Where to Stay in Perak
Editor's Guide to Recommended Hotels in Perak
One of Malaysia’s most historically rich states, Perak is home to a diverse landscape with sights ranging from the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve to Bukit Larut (the oldest hill station in Malaysia). With a populace largely comprised of entrepreneurial Chinese inhabitants, Peninsular Malaysia’s second-largest state hasn’t been fully developed for tourism but that’s part of its charm. Home to Pangkor Island, a healthy number of Chinese temples and limestone hills housing secluded caves, there’s so much to see here. Besides the sightseeing spots, be sure to pay a visit to the state capital, Ipoh where the street food is some of the best in the country.
- Traditional English Afternoon Tea at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel
- City Half-Day Tour
- EZhopper Sightseeing Bus Pass
- Georgetown by Night Tour
- Island Half-Day Tour
- Private Penang Hill & Temple
- Botanic Gardens & Tropical Spice Garden Tour
- Heritage Trishaw Tour
- Private Penang Hill & High Tea at David Brown's Restaurant
- Penang Hill & Kek Lok Si Temple Tour
Home to the winner of the 2008 ‘Best Spa by SpaFinder’, the five-star Pangkor Laut Resort is the only resort set on Pangkor Laut Island (just off Pangkor Island). The award-winning venture is sprinkled with spacious, air-conditioned hillside and over-the-water villas featuring oversized bathrooms, wooden floors and private balconies. The resort’s exhaustive list of facilities include two swimming pools, a gym, three tennis courts, a squash court, library, seven restaurants and bars, a TV lounge and spa. The resort also provides shuttle pick-up and drop-off services to Emerald Bay as well as transfers to and from Lumut and Pangkor Island via water taxis. Read More...
If you’re planning on exploring Belum Rainforest Reserve then the three-star Belum Rainforest Resort – an exclusive establishment that really tops the list – is the place to stay. The luxurious venture offers a variety of basic yet beautiful spacious, air-con rooms with comfy beds, writing desks, private balconies and attached bathrooms. The property itself is undeniably lovely – all dark wooden floors, pure white accents, lotus ponds, bamboo plants and large windows that seamlessly blend together to create the illusion of non-existent boundaries between you and the forest. Facilities are limited to two meeting rooms and a restaurant but with the Belum-Temenggor Rainforest at its backdrop, there’s so much to see and do. Management can set up excursions with guides who will take you on treks through the jungle or even on fishing trips to Pulau Banding – a manmade lake in Temenggor Lake. Read More...
Spread out over 16.59 acres The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is one of those oh-so-luxurious Malaysian-style resorts that take your breath away. The four-star venture offers 25 garden and waterfront villas featuring outdoor terraces with plunge pools, private outdoor rain showers and sunken Jacuzzis. The Banjaran Villas feature separate living rooms, outdoor dining patios, fully-stocked mini-bars, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, butlers and nightly turndown service. A hot springs dipping pool, thermal steam cave, meditation cave, fitness centre, fish spa and outdoor swimming pool complete this wellness retreat’s comprehensive catalogue of facilities. Read More...
Located in Ipoh (in its heyday, one of the wealthiest cities in Southeast Asia), Heritage Hotel Ipoh is a four-star business hotel with 263 air-con rooms featuring spacious beds, colour TVs, mini-bars and attached bathrooms. Hotel facilities are limited – there’s no swimming pool – but there are three restaurants, six meeting rooms, a sauna, Jacuzzi and adjacent to the hotel is Turf Club, the town’s horse race track. The town has a collection of colonial architecture and historic sights – Kellie’s Castle, Kuala Kangsar and Buddhist cave temples are merely a short drive away. Read More...