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The Ultimate Perak Road Trip Ideas

 

 

The recent lift on the interstate travel ban has breathed back life into our tourism sector. Once again, Malaysians will get to travel and appreciate the beauty of our country. From the tantalizing food that Ipoh offers to the scenic beauty of Royal Belum, there is plenty to do when you’re in Perak. 

To help you cover the best of Perak Darul Ridzuan, here is the ultimate Perak road trip ideas for your next adventure: 

 

 

1.    Ipoh – Batu Gajah – Kampar (Greater Ipoh)

The perfect trip for those who would like the best of food, heritage and nature. Home of the famous nasi vanggey and our very own ‘Hollywood’, Ipoh is arguably Perak’s most popular destination. This food haven is a mere 30-minute drive from some popular nature attractions as well—head over to Gopeng for white water rafting or go caving at Gua Tempurung to take in the beauty of Malaysia’s 10,000-year-old limestone cave. 

While Kellie’s Castle is a well-known spot for that picturesque shot, Tasik Chermin and the Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge (the last remaining tin dredge in Malaysia) provide snapshots just as epic for your Instagram. 

Did you also know that Cameron Highlands is not the only tea valley in the country? Located just outside Gopeng lies the Gaharu Tea Valley for your exploration.

 
 

2.    Perak Tengah – Manjung – Lumut  – Pangkor 

One for those who miss the sea breeze, this part of Perak offers beach lovers something to look forward to. Pangkor Island’s white sandy beaches and clear sea make it a popular destination for Malaysians, and the charm of the fishing villages provide a unique Pangkor experience. Snorkel at Giam Island, visit the Dutch Fort, enjoy the fresh seafood and shop for Pangkor’s famous ikan bilis (anchovies). 

For those who prefer a less touristy destination, visit the lesser-known Teluk Batik or Teluk Senangin for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. A Pangkor day trip is possible from these places as Lumut jetty is located nearby. 

On the way back, why not drop by the River Terrapin Conservation Centre to see the conservation work on this endangered species or the Pasir Salak Historical Complex to learn the history of the place where British advisor, JWW Birch, was assassinated. 

 

 

3.    Taiping – Kuala Sepetang – Selama - Kerian

Visit Taiping, the old capital of Perak—a town with a quiet charm that holds a wealth of ecotourism destinations nearby. Discover the old charm of Taiping by exploring the 33 Firsts of Malaysia, all in one town—from the first museum (Perak Museum) to the first market, or even hike up Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) for the first Indian-style hill station and a view of the town from above. 

Nature lovers could dive into the ecotourism attractions nearby. Explore the rich wildlife at the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve which also houses the Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary. You might even catch a glimpse of dolphins while you’re there. Observe the Orang Utan in their natural habitat at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, home to Orang Utan Island, one of the best Orang Utan rehabilitation and conservation centres in the world as well as the famous waterpark. For nighttime activity, head over to Kuala Sepetang to watch the fireflies. While you’re there, don’t forget to have some of Kuala Sepetang’s famous mee udang. 

 
 

4.    Kuala Kangsar – Lenggong – Gerik (Royal Belum) – Pengkalan Hulu

Explore the royal and cultural heritage of Perak in Kuala Kangsar, the royal town that is also famous for their labu sayong. It houses the state’s royal history at Istana Kenangan, a former royal residence which was built without a single nail. A stone’s throw away is the Lenggong Valley, the UNESCO World Heritage Site where Perak Man was found.

Experience the kampung life by checking in at a homestay at Labu Kubong, Chenderoh or Kampung Beng and get treated to delicious local dishes such as laksa Kuala Kangsar, daging masak hitam, ikan perkasam and more. Given its close proximity to Thailand, you can even experience the Songkran Fiesta without having to cross the border. 

For those who are more adventurous, Royal Belum Rainforest is a 130-million-year-old virgin rainforest (even older than the Amazon!) where you can discover some of the rarest animals and plants in the world or go birdwatching in a houseboat on the lake. Alternatively, explore the caves at Gendang Cave or hike up Bukit Kenderong for a breathtaking view of our flora and fauna. 

 

 

 

5.    Teluk Intan – Bagan Datoh – Pulau Sembilan

Did you know that the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan was actually built to store water during the drought season in case of fire? The tower is often the first thing that comes to mind when anyone mentions Teluk Intan (formerly known as Teluk Anson). But there is more to Teluk Intan than that. 

Take a boat ride to Pulau Bangau, an ecotourism destination discovered only about 16 years ago. Away from humans, the island is inhabited by more than ten species of storks (bangau) that inspired the name of the island and provides sanctuary to tens of thousands of migratory birds.

And just an hour away from Teluk Intan is a hidden gem called Pulau Sembilan, a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. The island is also home to a natural phenomenon called the Blue Tear that literally lights up its shores during the night for a magical scene in nature. 

 

 
 

6.    Tanjung Malim – Sungkai - Tapah

Approximately a 90-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, this is for the ones looking for a quick road trip with family or friends. Head for a quick getaway at the Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park and be at peace with nature. An ideal destination for families as it caters to your every need—fun for the kids at the waterpark and leisure for the adults who can opt for a traditional massage for relaxation. Nearby, you can also visit the Sungkai Deer Farm (Wildlife Conservation Centre) where deer of various species roam freely in their habitat.

While you’re in Sungkai, don’t forget to try bamboo rice, a delicious traditional dish that gives a glimpse of the traditional way food was served during the olden days by the Malays of Hulu Perak. 

Of course, as we are still in the middle of a pandemic, Perak, as one of Malaysia’s favourite tourist destination, has been preparing and improving its tourism industry for the ‘new normal’ to welcome back tourists through its Semarak Pelancongan Negeri Perak Programme. Among others, hotels are required to clean and sanitise public areas at least three times a day and to prepare an isolation room should any guests show symptoms so that tourists can explore the state with peace of mind.

Are you ready to explore Perak?