Pangkor's claim to fame is the spectacular, award-winning Pangkor Laut Resort, nestled on its own private island -- without a doubt one of Malaysia's best known. Pangkor's main island supports a wee village and some smaller resorts. Other than that, there's not much to see.

If the exclusivity of seclusion is exciting for you, then Pangkor is your place. If you feel you need to break up the resort experience with something else, Langkawi (later in this chapter), to the north, has luxury resorts that are all that, plus great restaurants and a range of adventurous natural activities.

To reach Pangkor from KL, book a private car through your hotel or any tour operator; the car should cost about RM550 (one-way) for the 3 1/2-hour ride. The car will take to you to the jetty, where you will catch the ferry to the island for RM80 per person, one-way.