Ipoh

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Ipoh is the state capital of Perak, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. It is the country's fourth largest city and a gateway to the Cameron Highlands.

Understand[edit]

Ipoh (Chinese: 怡保; pinyin: Yí bǎo Tamil: ஈப்போ) developed into one of Malaysia's main cities due to an early 19th century tin mining boom. During the British colonial era, it was Malaya's second administrative centre after Kuala Lumpur (the Straits Settlements of Singapore, Penang and Malacca were administered separately).

A post-independence economic decline let the city escape the towers of concrete that represent 1970s ideas of progress and its colonial importance still shines in the grand old buildings, such as the railway station and the town hall, which complement the rows of shophouses.

These days Ipoh is perhaps best known for its excellent restaurants, hawkers, and famous local dishes.

Streets were renamed in the 1980s. This can still be confusing as many locals still refer to the former colonial road names. The following list showing the old and new names is useful: Ipoh road names - old and new

Ipoh features a tropical rainforest climate. Temperatures are about the same throughout the year, showing little variation. The city's average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. Ipoh sees high precipitation throughout the year with an average of 200 mm of rain each month and averaging 2427.9 mm of rain per year. The wettest month is October where on average 297.2 mm of rain is seen. Ipoh's driest month is January which has 132.3 mm of rain fall on average.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Ipoh is served by the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (IATA: IPH). Firefly [1], Tigerair [2] and Malindo Air [3] operate flights to and from Terminal 2 of Singapore Changi Airport. Malindo and Firefly also operate flights to and from the Senai International Airport, Johor Bahru. Malindo also operates flights to the Subang Airport in and Medan, Indonesia.

Prepaid taxi is available at Ipoh airport. You can take prepaid taxi to the city (e.g. to Eloft hostel at Jalan sultan Islander) for MYR 25 (October. 2015). The prepaid taxi driver may not know the exact location of the place you want to go in the city. There is no Mobile phone shop at the Ipoh airport so one cannot buy the SIM at airport. So you can’t rely on you mobile phone’s GPS to tell you direction to reach your hostel in the city from airport. So it’s better to carry a map and full address of the hostel when you hire the prepaid taxi at Ipoh airport. While returning from city to airport, you can find taxi virtually at any bus stop in the city and it would cost you to the airport for MYR 20, or less, if you bargain.


By train[edit]

Ipoh's second concrete building, the railway station, was built in 1935.

Trains[[4]] head as far north as Butterworth and as far south as Singapore via Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur is predictably well served by several trains per day. To KL, prices for the old diesel trains (3 hours) range from RM12 to RM30 depending on class. New electric trains (2 hours) cost either RM25 or RM35 depending on time of day.

By bus[edit]

The old Medang Gopeng Bus Terminal has closed and all intercity buses now use Terminal Amanjaya in Jelapang, about 16km north of the city centre. Bus number 116 costs 2.40RM and leaves about every 30m to the city centre from the arrivals hall upstairs. It stops at the local bus station, the train station and then goes as far as the Greentown Clinic before turning round at the roundabout and heading back. It takes about 20m. There are several new services that connect Amanjaya with 'Stesen Ipoh' for RM1.80 (e.g. bus T30a). These also leave from the arrivals area despite misleading signage. Have faith. A taxi from the bus station to the city centre costs 20-30RM.

The most frequent intercity routes are to and from Kuala Lumpur (Puduraya Station), Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Singapore and Penang. Larger bus companies like Transnational[5], Plusliner[6], Starshuttle [7], [8], Konsortium[9], Sri Maju[10] and Yoyo[11] provide the most frequent, reliable and safe services. For Taiping and the Cameron Highlands, the local bus station (see Get around) is more convenient.

Some bus companies also operate from more convenient locations in the town: mainly Jalan Bendahara where buses are available to and from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Penang and Jalan Bercham where destinations include Singapore and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

  • Sri Maju [12] 2,4 & 6 Jalan Bendahara, 605 2535367, fairly decent selection of destinations, including Hat Yai in Thailand.
  • Starmart Express [13][14], has services from Jalan Bendahara to Singapore.
  • Grassland Express [15], Singapore based company, also serves Jalan Bendahara.
  • Starshuttle [16] run services to and from KLIA/KLIA2 from Jalan Bercham (RM42 one way, as of Dec 2015).
  • Yoyo [17] has services from Ipoh to KLIA/KLIA2 (RM45 one way, as of Dec 2015).

By car[edit]

Ipoh is well connected to the North-South Expressway. You can get into Ipoh via Exit 137: Simpang Pulai or Exit 139: Ipoh Selatan

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

The city centre grid layout contains mainly one-way streets. Road maps are available in bookstores, tourist centres and online. Traffic is not as heavy as in other cities such as Kuala Lumpur but the rush hours are usually congested. There is adequate parking but finding a space may require some patience and you have to pay using coupons. Car rentals are available.

By bus[edit]

Local buses run around the city and its suburbs and have hub called Ipoh Bus Terminal, Jalan Raja Bendahara (or also bas stesen), which is actually on Jalan Tun Abdul Razak in the old town (follow the road south from the railway station and past the post office, the bus station is on the right of the first big junction). This is not to be confused with Jalan Bendahara which is in the new town and has long distance services by some bus companies.

Local bus information is not well published but there is an helpful information desk at the bus station. Visitors may find this bus station useful for its services to the Cameron Highlands, Taiping. Useful to look out for is local bus number 94, which heads from the bas stesen through the old and new towns to the Sam Poh Tong Cave Temples. It calls at the following bus stops in the new town: Tingat Pasar, on the south side of Pasar Besar; at the junction of Jalan Raja Musa Aziz and Jalan Theatre; and on Jalan CM Yusuf, near the Grand Park Hotel and Sri Maju Bus Terminal.

On foot[edit]

Most roads have pavements and marked crossings, which makes strolling around the old streets a pleasant experience.

By bicycle[edit]

There are no hard and fast rules for cyclists, but you are expected to observe road rules at all times. Cyclists are forbidden from riding on the sidewalk but often do. Helmets are optional and not common.

By taxi[edit]

Prices are by negotiation. It is possible to take the taxi all the way up to Pengkelan Hulu (near the Thailand border, ~RM170 one way, ~RM300 return). Ride within the city should cost around RM5 to RM10

Talk[edit]

Like in the rest of Malaysia, Malay is the lingua franca, However, most of the ethnic Chinese, who form the majority in Ipoh, speak Cantonese as their first language, and many are also able to speak Mandarin. Most of the Indians speak Tamil as their first language. While English is not as widespread as in Kuala Lumpur or Penang, tourists should still not have any major problems getting by with English.

