Pangkor Island, March 2008

by Kevin Lim
(Pasir Ris, Singapore)


The bus trip from Singapore to Lumut is about 8 hours. The boat ride is about 30 minutes from Lumut to Pangkor Island.

Pangkor town is really very laid back and simple, a little like those 1980s Singapore. However, not all the stuff there are as cheap as you might think. Some of the items are almost Singapore prices. But the food is an exception. The quality and quantity of the food we ordered are not something you can find in Singapore. For slightly less than S$20, my buddy and I got a plate of fried noodles, roast chicken rice, half a Hainanese kampung chicken and drinks. For those who have no idea what a "kampung chicken" is, it is a chicken left to roam around and being fed by chicken farmers natural, organic food. These chickens are not kept in cages all day with no room to run. So, with plenty of space to roam and exercise, the meat of these chickens are very tender and juicy. The soup that comes with the chicken rice is heavenly! There're herbs inside and the taste is just pure goodness! The breakfasts and diners provided by the Pangkor Island Beach Resort are pretty decent.

Pangkor Island is pretty much a slow place. The sand by the beach is so fine that it just seeps through your hands. The scenery is beautiful with the horizon welcoming you every morning and evening. There are plenty of activities you can join at Pangkor Island Beach Resort and most of these activities are free, if not, only for a complimentary rate. My buddy and I tried our hands on archery, which I think I might have some talent in. The sun, sand, sea and beach are all in sync to provide you a warm, comfortable and relaxing stay for the weekend.

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