Kerian, Malaysia · 3 hotels available
The North-Western town of Perak, locating about 40 kilometer away from Butterworth and near Kedah. It’s neighbouring with Pulau Pinang and Kedah. The name Parit Buntar is taken from a famous community leader, Tok Buntar. His people and him had built a parit, which means a trench or a ditch, from the Kerian River to the paddy fields. The ditch was formerly known as Parit Tok Buntar (meaning a ditch belonged to Tok Buntar) before it eventually known as Parit Buntar.
Jam Besar, literally translated into Big Watch, is a landmark in the old town of Parit Buntar and it was officiated by the first prime minister of Malaysia, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, on August 1961 as a mark for the prosperity and the progress of the locals of Parit Buntar. Most locals in Parit Buntar are still farmers that work at the paddy fields, rubber fields and the palm oil industries.
The transportations in Parit Buntar consists of trains and taxis, mainly. Tourists that came into this town usually drive and if they were from Kuala Lumpur, the trip will take about three and half an hour to reach via the North-South Highway.
An hour trip towards the southern part of Perak, you will reach a recreational forest known as Hutan Paya Laut Matang, or now known as the Eco Education Centre Hutan Paya Laut Matang. Here, you can enjoy the nature, both floras and faunas, in the mangrove forest. There are wooden walkways installed among the forest, making it easier for people to explore it. There are swamps too. There are fees applicable for tourists, just RM 5 per adult, and RM 2 for child. Opening time is from seven in the morning until six in the evening.
The main recreational lake park located in Perak, among the famous parks in the country. This park covered both water theme park and also ecological park that can be enjoy for both adults and children. The waterpark has lots of water-based rides such as gondolas, slides, pools, lazy rivers and much more, covering a huge area of 11 acres. For the eco-park, it’s a theme park made specifically to enjoy the nature. There are trails and tracks around the three acres’ park, a petting zoo and even a Skycycle – something like cable cars, but you have to manually cycle it, an air-tour across the tropical rainforest.
Tickets are required before entering these parks, different prices at different time or seasons. Before going there, it’s a great idea to call first and to make sure the parks are open to public because they sometimes go under maintenances, and the parks will be closed from publics from time to time. The location of Bukit Merah Laketown Resort is just 40km away from town of Parit Buntar, and it will only take about forty minutes’ drive.
Forty minutes’ drive from the town, going towards the southeast of Perak, you will be meeting the Arowana Farm Bukit Merah, a certified breeder and exporter of the Arowana fish. They are specialized in breeding some of the famous, and expensive Arowana fish such as Malaysian Golden Chili Red and Super Red. There are more than 200 Arowana ponds, located in the vicinity of Bukit Merah, with uncontaminated, natural waters. There is a showroom there when you can see the products of their breeding.
A budget hotel that is located in the town of Parit Buntar, just 12 minutes’ drive from the town. This old hotel, best known with its other name by the locals, the Ritz Kapitol Hotel, has received quite good reviews in traveloka. Best known for its cleanliness and strategic location. The hotel also provides free Wi-Fi in their rooms and also at the public areas. There is also free breakfast provided that comes as complementary with the rooms. It’s located near shops, ATMs, and hair salons.