Ipoh Itinerary - travelswithsun

As one of the most populated cities in Malaysia, Ipoh has much to offer too! There are many ways to fill an Ipoh itinerary!

It’s a shame that many choose to skip a trip to Ipoh in favor of Penang or Malacca! Or just use Ipoh as a rest point before going up to Cameron Highlands!

Have a look at our ready-made itineraries below! So you don’t miss out on anything!

Table of contents:

  1. Ipoh Itinerary Highlights
  2. How Long Should You Stay In Ipoh?
  3. Ipoh Itinerary
  4. Getting Around In Ipoh
  5. How To Get To Ipoh
  6. Accommodation In Ipoh
  7. Day Trips From Ipoh

Any good Ipoh itinerary usually has the following, and for good reason:

1. Ipoh Itinerary Highlights

These are the best of Ipoh attractions and most accessible too!

Ipoh city
Ipoh city – photo credits to kee_jc (Instagram)

You best believe that there are actually tourists that come to Ipoh just for the food!

1.1. Ipoh Food Trip

Steep competition guarantees an impressively high standard when it comes to the taste of Ipoh food.

Dim sum with a view at Foh San dim sum restaurant
Dim sum with a view at Foh San dim sum restaurant – photo credits to racheal_j (Instagram)

Everything from:

  • Laksa,
  • Curry mee,
  • Hakka mee,
  • Kai se hor fun,
  • Chee cheong fun,
  • Wantan mee

And others!

Gai se hor fun from Thean Chun 天津茶室
Gai se hor fun from Thean Chun 天津茶室 – photo credits to wenlynn_chin (Instagram)

See a list of must-try food in Ipoh.


The first edition of this Ipoh Food Guide details multiple recommendations (from a local’s perspective) of where to find 15 of the best Ipoh food!

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Keep your eyes peeled:

1.2. Ipoh Street Art/ Mural Lane

You’ll definitely bump into a couple of these colorful wall murals in a stray alley or at the back of a building.

Colorful Murals At Mural Arts Lane In Ipoh
Colorful Murals At Mural Arts Lane In Ipoh

There are many in Mural Art’s Lane: Jalan Masjid, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh,Perak

And if you want to see the ones painted by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic:

Trishaw mural at Concubine Lane Ipoh 怡保二奶巷
Trishaw mural at Concubine Lane 怡保二奶巷 – photo credits to itakeomelas (Instagram)

Grab a map from the Ipoh Tourist Information Center.

Address1, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm

Friday: 8am – 12:15pm, 2:45pm – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm

And while you’re at the Ipoh Tourist Information Center:

1.3. Ipoh Heritage Walk/ Historical Buildings

Don’t forget to grab a map of the Ipoh heritage walk!

Or download an Ipoh heritage map from the Ipoh World website.

Birch Memorial Clocktower in Ipoh
Birch Memorial Clocktower in Ipoh – photo credits to fazrul_aizat27 (Instagram)

This walk will take you around all the buildings of historical significance in Ipoh.

Including British-colonial building, Ipoh Railway Station and other landmarks like the Birch Memorial Clock Tower.

Allow at least 1-2 hours.

Ipoh Railway Station
Ipoh Railway Station – photo credits to reikotherainbowgirl (Instagram)

Tips:

  1. Start early in the morning (8am) or in the evening (6:30pm) to avoid the suffocating heat
  2. Bring drinking water and wear comfortable shoes and a hat

A unique feature of Ipoh:

1.4. Ipoh Cave Temples

Ipoh is home to at least 6 of these wonderful temples!

Perak Cave Temple
Perak Cave Temple – photo credits to hendrikhuman (Instagram)

The most notable ones are:

  1. Perak Cave Temple
  2. Kek Lok Tong
  3. Sam Poh Tong

2. How Long Should You Stay In Ipoh?

Should you stay in Ipoh for a few hours? Or 2 days or 3 days?

1 day seems like you are just scratching the surface! Unless you’ll be in Malaysia for a while.

However, if your passion is food, staying for 2 days will really allow you to savor the best of Ipoh food. And give your tummy time to digest!

And if you want to see something most tourists don’t see, stay an extra day and go beyond Ipoh Old Town!

Note: 3 days gives you enough time to explore more than just central Ipoh!

3. Ipoh Itinerary

Ipoh is a laidback city and your Ipoh itinerary should reflect this pace!

