Teluk Intan is a quaint town located in the state of Perak and it is considered as the 3rd largest town in the state of Perak. With an estimated population of 120,000, Teluk Intan acts as the district capital of Hilir Perak district.
This hidden gem was founded on the river bank of the Perak river as it forms an oxbow meander, or otherwise known as a ‘U-Shaped curve’ that flows through the town. The town is strategically located around the oxbow with watergates and banks built to protect the town from possible floods.
The history behind Teluk Intan is that it was originally named as Teluk Mak Intan after a female Mandailing (a traditional cultural group in Southeast Asia) but it was then renamed as Teluk Anson (Anson Bay) during the British colony period. The name ‘Teluk Anson’ stemmed from a British officer and the last Lieutenant -Governor of Penang, Major General Sir Archibald Edward Harbord Anson, whose plan was to connect a few villages to build a township in 1882. During the celebration of the town’s establishment in 1982, ‘Teluk Anson’ was renamed as ‘Teluk Intan’ (Diamond Bay) by the Sultan of Perak. The town was then made as a municipality in Perak after Ipoh, Taiping and Manjung in April 2005.
A major landmark of Teluk Intan is the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan (Menara Jam Condong Teluk Intan) which is a clock tower that slightly leans to the southwest. The tower previously acted as a water tank which caused the tower to slant due to it not being able to withstand the weight. Built by a Chinese architect, the structure of the building is shaped as a pagoda as it stands at 25.5 metres tall. An interesting fact about the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan is that it only has three floors although it looks like it has eight floors from the outside.
As there are vast oil plantations and the Perak river surrounding the town, visitors that are interested in eco-tourism are likely to enjoy the scenic nature landscapes and experience the simplicity of living in a small town. You can also take a glimpse of the charming fishing villages located just a drive away from Teluk Intan and bask in the beauty of the sunset if you visit at the right time! For those who are interested in exploring new holiday destinations in Perak other than Ipoh and Taiping, do give this hidden gem that is Teluk Intan a try and appreciate the nature at its finest.