Pangkor Island is on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Perak. The island is located in the Strait of Malacca and was once as a strategic base to control the trading activities along this stretch of water. The island was previously a shelter for fishermen, merchants as well as pirates.
Presently, there are several fishing villages on the island with fishing activities being a major industry. However, in recent years, the local government has been pushing to grow the tourism industry on the island; transforming it into one of Malaysia's main tourist attractions. In 2020, Pangkor became a duty-free island, which is set to significantly boost Pangkor’s tourist arrivals.
The island is additionally known for its historical value. In the 17th century, the Dutch built a fort in their attempt to better control the tin trade in Perak. Pangkor also became the official site for the signing of the Pangkor Treaty in 1874 between British colonialists and the Sultan of Perak.