  • Start the day with breakfast in a local kopitiam – Try Ipoh white coffee!
  • Go on the Ipoh heritage walk
  • Visit a historical museum or antique gallery
  • Stay cool in one of Ipoh’s many cave temples
  • Try silky-smooth tau fu fah!
  • See how Tambun pomelos are grown
  • End the day with a roadside “snow beer”

If you can only afford a day to see Ipoh:

3.1. Ipoh Day Trip Itinerary

A 1 day trip in Ipoh is common as many see Ipoh as a passing stop rather than the end destination.

Ipoh the capital of Perak
Ipoh the capital of Perak – photo credits to ryotahachino (Instagram)

The one we have planned here assumes you plan to walk for most of the day.

With the highlight being Ipoh Old Town.

Note: Parking in Ipoh Old Town is incredibly difficult and frustrating on a weekend!

Ipoh One Day Trip Schedule

The earlier you arrive, the better to avoid the afternoon heat!

Morning:

  • Arrive for breakfast or brunch at Nam Heong White Coffee (or Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong) – try egg tarts and Ipoh White Coffee.
Nam Heong in Ipoh
Nam Heong in Ipoh – photo credits to lizsoong (Instagram)
  • Explore Concubine Lane and Kong Heng Square.
  • Miniature Wonders Art Gallery is worth a peep. So is the Yasmin Ahmad museum (in Book Xcess Kong Heng).
  • Spot some Ipoh street art  by Ernest Zacharevic at Old Town too.
Note: Tours for Han Chin Pet Soo museum must be booked in advanced!

Afternoon:

  • Have lunch at Thean Chun but prepare for a long wait for the kai se hor fun.
  • Visit Han Chin Pet Soo museum (requires booking) for an eye-opener into Ipoh’s tin mining history. And  Ho Yan Hor Museum next door.
Ho Yah Hor and Han Chin Pet Soo museum close to Concubine Lane 怡保二奶巷
Ho Yah Hor and Han Chin Pet Soo museum close to Concubine Lane 怡保二奶巷 – photo credits to hafizmupie (Instagram)
  • Attempt the Ipoh Heritage Walk (e.g. Birch memorial clock tower, Ipoh railway station, Ipoh high court, St. Michael Old Building)
  • Go for some local desserts – tau fu fah at Big Mom Beancurd or cendol at Deen CT Corner Cendol
  • Or cool down at an Ipoh café (Pâtisserie BoutiQue or Aud’s by JJ Café)
  • Or cross over to Ipoh New Town and have lunch (Lou Wong’s chicken rice)
  • See some murals at Mural Art’s Lane
Colorful Murals At Mural Arts Lane In Ipoh
Colorful Murals At Mural Arts Lane In Ipoh

Evening:

  • Pick up salted chicken at Ayam Garam Aun Kheng Lim (Main Branch) first
  • Shop for souvenirs (Sin Weng Fai Peanut Candy Shop, Guan Heong Biscuit Shop, Ching Han Guan 鍾漢元, Kedai Biskut Sin Eng Heong)
  • Have one last meal in Ipoh – Lou Wong’s chicken rice or Restoran Tuck Kee
Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黃芽菜雞)
Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黃芽菜雞) – photo credits to bg_r8 (Instagram)
  • From 7 pm onwards, you can see the Gerbang Malam (night market)

Want to see something less touristy with a local Ipoh-born guide to show you the way?

You can book a Ipoh private tour with RayTheTour through us on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger!

Private Ipoh Tour With RayTheTour & Travelswithsun

A continuation of the 1 day itinerary:

3.2. Ipoh 2 Days 1 Night Itinerary

2 days is the sweet spot for exploring Ipoh!

On the first day:

Night:

  • Get supper or dessert (or both) at Tong Sui Kai
  • Go shopping Ipoh Parade Shopping mall
  • Check out Ipoh nightlife (Bricks & Barrels or Fei Bo Snow beer)
Fei Bo Snow Beer Ipoh Garden East 肥波雪花啤东区
Fei Bo Snow Beer Ipoh Garden East 肥波雪花啤东区 – photo credits to sososoya (Instagram)

There’s a whole medley of places to check out at night in Ipoh actually.

On the second day:

Wake up as early as you can.

Morning:

  • Try some Ipoh dim sum (Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum or Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum)!
  • Alternatively, have a typical Malaysian breakfast at Moon De Moon (curry mee and kai se hor fun)
Gai Se Hor Fun at Restaurant Moon De Moon
Gai Se Hor Fun at Restaurant Moon De Moon
Coffee enthusiasts must try Ipoh white coffee at least once
Coffee enthusiasts must try Ipoh white coffee at least once.

