Taiping Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by Willettsworld
  • Things to Do
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Taiping Highlights

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    aberacadabra says…

     Great food, relaxing pace of life. 

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    eelaine says…

     rainy.. wettest place in malaysia 

  • In a nutshell
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     Off the beaten path! 

Taiping Things to Do

  • Lake Garden

    Taiping Lake Garden is a old tin mine area. It is a big area with many lakes and greens and trees. Local residents spend their time with family or alone to execise their body to keep healthy. You would always meet with sports activities here and there. There are a few famous hotels nearby in walking distance. The famous Maxwell Hill and the...

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  • Zoo

    Established in 1961, Taiping Zoo is the oldest zoological gardens in Malaysia. It has 34 acres (140,000 m2) of space and exhibits various animals such as amphibians, mammals and reptiles totalling some 1300 animals of 180 species. These include Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Hippopotamus, Giraffes, Hornbills, Orang Utans, Siamang, Deer, Nilgai, Night...

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  • Bukit Larut - Maxwell Hill

    One of the oldest hill station established in 1870s by the English, elevation 1,250 meters. The local Chinese called it "Kopi Sua" or "Coffee Hill" and so when I was young, I imagined there will be coffee powder all the way up the hill. I have been up to Maxwell Hill many times, by jeep or by walking. Day trip or staying overnight in one of the...

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  • Perak Museum

    The Perak Museum is the oldest museum in Malaysia. Sir Hugh Low, the British Resident of Perak, had the museum constructed in 1883 to house the artefacts collected in the Kinta Valley and Lenggong Valley. Due to financial constraints, the construction was delayed, and the Perak Museum was only completed three years later, in 1886. The front and...

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  • Clock Tower

    The Old Clock Tower of Taiping was built in 1881. Originally built of wood, the structure was rebuilt from bricks nine years later, in 1890. The actual building was in the shape of a square fort, part of which has since been demolished. Between 1908 and 1950, the Clock Tower building was used as the town police station as well as the fire brigade....

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  • Prison

    Hardly a tourist destination but I happened to walk past it on my way from the Zoo to the Perak Museum. Taiping Prison is one of the earliest permanent penitentiary institutions in the Federated Malay States. It was built in 1879 to quell further unrest in the wake of the Larut Wars. The original prison could only accommodate 50 prisoners. Its...

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  • State Museum

    Welcome to the oldest museum in Peninsular Malaysia.The building was completed in 1886, although it has been expanded with renovations and extensions since. If you are interested in the history of Perak and Malaysia, this is the place for you.

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  • Taiping Lake Garden

    Taiping Lake Garden is a old tin mine area. It is a big area with many lakes and greens and trees. Local residents spend their time with family or alone to execise their body to keep healthy. You would always meet with sports activities here and there. There are a few famous hotels nearby in walking distance. The famous Maxwell Hill and the Taiping...

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  • Here are pictures Courtesy from the...

    The Taiping Equine Park! why are we so for it!? It adds more flavour to Taiping and my family and I have simply "marked out" other travel destinations for the last 1 year and we keep heading back to Taiping when we can cause there is just so much to look out for, even though repeatedly! The Taiping Equine Park (TEP) is one of it! So love being able...

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Taiping Restaurants

  • HALAL Cooking

    For Muslim who travel to Taiping, there are also Malay hawker who are on business to serve you with delicious foods with mix Malayisan cooking style but certainly Halal and tastefully.

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  • Taiping Famous Hawkers' Food Centre

    When you travel to Taiping, it is not necessary for you to dine in a air conditioning restaurant for seafood dinner, the better choice is to try the local Malaysian foods in a famous hawker centre. Larut Matang Food Court at the ground floor of Larut Matang Shopping Complex at Jalan Panggung Wayang gather all Malaysian Favourite Foods. There are...

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  • Taiping Hawkers Centre - Day and Night

    The Taiping Hawkers Centre is form up by 4 rows of stall facing inside a 80' x 100' playing ground and outside 4 different street of Taiping. The location is just behind the Fire and Rescue Department of Taiping.The stall facing inside being the hawkers selling all kind of Malaysian Food. Those facing outside selling all kind of sundry goods,...

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  • Street vendors and delicious food

    The Fu Zhou Yong Tao Fu. You can enjoy a bowl from RM2.80. There are many stalls inside this market. Most of them sell more than one kind of food. You may request to add others : fish cake, fish ball, vegetable, .... with added price. The Curry Mee I had with 5 extra items cost RM5.80.

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  • Don't miss the street vendors in the...

    This is the first time I dine here and I will return. I have been occasionally travel to Taiping but mostly had my meal in a typical coffee shop. The lighting in this food corner - the street vendors pulled my attention this time. It is in the market area near KFC.The market food court is formed by many vendors offer various type of hawker food....

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  • Taiping Delights-Curry Mee (Noodles)

    The vendor is on the 1st floor in the market. Curry Mee is the egg noodles with the hot and spicy coconut milk curry, garnished with tofu, prawns, bean sprouts and spring onion. There are many street vendors sell Curry Mee, but the curry soup is different from stall to stall. The curry soup from this vendor is very thick with coconut and really...

