by Jonathan Toze
Teluk Nipah beach
I first discovered Pangkor when I was in London in 1989, looking to return home to Australia, and wanted to go somewhere "exotic". I dropped into the Malaysian travel bureau near Trafalgar square, and sold me on this lost treasure on the west coast of Malaysia.
So go I did. And I met Sam Khoo on the ferry across to the island, an engaging man, who told us all of the history of the tourism on the island, his place, which we stayed at and loved, and his enterprising attempts to grow prawns in farms, now old hat, but then cutting edge.
We loved the place. Three years later my now wife then girlfriend came and stayed, and left all too soon. We have sat and dreamed of the island ever since, declaring that one day we would return, and so, now we do. This time with our children, all four of them, will join us as we return to the island, to see how progress has changed and yet retained the charm. I am so looking forward to seeing the fort again, the monkeys on the beach, the township, and of course, the beaches. I can't wait!
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