PETALING JAYA: Lonely Planet has ranked Perak as one of the world’s Top 10 “Must Visit” regions for 2017, according to its recently published Best In Travel list.
Perak ranked number 9 in the Best In Travel 2017 list for regions, with Lonely Planet praising capital city Ipoh’s “bloom of vintage-style cafes and boutiques.”
“The nucleus of this old-meets-new makeover is Kong Heng Block, surrounding the imaginative Sekeping Kong Heng hotel.
“Here, cheerful joints like Roquette Cafe, Burps & Giggles and Bits & Bobs pull a vibrant crowd to shop, dawdle and slurp ais kepal (ice balls) in this historic neighbourhood,” reads Lonely Planet’s description.
“Meanwhile, guesthouse owners and tour guides on Pangkor Island are starting to lead sustainable nature walks and village tours, thanks to a mentoring scheme by NGO ECOMY. In this sunbather’s paradise, an emerging focus on wildlife is a breath of fresh, sea air.”
Included in the list is Choquequirao (Peru), Taranaki (New Zealand), The Azores (Portugal), North Wales (United Kingdom), South Australia, Aysén (Chile), The Tuamotus (French Polynesia), Coastal Georgia (USA), and the Skellig Ring (Ireland).
According to a report by New Straits Times, State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Multimedia and Communications exco Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said it was an honour for the state and would be a boost for Visit Perak Year in 2017.
“This will especially help our promotion efforts globally to draw more visitors. Among the plus points listed by Lonely Planet include Ipoh’s uniqueness as a heritage and historical site. Its classic and vintage cafes are also touted as major draws.
“On the nature front, Perak is also known for its Royal Belum National Park and Pangkor Island,” she said.
She added that the recognition would be used to further promote the state to attract more domestic and foreign tourists.
“A lot can still be done in preparation for Visit Perak Year 2017 including improving cleanliness and environmental sustainability to ensure that they can be used as elements to draw tourists.”