Pangkor Island - see the maps in figures 3-4 and 3.29 on pages 67 and 79 - is a small island off Malaysia's west coast, about 170 kilometres north west of Kuala Lumpur. The people of Malaysia use it very much as a holiday island, and it has only one large resort, the Pan Pacific Resort, Pangkor - see the photograph in Figure 3-28 - used by many international tourists and a few well-off Malaysians. Other accommodation facilities are available for more budget-conscious tourists and Malaysians. Because the island is so popular and easily accessible by ferries from the town of Lumut
and by local charter boats, the cost of staying there is higher than at other Malaysian tourism locations. Its tourist resorts are located on the eastern side and the northern peninsula.
The island's attractions are its beautiful beaches, evergreen forests, fishing villages and mangrove areas. Emerald Bay, on the small nearby island of Pangkor Laut, attracts tourists who wish to go scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. Jungle walking is also popular, due to lack of regular transport and poor-quality road maintenance. The island has very few cars, and its main forms of transport are bicycle, local bus, motorcycle and taxi. Tourists tend to hire bicycles, motorcycles and taxis. The local bus route is from Pangkor village directly across the island to the far end of Pasir Bogak Beach.