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All About Things to do in Ipoh

All things to do in Ipoh

Always in the shadow of Penang, Ipoh is underestimated for many things. For example, Ipoh is known in Malaysia for its awesome food and is worth a visit just for that! Spend one or two days, but only if it fits into your itinerary.

1. Hotels Near Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple

A short 10-minute drive from the city is the extraordinary Gunung Rapat limestone hills, which are home to many temples. One of the most interesting is the Sam Poh Tong cave temple, a beautiful Chinese Buddhist temple built in limestone.

The temple is beautiful, surrounded by beautiful gardens and swimming pools. The entrance leading through a cave opens into an open space between the limestone.

A beautiful temple painted in red and oranges touched by the rays of the sun. It is considered the largest cave temple in the country and a great thing to do in Ipoh.

There are plenty of other temples to see in the area, such as:

  • Ling Sen Tong Temple
  • Kwan Yin Tong Temple
  • Kek – Tong Cave Temple

2. Walk down Concubine Lane

Concubine Lane is a cute narrow Avenue flanked by old Chinese shophouses, complete with shutters and beautiful tiles. You will find trendy boutiques, fascinating antique shops and numerous cafes selling Ipoh’s traditional white coffee.

The Avenue is less crowded during the week, but most fun to visit on weekends when stalls are set up with souvenirs and typical foods of the area. The ancient charm and vibrant history of this area are not to be missed!

3. Tasik Cermin (Sea Of Mirrors)

Experience Ipoh’s best-hidden gems: a secret lake called Tasik Cermin. The surroundings of the lake, surrounded by limestone karsts, are truly unique and have received the nickname “Mirror Lake”.

It is close to the Sam Poh Tong cave temple. To enter the cave, you need to pass an abandoned house and follow a narrow path until you see your right cave entrance. Walk through the limestone rock tunnel that takes you out to the edge of this exceptionally tranquil part of nature.

We saw a group of wild beavers swimming around and making sounds that echo throughout nirvana. Unfortunately, despite the rest here, the lake is threatened by the extraction of limestone, which is slowly moving closer to its borders.

To get to the temples and the limestone hills, it is best to take a ‘Grab’ taxi and ask/pay him to wait.

4. Hotels Near Hong Heng Flea Market

The Kong Heng Square market is a small craft bazaar and flea market in the city center. This space is creatively decorated and has a nice walk-through. The market is located behind the Plan B restaurant and is open daily from 10: 00 to 17: 00.

5. Hotels Near Ipoh Railway Station

The Ipoh Railway Station, built in the typical colonial style architecture of the time, opened in 1917 and still stands out more than 100 years after! It is a fully functioning station, with many trains running daily to numerous destinations throughout Malaysia. If you are planning a visit to Penang, Ipoh Railway Station has fast trains to Butterworth throughout the day (once you are in Butterworth, change to a ferry to Penang).

6. Street Art (Mural Art’s Lane)

If the street art around Concubine Lane left you wanting more, then Mural Art’s Lane should be your next stop! The avenue, which runs between the main Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Masjid roads, is home to dozens of murals that brighten the walls of the houses. Most of them were painted by Ernest Zacharevic, who has had many successes as a street artist in Penang.

7. Memory Lane flea market (Sunday only)

If possible, Plan your itinerary so that your time in Ipoh falls over a weekend. Although the streets will be busier, you will have the opportunity to see the famous Memory Lane flea market, which only takes place on Sundays.

The market takes over the entire street, with vendors laying endless treasures, from vintage records to antique typewriters. Have fun trying to drive a hard bargain here and leave Malaysia with some awesome artifacts and memoirs.

8. 22 Hale Street

The 22 Hale Street buildings are two old shops turned into a museum and a cafe. The heritage gallery showcases the Ipoh lifestyle over time, including many retro items.

There is an entrance fee with a ticket, but this seems to change depending on the exhibition.

9. Climb to the viewpoint of Perak Tong cave temple

Enter the small passage between the limestone of the Perak Tong cave temple. Inside, a huge space opens up with a 12-meter-high Buddha statue.

At the back of the cave you will find stairs leading to the top of the limestone rock. It is a 10-15 minute walk to the top, with the final steps being quite challenging. At the top you have a view over the surroundings.

Flights to Ipoh

As a stopover for the Cameron Highlands or Penang, Ipoh is just perfectly located. Both buses and trains run regularly to Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur and take 2.5-3 hours.

From Ipoh, you can take a bus to the Cameron Highlands, a bus to Penang, or a 2-hour train to Butterworth (for a ferry connection to Penang). Book all your bus or train tickets easily online

Ways to explore Ipoh

Ipoh may technically be a city, but its size and atmosphere make it more like a city. This makes it very easy to see the Old Town and many of its main attractions on foot or by bike.

Where to eat in Ipoh

There are many specialties in Ipoh, such as the sweet white coffee, varieties of dim sum and famous eggnog pies, yes, the same as the Pasteis De Belem from Lisbon!

These are our favorite places to eat in Ipoh:

  • Vegan Delights
  • Lodge 163 Reviews
  • Ancient City Of Kopitiam
  • Nam Chau
  • Plan B

Vegan Delights has delicious plant-based dishes, but the impressive thing is that you will be served by incredibly friendly people, who are deaf or dumb. A must-visit!

Where to stay in Ipoh

There is a wide range from budget hostels to luxury resorts within Ipoh, located in the bustling city centre, or amidst the serene nature. If a recommended stay in Ipoh is about 2 days, it is best to find yourself in one of the many good quality guest houses, in the Old Town, as a base to explore.

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