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Perak - The Silver State
The silvery quality of tin, oncce Perak's abundant natural asset, inspired the name of the state, which means 'silver'. Tin also gave rise to the well of the state, as well as the conflicts in its turbulent history.
Perak is also noted as the state that started the rubber industry. In fact, Malaysia's oldest rubber tree is believed to be locateed at Perak's royal town, Kuala Kangsar. Henry Nicholas, who was to become the Director of the Singapore Botanical Gardens in 1888, planted Perak's first nine rubber trees in 1877.

Perak today is a harmonious multi-racial society, often referred to as the Land of Grace. Characterised by a rich diversity in language and culture, Perak also offers an ensemble of natural beauty in its lakes, caves, and coastal regions.

Beaches and islands
Perak has many gorgeous beaches and islands, including Teluk Batik, Pulau Pangkor and Pulau Pangkor Laut. To reach these enchanting resorts, you must travel to the small coastal town of Lumut approximately 84 km south of Ipoh.

Pangkor Laut Resort

Places of interest
Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island
The most popular island resort in Perak, Pangkor welcome visitors with its serene golden beaches, crystalline blue water and cool, refreshing breezes. Located about 90 km south-west of Ipoh, it is largely inhabited by fisherfolk. They live in scattered fishing settlements along the coast especially on the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik, and their catch comprises mainly cuttle-fish and anchovy.

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Kellie's Castle
Colonial plantation owner William Kellie Smith originally commissioned this mansion in 1915 as his son's abode. Smith died on his way home to England in 1926 and the mansion was left unfinished. Vines and trees shrouding the mansion add the air of mistery it emanates. Explore the mansion and see if you can uncover the concealed rooms and secret tunnels that are said to exist. A Hindu temple stands 500 metres away from the mansion. Smith built for the 70 Hindu artisans from Madras who were working on the mansion. You'll notice a figure of Smith in a white suite and helmet standing among the Hindu deities.


Tambun Caves & Hot Springs
Cave fans should not miss the Tambun Caves, lying 15 minutes notheast from Ipoh, where you can experience the thrill of seeing 2,000 year old wall paintings from the Neolithic peroid. After your cave adventure, head to the Tambun Village for a rejuvenatig bath in its famed natural hot spring water.


Lumut
Lumut is situated about 84km south of Ipoh and is well-known for its beautiful shell and coral handicraft. Mainly a fishing village, it is the departure point from the mainland for those wanting to visit Pulau Pangkor.

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Lumut

Perak Tong

Perak Tong & Sam Poh Tong
A Buddhist priest from China built the Perak Tong Temple located 6 km north of the capital of Perak in 1926. Beyond the main altar of the temple a passage leads to a huge limestone cave's interior. After a sheer climb of 385 steps, the cave opens again to reveal a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside.


Kuala Woh Jungle Park
The Kuala Woh jungle park presents a natural environment for swimming, fishing, and picnics. Other features of the park include natural hot-water pools and waterfalls. The jungle park is also home to the 'Orang Asli' or more commonly known as aborigines.

Kuala Woh Jungle Park

Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar is Ipoh's royal town, famed for its black pottery known as labu sayong which keeps water cool. While you're there, also sample the local delicacy kueh labu which is a kind of pumpkin cake wrapped in banana leaves.
Kuala Kangsar is home to two fine examples of brilliant architecture. The Ubudiah Mosque at Bukit Chandan is noted for its Islamic archiectural style, complete with golden domes and minarets. The Royal Museum near the Sultan of Perak's Palace was constructed with neither plans nor nails.


Tempurung Cave

Gua Tempurung
The 'Gua Tempurung' is believed to have existed since 8,000 B.C. and is probably the largest natural limestone cave in Malaysia. This huge cave stretches for 1.5 km and consists of five large domes. Each dome has different formations of stalagmites and stalactites as well as different temperature and water levels. Interested travelers will find the cave situated 24 km from Ipoh.


Taiping Lake Garden
This 62-hectares park is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks in the country. It offers lush greenery, a beautiful lake abounding with freshwater fish, a gazebo and colourful profusion of flower.
Other facilities available at the Garden include a rest house, fishing and aquabiking in the lake area.

Taiping Lake Garden

Teluk Intan Leaning Tower

Teluk Intan Leaning Tower
The pride of Teluk Intan, 84km from Ipoh, is its spectacular Leaning Tower. Reminiscent of the Leaning Tower of Pisa this pagoda-like structure was built in 1885 by a chinese contractor, Leong Choon Choong. The dominating 25.5m tower was once used for water storage.



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