Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pangkor Island - Asia's top 'fresh destinations' 2012 names Malaysia’s Pangkor Island as one of Asia’s top “Fresh Destinations” for 2012., a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced its Fresh Destinations 2012.

Included in the Fresh Destinations 2012 is Malaysia's Pangkor Island, which has been described as a "low-key tourist destination with stellar beaches and a healthy selection of accommodation, from beach bungalows to high-end resorts."

This year, the list showcases deserted coastline, picturesque mountain provinces and unsung urban centers, each with its own distinct appeal. Offering unique glimpses at history, geology, tradition and culture, this year's Fresh Destinations list provides all new travel inspiration for 2012. 

Where? On the north-west coast of Malaysia, in Perak state.

What? A small island with beautiful beaches, Dutch colonial ruins, temples and fishing villages. Pangkor is a low-key tourist destination popular with domestic holiday-makers.

When is the best time to go? The weather in Pangkor is not badly affected by the monsoon (November to February)and has hot, humid days year round. If you're planning a romantic holiday, avoid the end-of-year school break.
How to: Pangkor is accessible from Ipoh, 200km north of Kuala Lumpur and an interesting tourist stopover in its own right, especially for foodies. From Ipoh, traveler must make their way to the pier at Lumut (around 80km away)and embark for Pangkor on a commuter ferry for the forty-minute ride.

Highlighted hotels: Pangkor Island Beach Resort 4* - bungalow property with private jetty and ferry, absolute beachfront (from USD 118). Pangkor Laut Resort 5* - exclusive resort with garden (USD 270) and overwater villas (USD 505) on Pangkor's smaller neighboring island

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