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Perak Darul Ridzuan

Perak Darul Ridzuan, covers an area of 21,000 square kilometres and has a population of about two million. The state is divided into ten districts, Batang Padang, Manjung, Kinta, Kerian, Kuala Kangsar, Larut & Matang, Hilir Perak, Hulu Perak, Selama and Perak Tengah, and its major towns include lpoh, Kuala Kangsar, Taiping, Teluk Intan and Lumut. Kuala Kangsar is the royal town of Perak, while lpoh is the administrative centre and state capital.
For centuries, Perak was renowned for its rich tin deposits. It is believed that the state derived its name, which means silver in Malay, from the silvery tin ore.



History of Perak Darul Ridzuan


The Perak State, in actual fact, has been in existence since the prehistoric age. Kota Tampan in Lenggong is the one and only proof that the Paleolithic Age existed in Malaya. The Perak State went through numerous evolutions between 400 000 BC and 8000 BC. The state had experienced the Hoabinhian Era and the Neolithic Age which was proven with the findings of relevant ancient artifacts.

Historically Perak's history actually began with the installation of Sultan Muzaffar Shah 1, who was a descendent of Sultan Mahmud Shah of Malacca, in the year 1528. Perak became more prominent with the discovery of tin in Larut, Taiping in 1848 by Long Jaafar. With this discovery, Perak's economy boomed. In addition to tin ore, natural rubber also played an important role and is still being planted after the reign of 33 or 34 consecutive Sultans.

The British who had long been interested in Perak, intervened through the Pangkor Treaty in 1874 after a riot in Larut. As a result of this intervention, the Residential system was introduced with James W.W Birch as its first Resident. Initially, the Residential system was supposed to yield positive results. However, because it deviated from its original cause, coupled with the natives' refusal to be colonized led to an uprising against the Resident under the leadership of Datuk Maharaja Lela. As a result J.W.W Birch was assassinated in 1875. The Residential system continued until the arrival of the Japanese to Malaya in 1941. The Perak State suffered, during the Japanese occupation of Malaya until the year 1945. Even after the Japanese surrendered, the British still colonized Malaya until the year 1948. Violence was rampant then in Perak, due to Communist terrorism. After the Japanese occupation in Malaya, the Malay States were not stable. The British did their utmost best to maintain their position by introducing new administration systems such as the Malayan Union in 1946, despite the people's nationalistic spirit to seek independence. The people of Malaya combined their efforts with all state dignitaries to fully rebel against all British systems. They continuously oppressed until the British granted Malaya independence in 1957.

The independence of Malaya meant the freedom for all its Federated States, which Perak was a part of. Rapid development in all fields continued until today, after the reign of 34 consecutive Sultans.



Towns & Cities in Perak

Ipoh

Ipoh is the capital City of Perak. The tin mines around Ipoh are reputedly the richest in the world. Today, Ipoh is one of Malaysia's larger cities, with a population of about half a million people.


Kuala Kangsar

Kuala Kangsar, located 48km north of Ipoh on the Perak River, is the royal town of Perak. It is dominated by three beautiful buildings: Istana Iskandariah, Istana Kenangan and the Ubudiah mosque.


Taiping

Taiping succeeded Kuala Kangsar as the capital of Perak in the late nineteenth century. The country's oldest State Museum is within the vicinity, containing artifacts such as ancient weapons, handicrafts and aboriginal implements.


Bukit Larut (formerly Maxwell Hill)

Bukit Larut, located just 10 km from Taiping, is Malaysia's oldest hill station. The hill is accessible by four-wheel drive only. A land rover is available at the foot of the hill. It leaves everyday from 7am to 6pm. Fare: RM2.50 for adults and RM1 for children.


Lumut

85 km southwest of Ipoh is the naval base town of Lumut. Of interest here is the Naval Museum which houses a collection of ancient weapons and historical artifacts. Lumut is also the departure point for Perak's internationally-known, Pulau Pangkor and Pulau Pangkor Laut.

Places of Interest


River Terrapin Breeding Project

Located at Bota Kanan, 40km from Ipoh, the project breeds hatchling river terrapins, or Bataqur baska, which are then released into the Perak River. Between November and March, visitors can watch river terrapins lay their eggs along the river's shore.


