Lumut, the gateway to Pangkor Island, is situated about 84 km south
of Ipoh City, Lumut is well known for its beautiful shell and coral
handcrafts. The best time visit this dreamy little haven is between
the months of August and November when the Annual Sea Festival "Pesta
Laut" is held. There are sea sports competitions, cultural
shows and fun and food fairs for everybody both young and old to
enjoy. Do check with the Perak Tourist Information Center for the
actual date the festival for the year. Linger awhile on the beautiful
palm fringed shores of Teluk Batik, located approximately 6km from
the town of Lumut. This strecth of beach is a favourite haunt for
campers, picnickers and sun worshippers. The sparkling blue sea
is enticingly warm and ideal for swimming. Canoeing ia another favourite
sport along this stretch of coastal waters.
Lumut in Malay Language (Bahasa Malaysia) is mean moss, lichen,
or seaweed. Why this town is being called Lumut? This is because
in the earlier days, the beach in this town is rich of moss, so
the local people called it Lumut. Once a relatively unknown fishing
town it has since acquired the proud distiction of being the home
base of the Royal Malaysian Navy and the take-off point for the
beautiful offshore islands in the bustle of development taking place
around it, the town still retains its quite charm.
There're many ways to reach Lumut, the jump off point for Pangkor.
Basically, the most easiest way to reach Lumut is to take bus.The
Lumut Bus Station is near to the town centre, a five minute walk
to the ferry jetty. Lumut is well connected with other destinations
on the peninsula. There are direct buses from KL to Lumut run several
times per day. There are daily buses from Butterworth to Lumut.
A taxi or coach journey from Kuala Lumpur takes about four hours
and from Butterworth (Penang) takes about three hours. Once in Lumut,
can catch the ferry to Pangkor Island, a comfortable 45 minutes-long
sea voyage. Regular bus and taxi services are available from all
major towns to Lumut. For the latest news, the ferry services from
Lumut to Medan, Indonesia has been closed recently. So, there is
no more ferry to Medan.