Lenggong is a town in Perak, Malaysia. It is situated about 75 km north of Ipoh.The Lenggong valley in Ulu Perak is one of Peninsular Malaysia's most important areas for archaeology, as excavations have revealed many traces of Malaysia's prehistory. It is the site of the oldest known place of human activity in the Peninsula. Today it is still a rural area, with small kampungs surrounded by green vegetation and limestone hills. Lenggong can be likened to an open-air museum, and is home to legends, skeletons, cave drawings and precious finds such as jewellery, pottery, weapons and stone tools. Many of the caves in the Lenggong area have revealed evidence of ancient humans having lived and hunted in this area.
The Lenggong Valley was listed by UNESCO as a World
Heritage site on 30 June 2012.
Lenggong is accessible by trunk roads connecting it with neighbouring towns and cities. The town of Lenggong is situated some 100 kilometres north of Ipoh on the Kuala Kangsar
to Grik road. The road to Lenggong is surrounded mostly by oil palm estates and jungles. As cows and buffalo are part of the agriculture, they are often seen along the road. The jungles (about million years old) are now in danger of heavy illegal logging.
To visit Lenggong, from the North-South Expressway take Exit No.143 at Kuala Kangsar – that's about 3 hours away from Kuala Lumpur
. Then take Route 76 to Lenggong. The new highway is open and has replaced the old scenic kampung road.
An undisturbed stone tool production area where pebble tools were made using equipment such as anvils and hammer stones was excavated at the Kota Tampan
archaeological site. The workshop was dated at 75,000 years old.Lenggong is also famous for its freshwater fish dishes. One local delicacy from freshwater fish is pekasam, where the is fish is marinated in salt and toasted rice, followed by fermentation for two weeks.