I am just back from a longer stay on Pangkor Island. The best thing there is being close to hornbills. Outside of a birdpark I’ve never been closer to them. And these ones live in the wild. Penang Birdpark at Butterworth is a nice place to see hornbills if you can’t go to Pangkor Island.
If you stay at or near Nipah Bay on Pangkor Island, your hotel may get a hornbill as a visitor. Or you may see one at the beach at nearby Coral Beach.
However, every evening for the last 14 years the man at Sunset View Chalet in Nipah Bay town has fed them at 6.30PM. On the main road through the town, find the Nipah Water Front Beach Resort and take the side road next to it. Two or three minutes walk down it you’ll find the Sunset View Chalet. Thirty or more birds will turn up to be fed.
By the way, the Sunset View Chalet man feeds the birds bananas and doesn’t charge viewers anything. In fact, he helps you feed them yourself. We gave him a small gift in appreciation.