We set off at around 10 a.m., got on the Kerinchi Link and drove straight towards Sungai Buloh, where we made a pit stop at the Restoran Jejantas. I know, it was less than an hour of driving when we decided to stop but the call of A & W there was too hard for us to resist.
After making another stop in Tapah, we arrived in Taiping at around 3 p.m. From there, we headed straight to Hotel Meridien, a quaint little family run hotel. The room was modest, beds were clean and the bathroom clean, prerequisites that have always been compulsory for me.
The view from the room was not too shabby. The one we had overlooked blocks of buildings in the town. If you are driving, parking will not be an issue nor is security for that matter. We automatically registered food, when we saw a mamak restaurant across the hotel. Hence, that was where we made our first journey in Taiping.
We then met up with my friend after having our late lunch, who graciously drove us around the town. It was quite unfortunate that we took the trip last November, which marked the monsoon season in Malaysia. Thus, the drive around town was accompanied by slight downpour that limited my photography effort, explaining the total lack of visuals on some of the places that I mentioned here.
- Taiping Cometary & War Memorial
- The First Railway Station
- My First Night Safari in Taiping Zoo
Photography effort was a challenge in the Night Safari as the area was not well-lit. I would advise those planning to go there, to opt for the walk rather than the tram ride, as it will give you more time to appreciate the nocturnal animals featured in the zoo.
However, I would prefer to come back again, for a day trip because after the experience I would think it would do the Taiping Zoo more justice if I were to go for a day visit, as I am certain comparatively, the diurnal animals are more interesting and exciting than the nocturnal ones.
- Matang Mangrove Forest, Larut Matang
- Kota Ngah Ibrahim or Ibrahim Fort
The fort's exterior with large and well-maintained lawn.
Dayang in front of the exhibits located on the ground floor.
Ever wonder how the infamous J.W.W. Birch looks like? Inset shows the boat that he usually travelled on.
Well, don't do this at home kids, you should be paying attention in class and not pose for the camera.
Yours truly in Ngah Ibrahim's office.
- Taiping Lake Garden
The branches are so long that they touchd the water by the lake side. It would be a great feeling to sit here once in a while with a book and sandwich in hand and enjoy the peaceful surrounding.
The lake with Bukit Larut or Maxwell Hill in the background.
I will love to make a few repeat trips to Taiping soon because there are a few dishes which I haven't tried and places I haven't seen. Next time, I hope my trip there will be accompanied by clear skies and sunshine.