Breakfast at hotel. Check out from the hotel and we will continue our discovery today to Kuala Kangsar, a most attractive royal town, around 60 km north of Ipoh. En route visits will also be made at the Ubudiah Mosque and the Iskandariah Palace (royal palace).
The Ubudiah Mosque is reputed to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. Its construction began in the reign of Sultan Idris MurshidulAdzam Shah 1, the 28th Sultan of Perak. Elephants damaged the Italian marble flooring twice during the 1st WW.
Next stop will be at Taiping. The town of Taiping in Malaysia means "Eternal Peace" and is Perak State's foremost historic town. Formerly, known as Larut, the town was in the midst of a bloody feud between Chinese secret societies who worked the lucrative tin mines in the 1870's. After peace was declared between the feuding parties in 1874, the town changed to its present name. Before the founding of Kuala Lumpur in the south, Taiping prospered for several decades, scoring a number of firsts: first museum in the country, first English newspaper; first swimming pool. Today, it is chock-a block with heritage buildings.
Exploring the town is easy as its main roads -- JalanStesyen, Jalan Taming Sari, JalanPasar, Jalan Kota - run parallel, and are criss-crossed with small ones. Highlights include: Post & Telegraph Office (1884), Town Rest House (1894), King Edward VII School (1905), Ceylon Association (1899), St. George's Institution (1928), Hokkien Association (1931) Old Mosque (Masjid Lama) (1897), Peking Hotel (1929), Tseng Lung Hakka Association (1887), Taiping Market (it consists of two buildings: Old Market and New Market. The former was built in 1884; the latter, 1885), Police Station (1881, the present structure was completed in 1936), Cantonese Association and Temple for the Immortal Girl within a common compound (1887), Public Library (1882, former premises of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China), All Saints Church (1886, it is the first Anglican Church in the Federated Malay States), Perak Museum (First opened in 1883, it exhibits ceramics, weapons, and stuffed animals, including the skull of an elephant that charged at a train in the 1950's), The statue of Colonel Walker (considered the "Father of the Malay States Guide"), Fort Carnavon (1885, named after the Earl of Carnarvon, Secretary of State for the colonies (1894-1878).
Finally we are crossing the 4th longest bridge in South East Asia to Penang. Check in the Hotel and relax for the rest of your evening.
Estimated driving time/distance:
2 hours 30 minutes, 169 kilometers
Accommodation at Hotel Penaga, Penang.