Travel agents from ASEAN countries have recently visited Perak, Malaysia’s 4th largest state, to help promote tourist attractions.
In 2017, Lonely Planet listed the entire state of Perak as the 9th of 10 Top Regions in the World to visit in 2017.
To many foreign visitors, Malaysia is well known for wonderful islands of Langkawi, Penang, and Malaka but few has known the hidden in Perak where a journey to ancient caves, history of culture and pristine beaches is worth exploring.
Tourism Malaysia invited under its Mega Familiarisation Programme dozens of media and travel agents from ASEAN nations to Malaysia on November 11-14 to attend the national-level celebration of Deepavali Open House in Sungai Siput, Perak.
The Mega FAM participants are from Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
They were toured to several attractive destinations in Perak, including theme parks, Sunway Lost World of Tambun, the historic Kellie’s castle, and Marina Island Pangkor Resort and Hotel.
The Mega FAM aims to help promote Perak as a top-of-mind holiday destination. It is one of tourism Malaysia’s signature programmes to assist in the promotions and branding of Malaysia as the preferred tourist destination in the world.
The group was also ferried to Pangkor Island where they could toured Nipah Bay, Dutch Fort, Sacred Rock, Mini Great Wall of China and other well-known tourist attractions on the island.
An official at a tour agency in World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Ms Seng said that Perak is potential to attract visitors from Laos as it features theme parks, beautiful white sand beaches with rustic charm of old colonial buildings which are now preserved and repurposed to fit modern lifestyle.
Since AirAsia has launched direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Luang Prabang for four times per week, Lao tourists are interested in visiting Malaysia as it is cheaper travelling, according to Ms Seng.
This 25 meter high tower in the small Perak town of Teluk Intan is Malaysia’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is not as old, nor as tall, nor as famous as its Italian counterpart but it does have a distinct incline and that makes a curiosity worth visiting.
It was constructed in 1885 by Mr. Leong Choon Cheong and some Ceylonese contractors. It was built primarily to store water for local usage during the dry season and in case of fire. Since it began leaning over due to soft soil foundations it has become a tourist attraction/ courtesy: Tourism Perak Malaysia
Source: Lao News Agency