Writing about Taiping is something that I enjoy a lot. I religiously promote Taiping when I’m talking about travel destinations. Taiping is the towns of “firsts”. The first museum in Malaysia. The first railway road. The first Anglican church. The first library. The first clock tower. The first lake gardens. The list goes on. It is, therefore, a MUST for me to give Taiping the honour to be the first amongst many posts to come in this series.
4 THINGS TO DO IN TAIPING
1. FOOD FOOD FOOD
Don’t be deceived by the looks of the shop, this is probably the best cendol you can find in whole of Malaysia. We dare say that Ansari Cendol – by itself warrants a trip to Taiping. It’s smooth, yet not underwhelming; sweet but not overwhelming; cold, crunchy, milky, and it dissolves in your mouth. Every spoonful is heavenly. You HAVE to try it!
2. THE LAKE GARDENS
Sometimes, pictures can be deceiving but not when it comes to Taiping. In fact, it’s even more beautiful than what the photographs suggest. This place is ideal to take the family to enjoy the great outdoors at its finest. Bring along your mats, home cooked meals (we suggest Nasi Lemak), disposable plates and utensils, board games, football. Pick your spot in this HUGE lake garden, sit down and enjoy the calming nature.
3. ZOO TAIPING
An educational visit to the zoo is something for everyone! Zoo Taiping is the oldest zoo in Malaysia with a variety of animals including tigers, lions, bears, snakes, fishes, monkeys and birds. It’ll be the perfect place to spend the day with your children.
4. MAXWELL HILL
Like hiking? Maxwell Hill is a must for everyone who visits Taiping. The temperature at the peak is very, very cold. Grab a sweater and escape from the Malaysian heat! You can rent a bungalow (it’s not haunted!), spend a night or two here, enjoying the scenery and the cold weather. Don’t like trekking? Get in a four wheel drive to the peak of the hill – a guaranteed better experience than a roller-coaster.
Taiping has plenty more to offer, and we reserved some for you to explore yourself. Get your friends or family and hit the road to Taiping! Are you off to a road trip on this long weekend? Let us know where and remember to get your car battery checked out with CARPUT! Nothing spoils a road trip like a failed car battery. Download our app here: www.carput.my