Among the 13 states in Malaysia, I personally feel that Perak has the most diversified tourism factors. Besides the mountains and waterfall that Perak has, its history and culture is worth for us to explore. As a tour guide, the following are my selected list for top 7 must go place in Perak, for your reference:
- Perak Royal Museum, Kuala Kangsar
This is an early palace of Perak, now the actual residence of the Sultan of Perak has moved to other place. All the decorations in the museum were the things that used by the royal family in the old time. This is a very unique building, the whole building was completed without any design plan.
This is a unique Malay-style wooden building, one of the most proud of this building is the construction of the entire building, with the notion of building blocks to build, never used a single nails.
Opening hours: 9.30am – 5.00pm, Friday between 12.15pm – 2.45pm closed for worship
2. The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan
This famous leaning tower in Malaysia was built under the guidance of contractor Leong Choon Chong in year 1885 which has been standing for centuries in Teluk Intan downtown. Leong Choon Chong was a Chinese contractor and was originally used as a water tank to store portable water during dry season for the people living nearby. It is also used as a time keeper of the town as there is a huge clock on top of the tower. The clock was made by J.W. Benson of Ludgatehill London and the cost of building it was contributed by the local people. The building itself is made of bricks and wood. The tower is slanted leftward similar to Tower of Pisa.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
** Closed on Mondays
Pangkor Island is a well-known fishing village, a lot of marine products are imported from here. Here you can take a look at the process of manufacture dried fish, dried squid and some other snacks. This island is very quiet, not many people, the island’s facilities are not very well developed yet, but the water is so clear, especially wonderful in the evening accompanied by the setting sun and the sound of the waves. There are a lot of affordable local delicacies cost around RM5-RM6 per person only. From Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor Island only take about five hours drive.
- Street Art
To see the Art of Old Town by Ernest Zacharevic, park at the Jalan Panglima parking lot and check out the mural map at the Old Town White Coffee Padang outlet (1 Jalan Tun Sambanthan). Take a walking tour around Market Street, Jalan Bijih Timah, Concubine Lane 3, Jalan Tun Sambanthan and Jalan Padang; the walk takes roughly 30 minutes.
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- Kelly Castle
In the outskirts of Ipoh presence a European-style castle, known locally as the “haunted house”, as the building is so beautiful, therefore it still attract travelers from all over the world to visit the castle.
Although Kellie’s Castle ruins century building though, but in fact it has a touching love story. This ancient castle has not been completed till now. A few scene of the film, “Anna and the King” by Chow Yun-Fat and Jodie Foster was filmed here.
Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Ticket: Adults RM5, Children RM3
- Perak Cave/Perak Tong Temple
Perak Cave (Perak Tong) located in the north of the Ipoh City, it is a 122 meters long limestone cave. A golden sitting Buddha statue, 13 metres height, dominates the temple, it maybe the Malaysia’s largest Buddha. The walls of the cavern are decorated with colourful murals depicting characters and events from Chinese mythology and Buddhist scriptures. Chinese calligraphy also adorns the walls some of which was painted by the afore-mentioned Chong Yin Chat. There are numerous statues and carvings scattered around the temple, including a female with 18 arms who could be Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The strong aroma of incense mixed with the earthy cave smell lends the cave a special atmosphere. In all there are supposed to be 450 steps to the top where there is a double storey pavilion providing excellent views over the northern suburbs of Ipoh and a nearby industrial zone.
Opening hours: 8 am-5pm; hiking hours: 9am-4pm
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- Tempurung Cave
The cave is probably the largest natural limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia. Billions of microscopic marine organisms had to die and fall to the ocean floor where their tiny shells were compressed into limestone. Then the ocean floor had to be uplifted from under the sea by massive movements of the earth’s crust. Finally rainfall and flowing water had to work its magic for the next 250 million years or so, carving sinkholes, chimneys and galleries from the limestone rock. Meanwhile millions of specs of calcium carbonate contained in drops of dissolved limestone coagulated together at an infinitesimally slow rate to create the wonders of stalagmites and stalactites.
For those adventurous peoples out there, you must not miss this thrilling trip. The cave tour can be divided into four stages: land route (first and second stage) and river route (third and fourth stages): There is a safety walkway and a platform to enter for the land route, it is very suitable for those who does not want to dirty their clothes and unwilling to spend too much time to stay in the cave. Nevertheless, water route is designed for adventurous visitors, to meet their exuberant curiosity. The water route must lead by an experienced guide, or else it is easy to get lost in this winding cave.
First: Approx. 40 minutes, Adult RM 6.00, Child RM 2.50
Second: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes, Adult RM 9.00, Child RM4.50
River route (at least 8 persons traveling together)
Third: Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes, Adult RM 11.00, Child RM6.00
Fourth: Approx. 3 hours 30 minutes, Adult RM22.00, Child RM 11.00
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm, Friday between 12.30pm – 2pm closed for worship