Have you ever wondered which part of Malaysia is the wettest in Malaysia? With an average annual rainfall of about 4,000mm, Taiping, a town located in northern Perak, is known as a Rainy Heritage Town in Malaysia.

Taiping was previously known as the Larut Settlement, where its governor Long Jaafar discovered tin in the area with the help of his elephant named Larut. This was how the tin mining industry started in Taiping. Chinese settlers then started coming into the area with mining rights given to the Hakka Hai San and Cantonese Ghee Hin communities who fought bitterly against one another. The miners’ dispute, together with the royal succession dispute led the incoming of the first British Resident to come into office. When Datok Maharaja Lela assassinated the first Resident Mr J. W. W. Birch, Ipoh took over the role of the state capital of Perak from Taiping.

Attractions in Taiping:
1. Bukit Larut
2. Taiping Lake Garden
3. Taiping Zoo
Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hills) Taiping Lake Garden Taiping Zoo
4. Matang Mangrove
5. Kuala Sepetang
6. Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary
Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve Kuala Sepetang Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary
7. Perak Museum
Perak Museum
Recommended Hotels in Taiping, Perak:
1. Flemington Hotel
An eco-friendly hotel located amidst the breathtaking Lake Garden.
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2. Tune Hotel
One of the newest hotels in Taiping with all necessary facilities for a comfort stay.
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3. Hotel Taiping Perdana
Located in the taiping city centre with easy access to restaurants and shopping mall.
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How to get there:

To reach Taiping, there are several modes of transportation.

By Bus

From Kuala Lumpur, you could take the Transnasional or Starmart express buses in Puduraya Bus Terminal. The arrival terminal in Taiping is either in Simpang or Kamunting. The journey takes about 4 hours.

Buses to Taiping are also widely available from other major towns in Peninsular.

By Car

If you find yourselves rather adventurous, feel free to rent a car and you could reach Taiping via the North-South Expressway.

By Air

For visitors flying inbound, you could choose to arrive at Penang or Ipoh and take a bus or charter a taxi to Taiping. It takes about 1 hour from Penang or Ipoh to Taiping by car.

Be reminded that public transportation might not be very convenient for traveling within Taiping. It is therefore advised to charter a car to travel around this beautiful, rainy town of Taiping.