Vip Malaysia - Perak Attractions


Coined as the Land of Grace, Perak Darul Ridzuan, the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia is a land famed for its natural tropical beauty and rich cultural history. Tracking back to the years of the British colonial period, Perak was forged from tin mining and rubber tree plantations, the remains of which are still visible today.  Today, Perak continues to be a charming state bustling with vibrant people, who warmly welcome all its visitors attracted by the rustic charm of old colonial buildings that have been preserved and repurposed to fit today’s lifestyle.

For those looking for natural wonders, Perak is blessed with white sandy beaches and amazing underwater treasures.  Then there is its crown treasure,  the magnificent caves that date back thousands of years and natural rainforests are even older, going back to millions of years.

Perak, offering  a journey of mystery, excitement and luxury  awaits you with open arms.

Top 5 Things to do in Perak

Top 5 Things to do in Perak

Yes. Here we conclude top 5 things to do while you are visiting Perak. Based on tourism perak malaysia website.

1. Pasar Karat Loken (Vintage Market)

Pasar Karat Loken

"Reminiscing memories at Pasar Loken"- that is the phrase that is often been spoken by the visitors of this market. It is located at Jalan Horley, Kampung Jawa, Ipoh (Gerbang memory Lane). This market operates every Sunday from 7am to 11am. There are various vintage item and rare clothes can be found here with reasonable price.

2. Theme Park

Theme Park

There are several theme parks in Perak, which is Lost World of Tambun and Movie Animation Park Studio (MAPS) are among the best and famous theme park in Perak. Each theme park will give different experience that cannot be forgotten

3. Heritage Trail

Heritage Trail

Tourist should not miss the oppurtunity to visite heritage buildings aournd the city of Ipoh which is certainy beautiful with its colonia-era architecture. The buildings are including Ipoh Town Hall, Concubine Lane, Ipoh Old Town, Ipoh Railway Station and many more!

4. Cafe and Foods

Cafe and Foods

"Food Hunting" and "Cafe Hunting" is a term that tourist often use when visiting Ipoh. This is because there are various cafe that have hipster decor besides serving delicious food. Some of the cafes are Thumbs cafe, Plan B, Bits & Bob, Jose & Deli and Burps & Giggles

5. Ipoh HoHo Bus

Ipoh HoHo Bus

Last but not least. Hop on Hop off bus is the latest product of Tourism Perak in a way to promote tourism places in Ipoh.. This bus travel to 13 checkpoint in Ipoh while people can enjoy the pictures view of Ipoh. This bus operates on Saturday & Sunday from 8.30am to 9.45pm. Visitor can buy the one all day ticket



Discover Perak More!

Discover Ipoh- 10 most attractive places

Our first discovery in state of Perak would be in the Ipoh. Come and read this articles (*credit to tourism perak malaysia)

1. Birch Memorial Tower

Birch Memorial Tower

Birch Memorial Tower was built in 1909 in memory of the first British Resident of Perak J.W.W. Birch, who was assassinated in Pasir Salak in 1875 by followers of a local Malay chieftain, Datoʼ Maharajalela.

It is interesting to note that this memorial project was put into motion by the British Resident of Perak in 1905, E.W. Birch, the son of J.W.W. Birch. The memorial, built at a cost of $25,000, is described as a square decorated tower where each corner is a figure representing the four virtues of British administration: Loyalty, Justice, Patience and Fortitude. On the four civilisation panels around the tower, one can find forty-four notable historical figures portrayed. \

One of them was the last Prophet of Islam which was unfortunately painted over in the 1990s due to objections from the Muslim community to the depiction of the Prophet.

2. Perak War Memorial

Perak War Memorial

Located in the Square in front of the Ipoh Railway Station, this cenotaph was erected in memory of “the men from the state of Perak who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918 and to those who died in the 1939 - 1945 War".

Every year in June, Malaysian war veterans are joined in by their counterparts from Australia and the United Kingdom for Remembrance Week, beginning with a wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph.

