Welcome to Perak

Nostalgia is rife in Ipoh and Taiping, Perak's largest and most rewarding towns. But Perak is most interesting beyond its population centres: surrounding Ipoh are temples posing dramatically on cliffs; west of Taiping is a mangrove reserve. Things get wetter and wilder at river-rafting centre Gopeng, and north in Royal Belum State Park, where pristine rainforest is interspersed with lagoons.

Perak is also a good starting point to explore the Cameron Highlands (technically in Pahang) and its breezy hill stations, where days are spent hiking and slathering cream onto scones.

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$81.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Penang to Orang Utan Island, Taiping Day Trip with Admission

This tour entails a leisurely drive across South East Asia’s longest bridge (Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah bridge) to the mainland of Peninsular Malaysia from Penang island. An hour’s drive southbound along the North South Expressway brings you to the sleepy community of Bukit Merah town passing through small palm oil plantations and pineapple fields.  On arrival, board the boat heading to the Orang Utan Island. Step ashore and amaze yourself with the ‘People of the Jungle’ or Orang Utan, an endangered species. Scientifically identified as very smart animals, Orang Utans have one of the longest birth intervals, on an average, once in every 8 years. Enjoy the hour & half at this dedicated rehabilitation sanctuary. Capture lots of photos for your remembrance.  Continue your journey to Taiping, one of the charming old tin-mining town in Perak. Visit Perak Museum, one of the first and oldest museum in Malaysia. It was founded in 1883 by Sir Hugh Low, the fourth British Resident of Perak. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (at own account) before returning back to Penang. Please note: In case the Bukit Merah Laketown Orangutan Island is not open, you'll visit the Kuala Sepetang mangrove forest and see a charcoal kiln where charcoal is produced.

$21.95 Outdoor Activities

Kampar River 2-Hour Water Tubing Experience From Gopeng

Our driver and professional guide will pick you up at Gopeng Toll Exit Plaza (Exit 135) or Gopeng Town then head to Ulu River Lodge. Upon arrival, you will need to sign a liability form and safe keep your belonging. Your instructor will provide a safety briefing before we start our river tubing adventure.Jump into your tube and begin the relaxing float down the languid portion of river. Look for local wildlife along the banks of the river as you glide by. This fun and exciting tour is a safe water activity, which includes calm water drifting, small rapids and some beautiful scenery. The whole journey will cover a distance of 7km and take approximately 1.5- 2 hours to complete.  At the end of the tour, you will arrive at Kampung Jahang where the adventure will finish will a delicious local lunch or high-tea. This tour is a great introduction to river tubing. It’s a hands on adventure and safe water activity, with beautiful scenery and surrounds.

$105 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cameron Highland Day Tour Private

The Cameron Highlands areas was originally discovered in 1885 by William Cameron, a British government Surveyor who came across, “A fine plateau with gentle slopes, shut in by loftier mountains”, whilst hacking a path up through dense jungle on a mapping expedition. Creating a hill station in the area was first voiced in 1888 by Sir Hugh Low, a Perak resident who suggested it might be a suitable place for a retreat and farmland.Places of Interest: • North – South Highway (Drive Past) • Handmade Basket Factory (Visit Stop) • Lata Iskandar Waterfall (Photo Stop) • Aborigines Village (Visit Stop) – Blow Pipes Demonstration • BOH Tea Plantation (Visit Stop) • BOH Tea Factory (Visit Stop) (factory closed on Monday) • Vegetable Farm (Visit Stop) • Vegetable Market (Visit Stop) • Strawberry Farm (Visit Stop) – Own Self Picking • Butterfly Garden (Visit Stop) • Honey Bee Farm (Visit Stop) • Cactus Garden (Visit Stop) • Bharat Tea Plantation (Photo Stop)

$120 Day Trips & Excursions

Gua Tempurung Cave Exploration from Penang

After hotel pickup, your tour starts with an early morning drive across the Penang Bridge and though a bit of Peninsular Malaysia to Gopeng, a rustic town in Perak. Meet up with your nature guide for a briefing, and then begin your 2-hour exploration of Gua Tempurung with the cave ranger. Inside the cave, you'll be fascinated by the rock formations, stalagmites, stalactites, and even patterns on the wall as you go from one chamber to another. Afterward, refuel with lunch at a local restaurant. If time permits, you might also be able to make a photo stop at the palaces of the Sultan of Perak in Kuala Kangsar before returning to Penang, where your tour ends.

