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Perak Darul Ridzuan is situated towards northern west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, with a land area of 21,006 square kilometres and a population of about 2 million. Perak, which means silver in Malay langguage, derived its name from the silvery tin ore. It is renowned for its rich tin deposits, scenic places, and historical and cultural heritage. The state is diveded into 9 districts with Ipoh as its state capital and business and administration centre. Other major towns in Perak include Kuala Kangsar, Taiping, Teluk Intan (Teluk Anson), Kampar and Manjung.

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Kuala Kangsar

Kuala Kangsar is the "Royal Town" of Perak, situated 45km north of Ipoh. Visitors are encouraged to go to Kuala Kangsar Jetty and take a boat ride along the Perak River. There are some buildings that feature Malay traditional flavour such as Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery (previously known as Hulu Palace), Perak Square, and Keris Tamin Sari. Kuala Kangsar is famous for its local pottery known as labu sayong. There are a shops selling beautiful handicraft along the Perak River such as silver, labu and keris.

Other attractions around Kuala Kangsar include the Ubudiah Mosque and Iskandariah Palace. Ubudiah Mosque, a symbol of pride and faith for Muslims in Perak, is built in 1917. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. The mosque's unique golden dome and minarets bear testimony to the beauty of Islamic architecture. The Iskandariah Palace is the official residence of the Sultan of Perak. The Moorish architectural elements make the palace a spellbinding sight.

Kuala Kangsar is well-known for its rubber trees and latex. It is the place where rubber trees were first grown when nine trees were planted in Kuala Kangsar by H.N. Ridley in 1877. He brought the rubber seeds to Kuala Kangsar and he was the man responsible for turning Kuala Kangsar into the first rubber industry district in Malaysia.

IPOH

- "The Limestone Wonders"

Ipoh is also known as the city of Bougainvilleas, a name derived from the city's abundance of the flora. The name "Ipoh" itself comes from the ipoh, epu or epus tree (Antiaris Toxicana), which once grew wildly here.

Ipoh is Located 205km north of Kuala Lumpur. The locals are mainly Cantonese and Hakka-speaking Chinese. The Kinta Valley was once renowned for its abundance of tin deposit. Dubbed the "City of Millionaires" due to the wealth created by tin.

Ipoh is divided into two sections by the Kinta River. They are the Old Town and the New Town. Government offices, a commercial centre, the railway station and the City Hall are all located in the Old Town while entertainment spots, retail and food outlets are concentrated in the New Town.

Pangkor Island and Lumut

Pangkor Island (Pulau Pangkor) is the biggest of the nine islands found off the coast of Lumut. It is about 40 minutes ferry ride from Lumut, a coastal town which is about 84km from IPOH. Its inhabitants are mainly invloved in fishing and its related industries. Despite its small size, the facilities on this island are well developed. Traveling around the island, will find the historical Dutch Fort (Kota Belanda), the traditional Chinese architecture temple, the Miniature Great Wall and the Satay Factory. These are places of interests that one should not miss. The Pasir Bogak Beach (the largest and most popular beach on Pnagkor island) alond with its long stretch of crescent-shaped bay and abundant shdy trees is an idyllic spot for picnicking. Opposite Pulau Pnagkor is Pangkor Laut island. The most popular island resort in Peak, Pangkor Laut welcomes visitors with its serene, golden sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and cool, refreshing breezes. It is a popular venue for a wide range of water sports and fishing. Another nearby island, Pulau Sembilan is a fishing haven frequented by anglers.

Taiping Zoo and Night Safari

Orang Utan Island at Bukit Merah

The Orang Utan Island or formerly known as Pulau Panjang covers an area of approximately 35 acres. The climate and vegetation closely resembles Borneo and Sumatra, the native hom of the orang utans. The island, opened to the public in early February 2000, has 5 acress that has been set aside to allow the Borneo orang utans to free roam at this point in time.

The foundation's main goals for the Orang Utan Island at Bukit Merah are conservation, breeding, rehabilitation, research and education. The Foundation has endeavored to create one of the facilities for observation of orang utans in their natural habitat. At present, the Foundation has one of the most unique models of captive orang utan care, welfare and husbandry. The tunnel concept is especially interesting in that allows visiors to view the animals up close in their natural habitat while they themselves ar protected in the safe enclosure. It is hoped that the facilities and habitat that have been created here will provide researchers worldwide with one of the best research environment to study the behaviour of orang utans.

At the Orang Utan Island, a rehabilitation program is drawn up for the young orang utans. They learn various tasks necessary for survival such as nest building, tree climbing and usage of ropes as substitute for veins and foraging for food in the wild. These young orang utans will be exposed to the natural environment and gradually introduced to the wild.

Matang Forest Reserve

Tempurung Cave

Located in the vicinity of Gopeng, 24km south of Ipoh, Tempurung Cave is believed to have existed since 8,000 BC. Stetching over 1.3km, it is probably the largest natural limestone cave in the country.

Tempurung Cave is made up of five huge domes with ceilings resembles coconut shells. Eash dome has defferent formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The domes also differ from one another in terms of temperature, water level, content of limestone and marble.

There are two types of guided tours for visitors to choose from. The short tours provide basic information of the cave. They are suitable for those who don't want to get dirty of spend too much time in the cave. A walkway and platforms are available for the convenience and safety of visitors. Those who are more normally take two to 3 and a half hours through the underground river and come out on the other side f the cave. Visitors will be able to see various stalactite and stalagmite formations, many of which are still growing.

Herbs Park

The Perak Herbal Park covering on area of 22 hectores, the park is home to a variety of herbs - ranging from those used in cosmetics and cooking to those used for medical and aroma therapeutic purposes.

The herbal park will be a living museum where visitors not only have fun identifying and naming the plants, but also getting a taste of the herbal goodness! Visitors are also welcome to use the park as a resource centre. Imagine fishing at a lake while imbibing what Nature has to offer in terms of stunning sights and aromatic fragrances. Combining everything the park has to offer, visitors will find serenity and calm here. At the end of the visit, it would hard not to be invigorated and revitalised.

Taman Herba Negeri Perak
Jabatan Pertanian Negeri Perak
Batu 1, Jalan Batu Gajah, Kampung Kepayang, 31300 Batu Gajah
Tel: +605-357-2290

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Source: Malaysia Travel Guide