Lumut is the gateway to Pangkor Island which is off the coast of Perak. One can drive to the town of Lumut, parked the car there and then take a ferry over to Pangkor Island. It cost about RM14.00 return trip per person and the ferry takes about 40 mins. However, there seems to be a shorter ferry trip to the island, about 10 mins. via Marina Island which is about 6km from Lumut with the same ferry charge.
Recently my wife and myself decided to explore this town. We stayed for 3 days at a budget hotel just by the beach. The jetty, food stalls, esplanade/promenade and shops are all nearby. But sad to say the town is very quiet. We were wondering where have the tourists gone to.
Pangkor Island can be seen from the beach which is behind where we stayed. Below, we were the only customer in this shop selling drinks and juices.
The empty jetty and town center. We were really surprised to see these scenes.
Hello, is there anybody here?
We walked around looking for interesting food, something that attracts out attention. None. There is KFC, Pizza Hut and two more western food outlets. All other shops/restaurants are selling Muslim food which we are used to eat everywhere. Other then food many shops are selling clothes or dried seafood. We shop for some dried seafood and at one shop I asked the owner about his business as I do not see any other customers. According to him he has to depend on school, public holidays and special religious celebration to make some sale.
It is disappointing. The next day we decided to drive to a nearby town, Sitiawan to look for food. What a difference here as this is a Chinese area and there are many variety. The specialty here, and also the adjoining town of Kampung Koh, is a special type of biscuit baked in a deep round stove. The biscuits are plastered all around the side of the stove and a person will have to "scrape" them out when done. This is call gong piah (gong biscuit).
Below is another type of biscuit, tau sa piah (bean paste biscuit) which we bought at another town, Taiping. Very good. There are many variety sold in many places.
Anyone who would like to spend a quiet relaxing holiday in a small town will find Lumut very suitable.
The empty marina