Choosing the best tourist attractions in Perak is really tough as the area is vast and there is so much to see and things to do. Perak is the second largest state in Peninsula Malaysia, with an area of over 21,000sq km.
During the British colonial period, Perak was the tin mining powerhouse. That’s why the region is called the ” Silver State”. The proof of this British period legacy remains in Ipoh and Taiping’s outstanding architecture.
If you want to join and witness these enchanting and historical places, here are the 20 best tourist attractions in Perak that ought to be on your list.
In English, Qing Xin Ling means “Serene Hill”, and the leisure park is worthy of its name. Surrounded by magnificent limestone hills, Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village is one of the best attractions in Ipoh as well as Perak.
It is a place that can entertain you the whole day with its numerous attractions and activities. You will see the Qing Xin Ling history recreational section at Memory Lane and their collection of antiques. The Memory Lane is set to make you nostalgic by displaying old street stalls and artefacts that belong to the 70s and 80s.
Apart from this, you can ride a trishaw here without paying any extra charge. Fish feeding is an activity that is amusing for kids. So your kids will be pretty busy here with fish and swings that are available at the lakeside. And when you feel tired, you can also take some rest at the colourful chalets of Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village. The park is closed on public holidays. Make contact with the authority before you come here.
- Address: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hour: Monday to Friday 09:30 am to 5:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Adults RM 10.00; Children (below 7) free
2. Gua Tempurung, Perak
Gua Tempurung is one of the major tourist attractions and the largest limestone cave in Perak. It is nearly 400 million years old and offers plenty of chambers to explore. Whenever you visit Perak, make sure Tempurung Cave is on your tour list. Because in this cave you will get multiple attractions to visit.
Some parts of this cave could make you wet, so make sure to bring suitable footwear and extra clothes.
- Address: Pusat Pelancongan Gua Tempurung,, 31600 Gopeng, Perak
- Opening Hour: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: There are four different tours. The fee depends on which one would you like to choose.
- Book Tempurung Cave Exploration guided tour
3. Sam Poh Tong Temple, Perak
Sam Poh Tong is a Chinese Buddhist temple and one of the oldest limestone cave temples in Ipoh, the capital city of Perak. Among the three precious cave temples, this one is the largest in Malaysia.
When you visit Perak, Sam Poh Tong temple should be at the top of your visiting list because this temple within a natural limestone hill has an impressive combination of art and faith, with various figures of Buddha.
The temple creates a hypnotic atmosphere by blending colour, statues, and chanting. To have a view of this platform, you need to follow the 246 steps.
The good news is there are other interesting cave temples next door to Sam Poh Tong so that you can kill two or more birds with one stone.
- Address: Kampung Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
- Entrance Fee: Free
4. Perak Tong Cave Temple, Perak
The most famous and most visited temple in Perak is Perak Tong Cave Temple. This Chinese cave temple is one of the most mystic attractions in Malaysia. Its endless beauty has given it a reputation as a must-see tourist attraction in Perak.
This temple will impress you with its marvellous architecture and hilltop views. After entering the temple, the very first thing that will catch your eye is the 40-feet tall gold Buddha statue and guardian deities at both sides of this statue.
On the limestone wall, you will find Chinese calligraphy and colourful murals of figures from Chinese mythology and Buddhism. All these have been well preserved by the interior of the cave.
In order to enjoy this magical environment, you have to climb 400 steps which will also provide you 360-degree scenic views of Ipoh.
- Address: Jln. Kuala Kangsar, Kawasan Perindustrian Tasek, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Free
5. Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple, Perak
The translation of Kek Lok Tong is Cave of Ultimate Bliss (or Great Happiness). The local people admire this temple greatly and regard it as the source of their well-being.
Located in the natural and picturesque area of Gunung Rapat in the south of Ipoh, the Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple has become a tourist attraction for its incredible architecture and award-winning garden.
If you are familiar with Perak and Sam Poh Tong, you’ll get to see some similarities, such as bronze statues, religious relics, and many more. There is a pond in the landscape area filled with koi and turtles.
Come to experience spiritual tranquillity in the environment of this temple.
- Address: Pesiaran Sepakat 3, TMN ENDAH JAYA, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 7:00 am to 4:30 pm
- Entrance Fee: Free
6. Sultan Idris Shah II Mosque, Perak
Located in Ipoh’s old town just outside the Ipoh railway station, Sultan Idris Shah II Mosque is the largest mosque in Perak. Though it is placed in old Ipoh, still you can see its architecture is relatively modern.
With a total of 44 golden coloured domes and a towering square minaret standing at 38 metres (125 feet ) high, this mosque is an impressive sight in old Ipoh.
In addition to the prayer hall, Perak state mosque also gives you a functional room, wedding facilities, and a library.
