Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping - travelswithsun

Why would anyone want to visit Perak Botanic Gardens (or Taman Botani Perak) when there is another better-known alternative in Taiping?

Is there something about this park that makes it unique?

If you’ve always been curious about this place, this post is for you!

What Is At Perak Botanic Gardens?

After passing though the gate, you are greeted by a courtyard of sorts. You can see that there’s another similar one ahead.

Entrance Of Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Entrance
Site Map Of Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Site Map

Paths lead down to the lake at the left side of the park and also to quiet green space that looks ideal for a private picnic.

From our observation, the overall landscaping of Perak Botanic Gardens is less decorative than at Taiping Lake Gardens.

Foot Bridge At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Foot Bridge
After Crossing Over The Bridge At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
After Crossing Over The Bridge At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Red Flowers At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Red Flowers

Yes, the staff regularly clear the paths from leaves and cut down excess growth. You can hear them blowing the leaves away in the morning.

Green Space At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping (Between Sections 1 And 2)
Green Space At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping (Between Sections 1 And 2)
Circular Courtyard In Section 2 Of The Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Circular Courtyard In Section 2

Most of the plants in this park appear to be native. And as you go deeper into the park (particularly section 3), it feels like you’re walking in the jungle (except for the wide tarmac road that runs through it).

Section 3 Of Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Section 3 Of Perak Botanic Gardens

This experience is something you can’t get at the tamer Taiping Lake Gardens.

We didn’t see any mammals but saw a lot of large insects like praying mantis, and jungle sized millipedes crossing the road.

Towards Section 4 Of Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Towards Section 4

Anyone with a keen interest in botany might really enjoy a walk-through Section 3 of the Perak Botanic Gardens. Bringing along binoculars might be a good idea if you want to bird-watch.

But as casual visitors, we felt that the park was not very interesting.

The lake is pretty on a sunny day, but we think that the view is not as impressive as with Taiping Lake Gardens.

Lake View At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Lake View At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping

Where Are The Perak Botanic Gardens?

The Perak Botanic Gardens are between the base of Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) and Taiping Lake Gardens.

It is a one-way road into the car park and out of it.

There is another car park across the park, but it is probably empty most of the time except for the resident monkeys.

Car Park At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Car Park

Entrance Fees For The Perak Botanic Gardens

It costs RM2 per person to enter the Perak Botanic Gardens. You don’t have to pay for parking at least.

But this ticket doesn’t come with anything else, just the access to the park and its facilities.

Facilities At Perak Botanic Gardens

The only facilities we saw at Perak Botanic Gardens (apart from the visitor car park) were the toilets and perhaps a small prayer room.

Toilets At Perak Botanic Gardens In Taiping
Toilets

There are no wheelchair ramps although the pathways are mostly of tarmac and pot-hole free.

You won’t find a kid’s playground or outdoor gym apparatus here. We didn’t see any benches either.

Conclusion

Until the authorities allow people to cycle here, or arrange some educational nature walks and tours, we don’t think it’s worth visiting the Perak Botanic Gardens.

A small onsite café at the first section of the park might attract more visitors too.

The park is well maintained but the fact that entrance fees are charged (even if it’s less than a cup of coffee) is a deterrent to many visitors.

Taiping Lake Gardens is much larger and, in our opinion, more attractive with its multiple facilities like a boat dock and playground.

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