Perak is one the fourth largest of Malaysia’s thirteen states after Sarawak, Sabah and Pahang. Located on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula, Ipoh is the capital town of Perak which makes it populated by half a million.

Thou there are several tourist destinations within the state, but the focal tourist destination are Pangkor Island which is located 85km from Ipoh.

In Perak, there are also many limestone hills which can be found in the central part of the state, between Ipoh and Chemor to the north, and Ipoh to Gopeng in the south, and most of them contain caves. Many of these hills also have built in Chinese temples and Hindu temples in this cave. One can enjoy the state, beautiful scenery of these caves by driving through the state. One can also stop by the beautiful Belum-Temenggor Forrest Reserve (Tasik Temenggor) that is surrounded by rainforest and spend a few nights deep in the jungle camping to enjoy the greenish nature.

Adding on, if you take the East-West Highway from Grik to Tanah Merah, Kelantan, you also stop by at Bukit Merah for some fun!

Destinations in Perak

  • Marina Island Pangkor – A new west coast manmade island with beautiful sceneries of Pulau Pangkor – that has a mixed development of exclusive properties, marina, theme park, jetty complexes and many more.
  • Pangkor – A popular island in the west coast with beautiful beaches, small fishing villages.
  • Bukit Merah – An eco-tourism destination that families a theme park, eco-park and the country’s only orang-utan island.
  • Kellie’s Castle, Batu Gajah – Also known as the ‘Taj Mahal’ of Perak as this castle, was built by the Scottish planter William Kellie Smith as a sign of love for his wife. The construction of the castle was never completed and since then, it’s been covered with mystery and romantic stories of love and tragedy.
  • Belum Temenggor Forest Reserve – The Belum-Temenggor Forest Reserve (BTFR) is a tropical paradise and home to a vast population of animals and plants, many of which are only found in this region. BTFR is among the few left over pockets of conserved rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia, which covers over 300,000 hectares.

Travel by bus

The main express bus terminal in Perak is Medan Gopeng Express Bus Terminal which is located in Ipoh. There are also other bus terminals such as Parit Buntar Express Bus Terminal, Kuala Kangsar Express Bus Terminal, Lumut Express Bus Terminal, Teluk Intan Express Bus Terminal, kampar Express Bus Terminal, Hutan Melintang Express Bus Terminal, Grik Express Bus Terminal and Manjung Express Bus Terminal.

Perak can be reached by bus from most of the destinations in Malaysia. As Ipoh is along the Kuala Lumpur/Butterworth route, hence there are regular bus services. Ipoh’s bus station is located at Silveritage Galleria on Gopeng road which has few good numbers of routes from such as from Ipoh to Hat Yai in Thailand. Anyhow, there are a plenty of regional bus routes, including regular buses to Lumut (the access point for Pangkok Island).

If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh, the journey will take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes at the Silvertage Galleria Bus Terminal, Medan Gopeng.

Transnasional, Plusliner, Konsortium, Sri Maju, Newsia, S&S International are a few of the coach operators that provides bus services to and fro Ipoh.

Hop in a bus

If you want to travel around Ipoh, the best it to hire car, as the bus services are often confusing and bus transport can be unreliable at times.