How to get there
From KL Sentral you can get the train to Ipoh for about £6.50 and it will take roughly 2.5 hours. The trains are clean and come with entertainment! You can book in advance HERE.
Where to stay
There are a good few to choose from but we loved M Boutique which was not in the centre and so not so hectic but it wasn’t too far to walk in – about 10 minutes.
We loved the quirky breakfasts!
What to do
Some of our top attractions include:
- A general walkabout will have you seeing lots. There is the Birch Memorial Clock Tower, the train station with the Ipoh Tree outside, Tin Museum (check opening times before visiting), you can take iced drinks from locals at the stands they run near to the river etc.
- Gunung Rapat: 3 temples – you will need to get a taxi here but it’s quite cheap. You will find 3 temples on one street and they are quite vast and so allow a couple of hours. You may want to ask your taxi driver to wait for you (we didn’t and had to start walking back and Malaysia is not good for pedestrians!). You can buy food at the oldest temple (and the one which is furthest away) to feed the tortoises.
- Break the Code – something which is very much not cultural but it’s different and if the weather isn’t good, it’s not a bad place to go. We haven’t laughed so much in a while!
Where to eat
Try Restoran Ong Kee (Tauge Ayam). Now there are a few of these and the Trip Advisor review does not picture the one we tried. Head to the one which takes over the corner plot, it’s much bigger. The food is tasty and very reasonably priced.
Also, you may want to try Missing Marbles which has friendly hosts and serves great food in a very relaxed setting.
See our photos of Ipoh HERE