The Coast of Navy

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Pangkor lies off the coast of Perak, and is the most popular beach resort in the state. To get there, you need to take the road from Ipoh to Sitiawam and Lumut. The broad Perak River is crossed at Bota Kanan, where there is a hatchery for river terrapins. After the town of Sitiawam, head for the coast at Lumut, the principal base for the Malaysian Navy. Their officers, ships and apartments can be seemed from Pangkor just across the bay.

Many local don’t even make the crossing to Pangkor, but instead make to Teluk Batik, a pleasure beach resort 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) from Lumut. There are some resorts in Teluk Batik recommended by the tourism Malaysia, which are Teluk Batik Resort, Marina Cove Resort, Crystal Bay Chalet and Impian Chalet. Others go to the Wilderness Adventure Camp, south of Lumut, where activities are arranged to exercise the body and to teach adults and children alike about life in the forest. Make an appointment at www.wilderness-adventure.com.my and custom your own adventure with your friends and family. The Pesta Laut (Sea Festival) is held in Lumut in August every year, and sea sport competitions, funfairs and food outlets attract the crowds. Pangkor can also crowd during this time and any of the Malaysian school holidays; so if you like the beach to yourself, make sure you choose the right month.