Considered the “Hidden Gem of Asia”, Malaysia has slowly gained international attention in the world of tourism. With its multicultural ambiance, it surely attracted the attention of various tourists over the past years. Aside from the wonderful people and scenic views, the country boasts a high quality of life for both locals and expats.
Occupying the Malaysian Peninsula and part of the island of Borneo, the country is famous for its beautiful beaches, rainforests and diverse cultural influences. One of the most iconic tourist destinations in Malaysia is the 451-tall Petronas Twin Towers.
Aside from its famous skyscrapers in its cities, there are other wonderful regions in the country that have gained popularity among local and international tourists.
One of the emerging regions in Malaysia is Taiping. This old town is the second largest one in Perak, with an estimated 217,647 population. This town has received limelight for being the “wettest town” in the Malaysian Peninsula. In fact, its average rainfall is approximately 4,000 millimetres, compared to just an average of 2,000 to 2,500 millimetres in the whole peninsula.
The unusual rainfall in the town has led to the emergence of wonderful and fertile collections of flora and rain trees. Aside from these characteristics, Taiping is known for its wide range of attractions that tourists will surely enjoy.
Tourists have a wide range of hotels and resorts to choose from. Upon arriving, they can stay in a hotel in Taiping depending on their specific tastes. The town offers a wide range of hotels and resorts that are well-known for their unique amenities and offers.
7 Top Attractions In Taiping Malaysia
- Lake Gardens
Of course, this is at the top of the list of attractions. Since Taiping is famous for its unusual rainfall, the Lake Gardens boast amazing rain trees and a wide range of floras. The tourists can have a real treat by spending time at the Lake Gardens with all the lush bursts of green. This garden spans over 64 acres of space and consists of 10 man-made lakes and ponds.
- Zoo Taiping & Night Safari
The Taiping Zoo was built in 1961. It has been dubbed as the one of oldest zoos in Malaysia. Spanning over 34 acres of space, there are an estimated 180 species of animals in the zoo. The zoo is popular for its Night Safari, which allows tourists to view a wide range of nocturnal animals.
- Perak Museum
The Perak Museum is the oldest and first museum in Malaysia. Built in 1883, the museum has now collected more than 8,474 artefacts and relic from Kinta Valley and Lenggong Valley.
- Taiping War Cemetery
This burial memorial is located in Bukit Larut and was established by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. On the way from the Lake Gardens to Maxwell Hill, tourists can see this cemetery, which has over 850 World War II casualties.
- Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut)
The Maxwell Hill or Bukit Larut is one of the oldest hill stations founded in the 1870s. It’s basically a hill resort but it’s not quite developed compared to the others in Malaysia. Tourists will have to hire a Land Rover since private cars are not allowed inside. The 13-kilometre hike can be a form of exercise but it might take you about five hours.
- Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve
Another attraction for tourists in Taiping is the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve which spans over 40,000 hectares. Dubbed as the world’s most well-maintained mangrove swamp, it has received various awards from international bodies. The destination offers a unique coastal habitat expeditions wherein tourists can walk along the boardwalks into the mangrove swamp.
- Burmese Pool
The Burmese Pool in Taiping is a large rock pool at the bottom of Bukit Larut or Maxwell Hill. Both tourists and locals explore this place to relax and unwind. The place offers a spot for swimming and picnics.
Malaysia is a booming country in terms of tourism. However, with its wonderful scenic views in each of its regions, it’s no doubt that someday it can become one of Asia’s top tourist destination. Taiping has also gained its right to be named as one of the must-see destinations in Malaysia, for its unique characteristics as well as wonderful sceneries.