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Perak State is known for its tin deposits. Sam Poh Tong and Perak Tong are well-known cave temples. Kuala Kangsar is a town featuring many historical buildings. Hulu Perak is the lake district of Perak State. Bukit Larut Museum (Maxwell Hill), Lake Gardens and the Taiping Zoo are places tourists visit in Taiping. Kellie's Castle in Batu Gajah was built by Scottish rubber planter William Kellie Smith. Pasir Salak is a historical site near Batu Gajah. Bukit Berapit is a very popular duty-free shopping area of Malaysia. A very famous tourist attraction of Perak is Pangkor island. Tourists also go to Kuala Gula bird sanctuary in the north. River-rafting is undertaken in Grade 2 Sungai Sungkai.

PANGKOR: Lying off the west coast of Perak, Pangkor island had been a convenient stop-over for pirates, adventurers, merchants and soldiers, who sailed through the Straits of Melaka for several centuries. Today it is a thriving tourist destination, with its pristine beaches and the rich forests. Teluk Nipah is a sea park where snorkelling is undertaken with ease. At Pangkor Laut, divers can discover the underwater riches like the vast coral reefs - the finest beach in the Straits of Melaka. Other noteworthy beaches are Pantai Puteri Dewi and Pantai Pasir Bogak. On the other hand, Kota Belanda, a Dutch fort, stands as a monument to the island's history.

HOW TO REACH: Pangkor is 40-minute ferry ride from Lumut, a coastal town on the peninsula. On the island, buses and taxis are available

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