Teluk Intan is in the state of Perak. About 160km / 100 mi north of Kuala Lumpur. The area around Teluk Intan was originally populated by refugees from the Malacca Sultanate who fled the Portuguese conquest of Melaka in 1511.
The sight to see in Teluk Intan is the Menara Condong or Leaning Tower. More about that later
The main reason for the R@SKLs to ride to Teluk Intan is a dinner of Macrobrachium Rosenbergii, better known as the giant freshwater prawn. Good enough that we have done this ride half a dozen times.
There are a couple of ways to get to Teluk Intan. We used to ride the entire distance along Federal Route 5.
Federal Route 5 takes us along roads like this.
We quickly tired of highways and main trunk roads and started taking a more inland route on roads like these. Infinitely more preferable.
One of the sights in the rice paddy fields is this little motel and café made out of freight containers.
In our older age, we have started taking the train to Kuala Kubu Bharu or Tanjung Malim and riding from there. That takes 100km or 80km / 62mi or 50mi off the distance.
No matter the route, it gets sunny.
Coconut water is tasty on a hot day. But no packaged drinks for us. Roadside coconut water stalls sell it fresh off the tree. If you get a coconut that is young enough, the flesh is jelly-like and can be scooped out with a spoon and eaten.
During one ride to Teluk Intan, there was a fall and a broken collar bone. While some of us tended to the injured rider, others sought comfort in a foot massage.
Teluk Intan extends into an oxbow meander of the Perak River. Our regular hotel is the blue and white building to the left, about halfway up the spit of land.
We like the Yew Boutique Hotel because it is bicycle storage and laundry drying friendly.
The Menara Condong was built in 1885 as a water tower. The land is soft and the weight of the water in the tank made the tower lean to the west. Not surprisingly, the building is no longer used to store water.
During the Japanese occupation, it was used as a watchtower. Nowadays it is a tourist attraction.
That concludes the history lesson. On to what we came for.
The prawn sculptures lead to this open-air restaurant on the river bank.
The view from the restaurant.
We have our giant freshwater prawns cooked four different ways.
Plus rice, stir-fried veggies and omelettes. And lots of fresh orange and fresh watermelon juice. After a dinner like that, it is a challenge to be up early the next morning for the ride back to KL.