Ipoh, the third largest city of Malaysia, may not be as well-known as Penang and George Town. It may not shine on the map of popular international tourist destinations, but it has a lot going on and is already attracting a lot of domestic tourists. Listed as the ‘lesser known food-capital’ of Malaysia, Ipoh was recently picked for the ‘Best of Asia.’ Just log on to Traveloka Malaysia, and you are sure to get some amazing deals on trips to Ipoh, the capital city of Perak. One can quickly make a day trip to Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur and enjoy the whole day exploring the city as there are many things to do and see. It is easy to communicate as English is spoken and it helps if one knows a couple of Malay words. Stay at Weil hotel on Traveloka for a good experience and great memories.
Here are some of the top things to do while in Ipoh.
Visit the three cave temples
Perak Tong, Kek Lok Tong, and Sam Poh Tong are the well-known cave temples are what Ipoh is known for. Perak Tong is the most visited cave in Ipoh, and one of the leading attractions is the massive golden Buddha one comes across as they go up through the cave. Kek Lok Tong is immediately recognizable because of the significant wide opening and the staircases heading in different directions. There are plenty of Buddhas and cave paintings to keep one entertained. Sam Poh Tong is a favorite among the locals, and one can see people feeding tomatoes to the turtles in the pond. The view is nice as one gets near the top after climbing the stairs.
Explore the Malaysian Street Art
Ipoh has a fair amount of graffiti, and gradually the street art is fast catching on here. If one goes to the Ipoh tourist center, they can get the brochure of the Ipoh Mural Art Trail. It is a joy to watch the street art done by the famous artist for street art, Ernest Zacharevic. There are few other artists who have painted the walls of Ipoh with their brilliance and splashed the walls with colors. One comes across random bits and popular pieces in addition around other parts of town. Ipoh street art is on Jalan Masjid is a popular spot for the locals and the tourists. The street art is either relevant to either Malaysia or Ipoh or has something iconic worldwide.
Ipoh’s Museums for museum buff
Ipoh has a couple of good museums to keep the museum buffs entertained and engaged. Tea Museum offers info about the late Ho Kai Cheong, the famous tea maker and it is truly inspiring to learn about his story. Jasmin at Kong Heng is another popular museum. Han Chin Pet Soo seems to be the most popular of the museums and showcases the history of the town. Visiting Darul Ridzuan Museum is all about former Prime Minister Abdul Razak.
Visit the Markets for fresh food and random items
UTC building is a popular venue for those looking for fruit, meat, and vegetables. Enjoy the delicious fruits and shop for the fresh vegetables. The Night Market placed along the Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar sells practical things clothing, shoes, USB cables, trinkets, and souvenirs. Memory Lane Flea Market opens every Sunday mornings.
Eat & Drink at Ipoh
Ipoh definitely has something unique to offer when it comes to food and drink. One can certainly get adventurous here. Start with the White coffee, which is made with coffee beans marinated in margarine. Chicken and bean sprouts are famous here, and there are plenty of cafes around to keep one entertained. Enjoy some great street food and the service is excellent as one gets served Ipoh’s signature dishes by brisk staff.