In this event organised by the Warriorsʼ Association Malaysia, also present would be representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, members of the armed forces and police as well as school children.

3. Gunung Lang Recreational Park

Gunung Lang Recreational Park

Gunung Lang Recreational Park which is located only five kilometers from Ipoh town is one of the many limestone mountains in the state of Perak, Malaysia, particularly in Lembah Kinta. Gunung Lang is a stretch of limestone areas in the centre of Lembah Kinta and it is a recreational area in the north of Ipoh City. It can be accessed via the North South Expressway through the Sungai Siput and Jalan Kuala Kangsar exit.

This limestone area was explored way back in 1880 by a Malay tin miner, whereby the mining activities were carried out in the caves here. This area was also turned into an iron ore mining area which developed a disrupted landscape area such as the swampy areas and lakes.

Gunung Lang Recreational Park

The Ipoh Local Plan Study 2020 outlined the 111.93 hectares Gunung Lang Area as the Stage 2 Environmentally Sensitive Area and needs to be conserved. The only developments permitted for this area are eco-tourism, research and education. The uniqueness of the limestone formation also attracts visitors as it is situated close to the Ipoh city centre.

4. Lost World of Tambun

Lost World of Tambun

Lost World of Tambun is Malaysia's premier action- adventure family holiday destination. A wholesome family experience awaits you behind the majestic limestone walls with everything from rides to adventure thrills you could possibly imagine from an eco- amusement park.

5. Gua Tambun Cave Painting

Gua Tambun Cave Painting

This cave is home to 3000 years old human cave rock paintings first discovered in 1959 by a British soldier. They were published and then gazetted by the Ipoh City Council in 1986 and declared a national heritage on 10 January 2010.

It had became one of the most important geological relica in the country. The resident narrator gives visitors a deeper understanding of these ancient remains through commentary, jigsaw puzzles and red lions paintings.

6. Panglima Kinta Mosque

Panglima Kinta Mosque

Built in 1898 in British, Moghul and neo- classical architectural design, the Panglima Kinta Mosque can be found overlooking the Kinta River and is one of the oldest mosques in Ipoh. It is known for its unique colouring of white and blue with a big dome at the top of the mosque.

7. Little India

Little India

Little India is an ethnic Indian enclave stretching from Jalan Sultan Yussuf to Jalan Lahat famous for its cuisine and culture. It is a culmination of early immigrant and merchant communities from India who ran thriving businesses here during the tin boom in the Kinta Valley.

The majority of them were Nattukkotai Chettiar from South India. The population in the area soon grew to a mix of 65% Indian and 35% Chinese.

8. Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh Railway Station

The Ipoh railway station was initially meant to be a hospital and used before the 20th century as such before being turned into a station. The original completion year of 1917 was delayed for three years due to lack of construction materials as well as high costs during World War I.

Designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, it was first constructed and opened in 1935, making it the second concrete station to be constructed in the town.

The lpoh Railway Station bears close resemblance to its Kuala Lumpur counterpart and is affectionately known to locals as the Taj Mahal of lpoh. An impressive landmark which combines Moorish architecture with modern embellishments, it is surrounded by a beautiful floral garden which serves as a charming welcome for tourist.

9. D. R. Seenivasagam Recreational Park

D. R. Seenivasagam Recreational Park

DR Lakeside Park was earlier named Coronation Park after the crowning of the Queen the England. In the late 1960s, the Malayan government renamed the park to DR Lakeside Park in honour of D. R. Seenivasagam, a prominent politician and Member of Parliament in the 1960s.

As a green lung in the heart of the city, its large quiet parks, turquoise lake and fresh air provides the public with relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

10. The Yasmin Newseum

The Yasmin Newseum

Come to the Yasmin at Kong Heng Newseum, and meet the late film director of these famous Petronas ads:

The late Yasmin Ahmad specially chose Ipoh, Perak as the location for her internationally- acclaimed movies ‘Sepet”, “Gubra”, “Muallaf” and “Talentime”. Enjoy her films and ads in the charming former bank vault that once housed gold bars and tons of cash, inside Bookxcess Ipoh.

