Ipoh Tourism Guide

Ipoh Tourism Guide

Quick Guide


Type G – 230V/50hz




Malaysian Ringgit 

Visa Free 

Cost of a beer
12MYR (avg)

Cost of a Meal

Average Room Rate
124MYR(3* hotel)

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.

Top Attractions


If there’s one place in all of Ipoh unlike anywhere else in the world, it has to be the stunning, uniquely atmospheric Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple. Found in the quiet, peaceful Gunung Rapat in the southern part of the city, it has become a popular place of worship for those of the Buddhist faith since the 1920: even through its transformation in the 1960s as an iron mining location. Today, it feels distinct from any kind of modern history, having a beauty that is at once arresting and timeless.


Known as Serene Hill in the native tongue, this is a location that more than lives up to its name. The beautiful, peaceful and picturesque Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village feels like a time warp to a much simpler time. Speaking of history, it’s a wonderful attraction for those who like a little education alongside some stunning views. It’s a history tour and a feast for the eyes all rolled into one, complete with trekking and cycling rides across some of the most breath-taking views anywhere in Malaysia.


Learning about a new culture and your destination’s history is one of the most wonderful parts of any travel experience. However, sometimes all that information can get a little overwhelming, and you just want to have a bit of fun. If that sounds like you, then there’s nowhere better for a big family bonanza than the action-packed Lost World of Tambun. This is an adventure filled amusement park with a wide variety of attractions, meaning there’s plenty for everyone.

While meandering through Malaysia, Ipoh can be looked over, but while you’re here or if you’re in transit like I was, the Ipoh railway station is a destination on its own. The colonial style is apparent and just across the street is the Ipoh Town Hall and the Law Court, two more incredible pieces of architecture. There’s nothing like squeezing in a bit sightseeing even if you’re just passing through the train station!

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Things to do in Ipoh


A visit to Ipoh is one that offers a charm unlike any other. Explore the area by neighbourhood and enjoy charismatic laneways and revived period buildings. With trail maps available so you can discover the heritage structures and street art of Ipoh, you’ll be captivated by its atmosphere.

Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple


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Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple is located in the natural and picturesque area of Gunung Rapat in the south of Ipoh. The cave temple sits within a 12 acre site that was used as early as the 1920s as a place of worship. During the 1960s, the cave became part of an iron mining site. The temple features a central altar with a number of Buddhist figures, along with various deities of the Chinese pantheon. The cave also has the unique feature of a garden within the caves: a sight to truly behold.

Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Daily: 07.00 – 18.00
Address: Kek Look Tong, Gunung Rapat, Ipoh, Perak

Perak Tong Cave Temple

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Perak Tong Tong Cave Temple was discovered in 1926 by Chong Sen Yee and his wife Chong Chan Yoke, who began developing the temple after approval from the Perak State Government. After 50 years of careful work in and around the cave temple, Perak Tong is now known as one of the best cave temples in Malaysia. After climbing the steps and entering through a narrow passage, the limestone cave then opens up to a huge space with hidden recesses. A 40ft tall golden sitting Buddha dominates the space and is surrounded by four guardian deities described as ‘goddesses’. The cavern walls feature many beautiful murals depicting characters from Chinese mythology and Buddhist scriptures. Numerous carvings and statues can also be found around the temple.

Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: 
08.30 – 16.30
94000 Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia

Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Daily: 08.00 – 17.00
Address: Jalan Kuala Kangsar, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple

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Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple is one of Malaysia’s most famous cave temples and is located 5km south of Ipoh. Sam Poh Tong is said to be the biggest cave temple in the country and with the art work and statues of Buddha found here, you are in for a unique experience. Buddha can be found surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites in this stunning cave, which was discovered in 1980 by a monk from China who decided to call it home. A climb of 246 steps leads up to the cave entrance and gives a beautiful view of Ipoh and its surroundings. The temple is still run by nuns and monks who dedicate their lives to Buddha.

Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 18.00
Address: Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village


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Qing Xin Ling can be translated as Serene Hill and is Ipoh’s latest tourist attraction near Gunung Rapat. Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village is a fantastic day out that mixes history with many activities, such as jungle trekking, bicycle and trishaw rides. You can have your fortune told and then relax at the pondok. Take a stroll up the hill to explore the vintage corner, a place offering unique photography opportunities with items dating back to the 70s. Wander over to the pavilion/summerhouse and enjoy the serenity of the lake with your loved one.

