Ipoh, Malaysia on a budget: Travel guide


Coming to Ipoh, Malaysia, there are some things that you should take note in order to have a fluent trip in the country of the temples. Traveling to Malaysia can be overwhelming at first. This article aims to ease that burden and help you understand briefly about one of the best cities in Malaysia.

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Ipoh is one of the two most popular tourist cities in the state of Perak and is the most populous city in Malaysia. Ipoh is located 200 km north of Kuala Lumpur. You can go to Ipoh by metro or train. Travel time from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh is about 2 hours. Ticket price is about 25-30 RM per person one way.

Time to go

Amazing architecture @ Blog An Choi

The best time to explore Ipoh (Perak, Malaysia) is April to September. The temperature is between 29-35 degrees Celsius and no rain.

How many days?

If you do not plan to explore Kuala Lumpur, you need about 4 days 3 nights to explore the second largest city of Perak state.

How to go?

In Vietnam: You can buy tickets from the airport to Kuala Lumpur. Ticket prices range from 3-5 million. In addition, you can hunt for cheap tickets to reduce costs.

From Kuala Lumpur – Ipoh: Take a tram ride from Kuala Lumpur – Ipoh Airport, or buy a train ticket from central Kuala Lumpur – Ipoh. Tickets range from RM 25-30 (RM1,500).

Ipoh has no taxi, you can move to the points by bus. Do not rent a motorbike if you are not confident to own the steering wheel, as Malaysia’s traffic is on the left, as opposed to Vietnam.

Where to stay?

You should book your room before arrival. For the convenience of sightseeing, you should book a hotel in the central route. Room rates range from 40-200 RM depending on the infrastructure.

What to eat?

Worth to try at Ipoh include Hainanese chicken rice, tofu sugar, egg dishes, satay, dried nuts. The most noticeable is the white coffee. White coffee is packed with instant coffee but when it is sweet, it has a sweet smell.

What to bring?

Lightweight clothes, slippery shoes.

Wear a coat, hat, sunscreen.

Bring basic medicines.

Wear bikinis for hot springs.

Carry RM money (exchanged in Vietnam or at the Malaysian airport with the equivalent exchange rate).

Where to visit?

Lost World of Tambun @ Youtube

Lost World of Tambun: The tourist complex consists of dining quarters, water world, zoo, hot springs, restaurant … Entrance 50 RM per person. Tickets include entrance, hot shower and a voucher equivalent to a dish, a glass of water.

This work was designed in the style of Taj Mahal. Ipoh Station has an exquisite interior design with patterns, sculpture on the ceiling and pillars.

Ipoh Tree is the name of a small park in front of Ipoh Station. The park is also linked to Ipoh’s independent square.

Ipoh Town Hall is located opposite Ipoh Station. The building is designed in the classic French style.

Birch Memorial was built in 1909 to commemorate JWW Birch the first British envoy to Perak. The paintings on the tower illustrate the development of cultures.

Kong Heng Street with its ancient architecture brings you the feeling of being in Hoi An. You can buy or enjoy local specialties on this road.

Kellie’s Castle, the oldest castle in Malaysia, was built by Agnes Kellie William Smith (Scotland) for his wife Agnes before they moved to Malaysia in 1903. However, the construction stopped because he Kellie died and flu pandemic caused 70 workers to die. Now, this work is associated with the phenomenon, the ghosts mystery.

Hopefully, you found this article helpful to your trip in Ipoh, Malaysia!

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