Discover Taiping~Kuala Sepetang- 4 most attractive places

1. Taiping Zoo & Night Safari

Taiping Zoo & Night Safari

Taiping Zoo is the first zoo in the country houses over 2000 animals representing 160 local and exotic species. Visitors can observe these animals in their open-air enclosures during the day or opt for a night tour (Night Safari).

Taiping Zoo is special in its own way. It is located in a lovely natural setting in Taiping Lake Gardens close to the foot of the Larut Hill (Maxwell Hill). The beautiful natural setting with streams, lakes and abundance of flora gives the zoo a unique advantage of being able to use nature to its best. ‘Taman Mergastua Sultan Idris Shah’ or the Taiping Zoo, which is located at the Lake Gardens in Taiping, is the only Zoo in the North of Peninsular Malaysia. Covering an area of 34 acres, the Taiping Zoo has embarked on an expansion program which includes the building of new “Open Concept” animal enclosures.

Taiping Zoo is currently home to more than 180 species of animals totaling – 1,300 individuals. These include Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Hippopotamus, Giraffes, Hornbills, Orang Utans and others. Furthermore, attempts to breed these animals have been very successful. This has seen the proliferation of such animals like the Malaysian Tiger, Lion, Siamang, Deer, Nilgai, Night Heron and many others.

The Taiping Night Safari is a first of its kind in Malaysia. Bathed in lighting similar to moonlight, the beauty and splendor of nature is enhanced. In an effort to maintain the experience of a natural environment, the Taiping Night Safari attempts to display nocturnal animals in natural looking settings. This provides the opportunity for visitors to appreciate and value the treasures of nature while enjoying oneself.

2. Taiping Lake Garden

Taiping Lake Garden

One cannot claim to have visited Taiping without taking some time off to soak in the natural beauty of the Taiping Lake Gardens.

Built on top of an abandoned tin mine, the gardens were opened in 1880, earning them a place in the history books as the first public garden in then-Malaya. Huge ancient rain trees (“angsana”) line the lake; their branches stretching from one end of the road into the waters across, making the perfect backdrop for couples taking their wedding photos.

Spread over 64 hectares, the lake has ten scenic lakes and ponds, a Lotus Pool, charming bridges, tracks for jogging and reflexology, all surrounded by tropical plants, flowers, trees and wildlife. For kids, a roller-skating rink, paddleboat rides, and a playground ensure that the outdoors appeal more than the latest video game.

Heritage structures surround the lush greenery, including the Old Residency, formerly the home of the Secretary to the Resident, the Raja’s House and army officers’ residences. The nearby Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) also makes an ideal place for jungle trekking and camping.

3. Perak Museum

Perak Museum

The Perak Museum (Malay: Muzium Perak) is a public museum located at the junction of Jalan Muzium (Museum Road) and Jalan Taming Sari (Main Road) in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia. It is the oldest museum in Malaysia and highlights the history of the state.

4. Day Tour at Kuala Sepetang

Day Tour at Kuala Sepetang

Kuala Sepetang is a coastal fishing town that is just 30 minutes away from Taiping. It’s a town richly endowed by nature, famous for its charcoal kilns, mangrove swamp, seafood and much more!

Besides, it’s also a town varied with culture and histories. Interesting fact: Kuala Sepetang is the town where the first railway was built during the British Colonial era.

Enjoy a leisure day in Kuala Sepetang, experience the simple lifestyle, have a taste of the local food, and watch eagle soar during sunset guided by a local!

Discover Kuala Kangsar~Lenggong~ Royal Belum ~Pengkalan Hulu

Lenggong Valley the World Heritage Site

Lenggong Valley

Lenggong Valley is the site of the oldest known place of human activity in Peninsular Malaysia. And the most significant archaeological discovery here was the Perak Man. The Lenggong Archaeology Museum is an open air museum which houses numerous historical artifacts dating some 1.3 million years ago. The Lenggong Valley was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30th June 2012.

