Travel to Perak, Malaysia – Episode 543

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Travel to Perak, Malaysia (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Perak, Malaysia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jub from about this region that Lonely Planet named as one of the 10 best regions to visit in 2017.

Jub says of Perak, “Perak is the 4th largest province in Malaysia. It’s capital Ipoh is only a 2-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.”

“Ipoh was listed as the number 6 best city in Asia to visit. If you get to Perak you’re going to be off the beaten track but you have world-class food, awesome street art, and you have cave temples which are awesome to look at, a couple of waterfalls, a nice island called Pangkor Island which has an interesting bird to look at called the hornbill. It’s also home to one of the oldest rain forests in the world called Royal Belum National Park. The beaches here are pretty empty. I recently went during the high season and had the beach all to myself.”

Jub recommends basing yourself in Ipoh, which takes a couple of days to see, more when it is raining. He recommends starting in Old Town which is on one side of the river. Look for the street art, including seven murals by artist Ernest Zacharevic. Ipoh is the home of white coffee which is made from beans roasted in margarine, ground, brewed, and served with sweetened condensed milk. Grab a cup at OldTown White Coffee.

“Outside of the city center you have 3 different cave temples. My personal favorite is Perak Tong Cave Temple which is about 7 km from Old Town. You walk into this massive cave which has a couple of temples, buddhas, and related things. You jump out the other side of the cave and you can get some amazing views of the city and the limestone caves in the background”.

Temples, street food, tropical beaches, and a tin mining museum. See why Jub thinks more and more people will discover Ipoh and Perak.

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Show Notes

Tiki Touring Kiwi
Pangkor Island
Ipoh Old Town
Old Town White Coffee
Perak Cave Temple
Gunung Lang Recreational Park
Kinta River
Gua Tempurung
Orang Utan Island
Taiping, Perak
Bed & Bike Backpackers Studio
Work Away
Help X
Kellie’s Castle
Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan
Royal Belum State Park
Cameron Highlands District
Kinta Tin Mining Museum
Ho Yan Hor Museum


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Hi Chris I’ve been listening to your podcast for a few years now and I really love your work, it’s about time I wrote to say how much I appreciate it – thank you!!!

I also wanted to comment on the episode about Bordeaux – was very interesting but I would definitely add that the Lascaux caves are in the area and are quite amazing to visit. I’ve traveled there about 5 years ago and loved the grotte.

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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

4 Responses to “Travel to Perak, Malaysia – Episode 543”

NICK MacNeill


Dear Chris
It’s taken 18 months, but I have now listened to all the podcasts and have enjoyed them immensely. Due to disability, I am no longer able to travel much, and although I get envious sometimes, I love hearing other people’s travel stories.
Generally, I find that the more independent the traveller the more interesting the podcast. A very few done by professionals have had a rather travel-weary slant to them as in ‘the hotel that night had no shoe shiner
…’ and others have had the ‘travel-bores’ shallowness of the ‘Oh, the Bahamas were simply wonderful……’ type. I have made both of those up as I do not want to be specific.
However, the vast majority have been excellent and very informative. I have especially enjoyed the podcasts on more unusual places such as North Korea, St. Helena, the Pacific islands, NW China, Iran, and so many others. Above all I love the sheer enthusiasm and joy people have for their chosen destination. Claire, describing Oman last week was a delight. I think she had the historical, cultural and natural interest to paint a wonderful picture of a country I knew little about.
I cannot go there, but wish anyone able to go to have a great time there or anywhere they go.
Finally, don’t knock yourself Chris about your own travel stories. One of my favourites was your tour of southern France, Italy, etc many years ago. They are always interesting and have an honesty about them as well as the good travellers humility to say what you didn’t enjoy and admitting to things that went mot so well..
I wish you Well in Japan and India and look forward to hearing about your adventures there. Just don’t start by saying ‘Oh, Fujiyama was simply gorgeous….’, though it probably is.
Best wishes
Nick Eastbourne Uk (60 miles SE of London)




Always surprised and impressed when someone makes their way through all the back episodes. I will keep that in mind when I talk about Japan 🙂



I love to travel and Malaysia is definitely on the list of places to visit. I can’t wait to go to Ipoh. I’ve never had white coffee, but it sounds good. =)



I would love to visit Malaysia someday. It’s good to know recommendations of where to visit.

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