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Ipoh

Ipoh

Ipoh used to be one of the most important cities in the world as it was the center of the world's tin industry. Nowadays the city is slowly developing into an important tourism destination. Nearby Ipoh you will find popular attractions. Cameron Highlands is only a short drive away. Also the beautiful island of Pangkor is located nearby Ipoh. Another gem is Royal Belum State Park. There so many beautiful sights in and around Ipoh that the state of Perak is trying to get Ipoh listed as World Heritage Site.

Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

Malacca

Historical town of Malacca

Malacca is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Malaysia. Every evening the famous Jonker Street night market is buzzing with tourists from all over the world. In 2008 UNESCO listed Malacca as World Heritage Site. Besides the many beautiful historical sites Malacca is also well known for its great food. Everywhere that you look you will find places to eat; experts claim the best local dishes in Malaysia originate from Malacca.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Ipoh

View over the city of Ipoh

Ipoh is the capital city of the state of Perak and is one of the biggest cities in Malaysia with over 750.000 inhabitants. 70% of Ipoh's population is of Chinese origin. The city is located at a distance of approximately 200 kilometers to the north of Kuala Lumpur. From the North-South Expressway you can reach Ipoh within 2 hours by car. From Ipoh you can reach the island of Penang in 1,5 hours (150km). The city used to be the center of the tin industry (in the world); but those days are long gone. Nowadays the city still recovers from the important role it used to play; but it has much to offer to tourists. Ipoh is surrounded by beautiful limestone outcrops with wonderful cave temples; some of Malaysia's biggest attractions are only a couple of hours away by car. Today's Ipoh is well known for its excellent restaurants, hawkers, and famous local dishes. Because of this you will find famous 'Ipoh cuisine' hawkers at many places throughout Malaysia.

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Attractions in and around Ipoh

Map Ipoh

Ipoh has many nice attractions and sights in and around the city. One popular attraction is the Gunung Lang recreation park; where many locals spend their time to relax as it is just few kilometers away from the city center. The Lost World of Tambun Park is also a very popular attraction among locals and tourists. The city also houses beautiful architecture, such as the Railway Station, Town Hall and High Court. Other attractions are: Kinta River, Mariamman kovil temple, Ipoh Heritage Walk, Kellie's Castle, Perak Cave with its numerous beautiful Buddha statues, Sam Poh Tong temple and the Kek Lok Tong temple. There are also numerous night markets at different locations throughout Ipoh; besides browsing for nice buys you can also buy snacks and food at the markets.

Ipoh view over the city Royal Belum nature park nearby Ipoh

Nearby Ipoh there are many amazing attractions. One of the most popular attractions in Malaysia is the Cameron Highlands. Here you can enjoy the cool climate. The area is especially popular among nature lovers and hikers. Another great attraction is Pangkor Island; this beautiful island lies to the southwest of Ipoh (1 hour drive from the city). Also gaining popularity is the Royal Belum Nature Park. Belum Nature Park offers a host of activities like fishing, kayaking, jungle walking, bird watching and camping. Best way to get to Belum is by rental car . A taxi is also an option; but an expensive one (over RM150 one-way).

 

Shopping malls in Ipoh

De Garden complex in Ipoh

For a city with over 750.000 residents you would expect numerous huge shopping malls. However; this is not the case in Ipoh. There are of course some nice malls, but not as much as you would think. De Garden Complex is one of the most popular malls in Ipoh; it has many international brands and other popular shops and restaurants. Other popular malls in Ipoh are Kinta City Shopping Centre and Ipoh Parade; both offer enough shops, restaurants, amusement centers and cinemas for a fun day out. We know people that travel from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur for some serious shopping; and we often hear people from Ipoh complain that their city has a major shortage of good shopping malls.