Price: Admission is 6 MYR per person
Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 18.00
Address: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Birch Memorial Clock Tower

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Birch Memorial Clock Tower was built in 1909 in memory of James WW Birch: Perak’s first British resident who was murdered in 1875 at Pasir Salak by local Malay chiefs. The clocks bell stands at 6ft 6in and the friezes on the clock tower are to illustrate the growth of civilisation, featuring figures such as Buddha, Moses, Shakespeare and Charles Darwin. The figure which represented Mohammed has since been erased.


Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: 24-hours
Address: 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Railway Station

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Ipoh Railway Station was originally intended to be a hospital before it was turned into the station in 1935. It was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback and is known locally as the Taj Mahal. The station features an elegant domed roof and incorporates a blend of Moorish and Victorian architecture designed in the ‘Raj’ style. It is a wonderful sight to behold and a must-see attraction.

Price: Free to visit
Opening Hours: 24-hours
Address: Stesen KTM Ipoh, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Ipoh, Malaysia is the City of Millionaires…and it got that name from its location…right on top of a ton of tin!  Tin miners made the city famous, and today you can visit Malaysia’s First Hakka Tin Mining Museum that was once the Hakka Tin Miner’s Club. There is also another tin-mining tycoon’s mansion, now the historical museum of Perak.

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Han Chin Pet Soo

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Han Chin Pet Soo is located in the old Tin Miner’s Club building. The museum displays fascinating exhibits of what went on in the Tin Miner’s Club. Behind the elegant façade of the club, gambling, opium smoking and triad activities were carried out. You can also find out the history behind the tin mining industry, which was carried out by the Hakka people. Exhibits range from photos, antique furniture and galleries. Your knowledgeable guide will be able to give you more information as you walk around this fascinating museum.

Price: Admission is free but a donation of 10 MYR per person is recommended
Opening hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 09.30 – 17.00 – an appointment must be made to gain entry to the museum
Address: 3, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30100 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

This premier multi themed park may be considered as a famous family adventure holiday destination. Located in Sunway City, it offers varieties of family fun with a reasonable price of entrance fees. Tourists can enjoy the chill splashing of fun water games and thrilling wet rides. Hot springs ponds and soothing spa are made available to end the day with full relaxation.

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Lost World of Tambun

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Escape the city for a day and enjoy the thrills and spills of the Lost World of Tambun. Cool off from the day’s heat by heading to the water park for fun on the water slides and more. The amusement park is full of rides that are suitable for all ages and is a great family day out. Spend time with the animals in the petting zoo and meet the big cats in Tiger Valley. The Lost World Tin Valley gives visitors the opportunity to try their hand at the old tradition of tin mining. Lastly, the Adventure Park is great fun for those who like to experience something a little different. Try the 6th Mile Tunnel or the 13 High Rope Course if you’re brave enough.

Price: Admission is 45 MYR per person
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11.00 – 18.00, Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
Address: No. 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Perak, Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Funtasy House Trick Art

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Funtasy House Trick Art is a great place to spend a couple of hours if you want to get some unique photos from your travels. The museum exhibits large 3D art that really comes to life when photographed. Take it in turns to see who can come up with the best pose for pictures ranging from outer space to sideways kitchens and more.

Price: Admission is 19 MYR per adult and 15 MYR per child
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 18.00, Saturday – Sunday: 09.00 – 20.00
Address: 16, Jalan Market, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Shopping in Ipoh

Whether you’re looking to grab yourself a bargain at a modern mall or want to experience an authentic market for yourself, Ipoh has something to suit every shopper’s tastes and budget.

Ipoh Parade

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Ipoh Parade is located in the heart of Ipoh and is a shopper’s paradise. The contemporary design stands out against the old buildings and landmarks. The shopping area features the top brands in Malaysia, a golden screen cinema and frequent monthly events, so you’re sure to find more than just souvenirs here.

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00
Address: Ipoh Parade, 105, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Ipoh Night Market

Ipoh Night Market is a typical Malaysian street bazaar full of local products. Bargaining is the main activity at the market and the range of products includes replica goods and souvenirs. The night market operates from a different location each night. They are as follows.

• Monday – Ipoh Kaya (Ampang, Gunong Rapat)

• Tuesday – Medan Ipoh (Ipoh Garden East)

• Wednesday – Stadium Perak

• Thursday – Taman SPPK (Pangkalan)

• Friday – First Garden (near Jelapang)

• Saturday – Menglembu (Ipoh Garden East)

• Sunday – Taman Cempaka (off the Tiger Lane)

Opening Hours: Normal operating hours are between 18.30 – 22.30
Address: Varies depending on day

Guan Heong Biscuit Shop

If you fancy a sweet treat or want something tasty to remember your travels with, then you can’t go wrong with the Guan Heong Biscuit Shop. This beloved traditional store has a heritage dating back to 1918, with specialist Chinese handmade biscuits tempting visitors in for a quick indulgence every day. Be sure to try the salted egg meat floss biscuit, pineapple roll and Hokkien Mooncake.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 09.00 – 19.00, SundaAddress00 – 18.00
Address: Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

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.

