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Typical Taiping street
feeding the wil boars... courtesy nst
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any budget accomodation at taiping town near taiping zoo???
Hi, 5 of us from malaysia,kl is going to taiping for 7 days,need suggestion for budget accomodation near taiping zoo or taiping lake.ranging from RM 15 to RM25 per pax per night.thanx!!
Re: any budget accomodation at taiping town near taiping zoo???
u can check furama hotel.. near taiping lake.(behind sea food/zoo)..around rm 60 but nice..i stayed there b4,
Re: any budget accomodation at taiping town near taiping zoo???
Yeah, i think Furama Hotel is as close to a budget accomodation as you can get. Taiping is not big and still laid back. I loved it there especially the Zoo. Farrrr cry compared to Zoo Negara (KL Zoo), if you are an animal lover, you could spend a day there but i don't know if they have the night safari which Melaka Zoo (another better zoo vs. KL's) has. I stayed at Bt Larut which i don't really recommend because...
1.Going thru all the hairpin turns up the hill is not that enjoyable after a dozen and there is much more than that. So people can get dizzy,fall sick etc and you still need to come back down (and up again if you spend the night)
2. Accomodation there was bad when i was there staying at one of the guesthouses 6 years back..altho i really think they have improved it. There's nothing much to do...mighty cold and foggy. Hot water, food, tv etc was scarce. Humans as well.
3. Okay, the guesthouse i stayed was old and runned down, most of them were,so it was spooky and we couldn't wait to get back down in the morning. Later, we found out there are many ghxxx stories. Indeed, i didn't feel good staying there altho it was an experience. But it is perfectly fine for a day trip to go up Bukit Larut aka Maxwell Hill.
Seven days is quite alot but depends what you want to do. Have fun and enjoy the town for it's peace and tranquility. Do tell of your experience!
Travel Tips for Taiping
A Taiping General Tip
Taiping is very similar to Penang Island where it has so many Tanglangs and speaks the same accent of Hokkien as well. They were both Malaysian-Chinese. Taiping is a town under Larut & Matang district of Perak state. This town has so many unstoppable rainy days until they already have a culture and tradition to gamble on rains. Yes they gamble on rains to fight for money at just any kopitiam (cafe). Anybody wants to witness this Taipingese culture can pay a visit anytime. I have been to this town many times to visit many friends and on one special occassion I was introduced to a new met friend of whom was a fanatic of Chinese Tea. This guy is so fanatical about Chinese Tea until he has a big collection at home of more than thousands of tea pots, cups and tea leaves. The moment we visit him, he shows us his latest tea pot which he bought by paying installment RM500 monthly which he claims to be priced around RM30000. He carefully bring out the tea pot to make tea for us together with his collection of antique cups from which ancient dynastic period that also to be priced above RM1000 each. Then he shows to us his latest collection of tea leaves also from which famous tea village of China and about the cost of a computer to put into the tea pot by adding the hot boiled water also claimed by him not normal water from tap but was carried back from the mountain top full of natural minerals. He said this way the water and this way the tea leaves and this way the cup and this way the tea pot will eventually generates good quality of tea for drink. Sure we tasted the tea and we said, thanks.
Taiping is not only about this tea fanatic but has so many good spots for sightseeing just that I haven't yet go there to snap photos, sorry for incovenience but will upload next time when I have.
Taiping tree lined old streets
When you walkabout Taiping, you will come across many old streets that have been unchanged with trees still lining the middle of the road to provide shade from the tropical heat.
There are many popular local coffee shops in many of these old streets where you can have white coffee, hot or iced, and sample local noodles or spring rolls called "popiahs".
You may wander into an old watch repair shop or one of the new "2 Ringgit Only" stores.
King Edward VII school
The British legacy left behind an excellent school system. King Edward VII, as well as St. George's and Convent School, are many of the old schools that are still running today.
English used to the medium of instruction but now replaced by Malay (Bahasa Malaysia) while English language as a subject is maintained. In recent years, the teaching of mathematics and science has been reverted back to the use of English as the medium of instruction throughout Malaysia.
"SK" mean "Sekolah Kebangsaan" or "National School". "SKM" means "Sekolah Kebangsaan Menengah" or "National Secondary School" while "SKR" means "Sekolah Kebangsaan Rendah" or "National Primary School".
Malaysia school system has 6 years of primary education for children starting at seven years old. Secondary School has Forms 1 to 5 with optional Forms 6 Lower and 6 Upper. Many students go to college or university directly or after matriculation classes in higher education locally or to Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, United States and other countries.
Overhanging branches of Taiping Lake
Probably the most photographed view of Taiping Lake Gardens are the impressive rainforest trees with their branches overhanging the road, reaching across the lake and almost touching the surface of the water.
On those majestic branches are overgrown lichens, ferns and wild orchids.
Many advertisements have taken with their beautiful lakeside trees. Hopefully, these trees will be well taken care of to ensure that they will be around for the locals and visitors to enjoy.
Hiking up the tarred road up Maxwell Hill
It is an easy long walk up Maxwell Hill, about 5 miles to the main top station and another mile to the higher resthouses.
Coming down may be hard on the knees. Get a walking stick. It is tarred road all the way and so stop a lot to enjoy the fresh air and greenery.
There is no traffic except for the jeeps and so stay to the side when one is coming up or down your way. Avoid taking the short-cuts between the zig zag road. And bring along an umbrella which can double up as a walking stick if it looks like it is going to rain in the late afternoon.
After the nice hike, you can go to Burmese pool for a dip.