A City of Contrasts and Diversity
erak is situated along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and covers an area of 21,000 sq km. The name of the state, Perak which means silver in Malay, is home to the Kinta Valley which once contained the world's richest tin deposits. Today, it captivates hearts with its majestic cave temples, intriguing rainforests, scrumptious cuisine and beautiful sceneries.
"Time spent unpeeling Perak's historical history will reward you richly. Amble through Ipoh's old town for time-worn mansions, craft shops and excellent local food. Beyond the city lie cave temples that will make you sweat with awe and Royal Belum State Park that will leave you captivated with its untouched flora and fauna".
Pangkor Island, Perak
The name of the island comes from the Thai 'Pang Ko', which means Beautiful Island. It actually concerns a group of islands with Pangkor as its main island, and next to that a trio of smaller islands: Pangkor Laut, Pulau Mentagor and Pulau Giam. Tucked within this idyllic tropical island of Pulau Pangkor in Manjong are attractions such as the historic Dutch Fort, Batu Bersurat, fishing villages, traditional boatyards, places of worship and popular beaches like Pantai Puteri Dewi, Pantai Pasir Bogak and Teluk Nipah. This island can be explored on foot or by vehicle and its surrounding turquoise warm waters are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. A short boat ride takes you to the privately-owned Pulau Pangkor Laut. Here, you will find the exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort, one of the world's top small luxury resorts.
ROYAL BELUM STATE PARK
Royal Belum State Park, Perak
The pristine Royal Belum is nestled within the protected Belum Valley in Gerik. New species of
trees and insects have been discovered in the huge hectare of virgin rainforest, which is also one of the few places in Malaysia where you can see the rare flower of Rafflesia. Comprising a complex ecosystem, this state park is situated in the northern part of Lake Temengor and is a haven for mammals like the seladang, Asian
Elephant, Malaysian Tiger and the endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros as well as birds such as the hornbills. Within the Royal Belum State Park lies Lake Temenggor, the second largest lake in Peninsular Malaysia after Lake Kenyir. Lake Temenggor is, just like Lake Kenyir, a manmade lake used for water catchment. The lake has a variety of freshwater fish species including the Kelah, Toman, Sebarau, Tenggalan and Baung, which makes it the perfect destination for anglers.
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. Over 180 local and exotic wildlife species can be observed at the 34-acre Taiping Zoo. Being the country's first zoo, this place of attractions features orang-utans, Malaysian Tigers, siamangs and many more in open-air enclosures with natural settings. Visit the zoo during the animals feeding time and you might get the chance to hand feed some of the animals. The Night Safari includes a mini train ride that takes you through various parts of the zoo where you can watch nocturnal animals in action. The lively chirpings of night creatures add to the exciting atmosphere of the zoo.
Taiping Zoo, Perak