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“My 3-day food and look-see trip to Sitiawan and Lumut”

Tua Pek Kong Temple
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Private Tour: Kuching Sightseeing Tour and Overnight Village Homestay
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Sitiawan
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“My 3-day food and look-see trip to Sitiawan and Lumut”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

We took the N-S Expressway and exited at Tapah as we wanted to eat the big-headed prawns at Tanjung Tualang which we last had a few years back. We ordered two huge steamed ones which cost about RM70. The restaurant we went to is popular with the locals (Yew Kei) but most of the restaurants there charge almost the same prices. We continued on to Sitiawan using the road to Batu Gajah. This road is just a short distance outside Tg Tualang town. We saved a lot of distance using this road.

We stayed at a clean little hotel a little outside Lumut. The town was peaceful although it was a Saturday night. Some of the grocery shops are 24-hour outlets. We had western food at Jook Joint which served very fresh fish and chips and good cold draft beer.

The next morning after the local noodles at the Sitiawan pasar awam we visited the Tua Pek Kong temple. Despite not using GPS we did not have much trouble finding the location as there were signboards. In Malaysia you have to use a bit of intelligence because at junctions they don't put up any signboards when these are the strategic places to place one or you'll have to guess. I found the temple grounds uncomfortable because the place is so hot and does not have trees. The mangrove walk was not as made out to be. Since the tide was low you could see all the rubbish caught in between the mangrove roots and trunks. The place stinks as well but there were lots of baby mud-skippers. I did not see any large ones. That would have been worthy of a few shots but the my camera had run out of battery and the hand-phone camera was also not working. I did not eat any of the cooked food sold in the hall of the temple complex because I did not see any sink. The stalls that were specially designated for food seemed okay. We spent just under an hour there. The only saving grace about the place was its location by the sea. In the evening or early morning before the merciless sun rises in the clear-blue sky the place should be pleasant. It should be nice to look out over the water.

After leaving the temple grounds we turned into an oil palm plantation and came out at the other end. Lo and behold,all the well-known "chau-choy" restaurants were there. That evening we had dinner at the famous Restaurant Seafood Villa but found the food unspectacular. Many food bloggers rave about these shops. After the late dinner we drove to Marina island,a man-made island (there were originally some huge rocks there). The Best Western resort hotel is there and there's a jetty where the ferry can take us to Pulau Pangkor so now we can go to Pangkor from Lumut or from Marina Island. We then adjourned for a cold draft beer at Lumut's Capri Restaurant. The pizza was very good.

The food trip was not very successful as I did not find the food of Sitiawan that fantastic as made out to be by many food bloggers and the look-see part of the trip was not that successful either because I did not have the time to check out Teluk Batik and The Mulberry Place there. Overall it was a pleasant trip though it was not specifically to see the Tua Pek Kong temple.

Visited July 2013
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Sandakan, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“loving place~”
Reviewed 3 June 2013

we took around 3 hours from penang to this sitiawan,we keep turn n turn while wanna look for this place,stop and stop half way before we reach,there were alots of nice n friendly people while we ask for the direction~~~the weather was hot over there,almost want to melt d~~~

Visited May 2013
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“An interesting weekend getaway”
Reviewed 2 May 2013

I needed GPS to help me find the temple. Once I reached my destination though, the long hours spent in the car was well worth it. Check out the swampy monkey park... it's a rare sight in Malaysia. There are stalls selling F&B and souvenirs at the temple ground. A perfect place to go on a weekend.

Visited April 2013
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Seremban, Malaysia
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Nice temple”
Reviewed 12 January 2013

Visited this Tua Pek Kong Temple a couple of times already. The temple is situated on a beach front, so it has a nice view. The main attraction is the gigantic statues facing the sea. A the back of the temple is a man-made rock garden with a waterfall and a fish pond.

Good to spend 1 to 2 hours strolling around the temple.

Visited December 2012
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“huge statues!!”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

the temple itself isnt big, but the statues are huge!!
and there r a garden with man-made waterfall n streams... with huge fish and many smaller statues...

Visited December 2012
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