Despite its name translating to “Beautiful Island,” Pangkor is usually skipped in favor of the more popular destinations like Penang Langkawi. While it’s not as crowd-free as Koh Kut in Thailand, Pangkor still offers that quiet unavailable to the tourist hotspots. And it’s easier to get to as well, with ferries and planes as options to get into the island. There are also a lot of options for going around the island such as rented scooters or their famous pink taxis.
Most visitors like sunbathing on the white-sand beaches, but there are also beaches perfect for snorkeling. Or if your stamina is up for it, kayak around the island and enjoy the view from the water. If you want a break from the sea for some reason, hike up the hill to reach the many vantage points where you can appreciate the wildlife. Or stay on the ground and learn about the island’s history while walking around the Dutch Fort that can be traced back to the seventeenth century and the Fu Lin Gong Temple, the largest Taoist temple on the island.