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11 Things You Must Do In Perak, Malaysia

Adrian Chew
Published Sep 27, 2017

On a yearly basis, many countries, cities, and regions will be selected by Lonely Planet to be featured as the top destinations to visit. In Malaysia, there are a few states listed by Lonely Planet and they are worth visiting. Among them are Ipoh, Penang, and Penang. From the first Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) to UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lenggong Valley, Perak is the destination you should be considering for your vacation. Perak is the fourth largest state in Malaysia and is located in the northwest part of Peninsular Malaysia.

Top 3 activities to book in Ipoh

1. Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS)


This animation park studio is the first such theme park in Asia as well as Malaysia. Movie Animation Park Studios is a theme park that caters to all age group of tourists and visitors. Opened about two months ago, you will get to see over 40 attractions in six themed zones. Famous animated movie characters will definitely attract families and kids to the theme park. From Malaysian own BoBoiBoy to DreamWorks characters like The Croods and The Smurfs, kids will have a chance to meet their favorite characters and take pictures with their idols.

Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS)

Address: 3, Persiaran Meru Raya, 31200 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Website: Movie Animation Park Studios(MAPS)

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2. Kinta Riverfront Walk

Kinta river

While in Perak, you need to visit the Kinta Riverfront in Ipoh. The best time to come here is at night as you will be amazed by the colorful LED lights and the capital city comes to life. There are plenty of activities for you to do here. You can either walk along the riverfront or rent a bicycle to enjoy the scenic view of the riverfront.

Kinta Riverfront Walk

Address: Jalan Lim Bo Seng, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours

Website: Kinta Riverfront Walk

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3. Lost World of Tambun

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Apart from Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS), there is another popular theme park in Ipoh. It is none other than the Lost World of Tambun. This is a different theme park you have ever visited, as you will get to see the unique natural hot spring at Lost World of Tambun. Bring your whole family here and have a fun day out.

Lost World of Tambun

Address: No.1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday to Sunday, public holidays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Price: Kindly refer website for details.

Website: Lost World of Tambun

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4. Concubine Lanes


Time to visit the historic lanes of Ipoh. You will be surprised by its name because it is called Concubine Lanes. It is quite similar to Jonker Street in Malacca and you will find a lot of shops here. From desserts to souvenirs, taking a walk around this historic and unique lanes will cheer you up.

Concubine Lanes

Address: Concubine Ln, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours

Facebook: Concubine Lanes

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5. Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan, Perak

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If Italy has the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, you can also see one in Malaysia. Yes, it is located in Teluk Intan, Perak. Teluk Intan Leaning Tower is the top attraction in Teluk Intan and you need to see it for yourself. It is strategically located in the center of a square and you can see it from far. So, fret not as you will find your way. Do not be deceived by its structure as it is a three-story building, not eight stories. Once you enter the tower, then you will get to see what is inside.

Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

Address: Lot 1&2, Komplex Menara Condong, Jalan Bandar, Pekan Teluk Intan, 36000 Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Website: Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

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6. Lenggong Valley Archeological Gallery, Lenggong, Perak

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No visit to Perak is complete without touring the Lenggong Valley. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will be surprised by the museum as well as nature around it. Get ready to see the human fossil skeleton of Perak Man. It is the rarest skeleton found by archaeologists in Perak. Lenggong Valley consists of four main sites and it will take half day to full day to visit all the sites. Do plan your time wisely.

Lenggong Valley Archeological Gallery

Address: Kampung Baru Kota Tampan, 33400 Lenggong, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Website: Lenggong Valley Archeological Gallery

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7. Taiping Zoo & Night Safari

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If you happen to be around Taiping or plan to visit a zoo in Perak, then opt for Taiping Zoo & Night Safari. Be amazed by its various wildlife and get a feel of its night safari by visiting the zoo. You do not need to travel all the way to Africa to see the animals since you can do so in Malaysia. This is the oldest zoo in Malaysia and it was established in 1961. You can either opt for the day zoo visit or night safari. If you choose the night safari, take note that you are not allowed to bring flash cameras and torchlights.

Taiping Zoo & Night Safari

Address: Jalan Taman Tasik Taiping, Taman Tasik Taiping, 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Website: Taiping Zoo & Night Safari

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8. Royal Belum Rainforest

Posted by Muhamad Syukri on Sunday, 30 July 2017

Ready for more excitement? You will visit the Orang Asli settlements, walk through the rainforest, enjoy fresh air and see various wildlife. How amazing is that, right? It is time to visit one of the world’s oldest rainforests.

Embark on a unique adventure to Royal Belum Rainforest. The rare rafflesia can be seen here too. It is the largest flower in the world and you need to take some pictures of the rare plant. You can have a picnic at the waterfalls as well.

Royal Belum Rainforest

Address: Pulau Banding 33200 Gerik, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours

Website: Royal Belum Rainforest

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9. Orang Utan Island, Semanggol, Perak

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Source: Pixabay

Fancy to have a snapshot with an orangutan? Head over to Orang Utan Island in Semanggol for a great trip. It is not an island but an orangutan conservation center in Malaysia. As one of the endangered wildlife, it is a good thing to see the survival of orangutans in the wild. You can cuddle the baby orangutan while you are at this conservation center.

Orang Utan Island

Address: A197, 34400 Simpang Empat Semanggol, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Website: Orang Utan Island

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10. Pangkor Island

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Source: Wikipedia

Pangkor Island is another attraction not to miss in Perak. Walk along the beautiful beach or go fishing while on the island. If you are looking for accommodations, there are many hotels, resorts and vacation rentals around the island. So, you can stay in this charming island and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Pangkor Island

Address: Pangkor Island, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours

Website: Pangkor Island

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11. Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Kuala Sepetang, Perak

Posted by Pusat Eko Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Kuala Sepetang on Friday, 24 February 2017

Experience wonder of nature by visiting Matang Forest Reserve to complete your vacation in Perak. Located in Kuala Sepetang, Matang Forest Reserve was gazetted as a forest reserve in 1906. Apart from the mangroves, you will get to visit various villages near the forest reserve as well as dolphins, eagles, and other rare wildlife. Pack your backpack and book your trip to Perak. It is an amazing holiday destination.

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

Address: Kampung Kuala Sepetang, 34650 Kuala Sepetang, Perak, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Website: Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

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Worthy holiday destination for everyone

Perak is the best holiday destination for families, couples, friends, first-timers, and adventurers. If you have not been here, it is time to visit this state. After all the beautiful Pangkor Island, the historic Concubine Lanes and various UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in this state.

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I was born and raised in a small town called Muar, Johor in Malaysia. After my parents got married, I moved to Kuala Lumpur and currently residing in Selayang, Selangor. My favourite pastime...Read more

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