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Jalan Sultan Iskandar, one of Ipoh's main streets, crosses the River Kinta in colonial style

Within Ipoh[edit]

PreHistoric Site[edit]

  • Gua Tambun Cave Paintings with 3,000-year-old cave drawings of humans. First discovered in 1959 by Lt. RL Rawlings, a British army officer with the 2nd Battalion of the 6th QEO Gurkha Rifles while on a routine training exercise. He would have realised that these reddish-orange drawings were not the usual graffiti and this was confirmed shortly thereafter by a team from the National Museum who identified the doodles as Neolithic rock art. This cave paintings was gazetted by Ipoh City Council in 1986 and was declared a national heritage by the Department of National Heritage on January 10, 2010. The exterior wall, exposed to the elements, boasts reddish drawings of human figures, a pregnant deer, a dugong, a tortoise and sketches resembling fish, arrows and an octopus. Besides the drawings, participants could examine seashells and bits of coral reef scattered along the floor, reminiscent of a time when the area had been underwater. “The drawings also look exactly like the ones from Australia and Papua New Guinea". Getting there [18] or GPS Location (not verified) 4.60669, 101.129193

Historic buildings[edit]

The Birch Memorial Clocktower It hosts friezes representing the progress of civilization and depicts various religious and secular worthies. The scrubbed out figure was Mohammed.
  • Birch Memorial Clocktower - dedicated to the first British Resident Minister of Perak who was murdered by a local Malay chief. The road passing the tower's north side is now named in his's honour. Getting there[19] or location GPS Co-ordinates: 4°35′48.6″N 101°04′34.0″E
  • Ipoh Railway Station - one of the three grand British-built stations on the former Malayan network. ETS trains connect this fondly dubbed "Taj Mahal of Ipoh" to KL's colonial beauty, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station (one stop before KL Sentral). Singapore's now disused Tanjong Pagar station is the third installment of the trilogy. The Ipoh railway station was initially meant to be a hospital and used before the 1900s as such before being turned into a station. The original completion year of 1917 was delayed for three years due to lack of construction materials as well as high costs during World War I. Like the Kuala Lumpur station, the Ipoh station were designed and constructed by Arthur Benison Hubback, a British architectural assistant to the Director of Public Works. Having served in India, Hubback utilised his knowledge of Anglo-Asian architecture in the region on the station's design. The "Neo-Moorish/Mughal/Indo-Saracenic/Neo-Saracenic" style was not uncommon at the time. Many of Hubback's buildings in then Malaya followed this style and shared many similar features. The other buildings designed by him include the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station (completed 1910), the Jamek Mosque (completed 1909) and the old KL city hall building (completed 1904). In October 2007, the Ipoh station was reopened after seven years of renovation as part of the railway electrification and double tracking between Rawang and Ipoh. [20] Address Stesen KTM Ipoh, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • Ipoh Town Hall and Law Courts - the two buildings opposite the Railway Station, both are in neoclassical style.
  • Muzium Darul Ridzuan is an interesting historical museum of Perak, located in a pretty former tin-mining tycoon's mansion on Jalan Kuala Kangsar
  • Ipoh Heritage Trail This two to three hour tour passes by notable colonial buildings and pre World War II shophouses in Ipoh Old Town. Guided tours start at the Ipoh Railway Station at 8am every Saturday (h/p 012-5242357: ~Rm 30 person). One can also take a self guided tour with the following map: [21]
  • Padang Ipoh - home to the Royal Ipoh Club. Ipoh Green, the only thing missing is a cricket match on this immaculate lawn near Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam. The surrounding historic buildings including the mock-tudor style Ipoh Club, FMS Bar, Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Building built in 1931, this Neo-Renaissance style building was the highest building in Ipoh until post-independence and the magnificant St Michael's Institution secondary school.
  • Kong Heng Square - a cluster of pre-World War Two buildings have been restored and now house boutique hotels, hawker stalls, cafes, an art gallery, a barbershop and an antique and sundry store.
  • Concubine Lane (二奶巷) located at Lorong Panglima, or Yi Lai Hong (Concubine Lane), where it was rumoured that wealthy Chinese merchants and British officers would keep their mistresses, away from the prying eyes of angry wives. It was also a notorious opium den. Towards the exit of Concubine Lane is Jalan Bijeh Timah (Treacher Street) are heritage building including Han Chin Pet Soo.
  • Han Chin Pet Soo There's a free tour of the Hakka Miner's Club that shows the migration of the Hakka people into Malaysia to work on the tin mines, and the way they spent their leisure time at the club gambling and smoking opium. Han Chin Pet Soo was a Hakka tin miners’ club set up in 1893 but this clubhouse was built in 1929 by Yau Tet Shin and Leong Fee, influential towkays of the period. Further down Jalan Bijeh Timah is the Chinese wholesale district, or what locals fondly call Ham Yu Gai (literally “Salted Fish Street”). The pungent aroma of salted fish and other dried goods is unmistakable. Open sacks of spices and trucks unloading their wares are a common sight. Address No. 3, Jalan Bijeh Timah (Treacher Street), 30100 Ipoh, Perak or GPS Location N 4.596273, E 101.079105

Street Art[edit]

  • Ipoh Wall Art Murals @ Ipoh Old Town Ernest Zacharevic has painted eight murals on various buildings in Ipoh's Old Town, including on the OldTown White Coffee outlet facing Padang Ipoh, and on buildings around Kong Heng Square. These murals capture elements of local life in the city. Start your trip here at Jalan Shala (a small backlane after Jalan Market, off Jalan Bijeh Timah) or GPS Location 4.59531 N, 101.078511 E
A map of Zacharevic's murals in Ipoh's Old Town
  • Ipoh Wall Mural @ Ipoh New Town The paintings were painted on old, heritage buildings, an effort i find commendable in preserving these rare gems. The paintings, dated this year, highlight the many cultures of Malaysia: lion dance, kuda kepang dance, Indian dance, a Kadazan; with a pinch of cheekiness with popular childhood games like hide-and-seek and mother hen, and a beautiful waterfall scenery, amongst others. The wonderful wall art that started in Penang has come to Ipoh. Initiated by art teacher, Eric Lai, who runs an art school Artgene Studio in Bercham, he had just completed his seventh and last mural at the lane in between Jalan Masjid and Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street).Address Near Jalan Datuk Onn Jaafar; the Red building is the Kedai Kopi Wai Sing. Drive on the main road towards, but do not cross, the bridge to Ipoh Oldtown or GPS Location N 04 35.613′ E 101 4.923′

Religious sites[edit]

Ipoh has a profusion of sites of worship of all different faiths.

