Ask anyone in Teluk Intan, Malaysia, what’s the capital allure of the town, and the assertive acknowledgment is “the Aptitude Alarm Tower”. True, the Aptitude Alarm Belfry is the town’s a lot of acclaimed afterimage but why biking 120 km from Kuala Lumpur just to see a aptitude structure? As Teluk Intan lies alfresco of the North-South Highway route, added generally than not, travellers branch arctic or southward bypass it. But there are beginning seafood, angling spots, toddy, boatyards, colonial shophouses, trishaws, “chee cheong fun” and “heoh piah”, a dumpling-shaped cookie abounding with caramel. These are acceptable affidavit for a alley cruise there.
Lying amid the Perak River and the Bidor River, Teluk Intan is the authoritative centre of Hilir Perak commune of the State of Perak. It was founded in the 18th aeon by Mak Intan, a added from Mandahiling in Sumatra. She acclimatized actuality with a accumulation of followers, and they congenital a aqueduct which angled over the Perak River, about axis the apple into an island. Soon, the adjustment became an important littoral anchorage that admiring migrants from Minangkabau, Java and Mumbai. If Sir General Archibald Edward Harbhord Anson became the aboriginal Commune Officer of Lower Perak, he abounding up the canal. In 1882, Anson retired, and Sir Hugh Low, the third British Resident afflicted the town’s name to Teluk Anson in honour of the former. In 1962, Sultan Idris Shah II changed the name aback to Teluk Intan.
Driving appear the boondocks forth Jalan Maharajalela, you will see the World War II Memorial. A huge solid bedrock on a granite pedestal, it has the afterward engraved words: “At the traveling down of the sun and in the morning, we will bethink them.” Proceed to Jalan Bandar, and the old Police Station comes into view. Its angled access faces the Perak River – black and lined with mangroves. Drive with affliction as cyclists are ample and there is no charge to blitz in this absorbing and rustic town.
At Jalan Selat, the Aptitude Belfry looming 25.4 metres top catches your afterimage from afar. Though it appears to accept eight levels, it is alone about three belief high, and displays all the elements of a Chinese pagoda. Its history is as colourful as the sunsets overlooking the Perak River. Congenital in 1885 by Leong Choon Chong, it served as a baptize accumulator catchbasin as the boondocks did not accept a blaze army at that time. Leong couldn’t accept called a worse abode to body the belfry as the website already had Mak Intan’s aqueduct abounding through. Years later, it began to angle due to anemic clay conditions. During the Japanese Occupation (1943-45), the anatomy served as a watch-tower for the Kempetai, with sentries acquaint to accumulate an eye on the movements of the residents. In 1997, the Hilir Perak Commune Council refurbished the tower, and opened it to the accessible in 2004. Today, the accordant angelus of the alarm can still be heard one kilometre away. There is a trishaw angle abreast the alarm tower, so why not yield a ride on a three-wheeled accoutrement to see added sights? Teluk Intan is in fact one of the few towns larboard in the country that has trishaws.
History peeks at you from abounding nooks and crannies. San Min Academy was already acclimated by the Kempetai as their address (opposite the academy is a adorable rojak arrest artlessly accepted as Ah Chye’s Rojak); King George V Memorial Pavilion, still basks beneath the sun at Speedy Padang aback its adjustment in the 1950′s; St. Anthony’s School, founded by priests in the 1940′s, continues to brainwash endless students. Dying trades such as the aberrant of rattan baskets, the authoritative of board clogs and the lending of money by chettiers are angry a apathetic death.
Just as Kampar is acclaimed for its Kampar Chicken Biscuits, Melaka for its “dodol”, Teluk Intan is acclaimed for its “heoh piah”, actually acceptation “fragrant biscuit.” Three acclaimed brands of “heoh piah” are Durian Sebatang, Hock Bee Tin and Tiger Head. The bakery affairs the Tiger Arch “heoh piah” is amid at Jalan Pasir Bedamar. Just biking forth that attenuated alley and you will appear beyond a bakery with endless aboveboard tins ample alfresco its premises. You can buy the accolade brim hot from the charcoal ovens! Packed in pieces of six, they are alluring temptations for those with a candied tooth. Association of Teluk Intan usually buy these delicacies as “buah tangan” if visiting outstation ancestors and friends. Another must-try is “chee cheong fun”, which differs from added types as it comes with fillings, and is served with blooming chili slices. Stalls affairs “chee cheong fun” can be begin at Glutton Square, the moniker for the town’s bell-ringer centre at the end of Jalan Ah Cheong.
The Perak River is a boss waterway, getting the additional longest in peninsular Malaysia. Its lower alcove are addled and home to catfishes like patin (pangasius pangasius), tapah (wallago attu), haruan, toman and the odd sebarau (hampala macrolepidota). Anglers will acquisition abounding spots to analysis the angry spirit of these active creatures. Live allurement such as baby fishes, freshwater prawns and grubs (lundi) should be used. Jetties acceptable for angling are begin at several spots about town, and a accepted abode is the Sultan Yusoff Bridge, 5 kilometres out of town. The bounded accouterment shops are acutely accessible in advising the best abode to acreage a acceptable catch.
Teluk Intan’s centre should not yield abundant of your time, so for a change of scenery, arch out of boondocks forth Jalan Sungei Nibong that leads to the Sungai Manik village. Here, ample expanses of acreage are swathed with fields of paddy, and occasionally dotted with blow huts, generally an aggregation of beard and wood. The decrepit clothes on scarecrows amplitude about in the wind and attic award enhance the adorableness of the account postcard scenery.
Another absorbing drive is the avenue appear Kampong Gajah. To go there, leave boondocks by Jalan Changkat Jong and afterwards three kilometres about-face larboard over the Sungei Bidor Bridge. The avenue is belted by rustic Malay houses, lotus-filled canals and age-old tombs of the State’s aboriginal sultans and royalty, some of which date aback to the 16th century. Historians accept dubbed this breadth as the “Valley of Kings.” – a anemic alongside to the Nile Valley of Egypt which contains the tombs of abounding of its kings.
Gastronomic adventures anticipate in the littoral villages of Hutan Melintang and Bagan Datoh, 4 km and 15km abroad from Teluk Intan respectively. Economical seafood restaurants draw the crowds from Teluk Intan to Hutan Melintang during weekends. The comestible contentment of Hutan Melintang is “udang hantu” (literally acceptation apparition prawn), which is bent in estuarine bays. Don’t apprehend air-conditioned restaurants but just apparent board structures on stilts, with groaning beam admirers addled overhead. The a lot of accepted angle served is patin, which can be aflame in a array of sauces. Hutan Melintang is aswell a centre for boat-building, and craftsmen armed with saws and chisels at plan on hulls can be observed.
Bagan Datoh, on the added hand, is attic approach country, with booze as a much-sought-after by-product. On a hot afternoon, savour beginning attic abstract from the roadside stalls as able-bodied as bite on attic biscuits and added tidbits. There are aswell several kelongs out in the sea, but a baiter has to be accountant to get there. The anchorage provides an absorbing stop to yield photos of the accessible seas and to adore the sea breeze.
Teluk Intan agency “Diamond Bay”, and it is absolutely a design of a boondocks for visitors adulatory to appetite the canicule if activity was simpler and beneath hectic.