- Address: Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, 31650 Ipoh, Negeri Perak
- Opening Hour: Visitors are allowed on weekdays between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Free
7. Royal Belum Rainforest, Perak
To get close to nature, visit Royal Belum Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in Malaysia. This rainforest will fulfil every expectation of a nature-lover and holiday-goer. This place offers you complete relaxation, fresh air, stunning views, and the chance to see various wildlife.
Get ready for a unique adventure and scenic view at Royal Belum Rainforest. Here you will get to see rare rafflesia, which is the largest flower in the world. The place offers you opportunities to click iconic pictures.
- Address: Pulau Banding 33200 Gerik, Perak
- Opening Hour: Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: RM10.00 (US$2.40)
8. Concubine Lane, Ipoh
There are many stories among the locals about the naming of Concubine Lane. Some say that the mining tycoon Yau Tet Shin had built this lane for his three wives. Each street was named for each of his wives.
Second Concubine Lane
At the same time, another version of the local tale claims that the rich men had chosen this place to hide their mistresses.
Whatever the real story is, today, you can see Concubine Lane is entirely different from the past. At the present day, this place is famous for hangouts and the top tourist attraction for its charming souvenir shops, fashion outlets, cafes and dessert houses.
The entire atmosphere is very akin to Jonker Street in Malacca or Armenian Street in Georgetown.
- Address: Lorong Panglima, Concubine Ln, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hour: 24 Hours
9. Lost World of Tambun, Perak
To enjoy a fun day out with the whole family, Lost World of Tambun is the best option that you can have. With breathtaking adventure and magnetising scenery, this premium Malaysian theme park holds the position of a popular tourist attraction.
The theme park is surrounded by 400 years old limestone cliffs, natural hot springs, 88 attractions within ten splendid themed areas, and a lush tropical jungle. You can do lots of fun activities and experience the adventure of thrilling rides.
- Address: 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway, Sunway City, 31150 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening Hour: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
- Book Entry tickets
10. Gopeng River Tubing, Perak
Are you a thrill-seeker? Are you looking for an exciting experience? Then congratulations, your seeking ends at Gopeng River Tubing. No place in Perak can give you more adventure and thrill than Gopeng River Tubing.
You can go for white water rafting or try waterfall abseiling to challenge yourself and level up the excitement of your adventure. Make sure you pack extra clothes as you can get wet during these fun water activities.
- Address: Razak House,, Jln Sungai Itek, 31600 Gopeng, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Experience river tubing with klook
11. Taiping Zoo & Night Safari, Perak
As established in 1961, Taiping Zoo & Night Safari is the first zoo in Malaysia. You can have an opportunity to watch various wildlife and have a feel of night safari by visiting the zoo.
The zoo is unique in its own way. Located in a lovely natural environment in Taiping Lake Garden, the zoo offers you to visit almost 2000 animals representing 160 local and exotic species.
You can either choose to visit these animals during the day or opt for a night safari. If you prefer the night safari, note that you are not allowed to bring any touch lights and flash cameras.
- Address: Jalan Taman Tasik Taiping, Taman Tasik Taiping, 34000 Taiping, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Zoo Taiping, Adult: RM16.00 (U$3.80); Child(3-12): RM8.00 (U$1.90); Senior Citizen (60 years old and above): RM8.00 (U$1.90) Night Safari, Adult: RM20.00 (U$4.80); Child(3-12): RM10.00 (U$2.40); Senior Citizen (60 years old and above): RM10.00 (U$2.40)
12. Taiping Lake Gardens, Perak
Taiping Lake Garden is the first public garden in Malaysia, so it carries lots of beauty and history. It was a mining pit that was turned into a public park in 1880 by the British.
The lake garden is spread over 64 hectares and has ten picturesque lakes and ponds. You also get to see a lotus pond, charming bridges, and substantial ancient rain trees more than 100 years old.
These rain trees provide the couples with a perfect background to take their wedding photos. So don’t be surprised if you see couples taking wedding photos occasionally. This garden also offers tracks for jogging and aerobic exercise.
If you want to enjoy the Taiping Lake Garden fully, the best time to come is either in the early morning or evening.
- Address: Jalan Pekeliling, Taman Tasik Taiping, 34000 Taiping, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 24 hours
- Entrance Fee: Free
13. Perak Museum
To know the history of Perak, you must visit the Perak Museum, which is the oldest museum in Peninsular Malaysia. Built in 1883, the museum has a gorgeous architectural style.
It is the place where you can find a vast collection of human history, culture, and natural history. You will see some rare collections of species that were collected more than 100 years ago.
The whole collections of the Perak Museum are categorised into four galleries:
The Natural Gallery exhibits all kinds of animals, fish, birds, and snails.
The Cultural Gallery contains different types of handicrafts and wavings that are made by the people of Malaysia.
Indigenous People Gallery, here you will find the handiworks of different tribes’ such as the Negrito, the Proto-Malay, and the Senois.
ClayWorks Gallery will show you the vases, water containers, and other containers that were made in ancient days.
