Taiping, Taiping Overview

Located in the north western part of Malaysia, Taiping is a historically significant town in the state of Perak. Home to most iconic museums and galleries in the country and boasting abundant natural beauty, the quiet town of Taiping offers a wonderful holiday experience.

From colonial-era buildings to well-designed gardens, Taiping is popular for its diverse charm. Discover the cultural heritage of Malaysia and take a glimpse into its history. Take a leisurely walk in the town’s lake gardens, experience the world of nocturnal animals and visit the past by heading to the town’s museum. 

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Taiping Lake Gardens
Malaysia’s first public garden, Taiping Lake Gardens boasts over 10 lakes and ponds. Sprawling over an area of 64 acres, the place boasts diverse flora and fauna. Indulge in the beauty of the lush green environment, enjoy a picnic, go paddle boating and stroll through the gardens surrounded by tall rain trees. The Taiping Lake Gardens is open 24 hours a day over the week. 

Taiping Zoo and Night Safari
Spread over an area of 34 acres, the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari is a zoological park that houses over 180 species of animals. The night safari offers a glimpse into the world of nocturnal animals. For an adventurous and informative experience, visit the place from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM any day of the week. 

Bukit Larut 
Situated 1250 meters above sea level, Bukit Larut is a popular hill resort in Malaysia that has been around since 1884. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to trek to the hilltop. From here, enjoy the splendour of nature and the panoramic view of the town. It is a perfect destination for outdoor activities such as bird watching and trekking. 

Perak Museum
Locally referred to as Muzium Perak, the Perak State Museum is among the oldest structures in the country. Founded in 1883, the museum has a host of indoor and outdoor exhibits. The museum is home to age-old handicrafts, mannequins, and indigenous masks. It is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and the entry fee is 2 RM (local) and 5 RM (foreign) per adult. 

Burmese Pool 
Situated amidst a thick forest, Burmese pool is a natural pool formed by the waterfall on Maxwell Hill. Take a swim in the cool, fresh water whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings. It is a perfect destination for outdoor activities. You can also go trekking in the forest to explore Taiping’s natural beauty. 

Taiping War Cemetery
Taiping War Cemetery is a historical landmark that serves as the final resting place for over 850 soldiers who lost their lives in the Second World War. Till date, more than 500 graves remain unidentified. The place is open through the week from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

First Galleria 
Head to the First Galleria to discover the rich history of one of the oldest towns in Malaysia, Taiping. At this newly renovated building, explore the many ‘firsts in the country’ that make Taiping a historically significant town in Malaysia. Learn about the first prison, hospital, golf course, and the clock tower of the country. The gallery is open throughout the week and charges 8 RM and 3 RM for adults and children, respectively. The entry fee for foreing visitors is 15 RM.

Getting Around Taiping

The small town of Taiping can be easily explored on foot as a majority of the places are located within close proximity from each other. Alternatively, one can rent a bicycle to cycle around this historic town. Also, there are taxis available for those who want to travel to the outskirts of the town.

How to Reach Taiping

Located in the state of Perak, Taiping enjoys good connectivity with the rest of the country by rail and road. Multiple express buses travel daily to Taiping from Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, and Penang. In general, a bus ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping can cost you anywhere from 27 RM to 50 RM. By road, it should take around 3 hours to reach Taiping from Kuala Lumpur via the Plus North-South Expressway connecting Taiping. 

Alternatively, board a train from places like Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth to reach Taiping. The Electric Train Service takes just a couple of hours to reach Taiping. The centrally-located train station makes trains a convenient and time-saving mode of transport when traveling to Taiping.

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