Welcome to Ipoh

Ipoh is undergoing a quiet renaissance. Until now, domestic tourists seldom lingered beyond a weekend sampling ayam tauge (chicken and beansprouts) and Ipoh's famous white coffee. Backpackers considered this pleasant, mid-sized city an overnight stop between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. These days, renewed enthusiasm for Ipoh's heritage is seeing old shophouses restored, while new cafes and craft shops are springing up... Read More

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Private Tour: Ipoh Including Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Culture Village from Penang

After hotel or port pickup in Penang, travel by private vehicle to Ipoh, whose name refers to the huge mining pumps used for early tin ore extraction. It's about a 2-hour drive to the Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village, located outside of town. Experience tranquil mountain views of lakes and fish ponds, and pose for plentiful photo ops among the vintage elements of Qing Xin Ling, translated as 'Serene Hill.'Later, while visiting the old and new town of Ipoh, your personal guide introduces you to delicacies such as white coffee, pomelo, fluffy kaya puffs, salted chicken, chicken rice, dim sum, and egg tarts (own expense). Get a look at the many attractive murals around every corner before proceeding to the Lost World Hot Springs & Spa in the evening. Have a chance to relax and rejuvenate while immersing yourself in these natural hot springs; the concentrated minerals will refresh you after a long day, which ends with return transport and hotel or port drop-off.

$137.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Ipoh Heritage Local Life Walking Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Swap the bustle of the capital for the charming colonial town of Ipoh on this full-day tour. Enjoy a 2-hour scenic ride north by train from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh, home to what were once the richest tin mines in the world. Upon arrival, visit the historical Ipoh Railway Station, designed by a British architect, and take a look at its surmounted Moorish domes and turrets which earned its nickname, the Taj Mahal of Malaysia. Make the most of your guide and flexible itinerary as you take in the highlights of the historic center on foot. Along your way get a glimpse of the beautiful neoclassical styles of colonial architecture such as the old post office, Birch memorial, and town hall. Then, stop for a delicious traditional brunch at the Old Town White Coffee, a local kopitiam (coffee house) that was established in 1999 and became the largest coffee chain in the country. Discover more of the town’s gastronomic heritage as you sample an array of street food and authentic local dishes.

$235.98 Day Trips & Excursions

Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island and Ipoh City Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Our driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel located in Kuala Lumpur city area or Petaling Jaya Districts around 7am and head to Bukit Merah (Red Hill). It will take approximately 2.5 hour drive. Upon arrival, hop on the boat at the jetty and ride to Orang Utan Island. The small tropical island in the middle of 7,000 acre freshwater lake where you will witness a number of Orang Utan are kept in the natural habitat. You will be led into a caged tunnel walk that allow you get close interaction with the Orang Utan. You will see these cute mammals climbing up tall trees, usually they are close to the cage edges where you can easily see them. Local lunch will be served around noon.After lunch, we continue our tour to Ipoh, en route we will stop at Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, a popular cave temple that is situated in Gunung Rapat. Explore this beautiful temple made along the cave and you even can purchase some vegetable to feed turtle in the pond at the back of the temple. Then, we proceed to Ipoh downtown and hunting for delicious local food, visit to Ipoh Railway Station and Old Ipoh Town for the amazing wall murals. After dinner at your own expense, we will transfer back to Kuala Lumpur around 7pm and reaching your hotel by 9:30pm.

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Private Tour: Ipoh Food Tour from Kuala Lumpur

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.