Lenggong Archaeological Museum or Kota Tampan Archaeological Museum is located in Kota Tampan, near Lenggong. It is a pre-historical site dating back 74,000 years ago.

Lenggong Valley

The city of Lenggong is located 100 kilometers to the north of Ipoh, through Kuala Kangsar (onwards to Grik). It is recognised as one of the oldest site of human activity in West Malaysia. Lenggong Archaeological Museum also displays ‘Perak Man’, the oldest human skeleton found in Peninsular Malaysia in the caves nearby. This skeleton is dated 10,000 to 11,000 years from the Stone age, starting in the Palaeolithic era.

The Lenggong Archaeological Museum is situated near the Lipur Lata Kekabu Rainforest, only 2 km from the site.

Off-Grid Jungle Farm Life in Lenggong

Off-Grid Jungle Farm Life

For those seeking for an off-grid living experience, seeking to disconnect in nature and to get a taste of sustainable living, we welcome you to join us in our jungle home. We offer comfortable kampung-style private double rooms, daily wholesome meals and a variety of activities.

As featured in Nat Geo Channel.

Ubudiah Mosque

Ubudiah Mosque

The Royal town of Kuala Kangsar holds historical values which are related to the colonial period. Among the attractions of Kuala Kangsar are the Iskandariah Palace, the Royal Museum, Ubudiah Mosque, Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery which are a must-see for historical buffs.

This magnificent mosque is located beside the Royal Mausoleum at Bukit Chandan. The mosque stands proudly and majestically in Kuala Kangsar with its golden dome and minarets creating a spellbinding sight from near and afar. Sultan Idris Murshidul Al-Adzam Shah commissioned in 1913 the construction of a mosque of great beauty to fulfill a vow made upon his recovery from an illness.

The Ubudiah Mosque was completed in 1917, after the death of Sultan Idris, and was opened by his successor, Sultan Abdul Jalil Kamaratullah Shah (1916-1918). Occupied with four 126ft height towers and circulated with 60feets domes. The walls and floors were made of red and white marble which is specially imported from Italy and London.

Additions have been made recently to accommodate a larger congregation. However, details of the original design were retained to preserve the mosque’s character. This imposing structure is now a symbol of great pride to all muslims in the state of Perak, Land of Grace.

Discover Lumut~Pangkor

Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island is one of the most enchanting holiday destination islands in the country for its beautiful beaches and its crystal clear water.

Pangkor, with its charming mix of fishing settlements and resorts, is a fascinating and convenient holiday destination. It presents the visitor with a rare chance to live near fishermen and observe their lifestyle and also to simply enjoy the fine beaches and resort amenities.

The fishermen live in scattered settlements on the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik. Visitors get a chance to see some of them on the 40-minute ferry ride from Lumut as the ferry stops at the main settlements of Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar before landing at Pangkor Town.

Pangkor’s two popular beach areas of Pasir Bogak and Teluk Nipah offer sun and sea enthusiasts activities like scuba-diving, snorkelling, wind-surfing and fishing.

While Pasir Bogak is quite developed, Teluk Nipah still retains its kampung or village atmosphere. Teluk Ketapang or Turtle Bay still receives turtles on their egg-laying pilgrimages. Some of the resorts on the island also have excellent golf courses on their property.

Cultural and Experiential Learning Tour at Lumut

Cultural and Experiential Learning

Explore and learn in depth by participating and achieve an understanding regarding handmade arts and crafts, Fu Zhou’s cultural works such as handmade noodles, signature snacks or biscuits; health care learning; gain experience by exploring community or local’s classic food or itinerary tour not well-known to tourists.

Discover Teluk Intan~ Bagan Datuk ~ Pulau Sembilan

Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

This 25 meter high tower in the small Perak town of Teluk Intan is Malaysia’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is not as old, nor as tall, nor as famous as its Italian counterpart but it does have a distinct incline and that makes a curiosity worth visiting.

