Perak is Malaysia's "Abode of Grace," and is the fourth largest State in Malaysia. Its name means "silver," or "glimmer of fish in the water" that sparkled like silver, tracing back to Perak's flourishing history in the tin-mining industry. During this time, it was considered the wealthiest State in Malaysia, because of their field in metal production. When the price of metal dropped, however, Perak's economy was severely affected. But this gave rise to their mastery of other industries, which made Perak what it is today. The most flourishing industry today is the agricultural sector, more specifically in coconut, palm oil, and rubber production. Perak houses the district of Bagan Datuk, which is known as one of the largets producers of coconut in the entire Malaysia. The people of Perak come from different parts of the world, making Perak a multi-ethnic State. This caused the variety of religions, culture, and languages in Perak.
1. An Underrated Island When it comes to stunning beaches and beautiful sceneries, Perak is definitely underrated. It is known to some as a "sleepy island," but unknown to most tourists, the State houses exquisite coastlines and views you don't just get anywhere. The beauty of Perak is especially highlighted during sunrise, when the city is still asleep, or during sunset, to cap off a nice day. Perak's beach destinations also have a ton of water activities guests can enjoy such as snorkling, parasailing, and jet skiing. There are several nature destinations to enjoy in Perak. Tourists can take a look at the fascinating 400-million-year-old limestone mountain, visit several untouched forest reserves, observe the lush greeneries, and stand in awe at the beautiful view of the peninsular coastline.
2. Iconic Street Food Along the many streets of Perak are hundreds of food stalls offering a variety of different dishes and delicacies. Most of these delicacies have been made for decades and handed down from generation to generation. A popular Perak cuisine is Rendang Tok, a beef gravy cooked in a bonfire. Rendang Tok is a traditional dish served in festivals and weddings. Perak is also known for its tropical fruit, Tambun Pomelo. This fruit has the likeness of a grapefruit, and has a sweet, refreshing flavor. Other dishes, such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, have also gained popularity in Perak.
3. Royal Capital: Kuala Kangsar Perak, Malaysia houses Kuala Kangsar, or what is renowned as a "royal town." Kuala Kangsar was the place the Sultan of Perak, Yusuf Sharifuddin Mudzaffar Shah, built his first palace beside the river. History says that there was once a strong flood that almost swept away the palace. This is why the Sultan built his home elsewhere. Up to now, the Royal Palace still stands and is considered as one of Malaysia's architectural milestones. Kuala Kangsar is the home of the Sultan of Perak, and is an abode of many rich stories about Perak's history. Since the 18th century, Kuala Kangsar has been known as the royal seat. And not only does it possess great history, but it is one of the most attractive royal capitals in Malaysia. Kuala Kangsar is also the place where the first rubber tree was planted, and up to today, the tree still stands, being one of the attractions Perak has to offer. The rubber tree contributed to Perak's now rising economy of rubber.
Perak Tourist Spots
1. Sam Poh Tong Perak is a State with a number of temples built to honor historical hereos and legends. Three of these temples are built in limestone cave enclosures, which makes it all the more interesting and worthy to visit. The largest of these cave temples is Sam Poh Tong in Gunung Rapat. The structures, limestone walls, and passageways of Sam Poh Tong are of impeccable elegance and beauty. Surrounding the temple is a magnificent garden, with lush green trees, plants, and colorful flowers. From a bird's eye view, the scenery in Sam Poh Tong is outstanding, blending bright colors with the ancient style and structure of the Sam Poh Tong temple. If you embark on the 246 step climb, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of Perak, with all its glorious wonders.
2. Kek Lok Tong Although there are many spiritual cave temples in Perak, the beauty of Kek Lok Tong is like no other. It stands out among the rest because of its remarkable award-winning garden. It has a pond filled with turtles and koi, which is surrounded by the greenest trees, lively plants, and colorful tropical flowers. Despite being built several years ago, the temple has been well-preserved and still retains its natural beauty with perfect cave formations and rich greeneries. Often referred to as a secret garden, visitors of Kek Lok Tong will find that it is the best place for a silent retreat and meaningful reflection.
3. Lost World of Tambun One of the most unique tourist destinations in Malaysia is the Lost World of Tambun in Perak. It is a themepark which gives an out of this world experience of the rich wildlife in Perak. It is famous also for its hotsprings and rides, perfect for a family to enjoy. This is one of the man-made destinations which can really give you a peek at what Perak has to offer. Breathtaking rides, relaxing hotsprings, and a taste of the wildlife — that's what Perak, in its Lost World of Tambum themepark, has to offer.