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Taiping Nightlife

  • Outside TV

    There's not much in the way of nightlife in Taiping and I struggled to find a bar. However, I did stumble across an open-air place with a large screen TV beside the rear of the Larut Matang District Office building. Here I watched English football on ESPN whilst drinking a couple of cokes (beer isn't served).

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  • After dark zoo

    If you arrive late in Taiping to go to the Zoo during the day time, do not fret.There is a Zoo Night Safari. There is a trolley car to take you around. You can hear the creatures and insects coming alive in the dark. On a cloudless night, you can see the moon or shining stars above. What a wonderful family outing to explore the zoo in the dark.

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  • night safari

    there's really not much night life in taiping except for this.. the taiping zoo night safari!! :) before we went, we had this impression that it was going to be like the african safari where u sit in a jeep driving around looking for animals.. but what it actually is is seeing taiping zoo after sunset! :) to our surprise, it was actually pretty...

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Taiping Transportation

  • Bus to Kuala Kangsar

    I took a bus from the local bus station in Taiping to Kuala Kangsar which only took about 50 minutes and cost RM3.90. Buses are very frequent here but only go to the smaller local destinations. You'll need to go to the bus station in Kamunting (7km to the north) in order to get buses to Ipoh, Butterworth and KL.

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  • Bus from George Town

    I left George Town with the idea of visiting Taiping but it wasn't quite as straight forward as I thought. I walked from my hotel to the Komtar bus station in order to get a local bus down to the Express Bus Station located about 10km to the south, near the Penang Bridge. I got to the Express Bus Station only to find out that it wasn't possible to...

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  • Driving to Taiping

    The North South (Plus) Highway passes just outside of Taiping. Exit at the Cangkat Jering toll and there are signs to Taiping town. Do beware that at the Simpang Empat traffic lights, there isn't any sign pointing to the town. Keep right and turn right, it'll bring you all the way to town.

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Taiping Shopping

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    fajar department store...

    by chiabh Updated Jun 30, 2006

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    Taiping is really not noted for its shopping... However, there are 2 major department stores in the town... The bigger of the two is The Store located on both sides of Jalan Panggong Wayang... The other is Fajar Department Store located on Jalan Sultan Abdullah...

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Taiping Local Customs

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    by aberacadabra Updated Mar 8, 2009

    The interior of Peninsular Malaysia is rich with mineral resources, and when the Chinese migrated to Malaya, they tended to congregate in the interior, rather than the coastal areas. Only the later dialects/migrants who came later ie the Hokkiens and the Hainanese would populate the coastal areas, as the rich interior were already taken by the Cantonese who came much earlier.
    In Taiping, one will find a street where goldsmiths operate side by side. Goldsmithing in Malaya is parochially a Cantonese industry. That is why one will find most goldsmiths with Cantonese sounding names like Poh Kong, Poh Yik Thye etc.

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Taiping Off The Beaten Path

  • Chinese Shophouse

    This charming Chinese shophouse stands on its own opposite the main entrance to King Edward VII School. It looks like it's been recently renovated but I can't find any information on it.Jalan Stesyen.

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  • Baking In Brick Oven

    Have you ever wonder how baking was done when there was no electricity back then? Well, there's one bakery at Simpang (5km from Taiping) where they still bake using brick oven.The bakery is not far from the traffic lights at Simpang. You can even buy fresh baked bread loaves, buns and biscuits.

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  • Bukit Larut

    Bukit Larut is the oldest and most natural of all the hill resorts in Peninsular... Established in 1884, the hill station was for the British Resident and his European staff members and their families to escape the oppressive heat of the lowlands... In those days access is only by foot... Access now is by government-owned 4-wheel drive vehicles......

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Taiping Sports & Outdoors

  • Boating at Taiping Lake

    One of the fun things to do at Taiping Lake Gardens is to row or pedal a boat around the lake.Be assured that the Lake is very shallow due to sedimentation. It is fun to freely go around the lake by a boat. The only thing to worry is sudden downpour and on holidays, there could be long wait for your turn. There is only 1 boat house, near the zoo...

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  • Jogging or walking around Lake Gardens

    In the early mornings and evenings, you can join the locals in jogging or walking around the Lake Gardens.The scenery is of tall trees, green hills and reflection of the lake kind of complete the entire experience. After dark, the Lake Gardens has been known a dating scene but beware as crime has been on the climb.

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  • Hiking up the tarred road up Maxwell...

    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...

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Taiping Favorites

  • The Kamunting Jail or Penjara Taiping

    I am sure you do not like this place but this place is an important landmark in Taiping, the historical city. This is a cross junction with traffic lights, I was from Kamunting town, if I cross the junction, I can reach the Taiping Lake Garden, the Taiping Zoo and the Maxwell Hill; if I turn right, I will reach the Taiping town. To left, to a few...

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  • Military Bases in Taiping

    You will find that Taiping is an important army base. If you are driving from Kamunting to Taiping on the hill route, you will see many "Markas Tentera" or army barracks.Taiping is a strategic land location and was used by the invading Japanese army when they march south towards Singapore from Kelantan.There are many colonial style military...

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  • 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....

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