Idyllic fishing villages in northern Perak

Kuala Kurau fishing village. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

TAIPING (Sin Chew Daily) -- Krian district in northern Perak has three lesser known fishing villages that nevertheless make a perfect short vacation far from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Kuala Gula offers quite a number of attractions for visitors.

Besides the famous Hua Seng Keng Temple, the fishing village is also home to several charcoal and belachan factories as well as the mangrove swamp which is home to about 195 species of animals, including reptiles and at least 55 species of birds, including local and migratory birds.

To its north, Kuala Kurau boasts a picturesque fishing village scenery with fish rearing cages and fishing boats dotting the Kurau river.

Kula Kurau is also a place to marvel at the unique sight of verdant rice fields bordering the Straits of Melaka, with a narrow muddy path straddling in between.

Further north near the border with Penang is Tanjung Piandang, with its Datuk Kong Temple and a multitude of migratory birds that call it home.

Tanjung Piandang is most famous for its local seafood and preserved marine products.

Unfortunately, there are not too many choices for visitors planning to put up a night there. Most of the homestays are found around Kuala Kurau, including the Kurau Homestay which retains much of the old world charms with its elegant wooden furniture.

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