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Perak

Posted by on May 12th, 2008
Filed Under: Featured, Perak

Pangkor Island
Pangkor Island, Perak. Photo by NTLam

Cool rainforests, stunning waterfalls and rustic villages that dot the countryside.

Perak is the second largest State in Peninsular Malaysia (after Pahang), takes its name from the silvery color of the rich tin deposits for which it is renowned and in Malay, Perak means silver. The Arab honorific of the State is Darul Ridzuan, the Land of Grace.

Perak is divided into nine districts. Major towns, apart from the state capital, are Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Teluk Intan and Lumut. While the administrative centre is in Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar is the royal town. The focus in Kuala Kangsar is Bukit Chandan where several royal palaces and museums are located.

Climate
Warm, sunny days and cool nights all year round with occasional rain in the evenings. Temperature ranges from 23°C to 33°C. Humidity usually exceeds 82.3%. Annual rainfall is 3,218 mm.

Perak is blessed with numerous limestone hills, through thousands of years of nature’s evolution; water has altered the shapes of these gargantuan limestone structures and created magnificent caves. The highlights of them are Gua Tempurung, Gua Angin and Gua Kandu.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure or relaxation, you’ll discover a wide variety of options and amazing settings in Perak. For adventure activities, Perak is famous for its caves as well as its many challenging 4X4 routes or its white water rafting at Sungai Kampar.

For a relaxation time, there’s no place better than taking a day or two off to Pulau Pangkor. Pangkor Island draws throngs of visitors annually to its lovely beaches, which is reputed to be among the best in the world.

Or for those looking for a more subdued, cultural experience, take a hike through the old section of Ipoh and relive history through the many quaint and rustic buildings which retained much of Ipoh’s colonial charm.

As for food, you will be spoilt for choice in Ipoh – Malay, Indian, Chinese and lots more — and all are so reasonably priced too.

For a good time, come visit Perak, you get to see cool rainforests, stunning waterfalls and rustic villages that dot the countryside as well as a world class beach resort.

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