Where Can We Go In Perak?

I will finally get to go for a holiday next week!

I begged and pleaded and persuaded my team leads to release me for a couple of days.

We will be visiting Poey Chin’s parents in Ipoh but I was thinking that we could go for a day trip (or a night stay) somewhere near by. It would be a nice change, because normally when we go back we just stay at home, or make the normal visit to Jusco to enjoy the air cond.

I wonder if any of you have any great suggestions for places to visit while I’m on holiday? It should be within an hour’s drive of Ipoh and should meet the following criteria (in descending order of importance):

  1. Baby friendly. I think this eliminates places like the caves and theme parks.
  2. Not too crowded. I guess this eliminates Cameron Highlands and theme parks.
  3. Not too expensive. I guess this eliminates theme parks.
  4. Not too far away. I think Penang is the furthest I will dare to travel.

I seem to have a big aversion to theme parks haha. Actually I’m shy to admit I never like going to theme parks because I’m too scared to go on the rides. You will never catch me on a roller coaster.

Seriously though, I wonder if any of you dear readers (especially those familiar with Perak or Penang) can suggest nice places for us to visit.

I also wonder if it is a good idea to bring baby Rachel to a beach.

What I had in mind was cultural places, sightseeing destinations and even good places to eat.

How we wished we managed to travel to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong or even London…

Photo: Sebastian Danon

15 thoughts on “Where Can We Go In Perak?”

  1. Penang!!!…definitely for food and a one night/day trip! I would recommend Sunway Hotel at New Lane which is located at the heart of Georgetown (convenient for Rachel’s nap/rest). Gurney Drive in the evening shouldn’t be too hot for Rachel if you are thinking of letting her experience the beach (I think not necessary to drive all the way up to the famed beaches). Below is a link for places of interest (if you choose to go Penang and for a day, maybe wise to consider a few places that really interests the whole family).

    http://www.penang-malaysia.com/Sightseeing.htm (I think Youth Park or Taman Belia is left out on their list…its located near to Botanical Gardens and Gurney Drive).

    p/s if you are going up north (Penang), for food you know where to visit ya!…my blog! 🙂
    Sorry, so ‘cheong hey’/long winded. I am commenting as if you have made up your mind 😛

    Adino: No problem, you can write as much as you want haha! Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. How about Pangkor? Was there about 10 years back (I think!) and I remember the food was good. You get to go to the beach and it is not very far from Ipoh.

    Adino: Pangkor might be a bit too far and expensive, but thanks I’ll propose this idea to Poey Chin

  3. Perak is big. There are many place we can visit.

    Adino: Yeah, it is a big state. I wonder if there are some secret tourist places that nobody has discovered yet

  4. I think Taiping is a nice place… quaint, sight-seeing, crowd-free place. Heh.

    I was gonna suggest Tambun’s Lost World, but if you don’t like crowds then… pfft! Nvm. Heh.

    Adino: Anything in particular in Taiping? Sounds like it meets my requirements!

  5. I’d suggest Penang. Options are aplenty..the beach, botanical garden, malls, and most of all yummy street food!

    Adino: I have to see if it’s too far away to travel or not, but I agree that Penang does have a lot of different things to do

  6. erm… Taiping Zoo? Supposed to be the very first in Malaysia! Hee… I think they also have the first train station, the first jail… etc etc. Hee.

    Adino: OK, I’ll give it a look. Thanks!

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    Adino: I think it was done for a while last weekend, they were doing some upgrades… but I guess it has been resolved now

  8. got taiping zoo in taiping and lake garden.. should be nice for a baby 🙂

    Adino: It looks like we may have to cancel the trip because baby is feeling a bit unwell lately. Always cranky and not keeping down her food well.

  9. If your trip is still ON, then perhaps you can go to Taiping. It is just 45 minutes (or less) drive from Ipoh. Besides Zoo and lake garden, you can go to Kuala Sepetang for seafood.

    Have a nice trip~

    Adino: Now that sounds tempting!

  10. Maybe you should try going to Kampar, there are 1 waterfall there which is worth going, and the water is clear, and you can even have chance to see some nice view there. Kampar food, look out for the choa yu yuen, Hong Kong Chu cheong fun very nice and cheap to eat. Don’t forget to buy the Kampar CB biscuit, they are really famous there and in Malaysia.

    Adino: Thanks for the suggestion! I will try to stop by in Kampar next time

  11. We went to Gopeng, Kampar and Taiping two weeks ago. With the many left overs tin mines, some farmers rears white and brown ducks.

    Bird sanctuary park can be quite interesting. Maybe white water rafting is out but there is a beautiful waterfall near Sungai Itek.

    For food, gosh the tim sum and roti ayam, what can I say? I think Penang lost to this.

    I love Penang and in bound trips to other states is another joy for us to discover our own country.

    And it is safer traveling within. Enjoy and have fun!


    p/s: But if you think the North is not far TOOO away, come here and see and feel the northern states. Whispering Fish Auction in Kuala Muda, Enjoy the longest Canopy Walk in Sungai Sedim, Bukit Hijau waterfall is a great place to relax and not leaving out Hot springs in Baling. Can be a therapeutic experience. Live life to the fullest!!!!

    Adino: Thanks for the excellent guide!

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