It was my first visit to this historical site, where the first railway line in the Malay Peninsular was constructed between Taiping to Port Weld. This place Port Weld is now known as Kuala Sepetang. This town is home of a thriving fishing village of Chinese community. It is one of the coastal town of Perak situated quite a distance inland buffering from the sea by mangrove swampland and the outlet is Kuala Sangga. These fishermen specializes in cage fish breeding.
Port Weld was named after a former governor, Frederick Weld and the railway station is located in the centre of the town. However the whole railway line is now dismantled and only ticketing booth ( now a Chinese coffeshop) and signboard still remains.
Wikipedia has this to say, Kuala Sepetang has excellent seafood and it has a famous restaurant situated on the upper floor of a shop lot overlooking the river. Kuala Sepetang is also well known for its mangrove swamp reserve park which is open to the public daily. It has a boardwalk built over the swamp for tourists, and chalets in which tourists can rent to stay the night on the riverfront.
Anyone who visit this town must not miss the most popular dish here, the Mee Udang. I had the opportunty to savour the cuisine, with lots of fresh prawns and the gravy is thick.
Kuala Sepetang is reachable through the trunk Route 1 and if you travel on the North South Highway, you can either exit from Taiping Utara or Changkat Jering and take the route towards Simpang. From the junction it is about 11 kilometres on the Taiping Kuala Sepetang road. Along the way, if you have time, just make a stop at a historical complex that house the Kota Ngah Ibrahim. Read more HERE and HERE.When I first reach Kuala Sepetang, I did not find the Port Weld station site and after a stop at one stall on Jalan Sungai Manggis for a plate of Mee Udang, I asked the local for the location. The sign board is quite hidden between the shophouses and I mark the location below. Google map can help you or if you use Foursquare, it can help.
Too bad I knowledge about the existence of the Ticket booth that has been turned into a coffee shop. Maybe I’ll make another visit to this town and also make a stopover at the Kota Ngah Ibrahim in future.