  • Paloh Ku Miao located in Kampung Paloh, on the west bank of the Kinta River, just south of Hugh Low Bridge. It is said to be the oldest Chinese temple in Ipoh. According to history, the resident God, Tai Pak Koong (God of Prosperity) was first brought to settle at this spot by the bank of Kinta River in 1872 from a temple in Hai Zhu Island, an island near Penang, by Leong Fi. Paloh Ku Miao is believed to have been founded in 1872, although the present temple building was rebuilt in 1894 with a decorative roof ridge, ceremonial bell and a pair of stone lions. The compound in front of the temple used to be known as People's Park. It was where the people of Ipoh came for recreation. Today, however, it only serves as a parking lot. Address 91, Jalan Bijeh Timah (formerly Treacher Street), 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. (behind People’s Park) or GPS Location N 04 35.609′ E 101 4.736′
  • Perak Tong (霹雳洞) In 1926 Chong Sen Yee and his wife Choong Chan Yoke who came from Jiao-Ling province of China, discovered Perak Tong. Perak Tong was built in 1926 by a Buddhist priest from China. On approval from the Perak State Government they started to develop the cave temple. As Chong Sen Yee was mainly involved in the planning and development of the cave temple his wife went all out to look for donations to carry out the plan, locally and internationally. After more than 50 years of diligent and careful work in and around the cave temple, Perak Tong has become one of the best cave temples in Malaysia. Chong Sen Yee passed away in 1980 and his wife Choong Chan Yoke in 1983, handing the heritage to the son Chong Yin Chat. He put even greater effort into the temple and thus enhanced Perak Tong into an international tourist spot in Perak. The temple houses over 40 Buddha statues with the centrepiece being a 12.8-metre high sitting Buddha (the tallest and largest Buddha statue in Malaysia). The cave sits at the foot of a 120m high limestone outcrop – one of several hills in the area – behind a simple but pretty garden, decorated with lotus ponds, pavilions, pagodas and two bell towers. Do not be surprised if you suddenly find a monkey in front of you eyeing your peanuts. The monkeys live among the hills and they are not dangerous to people. Address Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan Kuala Kangsar), 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia OR GPS Location 4.643755,101.099643
  • Sam Poh Tong Temple (三寶佛洞) Sam Poh Tong is a famous cave temple located in Gunung Rapat, about 5km south of Ipoh. It is said to be the biggest cave temple in the country, and is an impressive work of art with various statues of Buddha interspersed among the stalactites and stalagmites. According to legend, the cave was discovered in 1890 by a monk from China who was passing through Ipoh; he decided to make it his home and a place for meditation. He remained there for 20 years until his death. Till today, nuns and monks who dedicate their lives to Buddha still occupy the Sam Poh Tong. The present temple facade dates back to the 1950s and a stiff climb of 246 steps will lead you to an open cave with an excellent view of Ipoh and its surroundings. Other attractions at the temple include a beautiful Japanese pond full of Japanese carps and tortoises, which are a symbols of longevity. Within the temple, visitors can discover the artistic works of man and nature - beautifully carved statues of buddha in various forms sit amidst amazing stalacties and stalagmites. [22]. Address Gopeng Road, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia GPS Location 4°33'49"N 101°6'55"E
  • Ling Sen Tong (灵仙岩) located next door to Nam Thean Tong and Sam Poh Tong just off Jalan Gopeng, is a beautiful Taoist cave temple located at the foot of a limestone hill in Ipoh, Perak. The name is literally translated as the Rock of Heavenly Spirits. The main compound of the temple is adorned with many statues of various designs - there are various animals, deities, and other characters from the Chinese folklore. The garden in front is decorated with colourful statues of characters from Chinese mythology such as the Monkey King from the classic tale Journey to the West. Address Gopeng Road, 31350 Ipoh, Perak. GPS Location 4°33'58"N 101°6'50"E
  • Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple ([極樂洞) is a tourist attraction situated in the natural and picturesque area of Gunung Rapat in the south of Ipoh - the capital of Perak state in west Malaysia. The cave temple sits on a 12 acre site and was used as early as 1920 as a place of worship. In 1960, the cave became part of an iron mining site, this temple is set in a huge cave in the limestone outcrops behind Gunung Rapat, about 5km south of Ipoh City. The Kek Lok Tong complex comprises a central altar featuring a number of Buddhist figures as well as various deities of the Chinese pantheon. The most unique about the caves is there are another great garden view (of Zen Garden style) once you get inside the caves. The limestone hill is made up of light grey to white crystalline Kinta limestone interbedded with about 5mm to 1cm think argillaceous material bands. Primary iron can still be seen within the limestone. The award winning landscape garden features a jogging path circling two lakes and one of the longest reflexology footpaths in Ipoh. [23]
  • Kwan Yin Tong Temple (觀音洞) Kwan Yin Tong of Goddess of Mercy Cave Temple is located at Gunung Rapat. The limestone hill here has the highest number of cave temples in Ipoh. There are about 75 statues of Kwan Yin here. Kwan Yin is the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female. The name Guanyin is short for Kwan (observe) Shi (world) Yin (sound) which means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World". It is generally accepted (in the Chinese community) that Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara, which is her male form. Another attraction at Kwan Yin Tong Cave Temple, Ipoh is this water feature. The area is designed like the Japanese wishing fountain. So make a wish while you step on the stones and cross from one end to the other. [24]
  • The Enlightened Heart Tibetan Temple also known as Jingang Jing She by the locals, was started in 1976 on a small piece of land about 500 metres remote from the road. In 1979 the present Master moved in and expansion began. It is now a major complex on 12 acres of land, with a 13-story pagoda which was built between 1996 and 2009. The largest Buddhist statue in Ipoh stand grand on the greenish limestone hills. More than 200 statues displayed in the temple was a sight to behold. The amalgam of influences rendered the decorations, statues, deities and paintings slightly different from the common Buddhist or Taoist temples. ADDRESS : Off Jalan Ampang (Jalan Ampang Baru 6 in Google Maps) Tambun, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. GPS: E101 8 41.4 N4 35 45.4
  • Kek Look Seah Temple (極樂社) (also Kek Lok Seah) is a Mahayana Buddhist Temple. This temple is one of the famous Buddhist Centre in local community. During Buddha's birthday (Vesak), the centre with the local supports who stay in the community will organize a great vegetarian feast in front of the altar for prayers before eaten by the attendees. The foods served are all in vegetarian as buddhist teachings always encourage people to consume more vegetables and reduce the killing of animals for consumption. The temple has crematorium services for the dead beside it and is a notable columbarium for the Chinese community in Ipoh. Address Jalan Sri Adika, Pasir Puteh, Ipoh, Perak.
  • Tow Boh Keong Temple (怡保斗母宫) the temple is said to have date back to the late 19th century, and is therefore one of the oldest temple in Ipoh worship the Nine Emperor Gods (九皇大帝), held annual celebration in the 9th Lunar calendar with parade which are worshipped by the Taoists. During this long month celebrations, devotees can get the turtle buns (Chinese steamed buns) shaped into turtles of every size and covered with a coloured layer of pink or yellow with auspicious characters written on their backs (like the turtle family above). Some will also buy a large number of small turtles, all stacked up as a small ‘mountain’, as an offering to the gods and a food donation to the temple. Aside being a sign of longevity, these hong gwai (‘red turtle’) appear to relate to a legend of a giant red turtle who came to the rescue of the Nine Emperor Gods and ferried them to safety on Tow Boo Keong island. The steamed buns are also shaped as sau tou (longevity peaches), with pandan fillings in the yellow ones and lotus paste fillings in the pink. One unique practice by devotees is the ‘quin toi tai’ (crawl under the table) ceremony (queue before the altar entrance, take a yellow protective talisman from one of the temple staff, then walk under the altar and repeat this for 3 times). Chinese opera shows performed in Cantonese in the temple grounds. Variety of vegetarian foods available at the canteen. Address 12, Jalan Tokong, 31650 Ipoh, Perak or GPS location 4.58502, 101.08406
  • Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Buntong is an old Tamil temple. Not only is it religious in nature but also a place for discourses and on Sundays children are given an introduction to verses in Tamil. Address Buntong, 30100 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Around Ipoh[edit]