It was constructed in 1885 by Mr. Leong Choon Cheong and some Ceylonese contractors. It was built primarily to store water for local usage during the dry season and in case of fire. Since it began leaning over due to soft soil foundations it has become a tourist attraction.

It is a 3 storey brick construction with a large steel water tank at the upper level. From the outside however it has been disguised to look like an 8 storey Chinese pagoda. Local people contributed to buy the clock from James W. Benson, Turret Clock Makers of Ludgate Hill, London. It still works and chimes every 15 minutes.

Discover Gopeng~ Kampar~ Batu Gajah

Kellie's Castle

Kellie's Castle

Kellie’s castle was named after its owner William Kellie Smith a Scottish planter. The castle was designed to replicate the great British Raj palaces in India with Moorish style arches and windows. He built the castle for his beloved wife, Agnes but was not completed when he died in 1926.

Kellie’s Castle was meant to be a home away from home for Scottish Planter, William Kellie Smith in the 20th century. Being far away from home, Kellie desired his new residence to be reminiscent of his home back in Scotland. The castle is perched on top of a hill in what used to be a rubber estate.

William Kellie Smith was an interesting man who was popular with his South Indian workers. Kind at heart, he erected a Hindu shrine for his workers on the castle premises. As a token of appreciation, his workers erected a statue of Kellie complete with a white suit and hat.

Construction of this unique castle began in 1915. However, it came to an abrupt halt with Kellie’s sudden death in 1926. The solitary castle, looks almost surreal in these wild plantations of Perak, it projects a strong personality and an aura of mystery.

Recently, efforts have been made by the Perak State Government to rescue this magnificent structure from the encroaching foliage. Besides being haunted, the castle is believed to have hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels.

The road that leads to Kellie’s Castle follows the contours of the land in a dizzying, maze-like fashion, adding to the mystery and romance of the place.

Gua Tempurung

Gua Tempurung

Tempurung Cave is the largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia and is estimated to be 400 million years old. Visitors to the cave can enjoy an exciting walk along the walkway and feast on the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites found in the cave.

One of the biggest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia which is 1.9km long, located in Gopeng and believed to be in existence since 8000BC. The cave consist of five big dome. It is called ‘tempurung’ as the ceiling is dome in shape which resemble a coconut shell. each dome has different shape of stalagmite and stalactite.

This cave was used by the communist terrorist as their hiding place between 1950 till 1960. However, in 1970, tin mining activities were done in the cave.

Kampar River White Water Rafting (Grade I, II, III)

Kampar River White Water Rafting

Get up close and personal with nature! Experience an exotic rainforest where butterflies swarm by the riverbank while you swim, jump from trees or 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 craving a mild technical adventure whilst safely enjoying a rafting trip.

Ride through 14 rapids and float down the clear river amidst a lush rainforest, passing by some old tin mining plains. As a standard procedure, safety briefing will be done beforehand which covers the paddling commands, paddling skills, capsize drills, actions when overboard or river rescue.

After 10-15 minutes of briefing by our professional river guide, you are now ready for a river rafting adventure.

TT5 Tin Dredge

TT5 Tin Dredge

Tin rush in Perak began from 1848 in Taiping. Perak became the wealthiest state in Malaya. Its capital Ipoh was fondly known to many as “The City of Millionaires”.

Panning (‘mendulang’ or ‘melampan’) was the earliest method to source for tin ore. In January 1913, Malayan Tin Dredging (MTD) introduced the first dredge in Batu Gajah. The cost to build one dredge then was nearly RM 40 million and with 123 dredges in 1940, the total foreign investment for dredging industry was about RM 4 billion.

Due to declined tin price, operations started to shut down and ‘floating factories’ were dismantled or sold off. Today, there is only one remaining tin dredge known as Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5 or TT5. It was built in England by F.W. Payne & Sons in 1938, upgraded in 1963 and had continued its operation for 44 years until August 1982. In 1997, Malaysian Mining Corporation (MMC) donated TT5 to the Perak State Government.

