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Things to do in Ipoh
Ipoh is Malaysia’s third biggest city and is famous for its interesting culture and vibrant food scene. Backpackers from all over the world consider Ipoh a great stop when travelling between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. But these days, Ipoh itself attracts many local and foreign visitors as a top destination in Malaysia.
Stunning landscapes and beautiful architecture surround Ipoh. Even flying from Singapore to Ipoh is a treat when you see the picture-perfect route from our home country to the city. It’s also home to a few of Malaysia’s biggest attractions. And with so many places to visit and things to do, we’re sure you will find something to love here.
Start your Ipoh adventure by visiting the city’s top attractions. Lose yourself in the Lost World of Tambun and find out why it’s such a big hit with Singaporeans. It has six theme parks and a hot spring and spa, so whether you want an adrenaline filled trip or a relaxing break, you can find it here.
Take the bus to Perak Tong Cave Temple and be amazed by the 40-feet seated golden Buddha, and the walls covered in colourful murals. Then explore outside the temple area so you can find the best views over Ipoh.
Visit Sam Poh Tong next and its reclining Buddha. Nearby is Ling Sen Tong, a beautiful Taoist cave temple filled with statues of animals, deities, and other characters from Chinese folklore. If you have time to spare, stroll through Nan Tian Tong Temple, situated between the two other temples.
Pray at Tua Pek Kong Temple to increase your chances of winning the lottery. Many locals and tourists alike come here for that very reason, but seeing the actual temple and its statues are quite the blessing too. Complete your temple run by taking in Kek Lok Tong with its award-winning landscape garden, Kwan Yin Tong for its Japanese design, and the lush landscapes of the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Temple.
Give your travel photos the cultural edge when you visit the Birch Memorial Clock Tower. Get a thrill at Kellie’s Castle, which many believe is haunted. Visit the Ipoh Railway Station, fondly named the “Taj Mahal of Ipoh”. And right across the street, you’ll see neoclassical architecture of the Ipoh Town Hall and Law Courts.
Spend an afternoon touring Ipoh Old Town by following the Ipoh Heritage Trail. Finish your sightseeing in Kong Heng Square and grab a bite in any of the hawker stalls or the Instragrammable cafes. The town’s streets are also decorated with murals that highlight Malaysian culture, so you might just find your new profile picture here. If not, spend time in the serene Taman Jepun (Japanese Garden) and give your photos a Japanese vibe.
If you love nature, ride a boat to Gunung Lang Recreational Park. It has a man-made cascading waterfall on top of a limestone hill and a boardwalk overlooking the swamp and lookout towers. There’s also the Royal Belum State Park’s pristine forest for bird watching, wildlife spotting, and trekking.
Want more exciting adventures and travel stories? Go white water rafting at Kampar River or Spelunking in Gua Tempurung and see the breathtaking dome rock formations. Dare yourself to go jungle trekking in Kledang Hills, and experience Ipoh’s rainforest in Ulu Geroh.
After getting your fill of adventure, fill your stomach next. Ipoh is known for its food, so you’re in for a treat. Complete your trip and eat the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice at Restaurant Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau. Try the silky smooth soybean curd from Funny Mountain Soya Bean. Of course, you shouldn’t forget Ipoh’s famed white coffee at Kedai Makanan Nam Heong.
Find other places to satisfy your cravings and check out “Must Eat! Best Food in Ipoh” from fellow Singaporean food and travel bloggers. And if you’re looking for more fun activities, read this city local’s top things to do in Ipoh.
What you should know
Ipoh is a great city to visit year-round. But if you want fewer crowds, visit between September and November. It also experiences rain throughout the year, so make sure you pack an umbrella.
English isn’t as widespread here as in other Malaysian cities, but tourists can still get by with English. Though there are people in Ipoh who speak Malay, Indians in the city mainly speak Tamil, and majority of Ipoh locals are ethnic Chinese who speak Cantonese and Mandarin.
Singaporeans don’t need a visa to fly to Malaysia so you can visit Ipoh whenever you want.
Travelling to and getting around Ipoh
You’ll be landing at Sultan Azlan Shah Airport. From there, you can reach the city by taking the airport’s prepaid taxi. The drivers may not always know the exact location of where you’re going in Ipoh, so a good tip is to carry a map and list the full address of your destination. Once you’re settled, start wandering Ipoh by bus or taxi that are both near the city’s bus stops.
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