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Home TRAVELING Vacation Perak Trip | Setiawan - Lumut - Pangkor - Teluk Intan In 48 Hours

The truth was we visited places beyond Setiawan, Lumut, Pangkor and Teluk Intan in less than 48 hours! Since we're craving for a driving trip to exercise our big fat four-wheeler, making a loop in the neighboring state sounded decent. We picked Perak - the silver state since it offers a stretch of coastal country roads in addition to an island excursion at Pangkor. Departed after breakfast, we left at 10 am from Penang. We exited North South Highway at Changkat Jering (exit 146), then headed to Pantai Remis on trunk road. From Pantai Remis, our next clue is Setiawan despite our final destination is Lumut.
We'd heard enough of Setiawan, Lumut and Pangkor hence we wanted to see them through my own eyes. Journey was alright until we’d to stop for more than 30 minutes at Changkat Jering because our little one threw out. Most likely due to motion sickness, we had to change him and cleaned up the car seat. Hence, we took about 3 hours, arriving Setiawan at 1 pm looking forward to the famous Setiawan food at Bei King that is located at Kampung Selamat. Alas, it was full house, reserved for wedding reception. So, we walked into Fancy Mee Restaurant on the main road instead. Noodles comprise of mainly pan mee variety. In fact, it is a branch of KL outlet. Nothing much to shout about.
After fueling, we then went to hunt for Gong Pian. A famous biscuit, Cheong Cia Gong Pian is truly an icon of Setiawan. Although I am never a fan of biscuit, the savory Gong Pia certainly  a delightful surprise. The saying of  the best way to a woman's heart is through the  stomach certainly work for me. Click for a full story of  Setiawan Gong Pia, its GPS location, foodstuff and more pictures here.

Satisfied, we then checked in at CK Hotel. After refreshing, we headed to Marina Island Jetty terminal - the latest gateway to Pangkor Island. Coincidentally, it was the second last day of Pangkor Island Festival 2013 that began from the Merdeka weekend through Malaysia Day weekend. It was also the last weekend before Moon or Mid Autumn Festival and there was a lantern parade held at Sungai Pinang Kecil.
If you'd yet been to Pangkor Town, imagine a quaint fishing village with two rows of concrete commercial shops facing each other. Lining up in 100 m, they are selling mainly beach slippers, sarongs, swimming costumes, beach outfits on top of the highlight - marine products. Anchovies or ikan bilis, ikan tamban, dried squid, dried shrimps to all kind of marine tit-bits and alike, you're likely to get them there at Pangkor Town. Further down, there are wooden houses, some turn into convenience store, motorcycle repair shop, saloon, motel, hardware and light commercial zone. And that's about it - we'd completed our exploration in Pekan Pangkor!
To our delight, we found Island One Cafe & Bakery - a decent air-conditioned cafe. Halal, English speaking waitstaff, reasonably priced, prompt, offered with baby chair and great service, all factors of visitors' magnet. Island One features both local and Western cuisine in addition to the lovely cakes in the chiller. A great choice for dinner, we left Pangkor after filling up with pasta, seafood fried bee hoon and cheese cake.
The first things that greeted us on the next morning were Nasi Lemak, roti canai and roti telur at nasi kandar restaurant in Lumut town. For Austin, he had his favorite - honey stars (and moons). After breakfast, we headed to Teluk Batik Beach. Apparently, it is one the finest sandy beaches off the coastline of Perak though it is not the longest. With a little pouring rain, we left the beach about 11 am, back to hotel to fresh up and checked out. Then we left for Teluk Intan that is about 60 km away.
I spent half a decade attending a boarding school in Teluk Intan so we took a walk down the memory lane, visiting my alma mater. And of course, the iconic leaning tower in the heart of this town. The Malaysian's pride - Menara Condong Teluk Intan. Built in 1885, the leaning tower of Teluk Intan was steep in history, it operated as a tower to assist ships into Teluk Anson's port. Today, it works merely as  a clock tower. Declared as national heritage in 2005, it has been opened for viewing to public. Admission is free so we didn't the miss the chance to climb up to the highest permitted level to catch the scenic landscape view of Teluk Intan town.
Spending an afternoon in Teluk Intan, we had lunch at George Town White Coffee, then trying durian Heong Peah (fragrance biscuit) , durian cream puff and ah Chai rojak near the wet market. Aside from my alma mater, palm oil plantations (that are perhaps less, loosing out to development) and the landmark leaning tower, the rest of Teluk Intan are total strangers to me. It was indeed toothsome to see how Teluk Intan had thrived after all these years, it has changed so much and so do I!


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