Afternoon:

  • For lunch, try Restoran Nasi Ayam Pak Kong, fish head noodles at 辉记石斑鱼头米粉 or Dai Shu Geok Big Tree Foot Yong Tau Foo – 锦记大小脚茶室
Laksa & Yong Liu At Choong Kee Restaurant (Dai Shu Geok)
Laksa & Yong Liu At Choong Kee Restaurant (Dai Shu Geok)
  • If you still want to look for souvenirs, then you can have lunch at Sun Yeong Wai Roasted Duck (Sri Ampang) 新揚威烤鴨(安邦總店)instead as it is a couple of shops away from Yee Hup.
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring cave temples (Kek Lok Tong, Ling Sen Tong, Nam Thean Tong and Sam Poh Tong)
Gua Kek Lok Tong
Gua Kek Lok Tong – photo credits to mikelam88 (Instagram)

Tip: If you’re heading back to Kuala Lumpur, leaving right after lunch will mean less traffic.

Evening:

  • Fancy Nyonya food? Have an early dinner at Yum Yum Restaurant Ipoh
  • Or have dinner at this Chinese seafood restaurant, Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant

An extension of the previous itinerary:

3.3. Ipoh 3 Days 2 Night Itinerary

More opportunities to try more Ipoh food!

And this where you can get out of Ipoh to explore other interesting places!

On the second day:

Night:

  • Soak at the hot springs at Sunway’s Lost World of Tambun
  • Or go for a massage at Thai Oasis (ICC Club)
Hot Springs at Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh
Hot Springs at Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh – photo credits to _jin.l_ (Instagram)

On the third day:

You can easily spend the whole of this day at Sunway Lost World of Tambun! They have quite a substantial zoo that the kids will particularly enjoy!

Morning:

  • Breakfast at Chang Jiang White Coffee
  • Journey to Kellie’s Castle
  • After visiting Kellie’s, go for a tour at Tin Dredge No. 5 at Batu Gajah (call first)
Kellie's Castle
Kellie’s Castle at Batu Gajah

Other morning activities:

  • Hiking up Bukit Kledang
  • Caving at Gua Tempurung
  • White water rafting at Gopeng
Gua Tempurung
Gua Tempurung – photo credits to arietamp (Instagram)

Afternoon:

  • Have a seafood lunch at Tanjung Tualang village (Thong Lok Seafood Restaurant, Yew Kei Seafood Restaurant or Luen Fong Restaurant)
  • Stop by the Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum at Kampar
  • HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley in Gopeng

Evening:

  • Dinner At Yum Yum Restaurant Ipoh or Durbar

For those who didn’t drive their way to Ipoh:

4. Getting Around In Ipoh

There are 3 main entry points then:

  1. AmanJaya Bus Terminal
  2. Ipoh Railway Station
  3. Ipoh Airport (Sultan Azlan Shah Airport)
Sultan Azlan Shah Airport at Ipoh
Sultan Azlan Shah Airport at Ipoh

Possible to walk to Ipoh Old Town from Ipoh Railway Station if you don’t have much luggage weighing you down.

As for the other two arrival points, you will need to rely on public or private transport.

Public/ Private Transport In Ipoh

There are pros and cons of each:

Transport Pros Cons
Bus -Cheap -Unreliable (i.e. not punctual)
-The main station (Ipoh AmanJaya) is 20 minutes’ from town
Taxi -Convenient in the city -Harder to find one further from Ipoh town
-Sometimes, you get a taxi that does not have a meter and the driver can charge more
-More expensive in certain situations (i.e. public holiday, off-peak hours, airport transfer, etc)
E-hail taxi -Convenient in the city
-Affordable
-Still not as many as in Kuala Lumpur
-Certain areas out of the city centre have longer waiting times before you get a willing driver
Car rental -You can go where you want -It’s difficult to navigate and find parking in Ipoh Old Town during the weekends
-Expensive for solo travellers
Private tour service -You don’t have to drive (or park)
-Comfortable
-Personal guide who is Ipoh-born
-Pick up / drop off within Ipoh
-You can also go to Camerons/ Taiping with the same tour
-Expensive for solo travellers

The private tour service we’re recommending is RayTheTour.

You can book them through us on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

5. How To Get To Ipoh

Ipoh is on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia flanked by Penang, Pahang and Selangor.

The 3 neighboring states are linked by main highways making Ipoh highly accessible.

