Perak & Terengganu - Malaysia
Perak & Terengganu - Malaysia
Perak - Malaysia
Perak is the fourth-largest state of Malaysia with adjourning border with Kedah, Penang, Pahang, Selangor, Thailand and straits of Malacca. It is famous for its once largest deposits of tin. Perak means silver in Malay, the Perak state now more associated with its captivating majestic cave temples, rainforests rich with wild animals, delicious cuisine and breath taking sceneries. Perak’s capital city Ipoh has a lot to offer - from rich historical buildings and mansions to craft shops and local delicious food, the city has lot to offer. You will find Royal Belum State Park where lies a varieties of flora and fauna remaining intact without any human interference. Other tourist major attraction is cave temples located just outside the city that will surely make you are inspired with its design and uniqueness.
Pulau Pangkor is a resort island located at Manjung District in Perak. The name “Palau Pangkor” comes from Thai word “Pang Ko” which means Beautiful Island, as the meaning of the island name suggests it is a beautiful island full of gorgeous scenery to offer. Pulau Pangkor consists of a group of islands with Pangkor as its main island. Next to Pulau Pangkor lie three small islands: PangkorLaut, PulauMentagor and PulauGiam. Some of the famous beaches located in these islands are – PantaiPuteriDewi, TelukNipah, and PantaiPasirBogakand coral beach.
In addition to having gorgeous beaches these beautiful islands also boasts a wide range of wild life including 65 reptile species, 82 total herpetofaunal species and 17 amphibian species. These islands can be explored on foot or by vehicle. These islands are surrounded by turquoise warm waters that are ideal for swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and fishing.
If you are looking to spend your time in even more exotic private resort then you should go to PangkorLaut Resort which is one of world’s top small luxury resorts. You can easily reach PangkorLaut Resort with a short boat trip from the Pulau Pangkor islands. Besides these exotic islands Manjung District has other attraction like historic Dutch Fort, fishing villages, places of worship, BatuBersurat and traditional boatyards.
Royal Belum State Park
The Royal Belum State Park is a huge park located in the northern part of Perak. It is also one of the oldest rainforest in the world hosing an astonishing amount of rare flora and fauna. In addition to housing a wide varieties of tropical plants and animals like elephants, deer, wild boars, birds, insects the park also has quite a few endangered animal species like Sumatran rhinoceros, Malaysian tigers, white handed gibbon and tapirs. It is one of the few places in Malaysia where one can see the rare flower of Rafflesia and the only place in Malaysia where one can see all species of the hornbills. Within the Royal Belum State Park lies Lake Temenggor, the second largest lake in Peninsular Malaysia after Lake Kenyir.
Lake Temenggor is, just like Lake Kenyir, a manmade lake used for water catchment. The lake has a variety of freshwater fish species like Kelah, Toman, Sebarau, Tenggalan and Baung which makes it a great place for anglers. As many of the Park’s attraction located along Lake Temenggor using a boat to venture these places is ideal for most people. There are various ways you can reach Belum, you can reach Belum by rental car, by bus or by train.
Taiping zoo is the first zoo ever opened in Malaysia in 1961. Located in natural settings in Taiping Lake Gardens in Perak, Taiping zoo is a zoological park which covers landscape of 34-acre and its attraction include orang-utans, Malaysian Tigers, siamangs and many more in open-air enclosures with natural settings. Over 180 local and exotic wildlife species can be found in this zoo. This zoo has lakes, streams and plenty of wide range of flora in its area which gives the zoo to house the varieties of animals in their natural settings. If you visit the zoo during the feeding time you may able to hand feed some of the animals. Among other recreational features the zoo provide to its visitors The Night Safari, it stood out because it provides an opportunity to visitor to watch nocturnal animals in action through a mini train ride going from one side of zoo to another.
Terengganu - Malaysia
Terengganu is located in eastern Peninsular Malaysia beside the South China Sea, often extolled as the ‘Gem of the East Coast’ Terengganu is rich with its own heritage and culture among Malaysia. The state is also known by its Arabic honorific ‘DarulIman’ which means Abode of Faith. Being situated beside South China Sea the state has huge coastline with lustrous marine water complimented by beautiful white powdery sand shore and charming coastal villages. Beautiful curvaceous rivers with glowing fireflies, gushing waterfalls and sparkling lakes are among some of the gorgeous scenery the state can offer to its visitors.
A cluster of Terengganu islands lies in South China Sea just beyond the shore casting an inviting looks to anyone willing to explore the natural beauty of these small islands. Terengganu culture and tradition differs from other states of Malaysia. Kite-flying contest, top-spinning contest and traditional arts and crafts such as batik and songket, traditional dances like Ulek Mayan, Saba, Nur Sakti, Rodat and others are very much Malay’s own treasure.
Islamic Civilization Park
Open on February 2, 2008 Islamic Civilization Park is the first theme park in the world to showcase Islamic architecture and it is one of the most iconic features of the state. Covering over 22 hectares of land this huge park divided into two major parts- Islamic Civilization Complex which houses 21 mini replica famous Islamic architecture and other is Public Zone which has the stunning Masjid Krital, a grand structure made of steel and glass.
These monuments showcase the achievement of great Islamic architecture. The park also provides an interactive journey to 5 famous Islamic monuments, including Taj Mahal of India, Al-Hambra Citadel of Spain and 3 others. The park is joy to explore on foot as visitors will realize that the park’s one side is surrounded by a lush tropical village giving them a calm, peaceful sensation while on the other side sea provide gentle sea breeze freshening visitors every moment with renew energy.
Small Perhentian & Big Perhentian
The Perhentian Islands in Terengganu are the perfect tropical gateway. From luxury to backpacker, from party to seclude these islands covers all of the needs of perfect island tourism. Two islands constitute the Perhentian Islands, one is called Perhentian Besar literally means Big Perhentian and other Perhentian Kecil means Small Perhentian. The bigger island, Perhentian Besar is known for its luxury villas, honeymooners and this island is oriented toward family or anyone willing to spend higher amount for higher accommodation and customer services. Perhentian Kecil, the smaller island, is a bit more budgets oriented compared to the bigger island.
The island is more suited for backpackers who are seeking a party with appropriate service and accommodation. Both islands have beach that have sparkling white sands and crystal clear water perfect for swimming, sun baking and sitting on the sand. The crystal clear water provides excellent visibility which makes these island a favorite among divers and snorkelers. One can easily reach this island from Kuala Besut Jetty on the mainland via a 45-minture boat ride. It takes only 10-minute boat ride to get one island to the other.