Perak - State And Attractions | Perak Darul Redzuan is the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. It borders Kedah and the Thai Yala Province to the north, Penang to the northwest, Kelantan and Pahang to the east, Selangor to the south, and the Straits of Malacca to the west.
The state's administrative capital of Ipoh was known historically for tin-mining activities until the price of the metal dropped, severely affecting the state's economy. The royal capital, however remains at Kuala Kangsar, where the palace of the Sultan of Perak is located.
Perak means silver in Malay, which is probably derived from the silvery colour of tin. In the 1890s, Perak, with the richest alluvial deposits of tin in the world was one of the jewels in the crown of the British Empire. However, some say the name comes from the "glimmer of fish in the water" that sparkled like silver. Darul Ridzuan is the state's Arabic honourific, and can mean either "land" or "abode" of grace.
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Perak is divided into 10 administrative districts which are further divided into local administrative Municipal councils. The following is a list of the 10 administrative districts in terms of population.
Districts of Perak
2. Larut, Matang & Selama
4. Hilir Perak
6. Batang Padang
7. Kuala Kangsar
8. Perak Tengah
9. Hulu Perak
1. Royal Belum National Park
Belum Eco Resort (also known as Tasik Temenggor Discovery Island) is one of hundred islands located in Tasik Temenggor, Perak. It is near to the world famous Royal Belum National Park. It offers a wide range of activities for everybody who wants to experience nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Belum Eco Resort won the Best Eco-Resort Award by the Perak State Government in 2007.
Located in Gerik and covering 15,200 hectares, Belum Lake is the largest man-made lake in Perak. The tranquil beauty surrounding the lake is complemented by the diversity of its flora and fauna. This enchanting atmosphere is home of the `orang asli’ with their unique traditional lifestyle of totally depending upon the jungles and surrounding lake.
The lake has a rich variety of freshwater fish including Toman, Sebarau, Tenggalan, Baung and even the renowned Kelah, providing ample challenge to fishing. This makes Tasik Belum a very attractive and 'must go' fishing destination for beginner as well as die hard anglers to pit their skill.
2. Sungai Klah Hot Spring
Sungai Klah Hot Springs is nestled in the serene and lush forest patches, surrounded by hills and clear cold mountain streams and rivers. All 6.5 hectares enjoy the scenic view of well-tended oil palm plantation and durian orchard amidst a haven of tranquility.
Its unique concept of a specially designed free flowing Hot Springs Swimming Pool and Therapeutic Park at the foothill of the Titiwangsa Range 200 feet above sea level is indeed creatively engineered to attract visitors who appreciate the wonders of nature. Families visiting the park can try out the family baths and enjoy the privacy of this special treat. Another popular family activity not to miss out on is the hot springs egg-boiling experience.
For visitors who are keen to experience the local Malay massage, the park offers one of the finest traditional massage packages to benefit from.
For more adventure, visitors can take on the challenge of the Sungkai River or work off the calories trekking in and around the park as you immerse yourself in the natural wonders that surround the location.
3. Gua Tempurung (Tempurung Cave)
Gua Tempurung is a cave in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia. It is popular among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. More than 3 km long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways and there are a range of tours of different lengths and difficulty.
A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6 km through the hill. There are three very large chambers and some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
There are plans to develop the surrounding area. By the end of 2006 a go kart centre and a horse riding area had opened.
4. Kampar River White Rafting
Get up close and personal with nature, experience an exotic and mystifying rainforest where the fastest butterflies swarm by the riverbank while you enjoy swimming in the river or jump from trees or just glide down the river on a raft.
The clear water of Kampar River (Class I-III) is suitable for anyone who is physically fit and those who crave for mild technical adventure whilst safely enjoy a rafting trip.
Test out your river skills and go on an adrenaline rush as you ride through 14 rapids and cooling waters of Kampar River in Perak, just 2 hours from Pangkor Island, Lumut and the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. A state in west Malaysia famous for its’ tin ore, and pomelo fruit, Ipoh hor fun, home-grown white coffee, temples, caves and hot springs!
5. Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve
Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve is large expanse of Mangrove Forest covering 50,511 ha in area, stretching from Kuala Gula in the north to Pengkalan Baharu in the south of Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. There are 2 islands and 7 major estuaries divided the mangrove area.
Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve has been gazetted as a Permanent Forest Reserve in 1906. It is not only renowned as the most successfully managed Mangrove Forest in Malaysia but also amongst the best managed mangrove ecosystem in the world.
Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve and its adjacent coastline are of major importance as a staging area for migratory shorebirds, and are the major remaining area of suitable habitat in Malaysia for the Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea and Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus.
In 1985/86, the highest Count of shorebirds approached 14,300 individuals. With a possible turnover rate of between three and six times this figure, it is likely that between 43,000 and 85,000 shorebirds utilize this area during migration. It is recognised as an outstanding conservation management of the rich and diverse of wildlife and habitats that thrive throughout the mangrove and mudflats area.
6. Taman Herba (Perak Herbal Garden)
7. Orang Utan Island
8. Taiping Zoo and Night Safari
9. Kuala Woh (Recreational Forest Tapah)
10. Pangkor Island (Pulau Pangkor)
11. Teluk Intan Leaning Tower (Menara Condong Teluk Intan)
12. Kellie's Castle - Perak Tourist Attractions
13. Cave Temples
14. Lang Mountain
15. Tua Pek Kong Temple
16. Teluk Batik
# More detail about places and tourism in Perak will updated later.
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