Food in Ipoh

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There is such a large variety of food available in Ipoh that you will be spoiled for choice of where to dine. From cute cafes to hawker stalls and fine dining, there’s something for every budget.

Tandor Grill (No. 9 Jalan Chin Choong Sam | Greentown, Ipoh 30450, Malaysia) is a modern-styled bungalow with Indian-inspired accents. The menu is a real treat for those looking for authentic Indian cuisine as they have a large range of curries, naans and other signature Indian delicacies.

Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum (36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam | 30300 Ipoh, Malaysia, Ipoh, Malaysia) is arguably the best place in Ipoh serving Tim Sum. The Tim Sums are homemade using the freshest ingredients. Locals can often be seen queuing to order their breakfast here.

Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken

Having been in business for over 21 years, this restaurant has become famous for their salted chicken. Free-range chickens are used and a full one costs just 16MYR. Herbs are added for flavour but are not overpowering and the chicken just falls off the bone.

Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 19.00
Address: 24 Jalan Theatre, Ipoh 30300, Malaysia

Michelangelo’s Pizzeria

Experience this cosy pizzeria and let your taste buds be utterly spoiled with their generous pizza toppings. They also receive praise from customers for their warm and friendly service. Here you can enjoy your pizza at the restaurant with friends or grab a takeaway and find an idyllic spot to sit and eat.

Opening Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday: 18.00 – 22.30, Friday – Saturday: 18.00 – 22.30
Address: 40, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1B, | Medan Ipoh Bistari, Ipoh, Malaysia

Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung

This is a popular restaurant where you will find variations on nasi lemak. Other delicacies gracing this varied menu are battered octopus, tart and peppery eel soup and mango sticky rice pudding, where the balance between sweet and savoury is just delicious. You won’t be disappointed here.

Opening Hours: Daily: 15.30 – 02.00
Address: 43-45, Jalan Ali Pitchay, Taman Jubilee, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

I love the British colonial city of Ipoh and its laid-back, relaxed feel that makes it an idyllic weekend destination to unwind and recharge. The beautiful limestone caves are a definite must-see and there’s no better breakfast than a good cup of white coffee and steaming bowl of Assam Laksa.

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Nightlife in Ipoh

Ipoh is much more famous for its food than its nightlife, but there are a few bars and cafes if you like to catch up with friends in a relaxed setting.

Jeff’s Cellar

This popular hangout spot offers a totally unique experience. Set in a limestone cave, this one-off bar has an extensive menu of organic and rare wines to enjoy in an almost fantasy setting. Ethereal lighting and natural water features give the cave its cosy atmosphere, where you will find it easy to lose track of time.

Entry Fee: No entry fee but pre-booking is required
Opening Hours: Daily: 18.00 – 23.00
Address: 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Ipoh 31150, Malaysia

Burps and Giggles

The quirkily-titled Burps and Giggles is a contemporary café with a real buzz about it. The décor is just as imaginative as the menu they offer. Macaroons are one of their delicacies, along with many other sweet treats. Catch up with friends in this trendy café to escape the busy streets.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday & Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00, Tuesday: Closed
Address: 93 & 95, Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Ipoh, Malaysia

Take the time to wander Old Town exploring the old architecture and trying as much of the great food as you can include the famous Ipoh noodles. If you enjoy theme parks, also head to the Lost World of Tambun which is lots of fun.

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Lim Ko Pi

A relaxed coffee stop compared to the rest of the eateries in Ipoh is Lim Ko Pi. Here you can relax in the pretty inner courtyard, which is lined with colourful tiles while you enjoy one of the many tasty desserts with your perfectly prepared white coffee.

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 08.30 – 17.30
Address: 10 Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Ipoh 30000, Malaysia

Zakka Loft

A cute little artsy café, here you can spread Zakka Loft’s love of crafts with regular DIY classes. Enjoy an evening learning how to make sock toys, clay figurines, book binding or even play along with a ukulele lesson. They offer a traditional Hakka Japanese menu with drinks such as lavender rose tea.

Entry Fee: Price varies depending on event
Opening Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Thursday: 14.00 – 22.00, Friday – Sunday: 13.00 – 23.00
Address: No. 2 Jalan Medan Ipoh 1C | Medan Ipoh Bistari, Ipoh 31400, Malaysia

The Happy 8 Café

Found in the Retreat Boutique Hotel in Old Town Ipoh, this café is wonderfully designed with heavy wood and timber. The unique décor creates a beautifully relaxed ambience where you can relax with friends in the cosy setting. It’s a café that certainly lives up to its name!

