Welcome to Ipoh

Ipoh is more than a gateway to the Cameron Highlands or a way station en route to Penang. Shaped by the 1920s tin-mining boom, Ipoh's wealth and population ebbed away after the mines' closure. But an old-town renaissance has revived its time-worn buildings into boutiques, hotels and gorgeously kitsch cafes.

Food is reason enough to visit. Malaysian and Singaporean gastronomes arrive in droves for Ipoh's tauge ayam (chicken bean sprouts) and to argue over who serves the best kopi putih – white coffee, the town's signature drink.

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$21.98 Outdoor Activities

Kampar River 2-Hour Water Tubing Experience From Gopeng

Our driver and professional guide will pick you up at Gopeng Toll Exit Plaza (Exit 135) or Gopeng Town then head to Ulu River Lodge. Upon arrival, you will need to sign a liability form and safe keep your belonging. Your instructor will provide a safety briefing before we start our river tubing adventure.Jump into your tube and begin the relaxing float down the languid portion of river. Look for local wildlife along the banks of the river as you glide by. This fun and exciting tour is a safe water activity, which includes calm water drifting, small rapids and some beautiful scenery. The whole journey will cover a distance of 7km and take approximately 1.5- 2 hours to complete.  At the end of the tour, you will arrive at Kampung Jahang where the adventure will finish will a delicious local lunch or high-tea. This tour is a great introduction to river tubing. It’s a hands on adventure and safe water activity, with beautiful scenery and surrounds.

$185.33 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh Old Town Private Full-Day Food Tour

Meet your guide at KL Sentral railway station in Kuala Lumpur and board an express train to begin your full-day tour. The 2.5-hour train ride takes you north to Ipoh; once a thriving commercial center during the tin-mining boom of the 19th century, the charming town now serves up local favorites at food stalls, food courts and restaurants.Start your culinary adventure with a stroll through Ipoh’s streets in search of breakfast. Follow your guide on foot and savor the best food available, from Ipoh sar hor fun (rice noodles served with sweet sauce) to melt-in-your-mouth kaya puffs (flaky pastry filled with egg jam).On a short heritage walking tour, visit historical buildings constructed during the British colonial era. See landmarks such as the Ipoh Railway Station, the stately Ipoh Town Hall — built across the street in 1916 — and the Birch Memorial Clock Tower.Take a break and sip a cup of Ipoh’s freshly brewed, aromatic white coffee before heading 3 miles (5 km) north of town to Gunung Lang. This recreational park features a gorgeous lake situated amid limestone outcroppings. Located a short distance away is Perak Tong, a cave temple that houses more than 40 Buddha statues, including a 42-foot-high (13-meter) centerpiece. If you climb the 385 steep steps to the top you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside — a photographer’s heaven!Stop by Kellie's Castle to see the unfinished mansion perched atop a hill where it was built on a former rubber estate in Perak, before returning to Ipoh for lunch.Continue your food tour on a walk to local markets and hawkers stalls, feasting on Malay dishes served up with white rice. Enjoy favorites such as barbecued fish marinated in a savory sauce; chili chicken; locally grown vegetables authentically cooked using coconut, shrimp or chili paste; curry noodles; barbecued pork; dim sum; and fried green onions. After tasting some sweet treats such as cendol — a traditional dessert made from shaved ice, coconut milk, green starched noodles and sugar — stop by a nearby pamelo farm to sample this citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia.Visit a kacang putih factory to sample a variety of these popular snacks, including fried beans, crispy tapioca chips and murukku (savory, crunchy twists made from rice), which are original to Ipoh and shipped worldwide. Learn how the industry began in the 1940s from just six families who settled in the city from South India.Your final stop is the Ipoh Central Market (Pasar Besar Ipoh), located at the UTC (Urban Transformation Centre). Walk through this local wet market for a look at food stalls, from produce vendors to fish mongers, before returning to Kuala Lumpur by train, accompanied by your guide.

