Discover Perak Institution

Perak

Named in homage to its tin deposits, Perak (silver in Malay) is a state with many wonders for everyone. The cooling weather of Cameron Highlands, wandering the streets of Ipoh while enjoying white coffee or theme park rides and exploring the caves of Gopeng are just some of attractions you can look forward to in Perak.

Quick Facts

Number of Higher Education Institutions

4

Main City

Ipoh

Population

2,500,000

Airport

Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (IPH)

Living in Perak

Arriving in Perak

Perak is served by its capital city’s airport, Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh. An electrified train service also connect capital city Ipoh with Kuala Lumpur. North-South Highway and East-West Highway connect it with the rest of Malaysia

Airports

Sultan Azlan Shah Airport – International and domestic flights.

Airport Transportation

Bus

All intercity buses originate from Ipoh Bus Terminal (Jalan Raja Bendahara). Bus number 116 runs between the arrival hall and city centre. You can check more here.

Car

Malaysian road signs are easy to read. Driving is on the left side of the road and do note that there are toll fees for major highways as well.

Taxi

All vehicles are able to enter and drop-off passengers. Do note that fares will include highway toll fees. Flag downs and ride-hailing apps are popular as well.

Getting Around Perak

As a developing state, modern infrastructure is mostly confined to urban areas, although good road networks can connect you to any destination by private transportation.

Bus

Long distance buses stop over at the new Terminal Amanjaya in Jelapang which is about 16 KM away from Ipoh city centre. Frequent intercity buses arrive from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru. Local buses that ply the city and surroundings are also available from Ipoh Bus Terminal (Jalan Raja Bendahara). You can check for information at the help desk at most  bus station.

Car

Renting a vehicle is a good option for travelling around Malaysia for extended periods. As a developed country, there are well-maintained roads, signs in English, and a comprehensive highway system (some of which have toll fees). Using navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze to get around is quite convenient too.

Taxi

Perak has metered taxis plying its routes, do ask them to use the meter. Otherwise, ride-hailing apps provide alternative options at a fixed price.

Train

KTM Intercity trains are available to major towns in Perak like Ipoh, Taiping and Sungkai. Perak also has electric train service to Kuala Lumpur daily.

Walking

Exploring by foot is encouraged and there are plenty of sights within walking distance of each other. Roads are well-lit after dark, making evening strolling pleasant. Signs are instructive and well-placed and pavements are wide to accommodate human traffic.

6 Things You Need To Do in Perak

Ipoh

A gastronomical and architectural haven for many, Ipoh’s revival came from its old town charm which has turned its buildings and shophouses into boutique hotels and cafes. Tourist also arrive in droves for the famed Chicken Hor Fun (flat rice noodles in a savoury broth), Tauge Ayam (chicken bean sprouts) and last but not least, locally brewed white coffee.

Find out more here.

UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lenggong Valley Archeological Gallery

Home to the ‘Perak man’, an 11,000 year old human skeletal remain discovered in 1991, led to many other archeological discoveries. Finds have shown that Perak was home to early man since prehistoric times.

Find out more here and here.

Explore Royal Belum State Park

A vast swathe of untouched rainforest is known as the Royal Belum Forest Reserve is an areas still very much undisturbed. Rich in biodiversity, this forest reserve is home to a few exotic species and tours are available via operators who will arnage for permits.

Find out more here.

Explore Pangkor Island

A getaway island known for its chill vibe, white sandy beaches and duty-free shopping, Pulau Pangkor is an island to leave all your worries behind. Do expect a slower way of life here for some rest and relaxation.

Find out more here.

Enjoy Rides at the Lost World of Tambun

Consisting of a theme park, hotel and hot springs, The Lost World Of Tambun will certainly cater to all members of the family or group of friends. Malaysia’s premiere multi-themed action and adventure family holiday destination awaits you.

Find out more here.

Explore the Landscape of Gopeng

A former tin-mining outpost, Gopeng is famed for one of the longest caves in Malaysia. Gua Tempurung, a limestone river cave, is popular among tourist and caving enthusiasts for its various tours getting down and dirty. Do remember to bring along a change of clothing and shoes!

Find out more here.

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