Though a small quaint town, Taiping has many hidden gems in her backyard. All it takes a person who wants to uncover her beauty without tarnishing her value to discover the gems the she holds.

Taiping Zoo & Night Safari

Taiping Zoo is currently home to more than 140 species of animals, totalling 1,200 individuals. It is situated in a lovely natural setting in Taiping Lake Gardens, near to the foot of the Larut Hill (Maxwell Hill). If you missed out on your visit to the Zoo in the day, do not worry as the Zoo reopens after dark for visitors to observe the nocturnal animals. To maintain the natural habitat of the animals, Taiping Zoo displays the animal using special lighting that resemblances moonlight.

Perak Museum

The Perak Museum was the first museum to be established in Malaysia in 1883. Located at the intersection of Jalan Muzium and Jalan Taming Sari, it is directly opposite the Taiping Jail. The 8474 displays depict Malaysia's culture, zoology and geology, among many other pieces of ancient history that have long been forgotten. Some of the exhibits display the culture and products of the native tribes of Perak, including the Senoi and Negrito tribes.

Taiping Prison

Built in 1879, the Taiping Prison is the first and oldest modern prison complex in Malaysia. It was also the biggest prison complex at the time. In 1881 Sikh wardens were brought in to support Malaya wardens and vocational teachers were brought in from Hong Kong to set up a useful industry in prison. There was an exercise in 1882 to characterise jail prisoners. A European Warden was appointed in 1889.

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

Established in 1906, the mangrove forest in this area has become a protected site due to its rare and lush landscape. The forest is home to many unique species which depend on the wet conditions of the forest. The Matang Mangrove Co-Education Center provides a forest walk – a bridge suspended on the forest floor, which helps tourists to see animals such as bats and otters while admiring the mangrove forest. Bird-watching is also a common activity in the centre.

Burmese Pool

The Burmese Pool is a big, naturally formed rock pool in the foothills of Bukit Larut. It's particularly popular with locals – there are many who choose to swim and wade here, as well as hike in the nearby forest. The pool is fed by a small waterfall and is fairly shallow and safe for people who don't know how to swim. The pool is situated within the forest, and visitors can access it from the car park outside via a small trail that leads to it.

5D Art Paradise Taiping

5D Art Heaven is a 5D art museum. 5D Art featuring more than 70 optical illusion paintings and installations spanning various styles and themes. It'll be fun as you can make a pose and take artistic pictures with colourful expressions. It is undoubtedly a must-visit spot in Taiping for an unforgettable experience.