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Day 2: From Bagan Datoh – Teluk Intan – Sungkai – Bidor – Ipoh

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Admittedly, homestay à la kampung-style and eco-tourism are not everyone’s cup of tea. So, the time of departure from Bagan Datoh will depend on your interests here. One needs to return to Teluk Intan, before making an eastward cross to Sungkai via Jalan Changkat Jong / Pekan Pasir bypassing Bidor.

 

6. Head to Kampung Selabak , Teluk Intan

About 4km before reaching Teluk Intan town, visitors cannot miss the Kampung Selabak Pineapple Bazaar, located along Jalan Padang Tembak in Teluk Intan.

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Kampung Selabak is well-known for its two varieties of pineapples; honey and lychee-flavoured. These freshly-harvested fruits from nearby pineapple plantations are must-buys for anyone who passes this way.

Other local fruits to pick are jambu air, bananas and cempedak. Let’s not forget salted fish, too!

GPS Coordinates: N 03° 59.847′ E 101° 2.83′

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7. Sungkai Deer Farm

Continue travelling south-east along Jalan Changkat Jong for about 20km until you reach a junction and turn right eastward towards Pekan Pasir. From this junction, turn right and drive southward for about 7km to Sungkai.

Sungkai Deer Farm
Sungkai Deer Farm

Travel along the Sungkai – Kuala Lumpur main road until you reach a Shell gas station on your left. Immediately after the Shell station, turn left and drive straight along the Kampung Menderiang road for about 10km. Sungkai Deer Farm is located at the end of this road.

The Sungkai Deer Farm, set up in 1978, sits on a land measuring 100 hectares. Established and managed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, it also provides a sanctuary for certain species of exotic birds and other wildlife, a positive effort towards conservation and prevention of their extinction.

Sungkai Deer Farm

      Nature lovers would enjoy the great outdoors this farm offers; its long nature walks, and the opportunity to observe the animals up close. Children would particularly enjoy the change of scenery at Sungkai Deer Farm, a renowned deer farm in Malaysia.

      Admission to the deer farm is free-of-charge. It is open from 2pm to 4pm (Mon-Thurs) and 2.45pm to 4pm (Fri). Group visits would require prior permission from the Perak Wildlife Department.  For more information, contact the department at 05-243 6645.

GPS Coordinates: N 04° 01.901’ E 101° 22.169’

 

8. Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park

Drive back to the Shell petrol station junction. Turn left and drive southward along the Sungkai – Kuala Lumpur main road for about 5km until you come to the Sungai Klah junction. Turn left again and drive straight for about 10km until you come to the Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park. There are many signboards to guide you along the way.

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park

Nestled in the serene and lush forest patches and surrounded by FELDA Plantation’s oil palm trees, the 6.5-hectare Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park was developed at a cost of RM6 million and opened to the public in December, 2003.

This unique park is designed to offer visitors hot spring water treatment, believed to be good for skin diseases and to rejuvenate overall health.

Sitting at the foothills of Titiwangsa Range and located some 200 feet above sea level, Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park is said to be one of the best managed hot spring parks in the country.

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park

For those who are keen to enjoy the best that nature can offer, a visit to Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park is almost compulsory. Activities to enjoy, besides a dip in the hot spring are water reflexology, egg-boiling and even a splashing fun time at the mountain springs pool, where the water is cold, instead.

Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park is open daily from 8am to 7pm. Entrance fee is RM12 per adult and RM10 per child. Senior citizens and those with special needs enjoy discounted rates. For more information or to make reservations, call 05-438 8801.

GPS Coordinates: N 03° 59.878’ E 101° 23.598’

 

 

9. Dinner in Bidor

Retrace your route to the Sungkai – Kuala Lumpur main road. Turn right and drive straight to Bidor town for approximately 15km.

Formerly a vibrant tin mining town, Bidor swiftly became recognised as the place to stop for a meal for anyone who travels between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. Reputed for its local delicacies and agricultural produces, obviously, visitors would be spoilt for choice come dinner time.

A must-try would be the duck drumstick noodles and wan ton noodles at Pun Chun Chicken Biscuit & Restaurant, which also offers signature snacks like chicken biscuits and “shat kek mah”. This restaurant, located at Nos. 38 & 40, Jalan Besar, 35500 Bidor, Perak, is open daily from 6am to 9.30pm. It is closed on the first and second day of Chinese Lunar New Year. Contact 05-434 1554.

GPS Coordinates: N 04° 06.699’ E 101° 17.258’

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Other dinner options would be Noordin Nasi Kandar (tel: 016-502 1899) and Bidor Curry House (tel: 05-434 9048), both located along Jalan Besar, Bidor. They close at 8pm, so if you are looking for a spicy dinner, be there early. Noordin Nasi Kandar is closed on Sundays while Bidor Curry House closes one day a month.

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On the way back to Ipoh, remember to pick up some crystal guava. Synonymous with the pineapples of Kampung Selabak in Teluk Intan, crystal guava is the local fruit to buy here. Also known as “seedless” guava, it actually has seeds, but fewer than normal guava fruits. Well-known for its sweetness, some even claim that it tastes like pear.

Return to Ipoh via the North-South Highway or alternatively, take the old trunk road.

Disclaimer: At the time of printing, all information has been verified and confirmed. They may be subject to changes over time.

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Kampung Selabak’s Bazaar

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Kampung Selabak Bazaar, Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia
Kampung Selabak Bazaar, Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia

During a recent visit to Teluk Intan Executive Councillor for Tourism, Dato’ Hamidah Osman and CEO of Perak Tourism Ahmad Fathil Abd Ghani made a stop at Bazar Nanas Kampung Selabak, some 4km from Teluk Intan. The bazaar provides a good insight into goods that are available in this part of the state.

The entourage spent time checking out local produce like salted fish, sweet potato, tapioca and yam, and popular local fruits like banana, water apple (jambu air), cempedak and mango. They also took the opportunity to try out the different varieties of pineapples indigenous to Kampung Selabak. Pineapple is synonymous with Teluk Intan as pomelo is with Tambun.

Stop The Cruelty To Animals

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Stop The Cruelty To Animals

A group of big, burly men in red fatigues descended on Teluk Intan yesterday morning (14.1.2010) and went on a rampage against stray dogs and unlicensed dogs. They hunted down the unsuspecting, defenceless preys, using a lasso on a long pole to drag the dogs into a truck, breaking the necks of some in the process.

The screams, terrified shrieks of these creatures pleading for their lives and for some vestige of humanity towards their plight were heart wrenching and disturbing. Traumatised children and adults were seen crying helplessly, as they watched from coffee shops, grocery shops, clinics, banks, the market, their homes, this violent, almost surreal scene unfold before their very eyes during the busiest time of day in this usually peaceful town.

The caught animals were dumped unceremoniously, dead or alive, into a truck and when questioned by a witness in a housing estate, one of the men said they had been mobilized from KL for Zoo Negara. Apparently, the carcasses are to be fed to the tigers at our National Zoo! We find this a little hard to swallow. If it is true, does that mean these men in red uniforms from KL will carry out stray dog-cleansing in every town each time the food supply and funds for tigers in Zoo Negara are depleted?

There are many animal loving non-Muslim and Muslims in Teluk Intan and throughout Malaysia who are very disturbed and concerned with this inhuman method of checking the stray population. Also, is it mere coincidence that this should happen just two weeks after new dog licenses were issued by MBTI? We hope the authorities will provide some explanation to the concerned residents of this town.

Traumatised ISPCA Member