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Rental car or Taxi to Taiping.

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Rental car or Taxi to Taiping.

Wanting to go to Taiping War Cemetery, which is the best way, ? hire a car for the day or get a taxi If I get a taxi what is the road like? and can I get a road map. Any help will be good.

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Hervey

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1. Re: Rental car or Taxi to Taiping.

The road is the express way (4-6 lanes) and is equal if not better than Oz roads.

Book a driver and car through one of the recommended providers unless you are used to driving in Asia.

Taiping is 90 minutes from Butterworth. Penang to Butterworth depends upon traffic (from BF around 30-60 mins).

The cemetery is well kept but is very small as war cemeteries go. The museum at taiping is worth a visit not so much for the exhibits but because it is a beautiful old building.There are also the Lake gardens.

Suggest you make a day of it and add in either the royal city of Kuala Kangsar or the orangutans at Bukit Merah.

Make sure you find time for a nice lunch.

cheers

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2. Re: Rental car or Taxi to Taiping.

suggest you use the service of Ocean Jupiter .. and while in Taping a visit to the zoo is worth including

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3. Re: Rental car or Taxi to Taiping.

The Taiping War Cemetery ( cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/…20CEMETERY ) is very beautiful, serene, and well maintained, though as mentioned above is also very small (half an hour more than covers both sides of the Cemetery). Given the time and distance taken to get there from Penang (it's 97km one way) it would be well worthwhile adding some other sights and make it a day trip.

We've visited the Cemetery twice. On both occasions we hired a car with driver (through Ocean Jupiter - http://www.oceanjupiter.com/ ) as while the highway looks very nice to drive on, we wouldn't want to have to maneuver ourselves through Penang's streets (due to traffic, pedestrians and one way roads) or through Taiping's small streets - guaranteed we'd get lost somewhere along the way.

On our first visit we included taking in the historic sights of Taiping ( asiaexplorers.com/malaysia/taiping_travel_gu… ), the town has a long history, with some lovely buildings, including the aforementioned Museum (we visited just long enough to take some pictures of the outside of the building as we're not really all that in to "M" Words - aka Museums, unless they're particularly quirky).

If you enjoy gardens, the Taiping Lake Gardens are expansive, and beautiful. You could enjoy a picnic lunch - we didn't because we'd planned to fit a lot in to our day. We included a visit to the Taiping Zoo ( http://www.zootaiping.gov.my/ ) which is on the edge of the Lake Gardens, and really enjoyed it! It's not a huge zoo, a couple of hours will get you through all of the exhibits. The enclosures were reasonable, and clean. What we really liked about it is the way it is laid out you follow the path and it takes you via all of the enclosures, no backtracking or trying to find a particular animal! If you jag feeding time (as friends of ours did) you may even get to help feel some of the animals!

On our second visit to the Taiping War Cemetery we included a trip up Bukit Larut / Maxwell Hill (this link is to a JBR we did of our visit up Maxwell Hill - tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g298302-i9174-k… - a little tongue in cheek), and a visit to Bukit Merah Laketown Resort (predominantly for their Orang Utan Island). The views up Maxwell Hill are fantastic, and it is nice and cool. The JBR says all you need to know really ;-)

Bukit Merah has the Orang Utan Island, an Eco Park, and a Water Park. If you do decide to include Bukit Merah in your trip to the Taiping War Cemetery we would recommend going on a weekday so there are less people, we were (other than the staff) the only people on Orang Utan Island when we visited. You have to catch a ferry / boat out to the island, they run half hourly on weekends and every 45 minutes on weekdays (so you get a bit more time on the island on weekdays).

The Orang Utans are basically able to roam the island freely, it is the tourists who are in the cage, as you walk out in a mesh enclosed tunnel to visit with the Orang Utans. You can also view the Orang Utans playing at the waters edge from a boardwalk platform area (so no mesh to look through). In addition, the nursery for the baby Orangs (when we visited they had successfully bred 16 babies, and had two in the nursery) has one wall of glass where you can watch the babies sleeping, eating, or just being little ratbags and climbing all over their cots - absolutely gorgeous and completely mesmerising. There is also a glass enclosed training section where you can see the "toddler" Orang Utans learning things such as climbing etc. The idea of this place is that when fully rehabilitated the Orang Utans will be released back into the wild in Sarawak.

We got to Bukit Merah fairly late in the afternoon so by the time we got to the Eco Park ( www.bukitmerahresort.com.my/ecopark.htm ) some of the animals had been returned to their beds for the night (the bunnies, guinea pigs etc), however we still got to check out the monkeys, binturong, lizards, deer, chickens, koi and a few others. You can purchase food at the entry to feed the animals, they have information as to what you can feed to which animals.

Bukit Merah is a nice experience, but particularly for us as Orang Utans are among our favourite animals. We really got there too late in the afternoon to properly enjoy the other attractions at the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort (including a water park and wildlife park).

Hope this helps,

Lise & Sabrina

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4. Re: Rental car or Taxi to Taiping.

Thank you Lise & Sabrina, I have made a copy of your suggestions I will take it with me, really looking forward to our trip.

hervey.

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5. Re: Rental car or Taxi to Taiping.

Glad you found it useful Hervey!

Enjoy visiting the cemetery, it really is lovely. We presume you are visiting because it's a War Cemetery, but if you are interested in cemeteries in general, Penang has the beautiful, historic Protestant Cemetery (1789-1892) on Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. Also, the Western Road cemetery on Jalan Utama is really interesting to visit, with a combination of very old (late 1800's) and very new graves - there is even a little armed forces graves section.

Enjoy your travels,

Lise & Sabrina

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6. Re: Rental car or Taxi to Taiping.

At Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah cementary, Captain Francis Lights, who is the founder of Penang island, and other British traders/sailors were buried there. For the past one year, Penang Heritage Trusts had organized Cemetery tour. For more information, you may check out Penang Heritage Trusts, www.pht.org.my.

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