3 Days in Pangkor: A Budgeted Itinerary for Two
For some people, planning out an itinerary feels like such a daunting task. What to do? Where to go? What to eat? Where to begin? Pause. It’s good to start with a strategy. Start by asking yourself what’s the main focus of this trip, and whether you want to work your itinerary around a budget or work your budget around the activities. Once you have a clear goal in mind, it’s time to Plan It Well for your next trip!
Here’s an itinerary for a three day two night trip to Pangkor Island for two persons based on a budget of RM800.
For this trip, we’ll be taking a ferry from Lumut to Pangkor Island. First, make the trip to Lumut Waterfront and purchase two return tickets at RM14 per adult. The ferry departs from Lumut every 45 minutes and takes 45 minutes to reach Pangkor Island, so you might want to take the 10:45 AM ferry to reach Pangkor Island at 11:30 AM, which gives you ample time to explore the island on foot for a bit before lunch.
On the island, options for transportation are few. There are many great places to visit within walking distance, but some of the better areas require a taxi, so we’ll limit taxiing to a maximum of two trips a day. Taxis here charge about RM15 per trip.
Total expenditure: RM14 x 2 + RM15 x 4 = RM88
Sunset View Chalet is quite highly regarded in Pangkor Island, yet their accommodation rates are fairly reasonable at RM80 per night for a standard room.
Total expenditure: RM80 x 2 = RM160
On day 1, you would have arrived on Pangkor Island at around 11:30 AM. Take a short 4-minute walk from the Pangkor Jetty to Galeri Pangkor, a former school turned gallery. It showcases many things about Pangkor, including all Pangkor-related items and info previously housed in the National Museum, such as ceramic shards recovered from the Dindings Straits. Entrance is free.
Having explored the exhibitions at the gallery, it would be time for lunch. Take the taxi over to Nipah Deli Steamboat & Noodle House on the other side of the island. It is one of the most highly-rated restaurants in Pangkor not just because they have an amazing atmosphere offering a beautiful sunset view by the beach, their food has also received rave reviews from guests both overseas as well as locals. They have recently been visited by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for his welcome dinner there. Coconut and coffee by the beach after a meal is a nice suggestion for this place. A meal there would be about RM25 per person.
Having had lunch, walk over to Sunset View Chalet to check-in and refresh yourself. Relax in the room for about an hour.
SF Watersports Centre has an Island Hopping package for visiting four beaches and two islands and includes a free snorkelling session with snorkelling sets for RM60 per boat.
Head back to Sunset View Chalet after snorkelling to wash up in time to view the hornbill feeding session at 6:30pm.
After watching the feeding of the hornbills, you’ll be hungry because it’s now dinnertime. Walk over to Daddy’s Cafe, which is near where Nipah Deli is at. Daddy’s Cafe has more Western and fusion options, as well as some unique Malaysian style foods such as Chicken & Crab Masak Lodeh and Angel Hair Shell Curry. Let’s budget the meal at RM50 per person.
After dinner, it’s already too dark to visit anywhere in Pangkor, so head back to Sunset View Chalet and have a good rest for the next day.
Total expenditure for Day 1: RM25 x 2 + RM60 + RM50 x 2 = RM210
Wake up to a good breakfast at Sunset View Chalet.
After breakfast, take the taxi to Fu Lin Kong, the largest Taoist temple on Pangkor Island. While they don’t charge any entrance fees, donations are appreciated in order for them to maintain the temple and its environment. They have a beautiful landscape with various sculptures adorning all throughout the garden. The main attraction here is their mini Great Wall of China, which leads to the hilltop that provides a beautiful view of not only the temple but also part of the island all the way to the sea.
Having explored the temple, walk over to Chef Makbul Kitchen for a nice and reasonably-priced seafood lunch at about RM30 per person.
Next, walk to Hai Seng Hin Satay Fish Factory. Hai Seng Hin was originally established in 1969 chiefly as a fishery and fish trading business. It is now famous for being a seafood snack manufacturer on Pangkor Island. Anybody who visits Pangkor Island should not leave without buying at least a few products from Hai Seng Hin, especially their Satay Ikan and Sotong Bakar. Apart from seafood snacks, they also sell and export frozen seafood.
Take a taxi back to Sunset View Chalet to rest until the next activity, which is watersports at Coral Beach. There’s a variety of watersports available at Coral Beach, including kayaking, jet skiing, banana boating, etc. We’ll go with kayaking for the sake of budget, and at RM60 for the whole day, it’s a good price for a nice change of pace from snorkelling and walking around. Explore the vicinity and then relax at the beach until 7 PM, where a beautiful sunset awaits.
Once the sunset is over, walk over to Zul Corner No. 7 for a delicious and affordable seafood dinner at RM60 for a 2-person set meal.
After dinner, it’s time to head back to Sunset View Chalet to rest.
Total expenditure for Day 2: RM30 x 2 + RM60 + RM60 = RM180
It’s the last day, and you wake up to breakfast at Sunset View Chalet before checking out. After checking out, take the taxi to Laris Duty Free Pangkor. Laris Duty Free Pangkor opened on 24 July 2020 as the largest duty free shop in Pangkor. They boast an impressive range of over 300 types of chocolates imported from all across the globe at insane prices. They also sell chocolates which are manufactured fresh out of their own factory. Apart from chocolates, they also sell perfumes, tableware, batik cloth and men’s sarongs. An itinerary to Pangkor would not be complete without a visit to this shop.
After buying whatever you might want to buy from the duty free shop, it’s time to head on over to the Pangkor Jetty to wait for the next ferry that will take you back to the Lumut Jetty. That concludes the last day at Pangkor.
Total expenditure for Day 3: purchases at Laris Duty Free Pangkor
Grand total: RM88 + RM160 + RM210 + RM180 = RM638, with RM162 to spare for buying things from Hai Seng Hin Satay Fish Factory and Laris Duty Free Pangkor.
And there you have it, an itinerary for a 3D2N stay at Pangkor Island for two under a RM800 budget. Why don’t you try coming up with an itinerary of your own for future travels? Share your travel planning with us and you might even stand a chance to win an Apple Watch SE!
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