Menteri Besar Incorporated Perak (MB Inc.) was mandated by the Perak State Government to conserve the last tin dredge in Malaysia in 2015. Located about 40-minute drive from Ipoh, TT5 is now fully open for visitors to experience TT5 Guided Dredge Tour, panning and self tour inside the gallery and the magnificent view of the landscape.

Entrance fees

Adult : RM10.00 (MyKad)

University student : RM8.00 (MyKad)

Child : RM5.00 (MyKad)
Senior citizen (aged 60 and above) : RM5.00 (MyKad)

There are other interesting community-based programs and events at TT5 such as weekend community bazaar, traditional games, art and crafts, cooking classes, drone race, ATV fun ride, horse riding, blowpipes, camping, fishing, family picnic, and BBQ.

Moreover, TT5 is also suitable for photography, filming venue, treasure hunt, teambuilding and corporate function.\

Discover Tg. Malim ~ Sungkai ~ Tapah

Felda Residence Hot Springs Sungkai

Felda Residence Hot Springs Sungkai

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.



Attractive Perak: Cave

Gua Tempurung: Is it really 1.5 billion years old?

Gua Tempurung

Is Gua Tempurung really 1.5 billion years old? If it’s true, the cave could be among the oldest existing natural features in the world.

A Chinese geologist visiting the cave on January 17, 2012, claims Gua Tempurung has existed for more than 1.5 billion years and now the Perak state government may soon conduct further studies to ascertain if it is really that old.

Earlier studies by Perak’s state government on Gua Tempurung which is one of the top tourist attractions in the state, had estimated the cave’s age at about 400 million years old.

However, head to the geology department of China’s Guangzhou Province’s Education Association, Zhou Shunbin who headed a delegation of 93 students for the visit believes it to be much older. The visit was jointly organised by Global Institute of Tourism and Tourism Perak.

~ peraknews

Bukit Kinding Resort – It’s More Than Just A Resort. It’s An Adventure.

Bukit Kinding Resort

Bukit Kinding Resort – It’s more than just a Resort. It’s an adventure. Those were the words that came to my mind the moment I step foot in Bukit Kinding Resort.

It was my first trip to the Resort, after hearing countless reviews and remarks from close friends, I had to take a Sneak peak at this “Little Bali On A Hill”.

And upon my arrival, I understood why everyone who has visited the place was always looking forward to coming back. The place is Peaceful, It’s Breathtaking, and It’s Very Windy. It naturally puts you to a state of calmness.

Bukit Kinding Resort is situated in Tanjung Rambutan,Just 30 minutes from Ipoh city. Nestled in the midst of a hilly area, tranquil and away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It offers a different environment from the town area resorts as the location is surrounded by great outdoors.

It’s a beautiful place for those looking for an eco-adventure holiday. Fuze Outdoor and Adventure Consultants the company that manages the eco-adventure activities in the Resort, specialises in tailored programmes to suit your needs. From newbie’s to Sports lovers they will pick the right adventure for you.

Many of you would have heard of this place as it is know for their Flying Fox, which is certified by the Malaysian Book of Records as being the longest in Malaysia at 486 meters from launch to landing. It has a double zip line with a beautiful view of the Kinta Valley as you traversed down. And for those who loves Sunset, their provide a Sunset Campsite, an excellent place for a sunset and night time bonfire where you can see the most spectacular Ipoh skyline at dusk and shooting stars.

And that’s not all, Bukit Kinding Offers packages, from corporate team building packages,family wilderness, university students to kids packages.. all at an affordable prices. Like I said, It’s more than a Resort, It’s an Adventure!