Sam Poh Tong Chinese Buddhist Temple - accessible only through a cave, the temple and its accompanying tortoise pond create a serene and peaceful atmosphere
Kek Lok Tong
  • Kellie's Castle, the deserted mansion of an eccentric Scottish planter, is in Batu Gajah, half an hour's drive from Ipoh city center. Its main appeal lies in the belief that it is haunted and that secret passages leading to hidden chambers exist. A taxi will cost you around RM 50 - 60 and they will usually wait for an hour (which is long enough to look around). There is a small entrance fee to the castle.
  • Gua Tempurung, is a cave in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia. It is popular among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. About 3 km long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways and there are a range of tours of different lengths and difficulty. A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6 km through the hill. There are three very large chambers and some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
  • The Lost World of Tambun, is a first water theme park in ipoh and located in the historic town of ipoh, middle of the north-south corridor in Perak and hidden amongst the lush greenery of Tambun, surrounding by limestone cliffs. The park will provide a much-anticipated family leisure attraction for anyone in the area. The theme park is landscaped with vines, creepers and lush tropical plants to give the illusion of a Lost World. It is opened since Nov 2004. This exciting water theme park in Tambun features a wave pool, natural hot spring, tube slides and also features a petting zoo. Ideal of family fun with young children.
  • Gunung Lang Recretional Park Gunung Lang Recreational Park, located off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (formerly Kuala Kangsar Road), It was opened in October 2000, Covering an area of 30.35 hectares out of which 14.16 hectares consists of the lake, the park is divided into two sections. It is developed around a scenic backdrop of limestone hills of Gunung Lang and Gunung Bilike. The main attractions of Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang are the man-made cascading waterfall atop a limestone hill, a 2km broadwalk over the swamp and lookout towers. There are also facilities like a children’s playground, campsite, mini zoo, a prayer room and washrooms. In order to reach there, one must pay RM3 (adult) / RM1.50 (Senior Citizen) for a boat ride from the jetty.
  • Rafflesia Trek is near a little village on Ulu Geroh about 12km from Gopeng, near Ipoh, Perak. Ulu Geroh surrounded by durian orchards, rubber and oil palm estates, kampungs and forest reserves, To trek through the jungle to where the Rafflesia thrives, you need to engage the services of a Semai Orang Asli guide. The trek was hilly, some parts you really have to climb. Halfway up the hill, you can already see a Rafflesia. There were a few rotting carcasses here and there. If you’re interested in taking the Ulu Geroh Raffelsia Trail, you can get in touch with the tour guides. Click the link here [25]
  • Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng was set up some 20 years ago, covering 300 acres of elevated grounds and at one time, there are approximately 200,000 Gaharu trees. At that point 90% of the produce was to meet demands from global markets primarily Middle East, China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. According to travel logs, the species that is grown at Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng was adapted from Japan and brought over to Malaysia by Gaharu Technologies Sdn Bhd enabling the company to harvest a significant amount of resin from the trees within six to ten years of their growth. At GTVG, tourists are able to enjoy expansive view of the Agarwood trees being grown in the area, apart from breathing in the fresh air. Tourists will be given a tour to the vast tea valley including a 20 year old giant Gaharu tree, which tourists are encouraged to hug the tree for luck. Address Gaharu Tea Valley, Lot 9840, Mukim Sg.Teja, 31600 Gopeng, Perak or online [26]
  • Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship No. 5, or TT5, weighs 4,500 tons and is supported by a pontoon of 75 meters in length, 35 meters in width and 3 meters in depth. It was built in England in 1938 by F.W.Payne & Son which, at that time, was a major design engineering company in bucketline dredges. Tin dredges work by scooping up bucket loads of tin-bearing soil at the front end, which then passes through an oscillating drum and a system of jigs and screens to extract the tin, before spewing out the waste material at the rear end through a number of chutes. This dredge was built for the Southern Malayan Tin Dredging Ltd, a company formed in 1926 which operated a further 5 dredges in the Batu Gajah and Tanjung Tualang area. TT5 was in operation for 44 years until 1982 by which time the Malaysian tin industry was in rapid decline due to a combination of exhausted tin deposits, low tin prices and high operating costs. All the tin mining and dredging activity which took place for over a hundred years has left behind a pockmarked landscape running for hundreds of miles down the length of Peninsular Malaysia. But the scars have filled with water and cleaned up quite well and now serve new roles as fishing ponds, wetlands, water features for housing developments and so on. Address Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship, Warisan Kapal Korek (Tin Dredge Heritage), 9th Km, Jalan Tanjung Tualang, 31000, Batu Gajah, Perak.
  • Royal Belum State Park Perak which is older than the Amazon forest, the previously inaccessible 130-million year old Royal Belum rainforest is a literal playground for some of the most exotic wildlife in the world. More info [27]
  • Kinta RiverFront Walk The Mini I-City of Ipoh which called the Kinta Riverfront Walk in Ipoh. There's not only some beautiful LED lights on the trees (Just like I-City in Shah Alam), this Riverwalk also have some beautiful restaurant that faces the Ipoh river and frankly speaking. Address Jalan Lim Bo Seng, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
  • Kuala Sepetang Just about 60 minutes or 72 km/45 miles to the north-west of Ipoh city to Kuala Sepetang. Kuala Sepetang (Fishing Village) was beautiful at night due to its colony of fireflies. Other attraction like bird watch, fireflies river tour, dolphin watching, visit mangrove forest & visit charcoal factories. Check online at [28]
  • Perak Turf Club Visiting groups from schools, religious organizations and members of the public are also welcome to avail themselves of the facilities at the PRTC Equestrian Club by signing up for riding lessons at a fee, or for their younger children, pony and carriage rides. Check online at [29]
  • Japanese Garden This beautiful landscaped garden, designed with a Japanese flair, features Japanese carp pond, rock garden as well as a refreshing atmosphere and beds of colourful flora. Address Jalan Raja Di Hilir, 30350 Ipoh, Perak
  • Perak’s Herbal Garden Locally called Taman Herba Negeri Perak, is a 22-hectare garden that houses various medicated herbs, cosmetics and aroma-therapeutic plants. It is located in Kampung Kepayang along Jalan Simpang Pulai-Batu Gajah. Address Simpang Sindhu, 31300 Kampung Kepayang, Perak.

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  • White Water Rafting Get up close and personal with nature, experience an exotic and mystifying rainforest where the fastest butterflies swarm by the riverbank while you enjoy swimming in the river or jump from trees or just glide down the river on a raft.
  • Caving. Gua Tempurung is the largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia. Located close to the North South Highway's Gopeng Exit, it provides the opportunity to explore in detail the insides of a limestone cave. You can choose to experience a short tour of the cave or adventure into the far end of the cave by walking off the walkways and in the cave river.
    Gua Tempurong exterior view
  • Explore Tambun, once a small town north of the city, with city growth it is now a close suburb to the city centre. Tambun has been traditionally known for its juicy pomelo fruit and the Tambun Hot Springs,(now accessible through The Lost World of Tambun Hot Springs and Spa or at The Banjaran Resort). Also in Tambun, is Ipoh's only water theme park, The Lost World of Tambun. It provides great rides and entertainment for families and also organizes tours into the nearby limestone caves for those interested in eco-tourism. It recently opened a Petting Zoo that allows children the opportunity to feed and pet a variety of animals. A taxi from the city centre will cost you RM 15 one way.
  • Jungle Trekking - Trek one of the many trails up the Menglembu-Kledang Hills (these are the hills you can see to the west of Ipoh with the radio-tv masts on the top) to enjoy the awe-inspiring view of the limestone outcrops that surround Ipoh. If unsure of how to get to these trails, just ask the many locals who trek there daily in the early mornings and evenings. If you have a GPS, hikes can either start from 101° 1.813'E/4° 34.577'N or 101° 1.638'E/ 4° 34.312'N where the paved road to the summit begins. The road and some trails are open and hot (take a hat and water) but much of Trail 4.9 is through shady forest and takes about 1 hour from the car park to its highest point (about half way to the summit). You can then return to your car via the road and turning left down a few hundred steps at the Meteorology Station to get back to 1.813'E/4° 34.577'N. For a much more strenuous hike there is a trail (signed to RTM) off to the right about 30 minutes along 4.9 at approximately 101° 1'24.84"E/4°35'2.11"N. This less used trail immediately crosses a small stream and then climbs through the forest to the summit. This is a steep, strenuous climb (not suited for very young children) that takes 2 to 2.5 hours for an elevation gain of about 600m over ~3.5km. Along the road and trails there are interesting plants (Bamboo orchids and insect trapping pitcher plants (Nepenthes sp)) and wildlife that includes long-tailed macaques, pig-tailed macaques, leaf monkeys and the siamang - the last being a large species of gibbon that is often heard calling in the morning but seldom seen.
  • Explore Ulu Geroh, Be an ecotourist and experience the rainforest here (GPS 101° 15.200'E/ 4° 26.420'N). This Orang Asli kampung is about one hour's drive into the hills east of Gopeng. The last half of the ride is along a narrow but paved road through rubber, durian and oil palm plantations to the village on the edge of the rainforest. Guides from the Orang Asli community take visitors to see the parasitic Rafflesia flower (the largest flower in the world) and the Raja Brooke's Birdwing butterfly as well as other forest bugs, plants, etc. There's also a small but beautiful waterfall. Apart from Rafflesia watching, jungle hiking, caving and white water rafting can be organized. Basic accommodation is available at Ulu Geroh itself or in a rural setting at three nearby eco-resorts:
  • My Gopeng Resort [30]
  • Rumah Rehat Adeline [31]
  • Gopeng Rainforest Resort [32].
  • Golf at the many golf courses around the city. The Perak Royal Golf Club is the oldest of the golf courses located close to the city centre but there are also great golf courses at Clearwater Sanctuary in Batu Gajah and Meru Valley in Jelapang. Both Clearwater Sanctuary and Meru Valley provide accommodation that make a golfing holiday all the more convenient.

