CNN lists YTL's Pangkor Laut as one of Malaysia's best holiday islands

CNN Travel, September 23, 2013

From the cosmopolitan charm of Penang to the hippie getaway of the Perhentians, a diverse array of islands offer a huge variety of Malaysia holiday options.  

Pangkor: Loved by locals

Despite measuring just eight square kilometres, Pulau Pangkor (pulau is the Malay word for island) is one of the most popular beach getaways in Malaysia -- among locals, that is.

Pangkor is one of the country's most accessible islands, yet it is overwhelmingly the preserve of Malaysians, who head there every long weekend for a little rest and relaxation.

There is little in terms of nightlife but instead you'll find uncrowded sandy beaches, a huge variety of amazing local cuisine and friendly people.

The Pangkor Laut Resort has played host to a multitude of celebrities like English musician Sting, Golf champion Nick Faldo, Sir Jackie Stewart of F1 fame and F1 driver Felipe Massa, actresses Jodie Foster and Joan Collins and the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti who said he "almost cried" when he saw the beauty of Pangkor Laut.

Where to stay: For a Malaysia holiday splurge, book a sea villa at the exclusive Pangkor Laut resort. This stunning one-of-a-kind property, part of the YTL group of hotels, has a small island all to itself. Or, try the Pangkor Island Beach Resort.

Getting there: There are direct flights to the island from Subang's Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport via Kuala Lumpur, or it's a 30 minute ferry ride from the town of Lumut.


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