Hi there, in this post, I will introduce you to a state up in the north of Malaysia – Perak.
If we were to translate the name of Perak in English, it will literally mean Silver. There are many tales on how Perak got its name. The most famous one is because of the presence of a white silver looking fish in parts of the local river. Also, as Perak once is very popular with the mining industry during its glory days, it was told that the name Perak was also associated with the minerals that shining brightly when they are being shed by the sunlight.
Where is Perak?
Perak is located in the north part of Malaysia. The capital city of Perak is Ipoh, which is about 3 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. However, if you travel north by using high-speed rail from KL, you may only need about 1 and a half hours to reach Ipoh. If you are travelling from Penang, it is only 1.5 hours drive away.
Perak is further divided into 9 districts in which every district has a little bit of difference in terms of foods, culture and even dialect. It has so many things to offer and only seasoned travellers are aware of this off the beaten paths. For example, if you want a beach vacation, you can visit Pangkor Island of the Manjung district. Or, if you opt for a lush jungle experience, you can head to Royal Belum rainforest in Hulu Perak. Or, if you feel like immersing yourself in a city where history and tradition clash with the modern civilisation, head up to Ipoh, a city that used to be the epicentre of Malaysian mining days. Or maybe, if you haven’t got the chance to visit the leaning tower in Pisa, you might want to do the inaugural visit first to the Leaning tower in Teluk Intan.
Believe me, there are lots of things to do and discover here in Perak.
Things to do in Perak
1) Island Trip at Pangkor island
One of the best resort in Pangkor Island is Pangkor Laut Resort, the average price per night is 215USD. You can find more details and reviews here at Hotels.com
2) Royal Belum State Park
3) Strolling around the streets of Ipoh
4) Hotspring Vacation at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
The average cost for per night at this Hotspring Resort is only 220USD, you can visit Hotels.com for more details and review.
5) Leaning tower of Teluk Intan
6) Indulging local delicacies
There are a lot of foods to be sampled here in Perak, especially in Ipoh. I promise, I will write another article on this matter.
7) Experience the magical beach at Pulau Sembilan, Bagan Datok