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Many of the ostentatious commercial buildings in Ipoh still house banks

Ipoh is inexpensive by Malaysian standards. Most tourists will better appreciate the offerings of KL or Bangkok but Ipoh offers some interesting specialties including, Ipoh Fragrant Biscuits “香饼” - traditional flaky biscuits containing a sweet paste. Hand made examples are rare - Pottery - Ipoh produces pottery for export. If pots are your cup of tea, try Jalan Kuala Kangsar - and Ipoh White Coffee - coffee beans specially roasted with palm-oil margarine.

Ipoh Fragrant Biscuits aka Heong Peng (香饼)

  1. Yee Hup (余合) at 7, 9, 11 Jalan Sri Ampang, Taman Ipoh Jaya, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
  2. Sin Joo Heong (Tiger Brand) Confectionery Sdn Bhd (Ipoh Branch) at No 49, Jalan Medan Ipoh Bistari, 31400 Ipoh , Perak
  3. Ching Han Guan Biscuit Shop (钟汉元饼铺) at 145, Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah (Hugh Low Street), 30000 Ipoh, Perak
  4. Guan Heong Biscuit Shop (源香饼铺) at 160, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Ipoh Kaya Puff

  1. Sin Eng Heong (新荣香饼店) at No. 64, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri (Jalan Clare), 30300 Ipoh, Perak
  2. QunKee Biscuits(权记饼家) at No 164, Lebuh 3, Kg Simee, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
  3. Ming Yue Confectionery (明裕饼家) operate by Sing Eng Heong's children at 50 Jalan Peh Kee Koh,Taman Kampar, 30250 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Ipoh Egg Tart

  1. Hong Kee Confectionery (鸿记饼家) at 14, Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
  2. Choy Kee Confectionary & Bakery at Kampung Simee & 218 Lebuh 3, Kampung Simee, Ipoh Perak. Opening Hours 5AM-11AM. Famous for Chinese breakfast pastries like prawn fritters, pork buns. They are best known for their custard egg tarts.
  • Pasar Malam - night markets, stalls selling a variety of food, groceries, toys, clothes and household items. They move to various locations throughout the week:
    • Monday: Taman Menglembu, Taman Ipoh Jaya (near Gunung Rapat)
    • Tuesday: Ipoh Garden East
    • Wednesday: Ipoh Garden (near Perak stadium), Bercham (Taman Pakatan
    • Thursday: Taman SPPK
    • Friday: Taman Pertama; Pekan Razaki (near Taman Ipoh Jaya)
    • Saturday: Taman Rasi
    • Sunday: Taman Cempaka (6pm-10pm only)
  • Memory Lane is a flea market along Jalan Lim Bo Seng that takes places every Sunday morning. It is a good place to find imitation goods, antiques and other interesting local souvenirs. Be ready to bargain for the best price and be conscious of the fact that some stuff sold are probably stolen goods.
  • Shopping Malls. The Kinta City Shopping Centre, Ipoh Parade and AEON Station 18 Shopping Centre are the three best malls within the city. All have a fair range of branded stores, with good bargains during sale periods that could be of interest to keen shoppers.
  • For a stretch of quaint boutiques, visit Ipoh Garden South.

Local food[edit]

Like everywhere in Malaysia, the local food is dirt cheap and sublime. Some local specialities to look out for include chicken and beansprouts (芽菜雞) - chicken with boiled bean sprouts served with soy sauce, sesame oil and either rice or noodles; Ipoh sar hor fun (怡保沙河粉) - flat rice noodles in clear chicken and prawn soup with chicken shreds, prawns and spring onions; salted chicken (盐锔鸡) - whole chickens wrapped in "paper" and then baked in large woks filled with heated salt; pomelos (柚) - a citrus fruit with massive rind and mild taste, Malaysia's best are reputedly from Tambun, about 10km north of the city center.

Budget[edit]

Dessert[edit]

  • Tong Sui Kai (Dessert Street), Jalan Sultan Ekram, Ipoh, Perak. (Next to Sam Tet High School), off Jalan Sultan Idris Shah. .  edit
  • Bunga Raya Cendol, Jalan Bunga Raya, Pasir Pinji, Ipoh. Drive along Jalan Bunga Raya in Pasir Pinji and you will see a few food trucks there. There are two chendol stalls, one by an Indian uncle and another one by 2 Chinese uncle. We picked the latter and had a cooling bowl of dessert in the sweltering heat. Their cendol includes red beans, gula melaka and chendol strips with pandan fragrance. They are always famous for their “Wan Tau Long” jelly or Yellow Jelly which is perfect for the hot weather. This stall opens in the afternoon only, and does not have fixed rest days.  edit
  • Funny Mountain Soybean and Traditional Tau Fu Fah (奇峰传统古式豆腐花豆精水), 49 Jalan Theatre. 10:30AM onwards. A little stall that serves creamy soy milk and silky soybean curd, "Tau Fu Fah." They will serve you curbside, so you don't even have to get out of your car. They usually run out by about 2PM. About RM1 for either product.  edit

Nasi Kandar[edit]

  • Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah@Yong Suan Coffee Shop, 2, Jalan Yang Kalsom. Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah is one of the most popular Nasi Kandar outlet around Ipoh. It has been around for more than half centuries and is on a rented premise in a Chinese coffeeshop Yong Suan in Jalan Yang Kalsom.  edit

Hakka Mee[edit]

  • Restaurant Hakka, 533, Jalan Pasir Puteh,31650 Ipoh Perak. prides on its stellar record from decades of experience in selling their superstar dish; the humble Hakka mee.  edit
  • Paris Restaurant Hakka Mee (formerly Yin Yau Kui Hakka Mee), 164, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Hugh Low Street, 30000 Ipoh, Perak. 7am-12pm daily, ad hoc off day. The meatballs are littered with cuttlefish so they are intensely sweet. But it is the noodles that stand out. The texture is amazing, reminding me of beancurd skin. And the bits of umami mushroom cling onto each strand of noodle give it a musky fragrance.  edit

Kai See Hor Fun (Chicken Keuy Teow Soup)[edit]

  • Thean Chun, 73 Jalan Bandar Timah (Next to Kong Heng), 605 2553076. 8AM-4:30PM, closed Th. Classic Chinese coffee shop with a variety of hawkers. Noted best for their ‘Kai See Hor Fun, 鸡丝河粉’ (chicken kuey teow soup).. Located next to equally renown Kong Heng, one can be seated in Thean Chun and still order food from hawkers in Kong Heng. Some visitors remember Thean Chun as Hall of Mirrors; the “mirror” portion refers to the abundance of large, rectangular-shaped mirrors hanging from the upper part of the walls whereby you can practically observe every single patron in the shop if you’re seated at the right angle. From RM4.  edit
  • Ipoh Ah Tiong Chicken Kuey Teow @ Pulau Sembilan Restaurant, Pulau Sembilan Restaurant along Jalan Bunga Raya 5, Taman Boon Bak, Pasir Puteh. This man used to sell his famous noodles from a coffee shop now named Jen Jen behind Tow Boo Keong temple. His popularity soared, and the noodles are usually sold out by 10am.  edit
  • Moon De Moon Restaurant, 148, Hala Wah Keong, (corner of Hala Wah Keong – Selasar Tebing Kinta 5) 31400 Ipoh, Perak. kai see hor fun ahere has a better presentation; garnished generously with chopped spring onions and fried shallots, and also presenting that enticing orange layer of shrimp oil floating on the surface.  edit
  • Restoran Li Heng Fatt, 14 Jalan Panglima. 11AM-10PM. Known for their "Hor Hee," a fishball noodle soup dish. RM3-4.  edit

