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Travels in Malaysia with children part 8 (Pulau Pangkor)

In the pre dawn this morning I listened to the beautiful call to prayer by the muezzin and wondered why I hadn’t heard him yesterday but maybe he didn’t do it because of the heavy rain. After another great buffet breakfast, today we walked to the nearest swimming beach which is on the Indian Ocean side of the island. On the way we passed the beautiful red roofed buildings on jetties that I had admired from the ferry and from our resort but found that, whatever it used to be, it’s now derelict.

Roti jalal

Roti jalal

Abandoned restaurant with a woman harvesting something on the jetty posts

Abandoned restaurant with a woman harvesting something on the jetty posts

We passed the small airport and an apartment building offering homestay accommodation which seems to be a contradiction. We stopped to observe a female and baby monkey in a rubbish dump on the roadside but a male monkey jumped up and down and made menacing noises to send us out of his territory. I sent our children ahead and walked quickly backwards while waving my arms and yelling while he ran down the road towards us. Thankfully a scooter came past and he gave up his enthusiastic pursuit and we were able to breathe easily again.

Weathered rock outcrop opposite airport

Weathered rock outcrop opposite airport

Lush forest abounds on Pulau Pangkor

Lush forest abounds on Pulau Pangkor

Further along, opposite Teluk Nipah we encountered a family of rooster, hen and chicks feeding on a rubbish pile and this time it was the turn of the rooster to send us on our way. I need to find a way to communicate to animals that I don’t want their food or wish to harm their families!

Rubbish pile rooster

Rubbish pile rooster

Teluk Nipah is a beautiful beach with white sand, blue green water and two islands in the bay. The water quality varies with the direction of the current and tide and proximity to sewer outlets.

Teluk Nipah

Teluk Nipah

Teluk Nipah

Teluk Nipah

The water temperature was perfect for lying around and being gently rocked by the tiny waves. We had a delightful lunch on the beach at a restaurant called Daddy’s Café.

Daddy's Café

Daddy’s Café

Seafood Tom Yum

Seafood Tom Yum

Fresh fruit juices with no added sugar

Fresh fruit juices with no added sugar

We hired canoes and paddled over to Coral Island which had a rastafarian café with lots of bongs, reggae music and fresh coconuts for drinking. I climbed to the top of the hill and enjoyed the moments of solitude in the forest while my children played on the beach with my husband.

Coral Island café

Coral Island café

View of Teluk Nipah from coral Island

View of Teluk Nipah from coral Island

View from the top of Coral Island

View from the top of Coral Island

Most of the other people on the beach were foreign tourists without children. We watched a Malaysian Chinese man taunting monkeys with food to bring them close enough to the ground that his dog could try to attack them. I wanted to interfere but it was a difficult situation with leaping monkeys and a barking and leaping dog. On the walk back to our resort we were escorted by a beautiful and sweet dog who I would have loved to take home with me.

Goat outside the Roti café where our children enjoyed milo rotis

Goat outside the Roti café where our children enjoyed milo rotis

Hornbill

Hornbill

Dog guide

Dog guide

We finished the day with a new year’s eve buffet and concert by the pool at the resort and we enjoyed singing happy birthday to the Malay woman at the next table with her 6 children.

New Year's Eveat Teluk Dalam

New Year’s Eve at Teluk Dalam

Amazing buffet

Amazing buffet

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2 comments on “Travels in Malaysia with children part 8 (Pulau Pangkor)

  1. twng32
    January 2, 2014

    Lovely photos! Those fruit drinks look refreshing. Cute goat and I really like he Hornbill.

  2. strivetoengage
    January 2, 2014

    Thanks! Yes the fruit juices here are amazingly fresh and lovely and surprisingly cheap. The hornbills are gregarious and have a distinctive call. I watched two of them chatting with each other at the apex of the roof and another I saw chewing on the roof wood and doing a bit of damage!

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