Ipoh is a town and the state capital of Perak, Malaysia, being placed under the KInta district. Founded as a village in the early days, the administration is run by the Ipoh City Council since its declaration as a city back in 1988. Being the third most populated city in the country, it began gaining prominence due to the discovery of tin ore beginning from the 1880s. The growth experienced due to the tin mining industry later propelled Ipoh to be the second largest city in the Federated Malay States by year 1895 which consist of Perak, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.
Decades later, in 1937, Ipoh was appointed as the new administrative and state capital, replacing Taiping. The invasion of Japanese in 1941 placed Ipoh under the Japanese Civil Administration before the liberation by British forces. As the 20th century is approaching to an end, this town suffered from the decline of the tin mining industry, causing a significant amount of its urban population to immigrate to other states to find new opportunities. These days, Ipoh is rising as a popular tourist destination due to efforts by the state government to preserve its colonial architecture which is eminent in its old buildings.
In addition to that, this capital of Perak has a multitude of natural attractions due to the abundance of limestone hills and caves where some of the unique cave temples are located. When it comes to dining, one can never run of options in Ipoh as the city is well known to have its vibrant food scene with distinct cuisine offerings which are specially made in the city as well as the widely recognized Ipoh white coffee.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via North-South Highway/E1 for immediate access to the township of Ipoh. The journey could take up to two hours depending on the current traffic situation.
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, visitors can catch the Express Rail Link (ERL) train which goes to KL Sentral/Bandar Tasik Putrajaya/Cyberjaya/Salak Tinggi/KLIA route. There, one can board the Electric Train Services (ETS) northbound coach and stop by the Ipoh station.
The nearest express bus terminal is the Ipoh express bus terminal which is located at Persiaran Meru Raya. Take the direct trip from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Transnasional Express and Seri Maju Express before opting for local route bus or taxi to go around the city.
Popular among the caving enthusiasts, Gua Tempurung is the longest cave in the country with the length of about 3 kilometres. Major portions of the cave have been developed specially as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways. The cave has five large domes with ceilings bearing resemblance to the coconut shells. These domes have different calcium formations with marbles manifested in different temperatures and water levels, which are quite a sight in itself. The abundance of mesmerizing rock formations and superb speleological wonders are the product of the tens of thousands of years of the cave’s existence.
Another place of interest when coming to Ipoh is the Movie, Park and Animation Studio (MAPS) of Perak. Being the latest attraction available in town, it is located around 15 minutes away from the city center. A joint venture between Perak Corporation Berhad and the Sanderson Group, it is the first animation-based theme park in the region with with attractions based on the characters of DreamWorks Animation, The Smurf and the homegrown BoBoiBoy being spread out across six different zones.
A clean and peaceful hotel situated in Medan Stesen 19/8. A two-star hotel that is close to some of the attractions in Ipoh with budget accommodation rates that are kind to your purse strings.
A decent hotel situated Jalan Meru Bestari B4 with facilities and services such as television, shower, hairdryer, coffee maker, ironing facility and WiFi.