Cycling to Teluk Intan
Teluk Intan is the hub for going in and out of south Perak. It's an interesting city to spend an afternoon. A second day can be used to visit the nearby historical complex: Pasir Salak.
About Teluk Intan
It used to be named Teluk Mak Intan but during the British colonial times the town was renamed to Teluk Anson. In 1982 the city was again renamed to it's present name. In the city you will find plenty of reminders of the past in names as Hotel Anson, Anson Trading etc..
The main tourist attraction is the Leaning Tower, build in 1883. Due to water in the ground it was already hanging over 4 years after it was build.
Further in town you will find the Raja Muda palace, the over 100 years old Hock Soon Temple and many shop houses, some in great condition, some poorly renovated and some ready to be tore down.
Around the city you will find plenty more beautiful (sometimes rundown) houses.
Teluk Intan is also famous for food including the Malay mee rebus, Chinese Chee Cheong Fun, curry mee and laksa.
Accommodation and food
The city center of Teluk Intan has some small Chinese owned hotels. They're cheap and basic, usually above a restaurant. Alternative you can choose the Anson Hotel, near the Store which has decent rooms for RM90. Other hotels are outside the city center.
The food to try here is the Malay version of mee rebus (potato noodles in sauce, really good). The Chinese dishes which are famous include curry mee and chee cheong fun, noodles wrapped in prawn, yummy!!! There are several food stall all over the city center.
Pasir Salak is not far and certainly worth a visit. Pasir Salak is essential in understanding how Malaysia was formed. The resort next to the historical complex is no longer in use but you can easily cycle Teluk Intan - Pasir Salak in a day from Ipoh.
Take the road out of town to Kampong Gajah, about 30 km, cross the bridge and go left again (there are sign boards). For going back, continue from Pasir Salak to Teluk Intan. You will arrive at road #5, turn left to Teluk Intan, or right to Lumut/Sitiawan.
The roads to Teluk Intan.
Teluk Intan is located 72 km south of Lumut, 90 south west of Ipoh and 145 km north of Klang and Kuala Lumpur.
There are several options in Perak leading to the main city in south Perak.
To and from Lumut, 72 km
Basically you have but one option: road 5 from Lumut to Seri Manjung/Sitiawan
and south to Teluk Intan. It's a pleasant flat road and for the most not too
busy, especially considering it's the ongoing road from Sitiawan to Klang.
To and from Klang
It's 145 km from Klang to Teluk Intan with a possible stop in Selangor, see this page for details about that road. If Kuala Lumpur is on your destination list, this is the road you have to take.
To and from Ipoh
You have options. The nicest road to use is described on my Ipoh to Teluk Intan page but there are alternatives.
Another option is to continue to Bota and follow from here the river to Teluk Intan. The east bank is slightly busier than the west bank. Should you choose the west bank, you have to cross the river to Kampong Gajah and follow the river on the east bank to Teluk Intan.
This is a good alternative for this road although partly the same too.
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Taiping to Ipoh
Two roads are possible to cycle from Taiping to Ipoh, one is the #1 going to Kuala Kangsar and north out to Ipoh, the other leads through Bruas.
A third one goes from Kuala Kangsar south to join the Bruas - Parit road.
From Klang to Pangkor
It's not the most exciting road to cycle, but there are some places worth a visit. Here's what you should do: