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The once quiet fishing town of Lumut has since become home to Malaysia's Navy, as well as the departure point for the Malaysian islands of the Straits of Malacca. Sun seekers will go farther on, to Teluk Batik, located about six kilometers from the town. This stretch of beach is a favorite haunt of campers, picnickers and watersports enthusiasts. The famous "Pesta Laut," or sea festival, is the best time to visit Lumut; the festival is held in August or September, and is celebrated by seaport competitions, cultural shows, and fairs.
The ultimate destination of most travellers to this coastal state is Pulau Pangkor, which has enchanting beaches on its western shore. Among them are Teluk Belanga, Teluk Nipah and Pasir Bogak. There are also quiet coves and untrodden bays at Tortoise Bay, Teluk Nipah and Teluk Chempedak, which offer complete privacy. A round-island trip is one of the best waysto take in Pangkor Island; it costs about RM25. Around the coastal roads, there are quaint Malay villages with wooden houses on stilts. You may chance upon shy deer or playful monkeys in the forests. The forest-fringed Pantai Puteri Dewi (Beach of the Lovely Princess), provides its own resort, set in the curve of the bay.
Pualu Pangkor is famous for its fine fishing. Return at the end of the day to pleasant and attractive hotels--among them are Pasir Bogak Beach, Pulau Pangkor, Sri Bayu Beach Resort and Pan Pacific Resort. A number of chalets can be found near the beach, too.
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