For Perak state, Ipoh and Taiping were two cities that boomed after tin was discovered in the 19th century. Malaya was then the world’s largest tin and rubber producer. Just north of Ipoh is the royal town of Kuala Kangsar where Istana Iskandariah is home to the Sultan of Perak. Perak has a western coastline facing the Straits of Melaka and not far off its coast are a number of islands. The nearest is Pangkor Island, off the coastal town of Lumut. Pangkor's unique island lifestyle offers visitors a variety of experiences and some outstanding beaches.