To Bagan Serai & Beyond
In September of 2017, we decided to explore the townships of Bagan Serai and Kuala Kurau in the northern Perak region.
We started off in Penang, from the Butterworth ferry terminal, and made our way south along the old trunk road.
The roads were straight and the traffic low, and the locals probably weren’t as accustomed to hordes of cyclists passing through.
I hobbled my way to the nearest hardware store; thankfully this town appeared well accustomed to servicing passing vehicles. However, these vehicles tended to be of the larger variety, so I had to MacGuyver together some tube levers and a patch from keys and some decent duct tape.
Fortunately, the hardware store had a powerful pump and soon I was off on my merry way.
Bagan Serai is a relatively simple town that I suppose is known for food, apart from being a hub town for the surrounding area.
Nothing much to see there, really. Lots of shops though.
Now Kuala Kurau is much more interesting.
Kuala Kurau is a bustling little port town by the sea, with some quaint little bridges spanning the delta.
It appears to be a town with some history – old, weather-worn buildings; typical salty fishing shacks; new, stone temples and bungalows.
And just out of town was where our true destination lay: My Homestay 21.
Located literally in the middle of a palm plantation, deep in Kampung Lian Seng, is a large expanse of pomelo orchards and sturdy houses with a thriving Chinese population.
So we came along to feast on the pomelos, but stayed around to support (morally) the kind medical doctors that were there to offer free medical check-ups to the local residents.