Among the activities that the Bukit Kinding Resort has to offer are:
– Rock Climbing
– Flying Fox
– Aqua Skipper
– Aqua Zorbing
– Freestyle Kayaking
– Stand-up Paddling
– Zorbing
– Panitball
– Mountain Biking
– Rope ourse

Indoor Facilities include :
– Multi purpose hall
– Badminton Court
– Function Hall
– Restaurant
– Karaoke
– Gym
– Pool side deck
– Spa

Outdoor Facilities include :
– Archery
– Boating
– Jungle Trekking
– Mountain Biking
– Children Playground


Sai Baba Cave Temple

At the centre of the Tambun Cave Temple’s back wall are large photos of Sathya Sai Baba.

The temple is located outside of Ipoh in Perak, near Tambun Lost World, just before the new Banjaran spa resort. It is called Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Prashanti Nil Ayam, or more simply Tambun Cave Temple. It is the first such temple in Malaysia and was established more than 35 years ago.

As you enter the temple, your eyes are immediately drawn to the brightly coloured statue of a seated Sathya Sai Baba, who had distinctive frizzy hair and was always clad in his trademark saffron robes. This statue occupies a prime spot in the room. A highly polished shiny reflective floor and whitewashed walls add to the brightness.

Sathya Sai Baba has his right hand raised in a gesture as if greeting you, and the sign on the base of his chair says: “Om Sai Ram”. Sai Ram is a greeting, and it is said as a repeated mantra.

In the centre of the back wall, there are large photos of the guru. These are surrounded by statues from other religions, which I found fascinating. Adjacent to Sathya Sai Baba is a colourful statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, a white Buddha, and a smaller statue that I think may represent the “first” Sai Baba.

Fact File

The Sai Baba Cave Temple is located near Tambun, northeast of Ipoh, off Jalan Tambun. It is near the Sunway Complex, and the Lost World of Tambun, and is immediately before the entrance to the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

The temple is open Sundays from 10 am to noon. The Tambun Cave Temple has a Face Book page.



More and more attracting places in Ipoh

Perak Hydro Building

Perak Hydro Building

The building was built in 1930 with a Neo-Renaissance Victorian-style, surmounted with colossal Greek and Roman columns. The Perak River Hydro-Electric Power Company was established in London in 1926 with the objective to supply power to the tin mines and tin dredge es in Kinta Valley, becoming the largest power provider in Malaya.

The building is now utilised by national electricity board, Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

Residence Cum Law Office Of Seenivasagam Brothers

Residence Cum Law Office

Located on the fringe of Ipoh Padang is a row of pre-war townhouses that were used as legal offices and professional firms. One of them, number 7, was the residence cum-office of the Seenivasagam Brothers. The Seenivasagam Brothers, who championed the rights of the common folk, founded the Perak Progressive Party (PPP) in 1953.

Now it is a restaurant serving mouth-watering local delicacies like cendol and rojak.

Royal Ipoh Club

Located opposite Tun Razak Library, the Royal Ipoh Club was founded in 1895 by a group of Europeans based in Ipoh then. It is the oldest social club in Ipoh. During the Japanese Occupation, it was used by the Japanese Army as a laundry house for officers based at neighbouring St. Michael's Institution.

Today, the Royal Ipoh Club remains a private club with access to members only, and their guests. However, the Royal Ipoh Club also offers seven 3-star rooms for travellers, like a hotel. These rooms are available to non-members too.

Darul Ridzuan Museum

Darul Ridzuan Museum

Darul Ridzuan Museum, not to be confused with Perak Musuem which is actually in Taiping, is located along Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, just next to the Perak State Secretariat Building. The building itself is a piece of history as it was built in 1926 by a wealthy tin miner in Ipoh.

There are eight bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms downstairs and on the adjacent building are four more bedrooms. All in all, the buildings and garden occupy four acres of land. After all these years, the colonial-style mansion is still well-preserved.

In 1950, the Perak State Government took over ownership of the building. It was only in 1992 that it opened its doors to the public as a museum. It was officially launched on August 18 the same year by the then Regent of Perak, DYTM Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah.

