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Bidor
Ben van Wijnen


Gepai Waterfall

Bidor was formerly part of the Gangga Negara kingdom. This is known from archaeologists, who made excavations near Bidor. They discoverd several historical artifacts. One of this artifacts of that time is the statue of Avalokiteshvara (79 cm). This small statue can be seen in the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur.
It is believed that by the year 1200 the population accepted the Hindu/Buddhist religion. Bidor was at that time a small settlement .
In the late 18th century Bidor is already grown to a small village at the banks of river Bidor. Local villagers were transporting goods using their sampans (boats) to villages nearby along the river in the direction of Teluk Intan in Hilir Perak district.
Following the tin mining booming in Perak , there was an influx of Chinese immigrants to Perak as a whole, including Bidor. The Hoklo ( Hokkien - speaking ) Chinese, who are now living at Bidor, are believed to come from Teluk Intan. The influx of the Hakka and Cantonese came from Kinta Valley and Hulu Selangor. They came to the Bidor area to flee form local civil wars and Chinese triad wars.

Nowadays Bidor a small town along the North-South Expressway. It is a stop for those, who makes the long trip to the North. If you are travelling North, you can enjoy the lush greenery of both sides of the highway.
These are plantations, which produce guava, palm oil and rubber. An important source of income for the people of the town was the famous local delicacies and agricultural products. Before the North-South Expressway was built travellers had no other choice then to take the federal highway to drive North or South.
 
And they enjoyed a stop in Bidor for the local delicacies. Because the city is still known for its variety of delicacies, travellers still often choose to stop in Bidor. They then go to one of the well-known eateries, before they continue their journey.
 


Pun Chun

The most famous food undoubtedly will be the duck-thigh-noodle available at one of the eatery that is the famous Pun Chun. This restaurant is located on the main street of Bidor. Pun Chun is also famous for its 'Sat Kai Ma' - a type of sweet dessert and also 'Kai Jai Peng', which is the chicken biscuit.

 

The wet market is in the morning. There is a whole row of stalls, where you can have breakfast. One of the noodle-type food, chee cheong fun is pretty unique. The wet market is also famous for wanton mee and fresh roast pork.
Bidor is also famous for its seedless guava and its durian. The most famous food attraction in Bidor is a coffee shop run by Ah Pu. One must not miss his Kopi Kau Special...which has a distinctive whiskey after taste.
Bidor Curry House which is located not far from Ah Pu Coffee Shop is famous for their nasi kandar. When eating here, one must remember to use their hands to leave the fragrant curry aroma in their fingers, which can be used as an olfactory appetizer for the next few days.

Close to Bidor is the Gepai Waterfalls (photo above). The local people come here mainly for swimming, picnicking or to take a photograph. Why wouldn't you go there as a tourist, also to take a photograph? The Gepai Waterfalls is also known as Lubuk Degong by the locals. It used to be a prohibited area during the communist rebellion, but later it was opened to the public in 1989 after that the Communist Party of Malaysia had a peace treaty with the Malaysian Government.

 

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