Have you done with Ipoh? Wait... There are more for you in Perak.
Some of them even have a better reputation than Ipoh. Of course, some are hidden pearls.
Here comes another reason why you should get a rental car (or driving your own car) when visiting Ipoh. It's more convenient for you to travel to other tourist attractions in Perak, which may takes up to an hour to reach from Ipoh. Otherwise, you can join a local tour.
There is only one word to describe Gua Tempurung, "ADVENTUROUS"!
You must join the cave adventure if you are looking for excitement. The formation of stalagmites and stalactites inside the cave will amaze you.
If you go for the complete cave adventure journey, you would required to climb up the stone steps, ladder, crossing river inside the cave, crawling on the narrow pathway in between the limestone etc.
Drawings and writings on the stone wall by the communist decades ago add on the fun. You may feel a bit of being the Indiana Jones, except there is no treasure (too bad). Hehe.
Isn't this sound exciting? In less than an hour of driving time, heading south from Ipoh via Gopeng Road, there lays the Gua Tempurung.
Getting enough of my hometown, Ipoh? Now you can explore my mother's hometown too!
Kampar, a small town around 45 minutes drive to the south of Ipoh. It had been nearly a dead town until the University of Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) chosen it as its main campus site.
But for me, Kampar is always attractive in the way of its unique and delicious food. So, let's go for a food hunting trip to Kampar! Just a warning, there are a lot of pedestrians and bicycle riders on the road in Kampar. If you are driving, you are expected to give way to them.
It's a never completed castle. About 100-years-old.
Go straight along Gopeng Road, heading south to Kampar, you'll finally come to a traffic-light junction with the sign board showing right turn to Kellies Castle. But, you don't follow it. Keep going straight until you see another traffic light, turn right. Go straight along the road for about ten minutes. Then you should see the great mansion on your left.
Are you looking for sunshine and beaches? This is the well-known island in the state of Perak. You just need to get to the Lumut Jetty, which takes about 45 minutes drive from Ipoh, and then take the ferry to Pangkor Island.
For detailed information about visiting Pangkor Island, check out this information packed site: pulau-pangkor.com. You can find everything about Pangkor Island there.
While Ipoh is "Hill City", Taiping is the "Rainny City".
It is a small town in Perak. The city centre has most of its buildings in British colonial style.
It has one of the most famous lake gardens in Malaysia - Taiping Lake Garden. It's a perfect recreation place. I still remember the good old days where my family had picnic there. And the naughty monkeys try to steal food from us!
The Taiping Lake Garden is just beside the Taiping Hill, which is another scenic spot.
It also has the zoo that Ipoh doesn't have - Taiping Zoo. Nowadays, it opens at night too. Can't wait to visit the night safari.