 

How to get to Ipoh

By bus

Medan Gopeng central bus station in Ipoh

The cheapest way to reach Ipoh is by coach. There are quite some bus operators that have daily busses driving between Ipoh and many other locations within Peninsular Malaysia. From the main bus terminal Puduraya in Kuala Lumpur many busses a day leave towards Ipoh. The trip from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by bus will take about 2,5 hours. Busses arrive in Ipoh at the Medan Gopeng Ipoh Bus Station. Larger bus companies like Transnational, Plusliner, Konsortium and Sri Maju provide the most frequent, reliable and relatively safe services. Tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh only cost a couple of ringgits.

By train

Ipoh railway station

You can easily travel by train between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh as there are daily trains that depart from KL Sentral. The train takes about 3 hours to reach Ipoh. From Ipoh the train continues to Butterworth (nearby Penang Island) en from there continues all the way to Bangkok in Thailand. Alternatively the slightly more expensive ETS trains provide eight return trips for the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route daily. The ETS reduces travel time between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur to about two hours from three hours previously.

By rental car

Hawk Malaysia rent a car

Another way to get to Ipoh is by rental car . It is easy to rent a car in Malaysia. Numerous car rental companies have special pick up or drop off locations throughout the country; some might have such location in Ipoh. Hawk Malaysia does not have a drop off point at Ipoh, but they do have two in Penang. You can easily pick up the car at an Hawk office in Kuala Lumpur (KLIA or city center) and then drive with it to Penang via Ipoh. From Kuala Lumpur it is only a 2 hour drive to Ipoh. Many tourists combine their trip to Penang/Ipoh with a visit to Cameron Highlands or a visit the Pangkor Island; both relatively nearby Ipoh.

By air

Flying is not an option when you need to travel from Kuala Lumpur (or other places within Malaysia) to Ipoh. When you travel to Ipoh it is best to first travel by air to either Kuala Lumpur or Penang (International Airport) and take a taxi or bus from there (in case of KL you can also take the train). From Singapore it is easy to reach Ipoh by air as there are daily flights from Changi Airport Budget Terminal to Ipoh's Sultan Azlan Shah Airport.

 

From Ipoh to Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands nearby Ipoh

Cameron Highlands is a very popular attraction nearby Ipoh. You can easily travel to Cameron Highlands by rental car , bus or even taxi from Kuala Lumpur or Penang (and also from Kota Bharu and Taman Negara via the new highways). From Ipoh it is only an hours' drive to Cameron Highlands. There is a toll-free road to Cameron Highlands close to the Simpang Pulai Exit off the North South Expressway. There are daily busses that depart from Ipoh's Medan Kidd Bus Station and Medan Gopeng Bus Station to Tanah Rata Bus Station in Cameron Highlands. The journey by bus roughly takes 3.5 hours and will cost only a couple of ringgits. Easiest but also the most expensive solution is by taking a taxi from Ipoh (city center or airport) to Cameron Highlands. This way you will reach Cameron Highlands within 2 hours, but this trip will cost over RM100.

 

Popular restaurants in Ipoh

  • Indulgence
  • Foo San
  • Buntong Bean Sprout Chicken
  • Greentown Noodle House
  • Yum yum
  • Momo Cafe
  • Restoran Fook Seng
  • Brewsterlane Kitchen

Popular hawker centers in Ipoh are: Tung Ku Teng Food Court (Emas Food Center), Xian Er Nong Hawker Center, Woolley Food City, Ipoh Stadium's Food Court, Vegas Food Court, Odeon Food Court and Kinta City Food Court.

 

Popular hotels in Ipoh

Below a list with some of the better hotels in and directly around Ipoh (view all hotels here in a new page).

The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat is one of the most beautiful resorts in Malaysia; the perfect place to de-stress and rejuvenate. A stay at this resort costs a bomb, but you will surely get a fantastic stay in return. Budget travelers will be glad to hear that there is enough budget accommodation available in and around Ipoh.

 

Map of Ipoh

Below you can see a map of Ipoh. You can simply scroll through the map with your mouse. Use the markers on the left to zoom in or out of the city map.

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