Monday, April 4, 2011

What to do in Teluk Intan ?

If you are happened to be in Teluk Intan and wondering what to do there .... well, this blog post is about Teluk Intan.

First of all, I have been to Teluk Intan for quite a few times and to me, this is a place where 'birds don't lay eggs'. It means boring to me hahahaha. But on my last trip I get to explore a bit, really a bit (because there is nothing much either) on Teluk Intan and I would share it here. Thanks to my colleague Matthew Foo who is from Teluk Intan. He spend a lot of time with me through phone introducing me on places to go and nice food to eat.

A brief introduction here on Teluk Intan first.

Teluk Intan is a town located in the state of Perak in Malaysia. It is the largest town in Hilir Perak district and third largest town in the state of Perak with an estimated population of around 110,000.
In the early days, the town was known as Teluk Mak Intan, after a female Mandailing trader. It was here that the Perak rulers held court from 1528 until Kuala Kangsar became the royal town in 1877.

During the British protectorate era, the named was changed to Teluk Anson (Anson Bay), in honour of a British Officer and last Lieutenant-Governor of Penang, Major-General Sir Archibald Edward Harbord Anson who drew the plan of the modern township in 1882.

In 1982 during the centenary of the town's establishment, the name was changed again to Teluk Intan (Diamond Bay) by the Sultan of Perak. The town has a number of colonial buildings and Chinese shophouses together with modern buildings and a few shopping complexes.

Where did I go?

First is of course the landmark of Teluk Intan, The leaning tower.

Erected in 1885 by a Chinese builder, Mr. Leong Choon Cheong. It started to tilt four years after its construction finished due to an underground stream. The tower was originally used as a water tower supplying the area of the town. It had a clock at the top, which still rings every 15 minutes. The tower also served as a beacon to guide ships into Teluk Intan Port. Currently it is a local tourist attraction, and no longer stores water. The area around the tower was paved with bricks and became a plaza. The main street at the centre of Teluk Intan, Jalan Ah Cheong, is named after Leong Choon Cheong to commemorate his contribution.

Entrance to view the tower structure.
Time spent: My record is 5mins including taking pictures.

Looks like a Chinese temple isn't it?

Well underground.

Pre-war building structure.

Old water tank on the top.

Not sure what it is. My guess it is the old method used to pull water from the ground?

Tower structure.

Many pre-war houses surrounding The Leaning Tower.


Finally!! Teluk Intan have a Cinema!!

Operates by Lotus Big Cinemas. Only 3 screens but all are big screens and its clean. Rm10 per ticket. The snacks are surprisingly expensive. Cost more than GSC.

and .... thats where else to go.

What I eat?

Liew Kee's famous Chee Cheong Fun. Only operates at night.

Brought it back to hotel room to enjoy after midnight. Oh very nice!!

They have 2 flavours. One is original and the other one is dry shrimp. Both are very nice!!

Mastan Ghani Mee & Rojak!

Look at the cucuk udang! it is really fried out of fresh prawns!! And the 'kuah' (gravy) is damn nice!

Mee rebus together with Air jagung (corn drink) is just perfect!

Famous Ah Chai Rojak.

Oh looks very crispy man!

The 'kuah' gravy is different from the Rojak from penang. It is not so sticky and the smell is not as strong as penang.

But nice : )

Apom balik just beside the leaning tower.

more and more crushed peanuts please!! : )


Ok basically that's all for me in Teluk Intan. Ciao!