From ancient limestone caves to royal palaces and idyllic beaches, Malaysia’s fourth largest state is known for its natural and architectural beauty.
Enjoy a river cruise through virgin tropical jungle and explore Malaysia’s largest network of limestone caves when you come to Perak. Away from these scenic charms, there is also architectural splendor and a rich culinary tradition to discover.
Devote some of your vacation time to Perak's natural attractions. Take a guided river cruise through Belum-Temengor Forest Reserve, which encompasses Malaysia’s largest area of untouched rainforest. Look out for rhinos, tigers and other jungle creatures. Venture into Tempurung Cave, one of the largest limestone caves in Malaysia and relax in the therapeutic waters of the Sungai Klah Hot Springs. Don’t miss Taiping Lake Garden, a beautifully landscaped area that is Malaysia’s oldest public garden.
Pangkor Island, located off the west coast of Perak, is a major draw for many tourists. Stay in one of the luxury resorts, dive and snorkel off the beaches and visit fishing villages.
Architecture lovers will relish visiting some of the state's magnificent buildings. Travel to the royal town of Kuala Kangsar to see Istana Iskandariah, the palace of the Sultan of Perak and the beautiful Ubudiah Mosque. Tour the rooms of Kellie’s Castle, a replica Scottish castle in Ipoh, Perak’s capital city.
While you are in Ipoh, try some of the food that the city is renowned for. In addition to Malay, Chinese, Indian and international cuisines, there are a few local specialties to try, such as Ipoh sar hor fun. This is a popular noodle dish with chicken and prawns. For more delicious culinary experiences, go to the coastal town of Lumut for the excellent fish dishes prepared at beachfront food stalls.
There are many ways to get to Perak, including trains and flights from Kuala Lumpur. Traveling within the state is easy with good roads and buses connecting major destinations. The tropical climate and diversity of attractions make Perak a great place to visit any time of year, but the beaches and forests are best enjoyed outside of the rainy season, from October to January.