Taiping, a heritage town located in northern Perak, Peninsular Malaysia.
Taiping was emerged with booming of Tin
Miningin 19 century. Taiping was not only one of the
pioneers in municipal government in the Federated Malay States. She was chosen by the Straits Governor as the
capital of government, during British colonial era.
The heritage town has many of the 1st in Malayan historic records, such as the 1st
Hill resort built in 1844, the 1st Swimming Pool, the 1st Mosque, the 1st Rest house and Artillery warehouse built in 1870. The 1st Magistrate court in
1874. The 1st Resident's house and Port in 1877. The 1st English school in 1878, the 1st Police force and Government offices in 1879. The 1st Post and
telegraph office, Lake gardens, General Hospital, Club house in 1880. The 1st Railway station
in 1881. The 1st Museum in 1883. The 1st Market building in 1884. The 1st purposely built Prison and the first
Railway track - from Port Weld to Taiping in 1885. The 1st
Turf club and Anglican church in 1886. The 1st English girl's
school in 1889 and Clock tower in 1890, to name but a few. Taiping was already had the
economy and social features which are commonly found in modern states today.
Despite yesterday's Glorious achivements, Taiping is one of the least developed
towns in Malaysia today.
“I know of no more lovely sight in this country than the Taiping gardens when the
rays of the early morning sun are shining obliquely through their clumps of bamboo, palms and isolated trees
scattered on islands among the expanse of water. One receives in that glorious half hour an experience of light in
foliage that is quite unobtainable in England”. A Journal in the Federal Capital, by George L. Peet who had visited
Taiping in 1933.
Taiping is the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. With Average rainfall of about
4,000mm per year, whereas the average rainfall for the whole peninsula is 2,000mm ~ 2,500mm. Its unusual rainfall
has also blessed Taiping Lake Gardens with a fertile and splendid collection of flora and century-old
Taiping Lake Gardens - Established in 1880 during British rule in Malaya, the oldest and the most beautiful Lake Gardens in the
country, the site was formerly a tin mine.
Bakau Wetland at Kuala Sepetang(It was
called Port Weld, named after a former Governor, Frederick Weld)
A walk through the mangrove swam in Kuala Sepetang is invigorating. Chalets can be found at mangrove forest reserve
here. Tel: +605-807-2762
Kuala Gula Bird SanctuaryThe Blank-Crowned Night Heron is a local species, among the many, found at
theKuala Gula Bird Sanctuary.
Bukit Larut(also known as Maxwell Hill. Named after William Edward Maxwell, who was a British Assistant
Resident in Perak). Approximately 1250m above sea level, is the oldest hill resort in Malaysia founded in 1844.
Currently, tourists reach the top of Maxwell Hill by 4WD vehicles. The road up the hill winds and bends, there
are 72 such hairpin bends.
By Bus, 1. Kuala Lumpur [TBS-BTS] > TAIPING / SIMPANG 2. PENANG / BUTTERWORTH > TAIPING there are numerous bus services from various location to Taiping, such as: Tansnasional Coach
By Car, 1. PENANG / BUTTERWORTH > TAIPING (exits at North Taiping) - approx. 105 km or 80
mins.Penang to Taiping road map 2. Kuala Lumpur > IPOH > TAIPING (exits at Changkat Jering) - approx. 270 km or 3 hours
drive from KL to Taiping by using North-south Highway. 3.Kuala Lumpur to Taiping road map