New Year in Pangkor

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Flag of Malaysia  , Perak,
Thursday, January 1, 2009

It was new year's eve, and we were sitting in KFC in front of Puduraya Station. While having our late dinner, we witnessed the revelers outside and we could hear the fireworks from somewhere in the city. Actually I just couldn't wait to get out of KL to somewhere quiet and enjoy the new year holiday. It was hard to contain my excitement because the next day I'd be on Pangkor Island for the first time.
The journey was straightforward but the most noticeable was the pink taxis. They looked very cute, but not totally comfy. We stayed at Nazri Nipah Camp in Teluk Nipah. Very basic but nice. We got a huge room with AC and bathroom because the guy in the room that we booked decided to stay longer.
First day, we just hung out at the beaches at Teluk Nipah. The beach at Teluk Nipah was okay but the one a little bit further up north was better. There's a little cafe called Daddy's Cafe at the beach. It was nice to sit there with cold iced tea after splashing and swimming in the emerald green water. Located on the west coast, the water is not clear. But this is much better than spending your holiday in KL. We rented a kayak and went all the way around the beach to a private beach called Pantai Puteri Dewi. It was a long kayak and I felt like my back was burning. It was a huge beach but not any more spectacular than the one in Teluk Nipah. There weren't many people there and they all stayed at the resort except us. We just crashed their beach for free. Who would pay RM 50 just to get there?
There was not much to do at night apart from dinner at one of the stalls at the main street. The food here was cheap. You could spend about RM 7 for a meal. Feeling exhausted but happy, we went to sleep early. The next day, we hired a motorcycle, and went around the whole island looking for more beaches and other interesting places. We went to some of the historical landmarks of the island. First up was the Dutch Fort. The Dutch built it to control the tin industry in this region a long time ago. After that, we went to the 'Tiger Rock' which was a boulder with a picture of a tiger taking away a child carved on it. According to the local, it was the work of soldiers in memory of a Dutch dignitary's son who was snatched by a tiger. We continued our ride around the island and we found Pantai Pasir Bogak. It was a beach located to the south of the island. It was not as nice a Teluk Nipah. We also went to the start of the jungle trail but we decided not to do the walk.
We noticed that they were lots of hornbills on the island. It is a very odd-looking bird but beautiful too. There was one on the roof of our chalet. We spent quite some time trying to take its pictures. It was not easy. Not long after that, we walked down the road, we saw even more hornbills and the locals even feed them with bread. So we joined them and took more pics of the birds. Then we went to the beach and took some sunset pics.
We had a great time here in Pulau Pangkor. It was close to KL, and relatively cheap compared to other island destinations in Malaysia. I have a feeling that we would be back here again!

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