Perak Darul Ridzuan
Jalan Toh Shah Bandar 21
Gerik Hotel +60192274676Clean and spacious double room with air-con for MYR 50.- or US$ 14.60 per night.
Indifferent Malaysian Chinese owner - money matters.
Click below for an interactive road map of the Gerik Hotel in Gerik, which we would recommend, and for directions:
Driving leisurely along Peninsular Malaysia's scenic Lebuhraya aka East-West Expressway through a varied scenery of new palm-oil estates, old rubber plantations and timeless jungles (now in danger of heavy illegal logging), stopping in a number of traditional Malaysian Malay kampungs and relaxed Malaysian Chinese country towns, such as Lenggong, famous for its farmed XXXL-size ikan belida aka giant grey featherback, and making time for some delicious pescetarian and vegetarian local food: (i) buying life patin fish aka ikan patin (MYR 12.- per kg) from a fish farmer and having it cooked to perfection in Liau's delicious temboyak sauce (blending durian, turmeric, chilli, shallots, garlic and salt) at a friendly road-side warung, (ii) learning to add infamous petai (Parkia speciosa), a kind of green, edible beans in a long, flat and beaded pod with bright green seeds the size and shape of plump almonds which have a rather peculiar smell, and sambal ikan bilis to our steamed white rice aka nasi putih and (iii) pigging out on an undisclosed number of sweet and juicy, handball-sized pomelos which were just in season.
“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”