Caves and cave
Sam Poh Tong Cave
is probably the most famous and oldest cave temple in Perak. The
temple is in a limestone cave at Gunung Rapat, about 5km from Ipoh.
There is a tortoise pond and vegetarian temple within.
Kuan Im Tong
- The cave is a spectacular huge cavity located near 'paradise
valley', Ipoh. The cavity is used as a temple and the limestone hill
is located in a residential estate. This is probably the best cave to
visit but be sure to book a taxi there!
is also a cave temple located near Ipoh
and is beautifully landscaped.
is one of the largest caves in peninsular Malaysia, located near the
town of Gopeng about 25 km from Ipoh.
The cave is about 1.5 km long with a stream flowing through. To
explore the cave contact a local tour guide.
Archaeological Museum, or Kota Tampan Archaeological Museum. Kota
Tampan (near Lengong) is prehistoric site is dated 74,000 years old.
The town of Lenggong is about 100 kilometres north of Ipoh on the
Kuala Kangsar to Grik road. It is the site of the oldest known place
of human activity in the Peninsula.
The Perak Man, Peninsular Malaysia's oldest inhabitant was fond in
the caves in the area is displayed at the museum. This skeleton is
dated at between 10-11,000 years old, a Stone Age man (called the
Perak man), from the
Lenggong Valley in upper Perak is
where this earliest human skeletal remains was found in 1991. It is
an important archaeological site where evidence of human settlement
from the Palaeolithic age were found. These archaeological sites
include Kota Tampan, Bukit Jawa at Kampung Gelok and Kampung
Temelong. 100,000 year-old stone tools have also been
excavated at Kampung Geluk and Kampung Temelong.
Gua Harimau was a site of bronze manufacture during the Bronze Age.
Unesco has recognised the Lenggong Valley in Perak as a World
Heritage Site in 2012.
housed at the Department of Mineral and Geosciences in Jalan Sultan
Aslan Shah, was establised in 1957. There is a collection of over 60
mineral samples and many samples of cassiterite (tin ore or oxide) It
also displays samples of gemstones and rock specimens. It is open only
during government working hours.
was set up in 1883 and is the oldest museum in Malaysia.
The museum building (in Ipoh) however was only completed in 1903.
There are numerous zoological and ethnological exhibits.
The Matang Historical Complex, Taiping.
This mansion built in 1856, is located about 2km from the Simpang/Taiping
junction of the Ipoh-Butterworth trunk road. It was the official
residence of Ngah Ibrahim, a son of Long Jaafar. On display are many
scenes of the history of Perak. On the walls are numerous old
photographs and posters on the Larut Wars fought between the Chinese
migrants clans - Ghee Hin and the Hai San.
The Royal Museum, at Kuala Kangsar, northe of Ipoh is housed in a royal residence built in
1926. This is the place to learn all about the history of the Perak
Forest Reserves, Parks and Rivers
To visit forest
reserves, contact the forestry department of Perak or a local tour
agency for more information.
is one of the largest forest reserve in Peninsular Malaysia. This vast
virgin forest is located on the north east part of the state around
the Temenggor dam. The forest has a wealth of flora, fauna and
wildlife such as elephants, rhinoceros and tapir. Permits are required
to enter this forest so go through a tour guide or contact the
is 13km from Tapah, south of Ipoh. The park offers interesting walks
through the forested areas. There is a 30-metre suspension bridge that
spans Sungai Batang Padang and a forest museum. This is a place for
swimming, picnicking and fishishing. It is about 13km from Tapah town,
along Jalan Tapah-Cameron Highlands road.
Forest Reserve is an area of about 40,000 hectares of mangrove forest rich in tree
species and aquatic life. It is located about 2km from Kuala Sepetang
(formerly called Port Weld), west of Taiping. The
Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve is one of the best managed mangrove
forest in the world! The major rivers flowing through the Matang
forest include Sungai Gula, Sungai Kelumpang, Sungai Selinsing, Sungai
Sangga Besar, Sungai Sepetang, Sungai Jaha, Sungai Terung and Sungai
Jarum Mas. To get there, exit the expressway at Changkat Jering (from Kuala Lumpur) or at
Kamunting/Taiping (from Penang).
Take the road towards Kuala Sepetang (Port Weld).
Sungai Perak or Perak River If you are looking of a river adventure, the Perak River is a
great choice (Get a local guide). It is the second longest rivers in
Peninsular Malaysia (after Pahang River) and passes through the hilly
terrain of Perak, towns and villages. The river supports many
freshwater fishes and is also a habitat for river terrapins and
crocodiles. Perak River
flows some 400km from the Malaysia-Thai border, through the Temengor
Lake to the Straits of Melaka.
When tin was discovered in Perak, the Perak River became
the source and mode of transport of tin ore. This discovery resulted
in the growth of the many towns along the river, including Kuala
Kangsar, Teluk Intan and Bagan Datoh.
You cross this river through Iskandar Bridge and Sultan Abdul Jalil
Kuala Kangsar. Those interested in historical
structure can appreciate the Victoria Bridge,
also in KK, a railway bridge that crosses the Perak River, built
around 1897. Teluk Intan,
located on the banks of the Perak River is a nice place to visit.
Ubudiah Mosque is one
of the most beautiful mosque in the country. It was built by Sultan Idris Mursyidul Azman Shah I and was completed in 1917.
is a resort and theme park. The scenic setting also offers boating and
angling activities at the lake.
is an unfinished mansion commissioned by an English planter, William
Kellie Smith in 1915. It stands out as a strange, romantic and
mysterious landmark in Batu Gajah, about 40 km south of Ipoh.
To reach here you have to travel by trunk roads and through some
winding narrow roads to the site. There is not much to see here so
visit the place only you have plenty of time.
Sanctuary Golf Resort
is a 27-hole international course located about 24km from Ipoh. Built
on a reclaimed mining land and beautifully landscaped, the place also
offers nature, golfing, angling and lakeside accommodations.
Maxwell Hill or
is 1035 meter above sea-level. It was used by British colonials used
the hill resort as a rest & recreation centre since 1884. Today it is
a pleasant, quiet resort that offers visitors a cool surrounding and
an ambience of a forest park.
Taiping Lake Garden is a
former mine with a mining pond that has been turned into a lake. This
64 hectares rehabilitated mining area is covered with turf, trees and
plants. The Lake Garden encompasses a lake, a recreational park and a
Japanese garden. There is golf course and the Taiping Zoo
Lata Kinjang is a
multi-tiered waterfall that cascades some 850 metres down the mountain
range. Those travelling on the North-south expressway from south (or
form KL) to Ipoh cannot miss the sight of this majestic waterfall seen clearly on
the mountain slope.
To visit the place, take the Tapah exit (if you are coming from the
south) and continue north on the trunk road until you see signboards
leading to Chenderiang. The fall is after this town. The area is home
to the Orang Asli (indigenous people) of Malaysia, so do not wander
around the forested area.
Lata Iskandar is a waterfall between the town of
Cameron Highlands. The large waterfall is just near roadside. There is
a bazaar selling Orang Asli crafts and food stalls selling refreshments
at the site.
What to eat