Ranked amongst one of the top three sustainable cities in the world, Taiping is a town located in Perak, Malaysia. The second largest town in Perak after Ipoh, it receives its fair share of limelight for being the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. As one of the first tin mining towns in Malaysia, Taiping is best defined by its water and greenery.
Taiping is known among the locals as the "City of Peace" and for its firsts like the first railway line and station, telegraph office, post office, and lake garden. The main highlights of Taiping are its food, colonial architecture, and the street art.
Taiping has a number of attractions that tourists can visit. The Taiping Lake Gardens is the first public garden to be established during the British rule. Originally a mining ground, the garden has a number of lakes and ponds. Known for its biodiversity hotspot, Bukit Larut (also known as Maxwell Hill) is yet another beautiful nature attraction to visit in Taiping. It also hosts the annual international trail running event, The North Face Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival, which is usually held in December.
Tourists can also make a trip to the Tulip Gardens, the first tulip farm established in Malaysia. Other attractions include the Night Safari Taiping, Old Clock Tower, and Perak Museum. Other activities and things to look forward to in Taiping include Taipings Weekend Night Market, enjoying a natural Burmese Pool near central Taiping, Trong Hot Springs (Taiping’s first public hot spring), and experiencing the sun setting at Warisan Square.
Given all the attractions, Taiping totally justifies its title of ‘the Heritage Town’ in not just one but several ways. Very few know of Taiping and its beauty, but it may come as a beautiful surprise to you!
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