Popiah & Satay[edit]

  • Restoran Ipoh Kong Heng (怡保光興茶室), 75 Jalan Bandar Timah (Next to Thean Chun). 8AM-4:30PM, closed W. Also known as the "hall of mirrors" for the large mirrors adorning the walls of the coffee shop, it is famous for its pork satay and Ipoh Sar Hor Fun.Located next to Thean Chun, one can be order food from any hawker in either coffee shop. Meals from RM4.  edit

Fried Kway Teow[edit]

  • Golden Char Kway Teow, Corner of Jalan Bandar Timah-Jalan Panglima. Near to Thean Chun and Kong Heng, this petite size char kway teow comes with a pretty egg on top. Perhaps that’s the reason why they call it golden char kway teow with only two prawns and a few cockles. The kway teow and yellow mee is fried till a wet style and has a slightly charred flavour.  edit
  • Gerai Seng Loong, Stall No. 32, Medan Selera, Stadium Perak. Has a smokey, ‘charred’, flavourful taste with large size prawns and enough bean sprouts and chives to give the dish a nice, yummy crunch. Lard-free..  edit
  • Restoran Jen Jen, Stall at Restaurant JenJen, Jalan Chew Sin Onn (behind Tow Boo Keong temple). With added lup cheong. Opens daily 7.00 a.m.- 3.00 p.m. A must-eat for the lup cheong lovers out there. Generous serving size.  edit
  • Nam Heong Coffee Shop, Corner Jalan Bandar Timah and Persiaran Bijeh Timah (opp Sin Yoon Loong). Tasty and fragrant, served on banana leaf. Ask for more bean sprouts as serving a little under.  edit
  • Wah Nam Kopitiam, No. 15-19 Jalan Seenivasagam. Modern, clean kopitiam. Opens daily 7.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.  edit
  • Ipoh Buntong Fried Noodles, Leong Sin Nam Street, Ipoh Perak. Quite well known one time for making patrons wait at least half hour or 45 minutes before food was being served.  edit

All about Chicken[edit]

  • Aun Kheng Lim, 24 Jalan Theatre, 605 2542998. 11AM-10PM. The place for local speciality salt baked chicken. Whole chicken, RM16.  edit
  • Restoran Ayam Nasi Pak Kong (白宮雞飯), 27, Jalan Theatre. 11AM-10PM. always crowded no matter what time you are there. There is always a queue for takeaways but never get intimated by it because they are pretty efficient. The lady boss will come and take your order, she is friendly. I see this as a totally different category from the bean sprouts chicken. The steamed chicken is very juicy and tender. The fluffy rice is slightly tinted with chicken oil, not for the faint hearted. This non-halal restaurant only serve lunch (till 2.30pm). We paired it with their achar and kai choy. Whole chicken, RM16.  edit

Ipoh Curry Mee[edit]

  • Xin Quan Fang Curry Mee, 174, Jalan Sultan Iskandar. locals call it Ma Ta Liu curry mee famous for curry noodles with a side of roasted pork, char siew, prawns and chicken seated on top of a bed of blanched bean sprouts.  edit
  • Nam Chau Coffee Shop (南洲白咖啡), 54 Jalan Bandar Timah. 7AM-3PM, Closed Sa. Known for their curry noodles topped with roast pork, chicken and prawns. Also, their "white coffee" is among the best. RM5-7.  edit
  • Yee Fatt Dry Curry Noodles, 39 Jalan Kampar, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, +60 5 2421043. for breakfast & lunch.  edit

Yong Tau Fu[edit]

  • Dai Shu Geok (Big Tree Foot), 652 Jalan , Pasir Pinji, 6012-524 5408. 8:30AM-5:30PM. Sells a variety of noodles accompanied by a large selection of "Yong Tau Foo," vegetables stuffed with fish paste. The stall is set up underneath the shade of a few big trees. RM3-RM5.  edit
  • Kedai Kopi Let's Rock (Tai ka Lok), 661, New Pasir Putih, Jalan Pasir Putih, Ipoh. 7-11am; 4.30-9pm. Sells a variety of noodles accompanied by a large selection of "Yong Tau Foo," The sauce used for the noodles is indeed very good. It has a very distinctive and unique taste which you won't get with other stalls.  edit
  • Let's Rock, Cowan Street (Jalan Raja Di Hilir Ekram), 30250 Ipoh, Perak, 6012-524 5408. Let's Rock Spring off .  edit

Food Court[edit]

  • Medan Aneka Selera/Gourmet Square (Tung Koo Thing), Lengkok Canning (Next to Woolley Food Court). Dinners only. Variety is the name of the game here. A giant food court with hawkers selling just about every local fare imaginable as well as local renditions of Japanese, Thai and Western fare. One of the attractions is a stall selling exotic Chinese seafood. RM4 upwards. (E101 06.620,N4 36.674) edit
  • Woolley Food City, Lengkok Canning, Ipoh Garden (Next to Medan Aneka Selera). Lunch Only. A food court selling a variety of local dishes as well as some localized versions of Japanese, Vietnamese, Western and Thai cuisine RM4 upwards. (E101 06.620,N4 36.674) edit
White Coffee[edit]
  • Nam Heong (南香) Coffee Shop, 2 Jalan Bandar Timah. This Chinese coffee shop is the original home of the famous "Ipoh White Coffee," Also serves egg tarts, fried rice noodles and other local eats. Meals from RM3.  edit
  • Sin Yoon Loong (新源隆) Coffee Shop, 1 Jalan Bandar Timah. Located across the street from Nam Heong Coffee Shop, they are rivals in the "White Coffee" business. A favored breakfast location among locals, they also serve good "kaya cakes," sponge cakes with coconut jam. Established in 1937, the coffee shop is considered the first to produce the famous Ipoh white coffee. Rich and frothy, Sin Yoon Loong’s coffee uses both evaporated and condensed milk. Meals from RM3.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • MichelangelO's Pizzeria, 40, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1B, Medan Ipoh Bistari, 05-549-9099, [33]. 6PM-10PM, Closed M. Owned and run by an American, this place serves authentic American style brick oven pizzas and pastas in a lively environment. Also serves other American favorite desserts. Their cinnamon rolls are a big hit. Beer sold here. RM30 upwards a pie, RM15 upwards for pasta.  edit
  • Restoran Samy, 70, Jalan Besar, Chemor. South Indian style banana leaf rice, the choices of curry are aplenty. Besides the typical chicken, fish, prawn, squid and mutton curries, they also serve crab, shark and seasonally, turkey curry as well. RM10-RM25.  edit
  • Kalai Curry House, 38, Jalan Sultan Yussuf. Located in the heart of Little India, serves up Southern Indian fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great Indian breads and banana leaf rice RM3-RM25.  edit
  • Maharaj's Kitchen, 14, Jalan Sultan Yussuf. Tasty vegetarian and non-vegetarian currys in a nice atmosphere. Friendly staff. RM6-10RM.  edit
Dim Sum[edit]

Ipoh is known to serve up some of the country's best Dim Sum. Jalan Leong Sin Nam has been coined "Dim Sim" street because of the concentration of popular dim sum outlets there.

