By Shahida Sakeri on October 22, 2015
In conjunction with the Discover Perak 2015 programme organised by Tourism Perak and Gaya Travel magazine held last April 2015 from the 7th until the 11th, 23 participants comprising selected media and travel agents packed their bags and headed to Perak to experience the state’s delights. In short, the participants found the whole four-day and three-night programme enriching. Follow us as we take you to all of the interesting places covered during the programme.
Yasmin at Kong Heng Museum
When Yasmin Ahmad died on 25 July 2009, the entire nation was devastated as Malaysia lost one of its much admired luminaries – an advertising big-wig, film-maker and philanthropist rolled into one – who captured the hearts of many by breaking rather than following convention. She challenged Malaysian stereotypes by tackling topics and difficult subjects openly through endearing films and commercials that taught us the real value of love, friendship and harmony, making her as nothing short of a Malaysian legendary story-teller and proponent of social cohesion.
To commemorate her contributions, a gallery was built for her later after her passing. The museum was Yasmin’s mother’s dream, which was realised by her friends and fans who pooled their resources to establish this gallery in Ipoh, her beloved town that is featured in most of her movies. The gallery aims to become “a space to showcase upcoming creative talents – be it in film-making, design, advertising, performing arts and more.”
The museum opens only on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The entrance fee per person, which is RM3, is in a form of donation to cover the cost of operating the space (visitors can give more if they so choose). Children under 12 enter free.
89-91, Old Block Apartments
Jalan Sultan Yussuf
30000 Ipoh, Perak
Tel: +605 – 241 8977
GPS: 4°35’49.5″N 101°04’41.7″E
Boat making at Tukang Bot Hoo Huat
Sea fishing was one of the most significant economic activities during the British colonial era and the island of Pangkor, off coast Lumut, was and still is an important fishery hub for the state. With this fact in mind, anglers and fishing enthusiasts are drawn to the island’s rich nautical heritage of traditional boat and ship-building. Anyone wishing to look into woodwork bound for the high seas can head to a boatyard called Tukang Bot Hoo Huat, owned by Tan Ho An.
This grizzled 68-year old runs a boatyard that is famous for building ocean-going fishing boats that are popular among fishermen and maritime sector. He learned the boatbuilding skills and techniques from his father, who learned it from his older relatives. As far as he remembers, he has being doing for over 50 years.
Certainly, one of the reasons for his success is in the use of a resilient tropical hardwood called chengal – every single part of the boat except metal fittings and engine is handmade from it. According to my friend, who is one of the leading Sacramento exterminators, it is the perfect wood for boat building because it contains natural resin that makes it almost invincible against termites and other rodents, including erosion from seawater. Due to its high quality craftsmanship, Tan Ho An receives a lot of orders from around the country.
Tukang Bot Hoo Huat
Sungai Pinang Kecil, Pangkor
Tel: +6 012 457 4984
GPS: 4.22975155, 100.57384729
Hai Seng Hing Satay Factory
When in an island rich with maritime resources, travellers naturally buy seafood snacks as souvenirs to bring back home. Established in 1969, Hai Seng Hing Satay Factory is a major seafood trader that stocks up well-loved seafood snacks such as crispy cuttlefish satay, barbequed fish, fish satay, and squid and prawn crackers. The factory’s shop also sells frozen fresh and sea water fishes including Indian mackerel, hilsa, Spanish mackerel, dried shrimps, salted fish and salted jellyfish.
Hai Seng Hin Fish Satay Factory
200 Sungai Pinang Kecil, Pangkor
Tel: +6 05 685109
GPS: 4.22975155, 100.57384729
Gua Tempurung Outdoor Camp
Gua Tempurung in Gopeng is one of the longest limestone cave tunnels in Peninsular Malaysia that extends as far as two kilometres. Although it is not as big as the Niah and Mulu Caves in Sarawak, novice cavers will be glad to know that cave exploration here is made relatively easy by accessible steel and concrete staircases constructed along the track. Viewing platforms and railings are added as additional safety measures and spotlights are strategically placed to illuminate the cave’s most attractive features.
Interested cavers can experience Gua Tempurung Outdoor Camp, an establishment that aims to please adrenaline junkies with adventurous outdoor activities such as caving, white-water rafting, tubing and waterfall abseiling. There are four types of caving tour altogether with price range that starts from RM8 to RM30 per person.
No 25 (Tingkat Bawah)
31600 Gopeng, Perak
Tel: +605 – 359 1561
GPS: 4°24’58.6″N 101°11’15.6″E
Night Safari, Taiping Zoo
Contrary to popular belief, zoos are not just for children. To prove this point, travellers should head to the Taiping Zoo where they can see how excited the adults get when learning about wild animals. By joining the night safari (the zoo’s most popular experience), visitors can opt to either walk on their own along a guided footpath or take a ride on the tram to observe the animals’ activities at night.
Located on a 36-acre land at the heart of Taiping Lake Garden, Taiping Zoo is an ex situ conservation site where animals are placed in an environment outside their original habitats. However, the zoo does an excellent work in ensuring that the animals’ paddocks closely resemble their respective habitats. It has more than 1,300 animals representing 186 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Zoo Taiping & Night Safari won the Malaysian Tourism Award for Best Man-Made Tourism Attraction. The safari opens every day, including Public Holidays. Entrance fees are RM20 per adult and RM 10 per child.
Jalan Taman Tasik Taiping
34000 Taiping, Perak
Tel: +6 05 808 6577
GPS: 4°50’03.9″N 100°44’17.7″E
Taiping Heritage Trail
Taiping Heritage Trail is a designated journey that brings travellers to learn more about the state’s history, culture, architecture, flora and fauna by visiting 39 historical sites and buildings including Old Market, Taiping Prison and Perak Museum. Travellers can test their fitness level and get intimately connected with Taipin’s historical landmarks by walking through the suggested trails or board an electric bus that takes around 40 minutes to finish.
Majlis Perbandaran Taiping
Jalan Taming Sari
34000 Taiping, Perak
Tel: +6 05 808 0777
GPS: 4°50’58.0″N 100°45’06.2″E