Teluk Batik - Most popular beach in Perak
Teluk Batik (also spelled Telok Batik) is very well known in the State of Perak. It seems all local people know this beach. Therefore it attracts a lot of local tourists. It is in fact quite a nice beach. Having said that, it is a very "local" beach. The beach all through the week reasonable busy. There are a few hotels in the area and it is possible to rent a beach hut just near the beach. This especially useful if you come with your children.
Food stalls are plenty and the food is reasonable good and at the beach side there are also toilets and showers available.
The question of course is if you stay in Pangkor if it is worth a visit. The truth to us here in Sitiawan is .... unless you want to experience a beach day with local Malaysian people, it is not worth the trip from Pulau Pangkor. It is a reasonable clean beach though the water here is a bit murky. It is a pleasant late afternoon swim though as I regularly do when I finish my cycling around my home.
There are several hotels near the beach, The Marina Cove Sherwood Resort is a good choice although the beach is at the other side of the hills. Two better options are within a minute walk from the beach: Teluk Batik Resort and Virgo Beach Resort.
Check some photos and decide for yourself if it is what you think. Also, check the beach at Teluk Senangin.
Mr. Goh, from Explore the Wilderness uses Teluk Batik for his team building activities. In the hills and at the beach he has set out some extraordinary jungle treks but the beach itself, he uses for his canoeing activities.
Activities at the beach include beach games (see above a game with throwing eggs to each other) and canoeing. But even if you don't join a team building session, you can rent canoes on the beach.
On the busier days jet skiing and banana boats are available.
In the hills around the beach you could have gone for some cool hiking. Unfortunately recently a significant part of the jungle (including the above canyon) is closed to public.
You can however hike from the beach to further away beaches through the jungle, this is still legal and possible. Paths to Teluk Rubiah as describe here are either closed to public or do no longer exist due to the building activities of Vale Industries at Teluk Rubiah.
The beach, which views also the southern and western part of Pangkor island, is still beautiful, especially on quiet days. Locals come here to relax or for fishing.
Options for hiking around Teluk Batik
As said, hiking around the area is nowadays very much limited. Only the beaches are reasonable easy accessible. Another option is to do some hiking behind the Teluk Batik Resort. It is recommended to bring a guide with you as the jungle can be a bit deceiving.
Especially on your own or with a few quiet people, you run into wild boar or some beautiful blue coral snakes.
Hotels in Lumut and Teluk Batik
Although Lumut is mostly ignored by travelers it is a popular destination for local tourists.
There are some good deals to be found in both Lumut and Teluk Batik. Have a look:
The Australian International School Kuala Lumpur came to the beach for a week of team building. They wanted to make a difference and decided to clean up one of the beaches.
You can't get it more remote then his beach: Teluk Senangin.
Lumut, gateway to Pangkor
Lumut is for most visitors "just a station to pass", as "there is nothing to keep them there". That is really too bad as Lumut has a few attractions worth to spend an afternoon, or even a day.
In this area you can go for jungle trekking. I would not advice to go in the jungle without a guide though.
It's a spectacular beautiful area.
Jungle trekking with children
Five years old and doing a jungle trekking of about 2 hours? Possible or crazy? Not for Johanna! Here's the story: