As we hadn’t spent any time at Pangkor when we had travelled north after the Sail2Indonesia Rally in 2015, we decided to have a few days there on our way South to joining the West Kalimantan Rally in July.
We were delighted to meet up with fellow Indonesian rally participants Psycho Puss and Slip Away. We had a lovely Sunday lunch in the vast shopping complex a short drive away from Pangkor Marina. It was great to catch up on all the news and to share sailing stories and various tales of land based trips and activities.
As recommended by the Psycho Pussies, we hired a motor bike the following day which allowed us to explore the small island of Pangkor quite thoroughly.
A visit to the local boat builders was of course, obligatory. Piles of timber were haphazardly stacked across a massive area and three boats were in the process of being built – all were at the same stage, surprisingly.
We went down some lonely tracks that followed the beautiful coastline around but mostly followed the excellent roads that weave like a serpent up hill and down dale.
We had another excellent meal at Daddy’s cafe and walked along the beach looking at the sea that so cruelly tossed us about like a washing machine a couple of nights previously but was once again deceptively calm.
After lunch we rode to a 17th Century Dutch Fort on the Southern end of the island. It was only a small site but it had been restored well and the surrounding buildings constructed in the same style.
Our stay in Pangkor was all that we had hoped for. We were so glad that we had made the effort to include a few days stay there and look forward to our return visit towards the end of this year.