$51.81 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Ipoh Secrets Full Day Heritage Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ipoh Secrets, Ipoh, Kinta District, PerakIpoh Full Day Heritage Tour starts with complimentary pickup from any location of your choice within Ipoh city. Breakfast at some local eatery called "Kopitiam" for some authentic Ipoh dishes away from the tourist trap.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ipoh Heritage Walk, Ipoh, Kinta District, PerakStart the heritage trail in old town of Ipoh and get to know the origin stories and interesting facts about old town while admiring the heritage buildings along the way.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ipoh Railway Station, Ipoh, Kinta District, Perak"The Taj Mahal of Ipoh" and Ipoh Town Hall, the starting point of our heritage walkDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Birch Memorial Clock Tower, Ipoh, Kinta District, PerakA hundred year old clock tower build by the British for remembering an assassination case happened during the early years of colonizationDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Art of OLDTOWN, Ipoh, Kinta District, PerakStopping by some street art and wall murals to pose for some photosDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Concubine Lane, Ipoh, Kinta District, PerakLearn about the hard life of a tin miner at the famous "Concubine Lane" and why it's called "The Second Wife's Lane" by the localsDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Ho Yan Hor Museum, Ipoh, Kinta District, PerakLinking up the story of tin miners and herbal tea that started at this museumDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, Ipoh, Kinta District, PerakOne of the oldest cave temple in Ipoh. As you step into the compound, you will be greeted by the serene award winning Chinese style landscape garden with fishes, turtles, and birds probably from the natural limestone hills around! As we head into the cave temple passing through the praying site, there is a hidden courtyard surrounded by mountains with a turtle pond with hundred of turtles and tortoises set free by devotees long long time ago!Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens, Ipoh, Kinta District, PerakAs a city famous for its cave temples, you surely will not want to pass this chance to visit the magnificent Kek Lok Cave Temple and admire its intricate stalactites & stalagmites. Follow your guide for an intro of the cave, letting you know the formation and the creatures hidden around you.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Kellie's Castle, Batu Gajah, Kinta District, PerakThe spooky Kellie's Castle*, an unfinished mansion of an eccentric Scottish planter, will be our last stop. This castle with combined Scottish, Moorish and Indian architecture was built by craftsmen from Madras, India. All the bricks and marble were imported from India. Do follow your guide as there are some little-known facts and hidden secrets lying around which are not shown on the information boards.Duration: 1 hour

$10.90 Outdoor Activities

Cameron Highlands Countryside Tour

The journey begins after a pickup from your hotel with the first stop at the Rose Valley, one of the most famous tourist spots in the highlands, where you'll see a wide range of colorful blooming roses. The next destination will bring you to the BOH, Sungei Palas Tea plantation. A short stop will be made at one of the view points of the 'Giant Green carpet of Malaysia'. Here, your guide will explain the history, the planting, and the methods of tea harvesting. After the commentary stop, a short drive will bring you to one of the oldest tea factories in Malaysia. Here, a tour of the factory will be conducted by your guide, after which a short walk will take to the souvenir shop where you will be fascinated by the wide range of tea offered here. A tea break will be given at the Tea'ria. The journey continues to a strawberry farm where may witness how strawberries being planted using a hydroponics method. You can also savor fresh strawberries with cream, fresh strawberry juice, fresh strawberry milk shake and ice cream (at own expense). The next stop will be at the Butterfly Garden to observe many beautiful species of butterflies including the renowned Raja Brooke's birdwing. After, proceed for a honey bee farm where a short commentary will be given on bees. A short walk will take you to the famous Market Square where fresh locally produced vegetables, flowers and fruits could be purchased (at own expense). Finally, your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, the Sam Poh Buddhist Temple, which is more than 50 years old. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back you hotel.

$19.80 Outdoor Activities

Cameron Highlands: Mossy Forest Discovery

The journey begins with a short annotations stop at the Sungai Palas Tea Plantation which is one of the largest plantation in South East Asia before drive up to the highest peak of Cameron Highlands. Mount Brinchang locate at height of 6666 feet above sea level.Climb up the viewing tower where you will be amazed with magnificent view of the surrounding area with fresh and cool air.An interpretive trek into Mossy Forest will reveal some of the exotic montage floras such as carnivorous Pitcher Plant, wild Ginger, Primitive Ferns and Wild Orchids.Moreover you can learn some basic forest survival techniques and other native plants from our experience guide (mossy forest also known as the cloudy forest where usually enveloped in mist and gives you a feeling like you're in a fairy tale land).A short drive down from the mountain will bring you to the Oldest Tea Factory in Malaysia. Here a tour of  the factory will be conducted by factory guide. have a cup of Tea at The '"Ummph" Tea Cafe, where you will be fascinated by the wide range of tea offered with panoramic view of the plantation. Finally our guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour which is Butterfly Farm. Here you can observe some beautiful species of butterflies including the renowned Raja Brooke and various kinds of insects and snakes.

$28.60 Outdoor Activities

Cameron Highlands Sunrise Discovery and Morning Tea Tour

Gunung Brinchang (Mount brinchang) is the highest peak in Cameron Highlands in Malaysia at 2030m above sea-level. It provides a stunning view of the sunrise. Walk up a watch tower with fresh cool wind blowing sea-level. It provides a stunning view of the sunrise. Witness the sun sneaking a peek through the clouds and casting its light directly on the mountains to mark the start of a new day. Not too far from the peak of Gunung Brinchang is Mossy Forest, a forest full of moss formed because of the constant mist and moisture from the low lying clouds. Next proceed to Sungai palas Boh Tea Plantation for a introduction on Tea processing and sip on a cup of morning Tea.