- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Place or Religious Monument
- Off the beaten track
I often ask myself what brings tourists to Batu Pahatduring a trip to Malaysia. Its beach looks out on the most polluted bit of sea in south-east Asia which doesn't make swimming an option and its totally modern architecture is enough to depress the most positive traveller.
However, , there is a surprising village not far from Batu Pahat : Minyak Beku. It may not look like anything special at first but its Chinese temple is a truly impressive creation, covered in colourful legendary figures.
I also saw the well from which Batu Pahut gets its name, which means "chiselled stone". In effect, the llabour of the Siamese fishermen who chiselled the rocks to find water is rewarded here but you wouldn't want to drink the dirty water. If you want to try something other than local specialties like mee goreng then you can eat French food here.