As we adapt to the new normal due to COVID-19 pandemic, we have to accept that travelling overseas is not permitted but domestic tourism is possible as long as we adhere to the safety protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs). Among the domestic destinations in Malaysia that are underrated and worth travellers’ consideration are Teluk Intan and Bagan Datuk, both located in Perak. So read on to find out what you can do at those destinations for a remarkably enriching getaway!
1. Visit Bangau Island and witness fireflies
For the uninitiated, Teluk Intan is a provincial town surrounded by the Perak River where you can cruise along and be fascinated by not just the vestiges that dot along the river but also catching a glimpse of egrets flying back home to Bangau Island (a sanctuary for migratory birds), including witnessing fireflies at the riverbanks when it gets dark! To do so, you need to make booking with Teluk Intan River Cruise, which offers four different packages that range from MYR15 to MYR60 per person based on activities and places where they stop.
Operation day: Weekends, Public Holidays & School Holidays
Operation Time: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
More info: River Cruise Teluk Intan Facebook Page
2. Follow Teluk Intan Heritage Trail
Tourists and even locals usually make an effort to come to Teluk Intan for its famous Leaning Tower, take a few pictures and leave but did you know that there are more heritage buildings and interesting places that you can stop by to appreciate the history and culture of Teluk Intan? This self-guided heritage trail led by Persatuan Pencinta Sejarah Masyarakat Perak, in collaboration with Persatuan Pelukis Teluk Intan, takes you to 20 different landmarks that include historical sites, war memorial, mosque, temples, churches and various cultural attractions in Teluk Intan, indicating that there is more to Teluk Intan than meets the eye!
More info: www.telukintanheritage.com
3. Take pictures around Bagan Datuk Waterfront
Bagan Datuk is a small town located about an hour from Teluk Intan. Bagan Datuk Waterfront is an initiative to propel the tourism sector in Perak, offering travellers the chance to chill and take pictures in front of colourful Bagan Datuk signages and an even more colourful shop houses and mural artworks near the waterfront. Be sure to catch the sunset view and enjoy the night activities in Bagan Datuk too!
4. Enjoy fun activities at Ladang Moccis
Ladang Moccis provides an ideal place to relax and escape from the city hustle and bustle. Travellers can rent equipment and gear for barbecuing, kayaking, bicycling, all terrain vehicle-riding and fishing equipment when staying here. There is also a mini zoo that showcases deer, Bengal cats, rabbits, and various types of animals.
Ladang Moccis also provides homestay (Homestay Changkat Jong) with a total of 10 accommodation units. Every one unit comes with three rooms, private bathroom, and air-conditioner. Accommodation fees range from MYR200 to MYR300, depending on sizes.
More Info: Facebook Ladang MOCCIS Sdn. Bhd.
5. Have fun-filled picture-taking session at Sky Mirror
Book a fun photography session at Sky Mirror at Sungai Burung Village, Bagan Datuk with Nine Island Agency. After a 15-minute boat ride, travellers need to wade in knee-deep water towards an area where the organisers have designated a small sandy with puddles that create mirror-like reflections, excellent for photo opportunities!
More Info: Cindy (017-6220815) Sky Mirror Bagan Datuk Perak or Facebook
6. Admire the beautiful view of Sunflower Garden
Find yourself magically transported to a dreamy realm when standing amidst tall sunflowers at the Sunflower Garden, arguably one of the best highlights to be found in the district of Bagan Datuk in Perak! Be sure to take in the mesmerising view of this garden filled by more than 2,000 giant sunflowers, making it an ideal location for taking wedding pictures for newlyweds besides Instagram-worthy selfies.
Sunflower Garden opens every day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with entrance fees ranging between MYR5 to MYR13 according to age.
7. Grab a meal at Mastan Ghani Restauran
Your Teluk Intan experience will not be complete without a trip to Mastan Ghani, a famous restaurant in Teluk Intan that specialises in noodles and rojak. This place is famous for its mee rebus that have the right amount of rich dried shrimp taste gravy that complements the thick noodles, served together with prawn fritters, boiled egg, sliced cucumber, bean curd, lime and fried onion for garnishing. The restaurant also serves other types of mee rebus with different side dishes like chicken or even udang galah (giant freshwater prawn)!
For more info, visit https://www.tourismperakmalaysia.com