Ipoh is unique in that you can experience the city, and then get outdoorsy and explore a local cave, all in one day. Check out the Ipoh Wall Art Murals, interactive wall murals that you can ‘insert yourself into’, which attract even the locals (these paintings are relatively new) for a photo opp. Visit one of the many cave temples, where towering Buddha statues sit amongst stalactites and beautiful natural ponds. Explore the city, where the buildings and architecture (like the ones shown on the Ipoh Heritage Trail) still carry Malaysia’s colonial history under the British rule.
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Ipoh is the capital city of the state of Perak in Malaysia and is one of the largest cities in the country. Once a stopover spot for travellers, the city is seeing an increase in tourism since Ipoh’s heritage is slowly being restored. Old shophouses are being renovated, while cafes spring up in historic buildings and luxury hotels are replacing many of the hostels. A visit to Ipoh is one that offers picturesque old towns, unique street art and some fine eateries.
To help you plan a once in a lifetime journey here, we’ve compiled this thorough travel guide. From the most popular attractions to the finest dining experiences, best hotels and more, we’ve got all the information you need for that unforgettable Malaysian escape.
Fun Facts About Ipoh
- A rich tin mining history: Ipoh’s early history is almost entirely due to its place within the tin mining industry, which led to it becoming a mining settlement in the 19th century. There’s very little left of it in its original state however, as a fire destroyed the town in 1892, meaning it had to be completely rebuilt.
- It was once under Japanese occupation: The city was occupied by the Japanese in 1941. It remained this way until the war’s end. During this time, it was the state capital of Perak, as opposed to Taiping.
- A thriving tourism scene: Tourism is a major part of the city’s economy. Its important place economically thanks to the tin mining industry meant that Ipoh was easy to reach. In fact, it was one of four cities originally served by Malaysian Airlines. So even today, the impact of tin can be felt in its place as a holiday destination.
- Avoid PDAs: Public displays of affection are considered taboo in Malaysian culture, and things are no different in Ipoh. So if you’re travelling as a couple, make sure you avoid kissing in public spaces.
- Be respectful: Removing your shoes before entering a temple, mosque or a home is considered a sign of respect, s be sure to part with your footwear when appropriate.
- Dress appropriately: In terms of clothing, you’ll want to dress light in case of rainfall. Also, as this is a religious area (more so out of the city), you’ll want to refrain from dressing in revealing clothes.
- Be aware of bank opening hours: Banks are not open on weekends and are only open for limited hours between 9.00 – 16.30. However, there are ATM machines if you need access to cash between those times.
Getting Around Ipoh
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If this is your first time in Ipoh, then driving is probably not the best option, as there are many one-way streets and there are few road signs. However, if you do wish to drive, maps are available from the local tourist centres.
Taking a taxi is probably the best way to get around if you are unfamiliar with the city and the bus routes. Taxis can be found around the city at all times and negotiating a price before you enter the taxi is advisable.
Medan Kidd Bus Terminal is widely referred to as Ipoh’s Internal Bus Terminal. The service runs between destinations within Perak. The bus terminal can be found in the centre of Ipoh Old Town, south of the railway station where you can take journeys to Batu Gaja, Gopeng, Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Teluk Intan and further afield, such as the Cameron Highlands. Prices range from 1.80-7.90 MYR per journey.
Flights to Ipoh
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When flying into Ipoh, you will arrive at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport. This is the seventh busiest airport in all of Malaysia, with a wide choice of direct flights to the rest of the country’s major airports and beyond. Sultan Azlan Shah is also conveniently located just 6km away from Ipoh’s city centre, making it easy to travel onto your destination via taxi upon arrival.
If you love nothing more than exploring historical buildings and beautiful architecture, then a visit to Ipoh could be just what you’re looking for. Experience the delicious cuisines that make Ipoh famous and visit the many spiritual temples to make this a holiday you will never forget. To find out about the flights we have available to Ipoh, our flight finder will get you the best deal.