Bukit Merah Laketown Resort is a hotel development and theme park, located 12km north of Taiping and 50km south of Penang. Famed for Arowana (a pedigree fish) cultivation, Bukit Merah is situated around one of Malaysia's largest lakes, a 7,000-acre body of fresh water. The resort features a water park, mini zoo (Ecopark) and various recreational activities, including boating, fishing and ATV rides.
The resort's primary attraction is the Bukit Merah Orang-Utan Island Foundation that breeds and cares for these gentle primates of Borneo. Housed on an island, a ferry ride is required from Marina Village at the resort. The various parks can be visited individually, but tickets are cheaper when purchased in combo packages. To go from Taiping, take the North-South Highway north and exit at Bukit Merah.