Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Perak

Kellie’s Castle

Steeped in tragic legend, this monument to British eccentricity stands marooned by the highway, 5km east of Batu Gajah. Known as Kellie’s Folly, the Gothic- and Moorish-style castle was commissioned by wealthy Scott…
Top Choice Plantation in Cameron Highlands

Boh Sungei Palas Tea Estate

If there's time for only one tea-themed experience in the highlands, make it this spectacularly situated plantation, museum and cafe. A short film explains the estate's history and free 15-minute tours (half-hourly)…
Top Choice Museum in Kuala Kangsar

Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery

This former royal palace, also known as Istana Kota and Istana Hulu, is a showy mash-up of Renaissance, neoclassical and Moorish styles. Completed in 1903 its marbled hallways now host exhibitions honouring the life…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Kuala Sepetang

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

Wooden boardwalks weave among the protruding, twisted tree roots of the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve. The reserve is best known for its fireflies, which glow like fairy lights after sundown, but it's also spellbin…
Top Choice Cave in Ipoh

Sam Poh Tong

First discovered by a monk in 1890, this temple, 5km south of Ipoh, is still used by nuns and monks pursuing solitary meditation. To the right of the entrance is an ornamental garden with ceramic lions, miniature sh…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ipoh

Kong Heng Square Artisan Market

During the colonial era, these walls formed the city's large single shop block. Today a cluster of craft stalls has sprung up around this light-flooded atrium in Ipoh's old town. Don't miss pausing to slurp an ice b…
Top Choice Malaysian in Ipoh

Restaurant Lou Wong

Ipoh's signature dish, tauge ayam (chicken bean sprouts), has been perfected at perennially popular Lou Wong. The restaurant is unadorned, with plastic seats spilling into the street, but the sole dish on offer is i…
Top Choice Desserts in Ipoh

Funny Mountain Soya Bean

Local and visiting foodies scramble to this legendary Ipoh food stall, which has been serving fresh, warm, silky bean-curd pudding (tau fu fah) since 1952. Get the full experience by ordering an ice-cold soy milk, t…
Top Choice Indian in Cameron Highlands

Singh Chapati

On a lofty perch behind Tanah Rata's main drag, Singh's is the sweetest Indian joint in town. Dig in to fragrant biryanis, excellent veggie mains like butter paneer and smoky aubergine, and its famous chapati (flatb…
Top Choice Malaysian in Pulau Pangkor

Nipah Deli

The best dining experience in the Teluk Nipah area, this beachfront restaurant combines generous portions of mostly Malaysian home cooking with views out to sea. It's consistently very good: prawn noodles, DIY steam…