Perak is the second largest state by size in Peninsular Malaysia with Ipoh being its administrative capital of Perak. Ipoh has a historical reputation for it their amazing top notch tin mining activities. Perak, when translated to Arabic is Darul Ridzuan which means “Abode of Grace”. The name Perak means silver and it is largely believed that it got its name due to the silver color associated with tin, as Perak had the richest tin deposits in the world. Perak is ideally a constitutional monarchy with a hereditary constitutional ruler. Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah is the current sultan.
Perak Man is Peninsular Malaysia’s oldest inhabitant from the Paleolithic period that was discovered in 1991. He is the only complete human skeleton found in Malaysia and with his great age of 11,000 years old, his bones have survived to tell the tale. He was found in a cave called Gua Gunung Runtuh and now residing in the new Lenggong Museum. He was about 157cm tall and probably aged between 40-50 years old when he died.
Ipoh is the capital of the state of Perak and is fourth largest city in Malaysia. Thanks to the tin mining boom in the 19th Century, Ipoh became one of the first few cities to be greatly developed. As Ipoh was the second administrative center during the British colonial era, some of the heritage left behind can still be seen in its grand old building like the town hall, railway station and the old shop houses. Ipoh is best known for its local food-restaurants, hawkers and even street food that makes everyone coming back for more.
Some of the interesting things that be done in Ipoh are food hunting or even café-hopping. But if you are into adrenaline rush kind of activity, here are some activities that are catered for you.
Since Ipoh is a well-developed city, getting here is not a hassle at all. Tourist can choose to either fly, use the train or even the bus to reach Ipoh.
By Airplane - The city is served by the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport. (IATA: IPH) There are a number of operators, particularly budget ones, which operate in the airport. They are usually from:
By Train - The trains in Ipoh are mainly operated by KTMB high speed ETS Trains (Electric Train Services). These trains are frequent and will bring you to places as far north as Butterworth and as far south as Singapore. Here are the timings for the trains that commute daily to and fro from Kuala Lumpur.From Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur
By Bus - The main bus terminal is the Terminal Amanjaya that is in Jelapang. You can get busses from all over the Peninsular from this hub, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Pahang, Perlis, etc.
Here is the schedule for Sri Maju Bus to and fro from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur.From Ipoh