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No. 2, Jalan Ampang Baru 6A, Pusat Perdagangan Ampang Baru, Kinta, Malaysia, 31350
No. 2, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, Kinta, Malaysia, 31150
1, Jalan Dato Haji Megat Khas, Taman Bandaraya Utama, Kinta, Malaysia, 31400
No 6-8, Jalan Dato' Seri Ahmad Said, Kinta, Malaysia, 30450
Ipoh is the capital city of the state Perak. It is one of the biggest city is in the country of Malaysia and is situated in the middle of two equally large and important cities. Kuala Lumpur, or KL, is 200 km to the south, while Penang is 130 km to the North.
As a tourist destination, Ipoh is beginning to turn more traveler head than ever before. The mid sized city is located in the middle of Kuala Lumpur and Penang, as a result people would only use it as an overnight stop between the two. Backpackers rarely would stop longer than it took to try two of the city’s famous offerings. These are ayam tauge, a local meal of chicken and beansprouts, and the area’s well known white coffee.
Fortunately, more and more, people are beginning to see the worth in this once neglected city. shophouses are being reopened, and rejuvenated, and cafes are springing up along the historic areas. While at the same time, newer and more modern accommodation is being opened for people to stay in.
There is a myriad of things to do and see. You really have to pick carefully through it each district to make the most of your time here. Little India is simply a must see; it a fragrant and colourful area full of excellent shops famous for those aromatic Indian spices. The whole area is a gigantic food scene, east of the river are canteens serving authentic local dishes, in addition to the sumptuous Indian fare on offer.
Historically the city was of some great importance to the country. It is located in the middle of the Kinta River Valley. The area is tin rich, therefore the origins of the city are as a mining town. This once precious resource saw the city grow rapidly in size, and wealth. This was especially true in the 1920s and 1930s.
The town’s, not so new, New Town begun development in the 1930s. The project was overseen by millionaire Yau Tet-Shin. It begun on the bank of the Kinta River, stretching all the way to Greentown. Such was the town’s size and importance to the region, it overtook #Taiping# as the capital Perak.
Like a large portion Southeast Asia, the city was invaded by the Japanese in mid December 1941. It was later liberated by British forces, the original colonial overseer at the time.
The city is served by the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (IATA: IPH) There are a number of operators, particularly budget ones, which operate in the airport. They typically originate from Singapore Changi Airport. There are also flights from Johor Bahru, and Subang in Indonesia.
To get to the city proper, there are prepaid taxis available, which are dependant on your destination. Not all taxi drivers are overly familiar with the city, so it is a good idea to have a map preprinted to your destination.
The local station was built in 1935. It was only the second concrete building in the city at the time. The trains are regular and far reaching. Trains to KL come several times a day, and you get to places as far north as #butterworth#, and as far south as #Singapore#. Depending on the train you take, electric or diesel, prices can vary. Class also has an impact too. Diesels typically range from RM12 - RM30, and electric trains around RM30.
The main bus terminal is located about 16km north of the city centre. It is called Terminal Amanjaya, and is in Jelapang. You can take the 116, costing approximately 2.40RM, to get from it to the city main. A taxi from it costs around 25RM. There are busses from KL, KL airport, Singapore and Penang.
The city is well connected by road. This is thanks to its proximity to the North South Expressway. If heading from KL, then simply head North and follow the signs to exit when necessary.
There are a number of busses running across the city, and its various suburbs. They typically all originate and terminate at the Ipoh Bus terminal. Officially it is on Jalan Raja Bendahara, don’t get confused with Jalan Bendahara, it may be easier to go to Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.
There are plenty of services at the hub for the Cameron Highlands, and Taiping. Get at the station much earlier than you intend to leave. Busses are sporadic and don’t have much of a set schedule.
The city is large, so it isn’t completely possible to traverse its entirety on foot. That being said, the majority of roads have good pavements, and marked crossings. It is more than easy to stroll around and between close areas, instead of wasting cash on busses or taxis.
Cyclists are seemingly crazy, and ignorant to all road rules, and here they are just as bad if not worse. You are technically forbidden to ride on the pathways, but they often do. Helmets are optional, but if you’re intelligent you’ll use it.
There are very few, if any, metered taxis in the city. It is mostly done by negotiation. Be sure to negotiate at the start, and pay at the end. Don’t set a price at the end, as they will ultimately demand a higher one knowing you can’t refuse to pay.
The Gua Tambun Cave is an important piece of human history. It is the home to cave paintings thought to have been drawn, by humans, over 3,000 years ago. They were first discovered in 1959 by Lt. RL Rawlings. Not a historian by any nature, he was quick to recognise them as not simple graffiti, this was shortly confirmed by the National Museum, as they proclaimed them to be examples of Neolithic art.
Declared national heritage in January 2010, the site is quite awe inspiring as one considers the ancient nature of what’s on display. The drawings represent humans, deer, dugong and turtles.
An ode to the advancement of civilisation and humanity on the whole. This historic clock freezes in time various moments of history, and depicts multiple religions and secular moments. There is a scrubbed out figure, which is representative of Mohammed, the prophet who should not be drawn.
It was built in memorial of the British Minister of the state Perak. He was unfortunately murdered by a local Malay. The road to the north of the tower is named in memory of him.
A free tour is available of the Hakka Miner’s Club. It is in memory of the epic migration of Hakka people into the country, specifically to work in the tin mines. They spend their leisure time spend in a multiple of clubs, including Han Chin Pet Soo. The workers would gamble their hard earned cash, or smoke it away in opium. It is a cornerstone of the city’s history and very interesting.
The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat feels like a tourist destination in itself. You could come to the city simply to come here. It is an integrated luxury wellness and Spa retreat, when you want to relax and get away from it all, then you must simply come here.
It is a 5 star retreat located in a valley of towering limestone hills. It is perfect for the mind, body and soul. Its perfect combination of natural caves, jungle, waterfalls and geothermal hotsprings ensure a beautiful and relaxed stay.
If there is one thing that the French are famous for, besides smelly cheeses, it is world class hospitality. So you know that any hotel run by the French is going to be good. The Ipoh French Hotel is a clean business or family friendly hotel. It is well situated at the heart of the city, making the walk to the attractions, or offices, that much easier.
Seemingly styled with the famous small hotels of Japan. M Boutique brings affordable accommodation to the fore with compact rooms with high quality. The decor is a seamless fusion of the country’s colonial past with contemporary elements.
Each room is full of hand crafted furniture and most importantly high quallity bedding. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in performance.
When using forms of local travel, specifically rickshaws or taxis which aren’t metered, be sure to haggle first and pay later. Don’t let them bully you at the end of the trip with a higher than necessary price. If you aren’t happy with a price being set, then simply walk away and find another driver, this may make the original buck his ideas up.
If you should choose to try the local cuisine in the local format, i.e. street vendors or hawkers, then be sure to use one which is being vastly frequented by the locals. If a vendor is busy, that’s because he is good, and clean. You want to try the best food on offer, and nobody wants a trip ruined with a bad stomach.
When haggling at any point, the best bet is to always go down to half their first asking price. Many locals are looking to rip off a tourist, and you need to accept you’re unlikely to get a local rate. By jumping straight to half price, you take control of negotiations and get the best oppurtunity of getting a lower price.