  • Foh San Restaurant, 51 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 605 2540308, [34]. 6AM -1PM. Most well established dim sum restaurant in the city. Tourist flock here by the bus loads (literally). RM3-4 per plate.  edit
  • Ming Court Restaurant, 32 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 605 2557134. 6AM-10AM, 6:30PM-11PM. Many locals will argue that the dim sum here is superior to more well known Foh San. RM3-4 per plate.  edit
  • Restoran Yoke Fook Moon, 67-69 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 605 2416589. 6AM-10AM, 6:30PM-11PM. The lesser known Dim Sum restaurant on "Dim Sum" street, one can generally avoid the crowds here. Portions are slightly bigger and unlike Foh San and Ming Court, this place is open for dinner too. RM3-4 per plate.  edit
  • Restoran Yei Lock Ipoh, 173-174, Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun (Kampar Road), 30250 Ipoh Perak. Not that sort of dim sum restaurant you expecting. Yei Lock offering homemade Hainanese Pau. The pau had a very nice texture to it (being pillowy soft and fluffy) without the stick-to-one’s teeth gripe. The fillings was not the most generous. Particularly memorable were the buns with vegetable, curry chicken and kaya fillings. The Char Siew one was supposed to be one of their signature.  edit
Chicken and Bean Sprouts[edit]
  • Lou Wong Restaurant, 49 Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 605 2544199. 10.30AM-2.30AM. Proudly claims to be Ipoh's most famous purveyor of the local speciality chicken and beansprouts. about RM10 per person.  edit
  • Onn Kee Restaurant, 51 Jalan Yau Tet Shin (Next to Lou Wong Restaurant), 605 2531652. 1PM-3AM. Rivalling its neighbour's claims to the best chicken and beansprouts in town, Onn Kee is also worth a visit so you can decide for yourself. about RM10 per person.  edit
  • Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Koitiau, 44 Jalan Raja Ekram, 6012-520 3322. 7PM onwards, closed M Tu. Less famous than Lou Wong and Onn Kee but popular among locals. From RM10.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Citrus Wine & Dine, No. 38-46 Laluan Ipoh Perdana, +6055451010, [35]. Tues-Sun:11:30am-3PM, 6:30PM-11PM, Closed M. French, Italian cuisine RM30-300. (4.620627,101.135102) edit
  • The Limestone's Fine Dining, 131, Jalan Raja Ekram, 605 2423241, [36]. 7AM–10:30AM, 11:30AM–3:30PM, tea 4PM–5:30PM, 6PM–10:30PM (Lunch & Hi-noon Tea Closed on M). The Limestone's Fine Dining is a fine European, French nouveau cuisine restaurant in Ipoh. From RM30.  edit
  • Indulgence Restaurant and Living, 14, Jalan Raja Dihilir, 605 2557051, [37]. Serves European inspired meals all day. Opened by nationally renown chef Julie Song, what was once a quaint cafe has now expanded to a Western fine dining experience few can rival. RM40 per person upwards.  edit
  • Burps and Giggles, and Buku Tiga Lima, 93 & 95 Jalan Sultan Yussuf, 6052426188, [38]. 8AM-8PM. Spanning three adjacent pre-World War Two shophouses in the heart of Ipoh's Old Town are two trendy cafes that serve up excellent casual Western fare. Burps and Giggles is a bar and cafe that serves up burgers, fries, baked goods, and tapas among others. Right next door, Buku Tiga Lima serves up crepes, bagel sandwiches and baked potatoes From RM20. (4.596488,101.07733) edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Ipoh does not have a large night scene; however, there is a large concentration of pubs and bars at Bandar Baru Medan (behind the Kinta City Shopping Center) and at the Greentown Business Centre.. Rum Jungle at Sunway Ipoh is another new night spot with live band performances that could be checked out.

Ipoh white coffee was invented here: to reduce the bitterness of coffee roasted in the European style without adding sugar (as during the roasting of Kopi-O), beans are roasted with palm-oil margarine, the result is a mild tasting kiddies' version of what westerners would call real coffee. A few genuine Chinese coffee shops that sell Ipoh white coffee are located opposite the Kinta Heights flats in the old town.

  • Miners' Arms Bistro, 8-10 Jalan Dato Maharajalela (In the commercial part of the old town), 605 2555181. Mock Tudor pub complete with wonky stained wooden beams and correctly placed apostrophe. The convivial clientele is entirely ethnic Chinese but the inevitable karaoke is kept at a civilized volume.  edit
  • Old Town White Coffee, 3 Jalan Tun Sambathan (on the Padang, opposite the Tourist Infromation Office), 605 2435833, [39]. 9AM-12.30AM. Chain of coffee shops selling Ipoh's very own white coffee in comfortable surroundings. Reasonably priced but uninspiring snacks. A rarity in Ipoh but standard in all branches is free WiFi. Coffee RM3.50.  edit
  • Also has a 24hr branch at 248 Jalan Raja Dr Shah (605 3126950), which is within walking distance of the Medan Gopeng Bus Station and the Sam Poh Tong cave temples.
  • Sinhalese Bar, junction of Jalan Bijih Timah (Treacher Street) and Jalan Pasar (Market Street). Small quaint bar in old town, established 1931. Closes early, around 9.30pm.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotels in Ipoh can be rather generous with their 'star' ratings. Three and four star hotels do not generally mirror the quality of hotels typically attributed with such ratings.

Budget[edit]

There is a cluster of budget hotels around Jalan Ali Pitchay in the new Town area just off Jalan Sultan Iskandar.

