Pulau Pangkor: 18-20 Jan '14
Sat 18 Jan 14 - Mon 20 Jan 14 28 °C
As a contrast we next headed to the island of Pangkor for some R&R. Our resort (no hostels here), between jungle and beach, turned out to be scruffy and old, but our room was at least clean. It was a shame here was a powercut on the first night, no internet at all on the second and we were surprised by monkeys jumping on the roof, including one who say just above our door and almost launched itself at me when we went to get in, then following us when we walked away. I've never been threatened by something so small. Other wildlife included hornbills, which we saw being fed.
So, the beaches. No.1 - Telak Nipah - meant to be a nice golden sand beach. Well it is. But no one mentions the crowds of holidaying Muslims (so you have to move away to not be offensive in a bikini), or the monkeys colonising one end (and chasing intruding tourists away), or the huge amount of rubbish in the remaining bit. Definitely not expected, and it was mostly cloudy! Next day we waled the 5 mins to Coral Bay - prettier, less crowded and no rubbish - we even got some sun! We visited the main town (and a bakery) for lunch, but returned to Coral Bay for dinner - sunset across the sea made up for most of Pangkor's failures.