This museum is an architectural masterpiece and has become the best tourist attraction for the blending of Moorish, Victorian, and Neo-classical styles.
- Address: Jalan Taming Sari, 34000 Taiping, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Adult: RM2.00 (US$0.48); Child(below 12): free
14. Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Perak
Located in Kuala Sepetang, Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve is the largest mangrove forest in Malaysia, with more than 40,000 hectares of land. The Perak Forestry Department has received many awards for managing this forest reserve so well.
It is an advantage to visit the forest as you can discover numerous rare flora and fauna that you have not come across before. With sustainable harvest policies, about 80% of the forest is used for coal production. Near the forest reserve, there are many villages that you can also explore.
After nightfall, the boat ride is the best way to have an amazing view of fireflies. Make sure you don’t miss this place.
- Address: Kampung Kuala Sepetang, 34650 Kuala Sepetang, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: RM 5.00 (U$1.00) Additional RM 2.00 for Car
15. Pualau Pangkor, Perak
Pualau Pangkor is one of the great tourist spots in Perak. If you love sea view and activities like snorkelling and kayaking, then you can’t miss this place.
On Pangkor Island, you can enjoy the view of spectacular sunsets, mountainous jungles, and hundreds of hornbills. And you indeed have to spend a few days on the island to explore its beauty.
For accommodations, you will get many hotels and resorts around the island. Pangkor Laut is best known for its idyllic resorts. Find out more information at Pangkor Laut Resorts.
- Address: Pangkor Island, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily; 24 hours
16. Dutch Fort, Perak
The Dutch Fort is the remaining part of an old 17th-century warehouse. It was used as the storage of mined tin and built by Dutch. Here you can have the flavour of Perak colonial history.
Tourists come here for its scenic view, which also gives them iconic photos. Dutch Fort warmly welcomes you to dive your head first into the exotic stories of history and then enjoy this heritage site.
- Address: Teluk Gedung, Pulau Pangkor, 32300 Perak, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Free
17. Lenggong Valley Archeological Gallery, Perak
Being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lenggong Valley Archeological Gallery is an open-air museum. Your Perak tour would be incomplete without visiting this museum. The museum is surrounded by nature which attracts the visitors most.
You would be surprised to know that this place is pre-historical, dating back nearly 74,000 years ago. So get ready to see the most significant archaeological discovery, which is the human fossil skeleton of Perak Man.
If you plan wisely, it will take half a day to a full day to visit all the sites of Lenggong Valley.
- Address: Kampung Baru Kota Tampan, 33400 Lenggong, Perak
- Opening Hour: Monday to Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
18. Kellie’s Castle, Perak
Located in Batu Gajah, Kellie’s Castle is widely known as the haunted Scottish mansion. The castle was named after its owner William Kellie Smith who died without finishing it.
There are many mysterious stories and ghostly rumours around the mansion. Some claim to see the ghost of Smith roam the abandoned hallways. And some say the castle has many hidden rooms and undiscovered secret passageways.
You will get to discover the structure of the castle is a mixture of Moorish, Scottish, and British Indian architecture styles. To visit this spooky, half-finished mansion, you have to pass through a jungle road.
- Address: Batu Gajah, Perak
- Opening Hour: Daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Malaysians, Adult: RM5.00 (US$1.20); Child: RM3.00 (US$0.72)｜Foreigners, Adult: RM10.00 (US$2.40); Child: RM9.00 (US$2.10)
19. Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan, Perak
The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan is an extract replica of Pisa’s Leaning Tower. Although the Malaysian building is not as well-known as the Italian tower, it is still one of the best tourist attractions in Malaysia.
It is strategically located in the Centre of the small town Teluk Intan so that you can see it from far. You will find the tower is leaned leftward, just like the tower of Pisa.
Don’t be confused by its outside view of 25.5 metres height which looks like an eight-storey building. If you go inside of this tower, you can see it is actually a three-story building.
- Address: Lot 1&2, Komplex Menara Condong, Jalan Bandar, Pekan Teluk Intan, 36000 Teluk Intan, Perak
- Opening Hour: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; On weekends and holidays 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Free
20. Lata Kinjang Waterfall
Lata Kinjang Waterfall is one of the highest falls in Southeast Asia and the best tourist attraction in Perak. It is located about 18 km from Tapah. Because it is 200m tall, you may have seen this waterfall while you have passed the North-South Expressway.
Its impressive series of cascades winding 100 metres down by the side of the mountain makes Lata Kinjang Waterfall so attractive. This waterfall is also famous for its myths and legends.
After coming here, you will learn many stories of Orang Asli and the locals about this waterfall. So make your plan to visit this wonder of Perak.
- Address: North-South Expressway, 35300 Chenderiang, Perak
- Opening Hour: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: RM2.00 (US$0.48)
Perak is the state of history and adventure. If you have not been there, plan to have a vacation in Perak with your families and friends. And let us know how was your experience in this beautiful state of Malaysia.