  • Bed & Bike Backpackers Studio,[40] This loft-designed hostel is located in Little India & old town, which is very closed to Medan Kidd Bus Station and Train Station. Free bike rental and breakfast. Best choice for solo travelers. . 2A, Jalan Sultan Yusuff 30000 Ipoh Perak. Tel:60125002622
  • Eloft Hostel,[41] Let's forget about the 5 star hotel, explore Ipoh and experience a different backpacker’s lifestyle! 115, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Ipoh, Perak.MYR 30/Night from Booking.com (October. 2015). Tel:+6017-3365592
  • Ipoh Boutique Hotel,[42] Ipoh Boutique Hotel is well-positioned in Ipoh City, the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Ipoh. From here, guests can enjoy all the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. 69 Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar 30300 Ipoh Perak. Tel:605-2553333 Fax:605-2553622
  • Abby Hotel Ipoh,[43] Chemor, Kanthan, Tasek Ipoh. 10 minutes drive from the city center
  • Fresh Hotel Ipoh, Taman Mas, Falim Ipoh. 10km from the city.
  • Grand Park Hotel, 19 Jalan Bendahara (Opposite Sri Maju bus station), tel:60-(0)5-2411333 A centrally located, nostalgic Chinese family mansion. Original Chinese decor is reflected in the connecting upstairs patio, the foyer and the large upstairs double rooms to the front of the building. Converted to a hotel in the 1950s, it also had a restaurant in the 60s and 70s. Rooms from RM50.
  • Hotel Eastern, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz. Close to the Old Town in one of the most pedestrian friendly areas of the city
  • Hotel Fair Park Ipoh, No 85, Jalan Kamaruddin Isa. Tel: 605-548-8666 [44] Conveniently located 5 minutes from Ipoh's city centre and conveniently located close to major sporting and government facilities like the Ipoh Stadium and Indera Mulia Indoor Stadium. Rates from RM99.
  • Hotel Grand View Ipoh, 36 Jalan Horley. Located right outside Memory Lane's weekly flea market. Rooms available from RM79nett
  • Hotel Ipoh City, Jalan Dass, off Jalan Horley, rooms frm RM90 upwards. Conveniently located close to the colonial buildings of Ipoh Old Towm.
  • New Caspian, 20-26 Jln Ali Pitchay, from around RM55.
  • Paradise Hotel, 29-A & 29-B Jln Ali Pitchay. Clean, comfortable, and basic. High ceilings and lots of windows make it an attractive option. The shared bathroom for the cheaper rooms has a squat toilet. Hand basin as standard in all rooms. A/C RM39. Fan RM32. 052542203 & 052542204.
  • Seri Malaysia Hotel Ipoh, Jalan Sturrock, off Jalan Tambun.
  • Shamrock Guest House Ipoh,[45] 23, Jalan Dato Seri Ahmad Said, 30300 Ipoh Perak.
  • Sun Inns Hotel Ipoh, Sunway City Ipoh. Located at Sunway City Ipoh in Tambun area. It is a close walk to the Lost World of Tambun Theme Park and Extreme Park.
  • Tambun Inn Ipoh, 91, Jalan Tambun, Ipoh. 30350, Phone booking: 05-5477211, located center of Ipoh; within minutes drive to stadium, Ipoh Old town and Lost World of Tambun.
  • Wan Wah Hotel, Jln Ali Pitchay, from around RM30.
  • YMCA Ipoh, [46] Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, beside D.R. Park.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Regalodge Hotel Ipoh, 131, Jalan Raja Ekram (Located behind General Hospital and beside UOB Bank). Tel: +605 242 5555, Fax: +605 241 1555. E-Mail: [47] Website: [48]. A three star hotel located at the center of Ipoh. The hotel provides free wireless internet access in the hotel room and public area.
  • ibis Styles Ipoh, 18, Jalan Chung On Siew. Located off Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah (Hugh Low Street), this hotel opened at the end of 2013.
  • Ritz Garden, 86 & 88, Jalan Yang Kalsom (easily recognized as the building with the pyramid-shape roof). Tel: +605-242 7777, fax: +605-242 1166. [49]. A popular three-star hotel located in the heart of Ipoh city. Ask for the new rooms (in a connected building, which opened in 2010). The new building has a private cinema, gym, swimming pool, computer/reading room and billiard tables.
  • Heritage Hotel Ipoh, [50]on Jalan Raja DiHilir is a three star hotel that provides decent accommodation.
  • Hillcity Hotel & Condo, on Jalan Gopeng is located just opposite the Sam Poh Tong Caves and the famous pomelo fruit stalls.
  • Tower Regency Hotel Ipoh, [51]27, Jln Dato Seri Ahmad Said (Located opposite the MBI building). New hotel launched in January 2009 with rooms and service apartments. Located close to the Greentown Business Centre and Ipoh Parade Shopping Mall
  • Lost World Hotel, [52] Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City, Ipoh. Located just a stone's throw away from The Lost World of Tambun Theme Park, this hotel is convenient for any traveler who plans to spend time visiting the attractions within the vicinity of the park. A night's stay includes access to the famous Tambun Hot Springs Spa. The hotel is also close to Tambun town, home of the famous pomelos.
  • MH Hotels Ipoh, Tel: +605 545 1000/ +605 545 1080 (D. L.), Fax: +605 545 9300. [53]is a new 21-storey concept Boutique Corporate Hotel. The hotel has 111 stylish and well-appointed guest rooms including a ladies floor where rooms are reserved just for women. The hotel features a sky bar on its rooftop that overlooks the city center and provides a good view of Ipoh's limestone hills. On the ground floor, the hotel houses a popular Chinese seafood restaurant
  • Syuen Hotel Ipoh[54] 88, Jln Sultan Abdul Jalil. +605 253 8889, fax: +605 253 3335. . A four star hotel in Greentown, one of the more lively parts of the city, it offers a full range of services for both business and holiday travellers.
  • M Boutique Ipoh[55] 2, Hala Datoh 5, 31650 Ipoh, Malaysia. +605 255 5566, fax: +605 255 1777. . A Boutique Hotel modeled after the Pre War shop houses of Malaysia, with a modern twist.
  • M Boutique Station 18[56] 15-23 Jalan Pangkalan Barat 35, Taman Pengkalan Jaya, Station 18, 31650 Ipoh, Malaysia. +605 321 1666, fax: +605 321 6246. . A Boutique Hotel that is reminiscent of a Fashion Boutique, featuring Black and White as it's main theme.
  • Sekeping Kong Heng, 74 Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, 605-2418977 (), [57]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12pm. Located above the famous Kong Heng Coffee Shop, Sekeping is a beautifully restored neo-classical "shophouse" in Ipoh's Old Town RM200 upwards.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat [58] This five star wellness and spa resort is located on a 56-acre valley fringing a cluster of towering limestone hills, the indigeous landcape is surrounded by one of the oldest jungles in the world, natural caves, waterfalls and geothermal hotsprings, all unblemished by time. The self-contained retreat enriches discerning travellers with authentic and timeless experiences with 25 luxury villas, holistic spa and wellness therapies, unequalled Malaysian hospitality and distinctive Asian grace.
  • Indulgence Living [[59]]on Jalan Raja Dihilir is a boutique hotel with 3 designer suites and 4 themed rooms. Indulgence provides one of the highest classes of hospitality in the city. The hotel is located above the fine dining Indulgence Restaurant.
  • Impiana Hotel, Ipoh [[60]], a four star hotel centrally located in the heart of Ipoh on Jalan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah. The hotel offers lavish facilities set against breathtaking views of rugged limestone hills, the Ipoh Turf Club and the Royal Perak Golf Club. Our newly refurbished rooms offers exclusive and modern look and are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning unit, direct dialing, WiFi broadband services, five Astro Channels, coffee and tea making facilities, in-room private safe, and so forth. Our hotel is probably one of the most reliable quality hotel in the city and the closest to the airport.

Stay safe[edit]

Ipoh is in general a very safe city, certainly by international standards. However, there are some irritants like beggars, especially at bus terminals. It is better not to attract any unwanted attention by giving money to the beggars as most of them are professional beggars operated by syndicates. A common tactic they use is to garner sympathy for taxi fare or food, which amounts to 10 ringgit which isn't true. Do not be swayed if they can speak English as most of them can.

When shopping at local stalls and stores, be ready to haggle. Even if prices are listed, very often, haggling will get you a much better deal.

The city centre is relatively safe, but again, pickpockets do work in the stations. If you are carrying a bag make sure that it's secured (all zipped up). If you have a wallet in your pocket keep a hand near it while exiting the buses. It is not advisable to leave your handbag dangling on your shoulder while walking next to main roads, as motorcycle snatch thefts do happen.

Cope[edit]

  • President Pro DC - 4 Jalan Yang Kalsom (Near the budget hotels on Jalan Ali Pitchay) 605 2557477 Laundry and dry cleaning. Same day wash and fold RM3 per kilo, minimum RM6.

Get out[edit]

View across Temenggor Lake from Pulau Banding
  • Pulau Banding is an island in the middle of the huge man-made Temenggor Lake, 3 hours' drive along federal road 4 leading to Kelantan. A quiet hideout with a hotel resort.
  • Pangkor is a 2 hour drive and ferry ride away. It is a quiet fishing village island with many beautiful beaches. This less well known island is significantly quieter than other more popular islands in Malaysia but still provides a wide selection of accommodation for backpackers and budget travelers as well five star hotels and world class resorts for those with money.
  • Cameron Highlands is Peninsular Malaysia's most famous highland destination, known for its vegetable, strawberry and tea farms as well as its cool weather and beautiful scenery. There is a toll-free road to Cameron Highland close to the Simpang Pulai Exit off the North South Expressway. The journey up is just about an hour long.
  • Taiping is about 1 hour North on the North South Expressway. Some of the most scenic views of mountain ranges and rain forests can be captured on the stretch of highway between Ipoh and Taiping. Taiping town is one of the oldest and most historic in the country.
  • Bukit Merah, a family eco-tourist destination by a lake. Home to the largest water theme park in Northern Peninsular Malaysia and the only Orang Utan Island in the country.
  • Penang is a 2 hour bus ride or drive away. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage site with some good beaches and great Malaysian food.
  • Kuala Lumpur, the nation's capital is just a two hour drive by car or a three hour journey by bus or train.
  • Singapore, the island city state is just an hour away by plane, somewhat longer by bus or train.



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