Pangkor Island, Perak, Malaysia
Slow Mode in PangkorIf popular global destinations are generally what you look for in an overseas trip, chances are Pangkor Island in Malaysia won't make it in your itinerary list. In fact, this small idyllic island located in the Straits of Malacca is not as prominent as the historical, cultural and tourist centres of Penang Island and Malacca.
It doesn't take much time for this island to leave an impression on you - there's a sense of timelessness - life seems slow here. Eat at the hawker stalls, be among the local people. Small fishing communities dot the coastline - the island holds a reputation for delivering excellent seafood products - if you like seafood make sure you do some food shopping.
Take some time out to see a miniature version of the Great Wall of China or perhaps visit the old Dutch fort. The picture above is the view from inside the fort looking out to sea. These ruins are what remains of the Dutch presence on Pangkor during the 1600s - a fort built to establish a foothold to monopolise on the tin trade on the Malay mainland.
Relax on one of its many beaches - sit back and watch the waves gently roll to shore onto its soft powdery sand. If you're feeling a bit active, water activities are available.
Its quite nice to escape the busyness of the major centres of Malaysia. It takes you back in time somewhat and allows you to see locals lead a different sort of lifestyle.