Lumut


Lumut has changed quite a bit from days when it was just a sleepy little fishing village some 3 decades ago. Apart from the influx of tourists to Pangkor, the transformation can be much attributed to the Royal Malaysian Navy having set up their main base here. Driving along the coast, you can just about see a row of towering apartment blocks that houses the navy personnel. The other reason is the community of expatriates that have been stationed in Lumut to work on the Power Station nearby. Many of these contract expatriates stay at the Orient Star Resort in Lumut. To cater for this small community, a few Italian restaurants, pubs and cafe have sprung up in recent years just some walking distance from the Orient Star. If Italian food is not your style, there are a number of Indian Restaurants around and a few local food outlets where you can grab a simple bite. During the day, if cheap food is what you're looking for, then take a walk over to the Lumut Bus Station. There, a food court has been set up for the convenience of travellers and locals alike.

There are a few new developments around town in the past 12months and one of them is the large multistoreyed carpark. During long weekends and public holidays, you can expect a horrific traffic jam in little Lumut. Parking is horrendous and finding a place to stay is worse! If you're travelling by car, and are intending to stay in Pangkor, you have to leave your car in Lumut and take a ferry across to Pangkor.So make sure to book way in advance if you're intending to visit Pangkor during the holiday seasons and perhaps when the new building is ready, that may ease the pain a little.

Apart from being a stepping stone for Pangkor, there isn't much else to do in Lumut. Much of the quaintness of the town has been torn down to makeway for newer and better stuff! (Sorry, I can't really seem to be able to put a finger on what the S-t-u-f-f part is but i guess you'd get a gist of it when you get there)

getting there

By car

Pulau Pangkor is about a 2 ½ hrs drive from Kuala Lumpur. From KL, head north to Batu Gajah. Follow route 5 until you reach Sitiawan. Then, take route 18 or follow signs to Lumut.

Parking: Public parking costs RM10.00 a day. Display coupons can be purchased at many shops along Jalan Sultan Idris Shah in Lumut.

By ferry

From Lumut, there are ferries taking passengers across to Pulau Pangkor for about RM5.00 one way leaves every ½ hour.

The Pan Silver Ferry (Tel:+605 683 2188)

from Lumut

from Pangkor

First Boat

7.00am

6.30am

Last Boat

8.00pm

8.00pm

Konsortium Mesra Duta Ferry (+605 683 5800)

from Lumut

from Pangkor

First Boat

8.30am

8.30am

Last Boat

7.15pm

7.30pm

From Marina Island Jetty, the ferry ride takes 10 minutes to Pangkor Island. The ferry departs every hour but this is a private jetty where you will have to fill up a form and pay an annual membership fee of RM10 for family or group and RM5 for individual ; before being allowed to purchase the ferry tickets at Adults: RM10 (2-way) and RM 5 for children 4 years and above (2-way).

There are covered and uncovered parking areas. Covered parking is further away from the ticketing counter and the rate is RM10 per day. The uncovered parking is nearer to the counter and the rate is RM5 a day

By bus

The Lumut Bus Station is right in the centre of town. If you're rushing and haven't quite had a meal, there is a food court at the terminal that serves reasonable local food. For more info on coach schedules, click here at Lumut coach schedule.

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