$185.33 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh Old Town Private Full-Day Food Tour

Meet your guide at KL Sentral railway station in Kuala Lumpur and board an express train to begin your full-day tour. The 2.5-hour train ride takes you north to Ipoh; once a thriving commercial center during the tin-mining boom of the 19th century, the charming town now serves up local favorites at food stalls, food courts and restaurants.Start your culinary adventure with a stroll through Ipoh’s streets in search of breakfast. Follow your guide on foot and savor the best food available, from Ipoh sar hor fun (rice noodles served with sweet sauce) to melt-in-your-mouth kaya puffs (flaky pastry filled with egg jam).On a short heritage walking tour, visit historical buildings constructed during the British colonial era. See landmarks such as the Ipoh Railway Station, the stately Ipoh Town Hall — built across the street in 1916 — and the Birch Memorial Clock Tower.Take a break and sip a cup of Ipoh’s freshly brewed, aromatic white coffee before heading 3 miles (5 km) north of town to Gunung Lang. This recreational park features a gorgeous lake situated amid limestone outcroppings. Located a short distance away is Perak Tong, a cave temple that houses more than 40 Buddha statues, including a 42-foot-high (13-meter) centerpiece. If you climb the 385 steep steps to the top you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside — a photographer’s heaven!Stop by Kellie's Castle to see the unfinished mansion perched atop a hill where it was built on a former rubber estate in Perak, before returning to Ipoh for lunch.Continue your food tour on a walk to local markets and hawkers stalls, feasting on Malay dishes served up with white rice. Enjoy favorites such as barbecued fish marinated in a savory sauce; chili chicken; locally grown vegetables authentically cooked using coconut, shrimp or chili paste; curry noodles; barbecued pork; dim sum; and fried green onions. After tasting some sweet treats such as cendol — a traditional dessert made from shaved ice, coconut milk, green starched noodles and sugar — stop by a nearby pamelo farm to sample this citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia.Visit a kacang putih factory to sample a variety of these popular snacks, including fried beans, crispy tapioca chips and murukku (savory, crunchy twists made from rice), which are original to Ipoh and shipped worldwide. Learn how the industry began in the 1940s from just six families who settled in the city from South India.Your final stop is the Ipoh Central Market (Pasar Besar Ipoh), located at the UTC (Urban Transformation Centre). Walk through this local wet market for a look at food stalls, from produce vendors to fish mongers, before returning to Kuala Lumpur by train, accompanied by your guide.

$78.55 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Ipoh Full Day Historic Tour

Ipoh Full Day Heritage Tour starts with complimentary pickup from any location of your choice within Ipoh city. Breakfast at some local eatery called "Kopitiam" for some authentic Ipoh dishes away from the tourist trap.With a satisfied stomach, we now stretch our leg for the Ipoh Heritage Trail in the Ipoh old town. Admire the old heritage buildings as we walk from the famous Ipoh Railway Station, Ipoh Town Hall and Old Post Office, Birch Memorial Clock Tower, Masjid Panglima Kinta, the banks, the old entertainment hub and the wall murals. Get to know interesting facts of this old mining town by visiting Ho Yan Hor Museum and the emergence of the famous “Concubine Lanes”, stories about the colonial and emergency times during WW2 & Malayan Emergency due to Malayan Communist Party (MCP) at Ipoh War Memorial, and how it became the capital city of Perak.Next will be Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, a temple built in a cave. As you step into the compound, you will be greeted by the serene Chinese style landscape garden with fishes, turtles, and birds probably from the natural limestone hills around! As we head into the cave temple passing through the praying site, there is a hidden courtyard surrounded by mountains with a turtle pond where you can purchase vegetable to feed the hundreds of hungry tortoise and turtles set free by devotees long time ago.Continue to the magnificent Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and admire its intricate stalactites & stalagmites. Be amazed by the cave, but don’t rush in just yet, follow your guide for an introduction of the cave, letting you know the formation and the creatures created by nature hidden all around you.30 minutes drive away lies the spooky Kellie's Castle (admission ticket included), an unfinished mansion of an eccentric Scottish planter will be our last stop. This castle with combined Scottish, Moorish and Indian architecture were built by craftsmen from Madras India and all the bricks and marble were imported from India. Do follow your guide as there are some little facts and hidden secrets lying around which is not shown on the information board.Before we send you back, get some great tips from our knowledgeable Ipoh Secrets tour guide about what more you can see and do in Ipoh, the state of Perak, and Malaysia!

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