Perak, Malaysia with David Hogan Jr

So far most of our Questionnaires for Experts, Bloggers and other Travel Knowledgables have come from people, who though widely spread throughout the globe now, call somewhere in Europe or North America 'home'.  So it's especially interesting for us to be able to share with you some of David Hogan Jr's recommendations for his hometown, which is somewhere that most of us will find a bit more exotic: Perak, Malaysia.

Inform and inspire us, David!

Where's your home town, and what's the main reason people visit?

My hometown is actually a small place called Taiping in the state of Perak, Malaysia. It is also known as Town of Everlasting Peace. Because nothing ever happens there with no modern development. 

What's the main reason you think people SHOULD be visiting?

Personally, I think the only reason to visit Taiping is to see what life used to be at one time. For a fact, time remains still there while life is pretty much laid back. 

If you had to recommend to the friend of a friend one unmissable thing to do in your home town what would it be?

To check out the Lake Gardens there. Also a hike up Maxwell Hill which used to be an old English Hill Station during World War II. 

If they had a whole day in town what would you recommend they do?

Probably a town visit seeing how the older generation traded wares in the morning, a hike up the hill after lunch and the lake gardens in the evening. 

What if they had three days?

I wouldn't recommend even two days there. You see the entire town in a day. 

ed. Where else would you recommend seeing nearby then ?

What will you never catch a local doing?

Walking around with an iPad.

What WILL you catch a local doing?

Sitting at some local coffee shop gossiping about politics. 

And what local delicacies would visitors be fools not to try while they're there?

The local fresh hand rolled spring rolls which are to die for. 

In 140 characters, how would you sum up your home town as a great destination?

Taiping - A city of everlasting peace where time still stands still.

Anything else you want to add!?

Yes, I specialize in Malaysia as it is my hometown and whenever I get the change, I would hop into my car and drive to some small town just to explore the place. 

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