IPOH: A British couple who have been staying here for the past decade are writing a tourist guidebook on 12 places of interest in Perak.
The 24-page book by David Miller and his wife Barbara will contain “honest” descriptions of the places and will be unveiled during the launch of the state-level Visit Malaysia Year 2007.
“But our main intention is to help uncover what tourists should discover when visiting the 12 places,” said David.
The couple from Crieff, Scotland, came to Malaysia under the “Malaysia My Second Home” programme.
David said Perak’s vibrant greenery and other natural attractions could be a major draw among foreign tourists.
“Perak has limestone hills and outcrops which many foreign tourists are dying to see, but the state understates itself and does not want to boast about these attractions,” he said.
Barbara said many of the state’s brochures had not changed in years.
“Tourists sometimes find themselves cheated because what is described in the brochures turn out to be no longer correct,” she said.
Among the couple’s top recommendations are Pangkor Laut Resort and Pangkor Island Beach Resort.
“These places are Perak’s jewels but what impressed us most was the marked improvement in cleanliness on the island,” Barbara said.
“The untidy sight of the island was gross, with rubbish strewn everywhere when I went there four years ago.”
David said he disagreed with the notion that Ipoh was a dead town, describing the city instead as having a good blend of traditional and modern lifestyles.
“There are many places tourists can visit provided they make an attempt to look for them,” he said.
Having been to many cities in the world, the couple said Ipoh had projected itself naturally and did not pretend to be what it was not.
“Most importantly, Ipoh is still much cleaner compared with certain other cities in Malaysia,” said Barbara.
Source : STAR
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