Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Perak

Kellie’s Castle

Steeped in tragic legend, this monument to British eccentricity stands marooned by the highway, 5km east of Batu Gajah. Known as Kellie’s Folly, the Gothic- and Moorish-style castle was commissioned by wealthy Scott…
Top Choice Plantation in Cameron Highlands

Boh Sungei Palas Tea Estate

If there's time for only one tea-themed experience in the highlands, make it this spectacularly situated plantation, museum and cafe. A short film explains the estate's history and free 15-minute tours (half-hourly)…
Top Choice Museum in Kuala Kangsar

Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery

This former royal palace, also known as Istana Kota and Istana Hulu, is a showy mash-up of Renaissance, neoclassical and Moorish styles. Completed in 1903 its marbled hallways now host exhibitions honouring the life…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Kuala Sepetang

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

Wooden boardwalks weave among the protruding, twisted tree roots of the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve. The reserve is best known for its fireflies, which glow like fairy lights after sundown, but it's also spellbin…
Top Choice Cave in Ipoh

Sam Poh Tong

First discovered by a monk in 1890, this temple, 5km south of Ipoh, is still used by nuns and monks pursuing solitary meditation. To the right of the entrance is an ornamental garden with ceramic lions, miniature sh…
Top Choice Museum in Taiping

Muzium Perak

With many of Perak's museums in dire need of more funding, Taiping's well-maintained Muzium Perak stands out. Parts of the pristine, whitewashed building date to the 1900s and inside are diverting displays about nat…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Cameron Highlands

Sam Poh Temple

This scarlet-and-yellow temple complex, just below Brinchang, about 1km off the main road, is peopled with huge burnished statues and magnificent tile-work. Inside the first hall are statues of the defenders of Budd…
State Park in Belum-Temenggor Rainforest

Royal Belum State Park

This 1175-sq-km park within Belum-Temenggor Rainforest was gazetted in 2007 to protect a rich menagerie of tigers, tapirs, panthers and the Sumatran rhino – though the latter is now believed extinct in Malaysia. The…
Cave in Ipoh

Kek Look Tong

With a craggy cave mouth beneath a towering cliff, Kek Look Tong (1920) has the most impressive approach of all Ipoh's temples. Three Sages dominate the central cavern, while towards the back a cheerful Chinese Budd…
Cave in Ipoh

Perak Tong

Developed in 1926 by Chinese Buddhists Chong Sen Yee and his wife, this temple (7km north of Ipoh) is popular for its mesmerising murals and panoramic views. The first staircase leads to a majestic seated Buddha (12…