Ipoh Cave Temples

The countryside around Ipoh is studded with dramatic limestone outcroppings, many of which are dotted with cave temples. While many of the temples are of recent origin, cave paintings dating back two millenia have been located at one site. The most famous of the temples are Perak Tong and Sam Poh Tong.


Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary

This coastal bird sanctuary attracts a wide variety of exotic birds, particularly during the migratory season between August and December. Hundreds of species of birds have been sighted here.


Banding Resort

Midway along the East-West Highway is Temenggur Lake, formed by the the construction of the magnificent Temenggur Dam. Set atop an island in the lake is the Banding Resort.


Kellie's Castle

The rubber industry grew with extreme rapidity in Malaysia at the beginning of the century, and as one would expect it attracted all sorts of fortune-seekers. One of the most successful of these was William Kellie Smith, a Scot who decided modestly to mark his success by constructing a magnificent castle here in Batu Gajah, Perak. Located about 50Km from Ipoh.



Other places of interest includes Banding Island Resort, Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill), D R Seenivasagam Park, Darul Ridzuan Museum, Geological Museum, Ipoh Railway Station, Japanese Garden, Kellie's Castle, Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary, Lata Iskandar Waterfalls, Lata Kinjang, Pasir Salak Historical Complex, Perak Museum, Perak Tong, River Terrapin Breeding Project Bota Kanan, Royal Museum, Sungkai Deer Farm, Tambun Hot Spring, Taiping Lake Gardens, Teluk Intan Leaning Tower and Gua Tempurung.



Getting To Perak

MalaysiaAirlines has multiple daily flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh. The North-SouthExpressway passes through Perak with interchanges at Tamjung Malim, Behrang, Slim river, Sungkai, Bidor, Tapah, Gopeng, Simpang Pulai, Ipoh, Jelapang, Kuala Kangsar, Changkat Jering, Taiping, Alor Pongsu & Bandar Baru. It is roughly a 4.5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. PLUSLiner and Transnasional Express operates daily Interstate Coaches from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kangsar, Lumut, Ipoh & Taiping. KTMB operates Express Rakyat and Senandung Langkawi daily rail service from KL Sentral.

Malaysia Hotel Dot CC, brings to you some of the best hotel in Perak Darul Ridzwan. We present them here comprehensively with factual information on all our participating hotels and resorts in Perak.

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TAIPING

HOTEL TAIPING PERDANA
Hotel Perdana Taiping, a clean and simple hotel for both leisure and business travelers to Taiping, Perak. Located centrally in the city, being even closer to fun and entertainment outlets with transport services readily available from the hotel, you can explore the many wonders and historical attractions of Taiping and the surrounding area to the fullest. CLICK HERE


DAMAI LAUT

SWISS-GARDEN BEACH RESORT, DAMAI LAUT
Surrounded by lush tropical forest and the Straits of Malacca, Swiss- Garden Beach Resort, Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut) offers guest a wonderful retreat to nature. Providing superb hotel amenities coupled with attentive, personal service, the resort is perfect for business conferences or a holiday filled with recreational fun.
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IPOH

FAIR PARK HOTEL IPOH
Budget travellers can now have the luxury of comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price at Fair Park Hotel Ipoh. Fair Park Hotel Ipoh is a contemporary hotel with an attractive and strategic central location in Ipoh, located only 5 minutes away from Ipoh's city center and in close proximity to the city’s major Sports and Medical facilities. It is situated along the street which is a residence of many medical specialist centres. CLICK HERE


IMPIANA HOTEL IPOH
A hotel with a 4-star rating, Impiana Hotel Ipoh (formerly known as Casuarina Hotel Ipoh) is a premier hotel with an attractive and strategic central location in Ipoh. Located in a lush garden setting and surrounded by limestone hills, Impiana Hotel Ipoh (formerly known as Impiana Casuarina Hotel Ipoh) is within the proximity of the city centre and airport. Halfway between Penang and Kuala Lumpur, this hotel is also easily accessible by road via the North-South Highway. CLICK HERE

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