St. Michael’s Institution

St. Michael’s Institution

Founded by Father Jean B. Coppin, this Gothic-style school was established in 1912. The current blocks of buildings were constructed over a period of thirty years from 1922.

During the Japanese Occupation, the school was turned into the headquarters of the Japanese Administration in the state. Today, the public school fondly known as SMI is rated five-star by the Education Department of Perak in terms of student performance.

Indian Muslim Mosque

Indian Muslim Mosque

This iconic landmark of the Indian Muslim Mosque is located just next to St. Michaelʼs Institution along Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam.

It was built in 1908 by a wealthy Indian Muslim named Shaik Adam, following a dispute with Muslims in the Malay community. It is known locally as the “Town Padang Mosque” simply because the town padang (field) is just opposite. This unique square-shaped Indian Muslim mosque features Moghul-style architecture and was built at a cost of $500,000.

Traditional Lantern Making Workshop in Ipoh

Traditional Lantern Making Workshop in Ipoh

Learn to make a traditional lantern and bring light to this age-old handicraft with a lantern master and one of the few traditional lantern makers left in Malaysia.

Lanterns primarily served as a major light source in the olden days, and also carries blessings in each light.

Now they are used as decorations and during celebrations, especially Mid-Autumn Festival. In this experience, you will enjoy the process of making lantern by hand in the cozy atmosphere of my workshop under my guidance. From bending the bamboo sticks to draping clothes onto the wooden lantern frames, this hands-on experience gives you a nostalgic and memorable exploration of this traditional trade in Ipoh.

F.M.S. Bar & Restaurant Building

F.M.S. Bar & Restaurant

Although F.M.S. Bar & Restaurant is an iconic building in town, many people have forgotten that F.M.S. actually stands for Federated Malay States. It was founded by a Hainanese immigrant in 1906 along Belfield Street (Jalan Sultan Yusof).

F.M.S. Bar, as it was fondly known, was said to be the oldest bar-cum-restaurant in the country. It moved to this building only in 1923. It was a favourite haunt of colonial planters and tin miners, and later attracted other expatriates, too.

This 19th-century Chinese-style shop was also a popular watering hole among the many sportsmen who played at the field opposite. The F.M.S. Bar closed in March 2008 for what was supposed to be a three-month long restoration programme. Today, it has been reopened as Durbar F.M.S. Bar.

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank Building

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank Building

Featuring Neo-Renaissance architecture, this impressive building was once the tallest in town until post-Independence. Built in 1931, its striking features were aimed at attracting bank clients and tenants which included professionals, businesses and mining companies. The Ipoh branch of Hongkong & Shanghai Bank was opened in late 1910, occupying a modest wooden building opposite the post office.

It was relocated to the Straits Trading Company building along Station Road (Jalan Datoʼ Maharajalela) in June, 1911.

In 1931, upon the completion of this building at the junction of Belfield Street and Hale Street, the bank moved here. It was officially launched by HRH the Sultan of Perak.

S.P.H. De Silva Building

S.P.H. De Silva Building

At the intersection of Belfield Street (Jalan Sultan Yusof) and Station Road (Jalan Datoʼ Maharajalela) is the Neo-Renaissance-style building erected at the turn of the century. It was believed to be one of Ipoh's oldest commercial buildings.

Initially owned by the Meyyappan family, it was named Macalister's Building before it became S.P.H. De Silva Building. The De Silva name was for decades synonymous with the manufacture of trophies, shields and medals. The building was left vacant for at least two decades before it was bought over. The new owners began restoration works on the property since 2013.

The Straits Trading Building

The Straits Trading Building

Featuring an imposing Italian Renaissance architecture, this 1907 building with a corner tower belonged to the Straits Trading Company, a major tin ore exporter.

Strategically located in town, Straits Trading Company procured the mineral from tin miners in Kinta Valley, handling half of all sales of tin ore produced in Perak, at the peak of the industry.

Currently occupied by OCBC Bank, this stately building with a fresh coat of paint has maintained its beautiful structure.