Gua Tempurung, Kampar and the road to Pangkor
Gua Tempurung Caves
About 25 km from Ipoh you can find the Gua Tempurung caves and a little further Kampar town. The Gua Tempurung caves are some of the most beautiful and longest caves in Malaysia. They are hardly visited.
The caves stretch out for many kilometers in the limestone rocks. Over the centuries they have sheltered freedom fighters and refugees escaping from the Japanese in the Second World War. At some places you can still see the inscriptions.
I've visited the caves several times. There are basically two ways: up and down. The upper part of the cave has walking paths and lights. The lower part goes partly through small tunnels and ink black holes. If you have never experienced total darkness, this is your change.
Just over 30 km south of Ipoh you find the old tin mine town of Kampar. There is no more mining here and many mines are filled with water and a popular fishing spot for locals.
Kampar is also a good base to start your exploration of the Gua Tempurung caves and some great white water rafting. I also think it's easier to start a jungle trek from Kampar then from Ipoh.
In town there's a huge and expensive looking but decent priced hotel: Grand Kampar Hotel.
A special attraction in Kampar is the roti kari ayam, a bread filled with curry chicken. As far as I was told this is the only place in Malaysia where you can find this extra-ordinary dish. More about the curry chicken bread at our Kampar page.
The road to Pangkor
There is no need to continue cycling from Kampar to Teluk Intan using the busy road that connects Ipoh with Teluk Intan. Instead you can follow instructions on the main cycling in Perak page.
This area is quite beautiful, despite its mining history. The mines are all gone and at some places replaced by... beaches and big lakes.
This is worth the effort cycling in Perak, trust me. On the way you might want to try to find the remains of a carbide factory, of which only the chimney is left.
The story I have heard from my friend Martin who used to live in Malim Nawar, is that second chimney was sold brick by brick. The owner of the land left only the very base of the chimney. The Chimney is located about 15 km from Kampar town.
On the way further to Pangkor you might see cobras, monitor lizards and other animals. I saw once a civet cat running.
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Ignored by local and Malaysians for the most: Pasir Salak, one of the most important place in modern Malaysian history.
Cycling in Perak
Perak is for many travelers merely a passing by, either on the way to Cameron Highlands, Penang or Kuala Lumpur.
For cyclists it is a very interesting state. With mostly flat roads and enough to keep you busy for a week or so, Perak has more then it gets:
The small island of Pangkor is a good place to get away from the crowds and enjoy the beach.
Map of Perak
South Perak does not include many places worth a visit but Teluk Intan should have your attention. Not only for the famous Leaning Tower but also for it's long and very visible history: