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Friday 29 October 2021

BENTONG Walkabout

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We have not been to Bentong since the pandemic and first lockdown way back in March 2020, so we felt that a trip to visit my parents in Bentong was overdue. They live by themselves and (apart from running necessary errands) have been keeping very much to themselves for almost 2 years. Thankfully they also live within a close-knit network of neighbours who look after each other, and keep in constant contact with each other.

Often regarded as reclusive, it is this very trait that served them well during the pandemic. Now that everyone has been vaccinated my parents allowed us to their home.

We left Kuala Lumpur at about 9:30am and within the hour reached Bentong. We spent the entire morning catching up and had then had lunch. After a lazy afternoon we bade farewell to my parents and drove to Bentong town to check into Hotel Kristal.

After settling in and taking a short nap we walked out and across Jalan Ah Peng heading northwest past TF Value-Mart until we got to Jalan Masjid. Here we headed northeast until we got to the main street of Jalan Loke Yew and turned left.

We headed northwest along Jalan Loke Yew past Bentong Gallery all the way to the intersection of Jalan Padang where we turned left and made the loop back onto Jalan Ah Peng where we headed southeast. We then walked across Jalan Ah Peng and entered Jalan Wayang before heading southeast along Jalan Chui Yin past the Bentong Chinese Town Hall.

At Bentong Walk we came across several stalls selling cakes and pastries and bought our fair share. We then continued southeast along Jalan Chui Yin and arrived back at the hotel. We stored our goodies in our room and went to Aik Kee for dinner.

After dinner we wanted to continue our walkabout but a drizzle that soon turned into a downpour forced us back to the hotel.

An hour and a half later looking to have dessert we continued our walkabout heading northwest along Jalan Chui Yin but found The Hall Coffee Bar fully occupied. We then tried First Cup along Jalan Wayang only to find it closed. We then walked across Jalan Ah Peng and walked southeast until found a place that served as it turned out, only desserts.

It is very apparent that Bentong Coffee House has been ravaged by the pandemic and being an iconic landmark in Bentong town we can only pray that it survives and is able to revive itself.

After having Cendol and Air Batu Campur (ABC) we walked across Jalan Ah Peng and headed southeast until we turned right onto Jalan Chan Siang Sun and back to the hotel. We hope to go to sleep early since we will be on a market hunt tomorrow!

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📍 Locations:
TF Value-Mart Bentong (Jln Ah Peng) -
Bentong Chinese Town Hall -

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

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