A town filled with heritage, historic architecture, diverse culture and food, Taiping deserves to be put on a pedestal. Tourism Malaysia, in collaboration with Gaya Travel Magazine, organised a media familiarisation trip to Taiping from the 23rd until the 25th of March 2021 to showcase what this atmospheric destination has to offer. Read on to check out some of the best places to explore in Taiping for your next trip!
1. Taiping Lake Garden
Magnificent raintrees can be seen along this 60-hectare park with their big branches extending over the water, creating a peaceful and serene ambience. While you are at it, be sure to partake on a paddleboat adventure along the lake with Taiping Lake Ride & Cruise to take in more of this magical site.
2. Hajah Azizah Gold Thread (Tekat Emas)
The art of gold thread embroidery is an elegant traditional handicraft that can be traced back to the 15th century. Hajah Azizah Mohd Yusof, who received recognition as the National Master Craftsman for Gold Thread Embroidery in 2018 has took the initiative to promote the art of gold thread embroidery by organising and leading gold thread embroidery workshops, besides exhibiting the products near her house in Kampung Padang Changkat, Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar. For more info, contact +6 012 513 6400.
3. Taiping Heritage Trail
Taiping Heritage Trail is a self-guided trail aimed at highlighting the heritage buildings and landmarks considered as the “firsts” in Taiping such as the House of Orang Besar Jajahan, the first modern railway station, St. George School, King Edward VII School, The Post Office, The Telegraph Office, Taiping Prison and more. Throughout the journey, travellers can find information boards explaining the history of each designated site.
4. Matang Mangrove Eco-Educational Forest Centre
Matang Mangrove Eco-Educational Forest Centre – managed by Perak State Forestry Department – is one of the best managed mangroves in the world and the forest centre provides recreational facilities, eco-tourism opportunities and improve public awareness towards the importance of managing our forest. While strolling along the boardwalk through the mangrove forest, travellers are immersed in the mangrove ecosystem, led by knowledgeable tour guide.
5. Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory
Kuala Sepetang is best known for its excellent practices in managing the mangrove forests, which have the resources crucial for the local charcoal processing industry. To understand how the traditional ways of making charcoal is done, which is certified as sustainable, head to Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory and obtain detailed information on the charcoal-making process from a tour guide.
6. Old Port Weld Scenic Bridge & Railway Station
Port Weld is where the first railway station in Malaysia is located along the track that used to link Kuala Sepetang to Taiping. Even though the railway has long gone, travellers who come here can still see the big old signage with the name ‘Port Weld’ written close to a fishing village
7. Taiping Zoo & Night Safari
Travellers can admire countless animals that include Malaysian tigers, lions, elephants and more. Be sure to also experience the unforgettable Night Safari and get up close with nocturnal animals either by walking along the designated path or riding on the tram together with a guide.