OK, let's continue the story! On the same day after we had lunch, we dropped my parents back home and we headed to the north east of Perak. Here's the route... click to enlarge and followon. Generally, its Ipoh -> (North South Expressway North bound) Changkat Jering exit -> Bukit Gantang -> Taiping -> Kuala Kangsar -> Sg Siput (federal road) -> Chemor -> Ipoh. Phew! The journey back was double the route we took on the expressway, imagine that.
So, from town to town, let's see what we discover.
Bukit Gantang - A small lil town about 15min drive away from Taiping. What attracted us there was because there are couple of Homestay place introduced from the website. To our disappointment, we didn't spot a good one, and neither stop by for a look.
Instead, we went straight to Taiping town. Somewhat a heritage town in Perak. I happened to do the 'study' of the places only after the drive-trip. Following a blog, which described Taiping first 40... if you are interested of those heritage buildings and places within Taiping, do pay a quick visit here (part 1) & here (part 2).
I spotted a few.. which I think the best...
The Clock tower, which is also the Tourist Information (i) center for Taiping.
The district Land office.
The market hawker center - this may be not heritage, but their wet market is. The hawker center has many stalls, also 2 that sell Nyonya kuih-muih (local cakes).
Oh ya, we are just in time to visit a newly launched hotel, located just within the perimeter of Taiping most beautiful lake garden. It's call Flemingo Hotel. The setup looks nice and decent, very modern look, where some had blogged with good pictures here. Sorry to say, it does not look any special to me, guess why? Aren't it special and classy look? Hehe.. well.... those who used to visit China might have the same feeling... coz the setup feels just exactly like some budget hotel in China... anyway, don't quote me wrong, as this is just my personal opinion. As its still new, I think its worth a try...
Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah and its visiting hour (click for enlarge view)
Clock tower, looks like its trapped by spider webs, hehe...
We then headed through the federal road, passing through Sg. Siput town then Chemor to Ipoh. On the way, here's a view of a special hill.. what does it look like?
Some scenic view of pre-war shop houses and building, really captured my olden young days when I used to visit my grandparents back at their shop houses.... it was really classic!
Next... moving on to food post, stay tuned for Part 3.
October 09's Perak Trip - Part 1