Top 10 locals most visited places in Perak

  1. Kuala Sepetang, Taiping

Kuala Sepetang was formerly known as Port Weld. It is a small fishing town by the river mouth about 16km from Taiping. There are a few things you can do there as well as along the way there. Visitors usually visit the charcoal factory, located 500 metres before reaching Kuala Sepetang town. The charcoal kilns here are shaped like igloos. This particular one is lit and has charcoal in the making. Kuala Sepetang is also well-known for its prawn noodles – the most famous being Mee Udang Mak Jah. The “Mee Udang Spesial” priced at RM12/bowl comes with five average to large sized prawns in sweet, sour and hot gravy.

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  1. Kuala Gula, Taiping

It is situated in Kerian district, Perak which is about an hour drive from Taiping town (north of Matang Forest Reserve). Kuala Gula encompasses a multitude of habitats including the buffer areas of a river and its tributaries, mangrove islands and mangrove coastal forests. There is a temple named Hua Seng Temple is a must go destination as it is unique with the 18 Hell places.

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  1. Pangkor

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.

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  1. Ipoh

Ipoh is an Old Asia gem: uncluttered by tourists and touts, with delicious dim sum and curry and ayam taugeh (bean-sprout chicken) on every corner; unvarnished British colonial architecture on display at every turn of the head. Ipoh is also the capital city of Perak, is only 25 minutes to Gopeng where you can try activities like caving and white water rafting, 15 minutes to Lost World water theme park, 2 hours to Genting Highlands and a few minutes away to many cave temples in Perak. Its excellent location ensures a fulfilling trip where you’ll never get a chance to feel bored. 

  1. Sungai Klah Hot Spring, Sungkai

Its unique concept of a specially designed free flowing Hot Springs Swimming Pool and Therapeutic Park at the foothill of the Titiwangsa Range 200 feet above sea level is indeed creatively engineered to attract visitors who appreciate the wonders of nature. Families visiting the park can try out the family baths and enjoy the privacy of this special treat. Another popular family activity not to miss out on is the hot springs egg-boiling experience. Sg. Klah Hot Spring is a good hangout place for family, old folks, couple & friends. Some 2 1/2 hours journey from Kuala Lumpur to Sungkai, Perak. The facilities are quite well managed and hygienic. There are quite a lot of changing rooms, shower rooms, lockers, sitting area, water basin/ taps & food stalls. You can enjoy jacuzzi in a group at RM75/hour (for 8 person) or RM120/hour for an exclusive one.

Opening Hours: 8am-7pm (Weekdays), 8am-10pm (Weekends and Public Holidays)

Tickets: Adult – RM 12, Children – RM 10, Senior Citizen – RM 7, Disabled people – RM 5

  1. Tua Pek Kong temple Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan

Tua Pek Kong Temple in Kampung Pasir Panjang Laut, Sitiawan is a Chinese temple that appears to be very impressive and larger than any temples in Perak. The temple was founded more than 100 years ago. It’s only in 2011 that the area was expanded to include a series of statues, a food court and even a monkey park. The multitude of statues built to a grand scale and a beautifully-landscaped garden with rocks and fountains deserve to be witnessed at least once. Check out a koi fish pond and a mini waterfall behind the temple. If you want to get some mi sua, don’t get it there as you can get it cheaper direct from the factory nearby.

  1. Teluk Intan Tower

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

  1. 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

  1. Kellie’s Castle, Batu Gajah

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

  1. Tempurung Cave, Kampar

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.

Challenge Phase

Land route

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

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