takes its name from the silvery color of the rich tin
deposits for which featured prominently in the history
and economy of the state. The growth of its major towns
and the rise of numerous wealthy millionaires in bygone
years can be attributed to tin. Although tin-mining has
ceased to be a major industrial activity, Visitors can
still catch a glimpse of Perak's tin-mining history at
the Geological Museum in Ipoh, its capital city.
The saga of tin-mining aside, modern-day Perak is a vibrant
state and has numerous options for those willing to traverse
its over 21,000 sq km of territory. Ipoh is appealing
with its beautifully landscaped parks, orderly streets
and pleasant surroundings. It is also known for its many
fruit stalls selling the state's famous Tambun pomelos
and groundnuts. Guava is also commercially cultivated,
mostly on what was once mining land. Another appealing
characteristic of Perak is the imposing beauty of its
limestone hills. Set within these hills are two well-known
cave temples, Sam Poh Tong and Perak Tong.
Kangsar, the royal town of Perak features many old buildings
and structures of historical value such as the Ubudiah
Mosque and the Iskandariah Palace. Here, the last surviving
rubber tree of the original batch that was brought from
London's Kew Gardens in 1877 by H.N.Ridley, can be seen
at the district office. Just 15km south of this town is
the site of a unique cottage industry producing Perak's
well known earthernware, Labu Sayong. Taiping, 40km north,
is home to the country's oldest museum and the cool hill
resort of Bukit Larut. Its scenic Lake Gardens and the
Taiping Zoo are favourites with locals and visitors alike.
There are several other points of interest that should
not be missed. One of these is Kellie's Castle in Batu
Gajah. It was built by a wealthy Scottish rubber planter,
William Kellie Smith. Lovers of history can visit the
historical site of Pasir Salak, further west of Batu Gajah.
Pangkor, Perak's island in the sun draws throngs of visitors
annually to its lovely beaches, reputed to be among the
best in the world. Bird lovers should head north for the
fascinating Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary where over 100 species
of birds can be sighted.
Air: Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Ipoh.
Rail: Ipoh Railway Station
Road: From Penang/ Kula Lumpur to Ipoh via the North-South
Expressway takes about 2 hours.
Sea: Lumut has a deep port, but it is more commonly
associated as the entry point for the holiday island
of Pulau Pangkor.
Ipoh, takes its name from the ipoh tree. A species of
the ipoh tree can be seen in front of the Ipoh Railway