Perak-The Most Popular Tourist Place In Malaysia!

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Here we present some of the highlights of Perak:

Imagine a place where sun, sand and sea are available with no limitations. That’s precisely Perak for you. Not just that, it has got many historical places, modern facilities, jungles, forts, museum and more. All these highlights, coupled with the unmatched hospitality the people offer here, make Perak a truly world class destination. Recently, journalists from Chennai, including this correspondent, were taken on a trip to Perak by its tourism department. You can be sure that you won’t get enough of the beautiful holiday hideaways, virgin tropical jungles, many specialized museums and natural recreational parks.

Ipoh Railway Station: 

Locals affectionately call the Ipoh railway station as the Ipoh’s Taj Mahal and there are certainly some good reasons behind it. This railway station has a close resemblance to the one in Kuala Lumpur and it is one of the most impressive landmarks in the state. It features a unique combination of the Moorish architecture with some classic modern embellishments, which make it an iconic site worthy seeing. An incredibly beautiful floral garden surrounds the railway station which serves as a warm and charming welcome for the tourists.

The Royal Belum State Park: 

This is one of the oldest rainforests in the world and covers over 300,000 hectares of land. This tropical paradise offer tourists a chance of enjoying nature at its unspoiled and purest form and houses over 3,000 different animal and plant species. There 14 most threatened mammals in the world at the park like the Malaysian Tiger, Sumatran Rhino, Malaysian Sunbear, Asian Elephant and the Malayan Tapir. It is surely the hottest destination in Perak for tourism lovers. There are also some other attractions nearby like the Temenggor Dam and Tasik Banding, which are all fascinating sites.

Orang Utan Island: 

This is the native primate for Borneo and Malayan jungles and it is one of the world’s most endangered species. This small island is purposedly developed for researches and as a breeding and rehabilitation center for the ape.

Ipoh: the capital of Perak is the limestone city and a must visit destination. It has a long history of being the center for tin mining activities. The city is largely influenced by the Chinese cultures and you will have a lot of delicacies and food to enjoy.

Gua Tempurung: 

This is reputed as being the largest and most popular natural milestone cave found in Malaysia and has been in existence since 8000 B.C. You will be stunned by the beautiful domes found in the cave with each of them having its different and unique formations of stalactites and stalagmites and they all have differing water levels, temperatures, marble and content limestone.

Tambun Hot Springs: 

The famous Tambun hot springs are located only a 15 min drive away from Ipoh as you head to Tanjung Rambutan. You can be sure to enjoy a rejuvenating experience here particularly due to the invigorating hot bath that comes from a nearby natural spring. A myriad of facilities are found here include restrooms and saunas. Perak is also home to other hot springs found at Sungkai, Kampung Ulu Slim at Slim River, Pengkalan Huly and Manong among others.

Karat Café & Bistro

With a tagline of “Old is Gold”, Karat Café’s vintage building structure and antiquated décor certainly give off a nostalgic air of the 1950s. Dishes to look forward to here are Asam Pedas Siakap, Pasta Creamy Linguini and crispy onion fritters.

Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

This 25 meter high tower in the small Perak town of Teluk Intan is Malaysia’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is not as old, nor as tall, nor as famous as its Italian counterpart but it does have a distinct incline and that makes a curiosity worth visiting. It was constructed in 1885  by Leong Choon Cheong and some Ceylonese contractors. It was built primarily to store water for local usage during the dry season and in case of fire. Since it began leaning over due to soft soil foundations it has become a tourist attraction.

Lata Kinjang Waterfall

Lata Kinjang is located about 18 km from Tapah. The main attraction at this waterfall is the impressive series of cascades winding down a 100-metre drop. There are parking bays and eating stalls for picnickers. Visitors may also visit an orchid garden and a bamboo park.

Lost World of Tambun Slip and slide your way through  water park adventures to stomach churning rides and encounter the  vibrant animal kingdom, while exploring Ipoh’s rich heritage. Rejuvenate in soothing hot springs and pamper your mind and body in a luxury spa.

For you adrenaline junkies sporting for water pleasure, take a  water ride on the ‘Tube Raider’, the longest inflatable tube ride in Malaysia.  Or plummet through the rainforest on the ‘Cliff Racer’ channelled by great flumes and water slides. If sight seeing adventures is your preference, tube drifting along Malaysia’s longest man made river beholds a scenic view.

Gunung Lang Recreational Park

Gunung Lang Recreational Park which is located only five kilometers from Ipoh town is one of the many limestone mountains in the state of Perak, Malaysia, particularly in Lembah Kinta. Gunung Lang is a stretch of limestone areas in the centre of Lembah Kinta and it is a recreational area in the north of Ipoh City. It can be accessed via the North South Expressway through the Sungai Siput and Jalan Kuala Kangsar exit.

Pangkor Island

Pangkor, with its charming mix of fishing settlements and resorts, is a fascinating and convenient holiday destination. It presents the visitor with a rare chance to live near fishermen and observe their lifestyle and also to simply enjoy the fine beaches and resort amenities. The fishermen live in scattered settlements on the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik. Visitors get a chance to see some of them on the 40-minute ferry ride from Lumut as the ferry stops at the main settlements of Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar before landing at Pangkor Town.

Zoo Taiping and Night Safari

Taiping Zoo is special in its own way. It is located in a lovely natural setting in Taiping Lake Gardens close to the foot of the Larut Hill (Maxwell Hill). The beautiful natural setting with streams, lakes and abundance of flora gives the zoo a unique advantage of being able to use nature to its best. ‘Taman Mergastua Sultan Idris Shah’ or the Taiping Zoo, which is located at the Lake Gardens in Taiping, is the only Zoo in the North of Peninsular Malaysia. Covering an area of 34 acres, the Taiping Zoo has embarked on an expansion program which includes the building of new “Open Concept” animal enclosures.

Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah

This Gallery displays the history and the popular figureheads of DYMM Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan. In 1954, “Istana Hulu” was owned by the Ministry of Education, and in 1957, this building was turned into a school, known as Sekolah Kebangsaan Istana Kota. In 1970, Sekolah Kebangsaan Istana Kota name was changed to Sekolah Raja Perempuan Muzwin, that was the name of DYMM Raja Perempuan Perak, Raja Muzwin Binti Raja Ariff. In 1996, Sekolah Raja Perempuan Muzwin moved to a new building. The building was then proposed to be turned into Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery.

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