Monday, April 20, 2009

Pangkor Revisited

My visit to Pangkor in December was incomplete and frustrated by my grand-daughter's sudden high fever. However, the great impression I got from the Pangkor Island Beach Resort kept the desire to revisit it alive. So when my son Julian and wife Winnie came back for a visit, we decided that we should try PIBR again. We booked for a 2 night stay from April 16 to 19. As before we boarded the ferry at 1.45pm from the Lumut Ferry. It cost us RM19 each two ways for the ferry ride. This time the weather was great. It was cloudy and the seas were calm. The ride took just 25 minutes and baby Grace, my grand-daughter was more fun this time around.

We got to stay in the Pacific Wing again, this time on the highest floor overlooking the Pacific Pool and the beach. Since we have been to Bali just a week earlier, and stayed at the fantastic Le Meridien Nirwana Golf and Spa Resort at Tanah Lot, we tend to make an unfair comparison between the two resorts.

Unlike Bali where there are many places to sightsee, Pangkor is more limiting so we decided to swim more in the resort's Pacific Pool with its standard 3.9 ft depth. As the resort faces west we have the chance to watch the sunset. The first evening's sunset was not spectacular, much like Bali's which fizzled out in its dwindling minutes. But on our second evening both Julian and I were able to capture the fiercer moments before the ball of fire dipped down the horizon. I guess this sight made up for what we did not see in Tanah Lot, Uluwatu or Jimbaran in Bali.

On the second day we decided to take a 2 hours island tour using a private taxi that charges RM50 for a party of 4. We had lunch in Pangkor town and bought some dried seafood. The experiences were disappointing as Pangkor cannot compare with Bali in every aspect. However, the buffet breakfasts and dinners we ate at the resorts's Hornbill restaurant were of good quality but below Cendana's standard at Le Meridien in Bali. Still it is not fair to compare two resorts of different rankings. But Pangkor Island Beach Resort boast of a clean private beach, hornbill birds and a peacock and several peahen that roam the grounds.

We left Pangkor at noon and made our next stop at the James' Cendol Stall located in front of the Hindu Temple next to the Store supermarket in Sitiawan. If you want to taste a great bowl of mouth watering cendol, you must not miss Jame's which opens daily from 11.30am (except when it rains lah!). For my Bali and other holiday blogs, please visit Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter Blog.


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