Photographer's Note

Main Street, Kuala Lipis

I don’t know if you are like me, but sometimes when planning a trip, or just wanting to know more on a possible destination, I use TE to have a better idea of the place. So there’s a category of photos that I appreciate in such circumstances, and in others as well: the photos that plainly show you the place, no frill. Especially useful for small little-known places. I guess that my photo of Kuala Lipis’ main street on a very ordinary day would classify in this category. And that’s what I had in mind when I picked that one today.

Kuala Lipis is a town of ca. 20k inhabitants in the middle of the Malaysian peninsula, I would say roughly mid-way between east and west coasts. Despite its modest size, the town has had its glorious days and was the state capital of Pahang until 1953 when replaced by Kuantan. Kuala Lipis still have several interesting colonial buildings, but most tourists come here on their way to a park (either the Kenong Rimba Park only a few km away, or the better known and popular Taman Negara a little further) and don’t stay very long.

My photo was taken in late-afternoon from a pedestrian bridge over a railway, the famous “jungle railway”, which sort of divides the town in two parts. Having decided to skip Kenong Rimba, we were in town only for a night but met a fair amount of helpful and sympathetic people.

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