Entry Fee: No entry fee
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 09.30 – 22.00, Friday – Saturday: 09.30 – 23.00
Address: 46, Jalan Market, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Top Tips

  • 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.

Hotels in Ipoh

There are many fantastic hotels in the heart of Ipoh to allow you to relax and soak up the culture of this beautiful old town. Whether you are looking for luxury or something on the lower end of the budget, there are hotels to suit everyone.

Luxury Hotels in Ipoh


Best Western Premier the Haven Ipoh is the height of luxury with a huge outdoor pool to soak up the sunshine. A fitness centre is available for guests who like to stay in shape on their travels and free self-parking is also provided. When you feel like going to see the sights of Ipoh, the hotel is just 1.4 miles from the Lost World of Tambun and within 9 miles of the Perak Tong Cave Temple. Every room has its own kitchenette, free Wi-Fi and a balcony where you can enjoy the last of the day’s sun.

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is an adults only hotel with a full service spa to make your stay that little more relaxing. The smoke free hotel has a restaurant when you feel like lunch or dinner. Stay in shape with the outdoor pool and health club. Free self-parking is available and a shuttle bus is provided to the Lost World of Tambun, which is just 0.4 miles away. Each room features a plunge pool and free Wi-Fi.

Prices range from 363-1,403 MYR per night. Prices are subject to change.

Mid-Range Hotels in Ipoh

Impiana Hotel Ipoh is a family friendly hotel in Ipoh. The hotel features two outdoor pools to keep cool in the mid-day heat, a restaurant where you can enjoy your evening meal and a fitness centre for those who like to stay in shape. Free Wi-Fi and valet parking are included in your stay, with other amenities available, such as a café, bar/lounge and 24-hour room service.

The Happy 8 Retreat X White House is a vacation home in the centre of Ipoh and is just 3 miles from Sam Poh Tong Temple and Kek Lok Tong Temple. The home has its own private garden with picnic area, free self-parking and free Wi-Fi. Free toiletries, free bottled water and drinks making facilities are included and there is a full kitchen area to prepare your meals. It’s like a home away from home.

WEIL Hotel is located in the heart of Ipoh and has fantastic amenities, such as a restaurant and outdoor pool for guests to enjoy. A bar/lounge area is perfect for relaxing at the end of a long day or you may prefer to enjoy your drink on the roof terrace. Each soundproofed room includes free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, minibar and bathrobes.

Kinta Riverfront Hotel and Suites is located in Ipoh and boasts an outdoor pool, restaurant and a fitness centre for their guests to enjoy on their stay. Free airport shuttles are provided, as well as free self-parking, free Wi-Fi, an onsite bar/lounge and a café. Each room includes a minibar, free bottled water and newspapers, drinks making facilities and free toiletries.

Prices range from 189-333 MYR per night. Prices are subject to change.

Budget Hotels in Ipoh


Ipoh Bali Hotel is a city centre hotel with a rooftop terrace to enjoy the sunsets and a drink after a long day. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi. Each of the 12 soundproofed rooms includes a minibar, deep soaking bath tubs, free bottled water and drinks making facilities.

M Boutique Station 18 is a new hotel in the centre of Ipoh and is located just 6 miles from Sam Poh Tong Temple. The hotel provides a coffee shop and self-parking, as well as a dry cleaning service for guests. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a minibar, LCD TVs and free bottled water.

M Boutique Hotel is situated in Ipoh city centre. The smoke free hotel has its own fitness centre for guests who like to stay in shape, free Wi-Fi and free self-parking. A restaurant is available for all meals and breakfast is available at a surcharge. Each room includes drinks making facilities, a minibar and daily housekeeping.

Hotel French Ipoh is located in the heart of Ipoh. The smoke free restaurant has its own restaurant where you can enjoy your evening meals. There is a TV in the common area and free self-parking and Wi-Fi are included in your stay. Each room has a safe, drinks making facilities and TVs.

Prices range from 156-443 MYR per night. Prices are subject to change.

To find out more about the hotels that are available in Ipoh, our Hotel Finder can find the right deal for you.

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.

Best Time to Visit Ipoh

A trip to Ipoh can be enjoyed at any time of the year, as the temperatures stay at a comfortable level of between 20-30°C. Rainfall also stays relatively consistent throughout the year but if you want to avoid the months with slightly higher levels of rain, October and November are best forgotten. For the lowest levels of rainfall, June and August are the best months. However, May and September see only slighter higher levels of precipitation.

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.