

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Nipah Guesthouse
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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)

Nipah Guesthouse, the new cottages... with aircon, TV and fan...
The new cottages... with aircon, TV and fan...

==>> http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/nipah-guesthouse.html

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Bruas, the ancient lost Hindu kingdom
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Bruas is a little town 37 km north, north east of Pangkor island on the old road to Taiping and Kuala Kangsar.

It is seldom visited despite it's spectacular history. The kingdom dates back about 1000 years but there is very little left. I know there's two Hindu king tombs in the area but I have not been able to locate them yet (despite my frequent visits).

Bruas has a nice little museum with quite a few interesting things to check out. Bruas is worth visiting.

around Bruas Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin

Just north of Bruas, 5 km to be precise you find a spectacular Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin. It is basically the entrance to the park. A small path leads into the park deep into the hills (something one day I will do, but I will need a guide for that).

Hutan Lipur Ulu Licin however does not require a guide. Take the junction at the Bruas town center at the central market and just continue on this road.

There are picnic tables but please take your rubbish back with you.

You can reach Bruas from Pangkor by road. Take the direction to Ipoh in Lumut, pass Ayar Tawar, after another 6 km there's a clear junction to Bruas, another 18 km on the way to both Taiping and Kuala Kangsar.

There are local buses available in Lumut but the time schedules are unclear.

==>> http://www.bicycle-adventures.com/around-bruas.html

More photos in my Facebook account

==>> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150291345018290.358010.215695928289&type=1

Some years back I had an unexpected experience with a cobra in the same area:

==>> www.bicycle-adventures.com/cobra.html

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Pangkor Tour around the Dutch Fort and Tiger Rock
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Thursday 15th September I did some cycling over Pangkor, here is a selection of photos around the Dutch Fort and Tiger Rock.

==>> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150293832803167.341489.636673166&type=1

==>> More about the Dutch Fort including updated photos: http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Dutch-Fort.html

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Real Estate in Seri Manjung
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Seri Manjung is booming. In fact it is so heavy booming that we now have a Tesco, Giant, Store, Econsave and Billion available. In a few months Jusco will also open its doors.

I am expecting more than 5000 people will come to Seri Manjung and Sitiawan. Not surprising a lot of new houses are being build (like the one below)

Real estate Seri Manjung

You can enquire us for what we have available:

==>> http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/real-estate-seri-manjung.html
==>> http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/venice-of-perak.html

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A ride from Pangkor to Kuala Kangsar
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Pangkor is a great base to explore Perak. And Perak has a lot to offer in terms of heritage and nature. As a cyclist I'd like to explore on bicycle but the ride here can easily be done by motorbike or car.

You will see a piece of Perak few travelers take.

Is it worth the effort? I would say so, YES!

Parit to Kuala Kangsar

Start in Lumut and take the road to Ipoh, cross the bridge at Bota and take the junction to Parit, a nice restored little town and good for a refreshing drink. After Parit continue to Kuala Kangsar by taking the A164!

After arriving in Kuala Kangsar, you can come back to Pangkor by using the A3 to Manong and Bruas but you could continue to for example Taiping, Ipoh or going north to Gerik and Thailand.


==>> http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Kuala-Kangsar.html

==>> http://www.bicycle-adventures.com/kuala-kangsar-to-ipoh.html

==>> http://www.bicycle-adventures.com/taiping-to-ipoh.html

Should you be interested have also a look at my cycling adventures in Perak (which can for the most easily be done by car or motorbike):

==>> http://www.bicycle-adventures.com/cycling-adventure-tour.html

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