Perak – Malaysia

Introduction to Perak Malaysia

Perak is one of the thirteen states of Malaysia and it stands second among the largest states in Peninsular Malaysia. Perak has been the tin capital of the world until the early part of the 20th century. Since the heavy dropping of the tin rates in the international market the region gradually turned itself orienting towards other industries which has eventually led it’s re-birth. “Perak”, in Malaya refers to the silver colour. This name is said to have derived from the silver colour of the tin ore which was in abundance here. During the later part of the nineteenth century, the region was considered as one of the jewels in the British Crown because of its rich tin deposits. Some others claim that the name is derived from the glimmering silver colour of the fish in the waters of Perak.

The state capital is housed at Ipoh and the imperial capital is situated at Kuala Kangsar. The cities of Ipoh as well as Kuala Kangsar are faring well even after the downfall of the tin miming in the area. They have emphasized on other industries and thus are being able to sustain themselves as thriving cities.

Places to visit in Perak Malaysia

bukitlarutBukit Larut is the wettest place in the whole of Malaysia let alone Perak Malaysia; it receives an annual rainfall of over 500 cm. The place is also known as – Maxwell Hill, named after the British Assistant Resident William Edward Maxwell who discovered this place in the year 1884. The place is a rare natural beauty with a cool temperature, the abundance flora at this place will certainly impress you a lot. At 1250m above the sea level, this place can provide you a view of the peninsular coastline as well as the Straits of Malacca. On a clear day a panoramic view of the islands of Penang in the north to Pangkor in the south is visible too!

kellies castle2Kellie’s castle

Is a pretty mysterious place that you must visit in Perak Malaysia. The castle was built by William Kellie Smith, a Scottish Planter; he had built this castle amidst the nature and resembling much of his erstwhile residence in Scotland. Now, the castle is a haunted place and seems very obscure with some hidden rooms and secret tunnels covering the underground of the building.

If you are an adventure lover and look for exploration, then you must visit the exciting Gua Tempurung, one of the largest natural limestone caves on Peninsular Malaysia. This place is about 24 km from Ipoh and is about 1.5 km long!

The Handicraft Village and Craft Museum at Kelantan

provides you many fine examples of the traditional craftsmanship around the area of Perak Malaysia. The craft works are also available for sale and one can buy their lovely souvenirs here. There are many top class Home Stay facilities at Perak, one can rest here enjoying the tastiest Malayan as well as the continental cuisines and get acquainted with the local customs and traditions here.

pangkorlislandThe Pangkor Island

Is an exciting place and a popular tourist destination to visit in Perak Malaysia. Many attractive fishing settlements and beautiful resorts make this place a heaven for visitors! The favourite beach areas of Teluk Nipah and Pasir Bogak offer you many adventurous activities such as wind surfing, scuba diving, sea-fishing and snorkelling as well. Some of the resorts on these beaches have their own excellent Golf Courses which are an added attraction!

Perak is well connected by land, air and rail services not only with the rest of Malaysia but also with Thailand and Singapore. Commuting is never a problem here; you can visit this place anytime of the year.

Map of Perak Malaysia

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Video of Pangkor Laut in Perak Malaysia

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