Road to Ipoh – photo credits to janiceong_artistry (Instagram)

Especially if you have your own car!

What about Singapore?

5.1. Singapore To Ipoh

Most options take at least 5 hours:

  1. Train (multiple transits) from Singapore > Johor > Gemas – takes around 5 hours
  2. Bus (direct) – close to 8 hours!
  3. Self-drive – ~7 hours

Unless you choose to fly to Ipoh directly.

5.1.1. Singapore To Ipoh By Flight

This is by far, the quickest option!

  1. First, get yourself to Changi Airport in Singapore:
  2. Then, take the 1 hour and 15 minutes flight to Ipoh.

There are up to 6 flights a day from Singapore to Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Ipoh.

Ipoh Airport (Sultan Azlan Shah Airport)
Ipoh Airport (Sultan Azlan Shah Airport)

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Price range: $40-420 SGD or RM 120- 1,260

5.2. Kuala Lumpur To Ipoh

So many options to choose from!

  1. ETS train to Ipoh Railway Station – 3 hours, tickets from RM36
  2. Bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan from to Ipoh AmanJaya Bus Terminal – ~3 hours, from RM20
  3. Taxi – 2 hours with no traffic, RM200 to RM300
  4. Self-drive via Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan/E1 (North-South Highway) – 2 hours, ~RM60 for petrol and toll

Note:

  • Prices listed are subject to increase during public holidays and upcoming festivals (e.g. Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, etc)
  • There is currently no direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh!

5.3. Penang To Ipoh

If you have your own car, it’s only too easy to make a trip down to Ipoh!

5.3.1. Penang To Ipoh by Self-driving

Using Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan/AH2/E1:

Duration: 2 hours (~161km)

Price range: RM30 to refuel and toll fees around RM16.8.

5.3.2. Penang To Ipoh by Bus

There are a few departure points – either from the island or at the mainland.

3 Departure points from Penang Island to Ipoh:

  1. Penang Komtar
  2. George Town
  3. Sungai Nibong
AmanJaya Bus Terminal
AmanJaya Bus Terminal at Ipoh – photo credits to thestar.com.my

2 Departure points from Penang Mainland (Butterworth or Perai):

  1. Penang Sentral (Butterworth)
  2. Chai Leng Park – Caltex

You can book your bus ticket online via easybook.com.

Most bus operators will drop you off at Ipoh AmanJaya Bus Terminal.

Price range: RM15-35

Note: Flight is not a viable option since there are no direct flights from Penang to Ipoh!

Read more: How To Go To Ipoh From Penang


6. Accommodation In Ipoh

As with the food industry, the hotel sector in Ipoh is equally competitive:

Which is good news for visitors!

6.1. Ipoh Hotel

You’ll immediately see that there are a lot of hotels in Ipoh!

Both of these have something unique about them:

6.1.1. Weil Hotel Ipoh

Weil Hotel Next to Parkson Ipoh Parade Mall

A modern hotel with contemporary rooms:

  • Infinity pool overlooking Ipoh skyline
  • Rooftop bar and restaurant (and other dining options)
  • Connected to a shopping mall (Ipoh Parade)
  • Close to Tong Sui Kai (Dessert street)
  • Covered and secure parking

Address:  292, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Contact: +605-208 2228

Designed after a Bali-esque resort:

6.1.2. Ipoh Bali Hotel

Ipoh Bali Hotel is a little pricier than your average Ipoh boutique hotel:

Superior double room at Ipoh Bali Hotel
Superior double room – photo blongs to Ipoh Bali Hotel

But they have an almost perfect record for their reviews!

  • In-house spa
  • Delicious breakfast menu (local cuisine)
  • Beautiful décor
  • Quiet neighborhood
  • Close to Secret Garden restaurant
Some Ipoh Bali Hotel rooms have their own fish pond
Some rooms have their own fish pond – photo belongs to Ipoh Bali Hotel

Address: 12, Lorong Cheah Cheang Lim, 30350 Ipoh, Perak

Contact: +605-242 0222

6.2. Ipoh Homestay

Homestays are great if you have a bigger group with you:

6.2.1. Grayhaus Soho

Budget-friendly and very comfortable if you don’t mind small spaces too much!

Double room at GRAYHAUS SOHO
Double room (photo belongs to GRAYHAUS SOHO)

Walking distance to Ipoh Old Town.

Note: Not convenient if you need to park your car

Location: Ipoh New Town

Price Range: Around RM65/night for 2 guests

Max Occupancy: 1 to 2 people

6.2.2. H2H – At Mind 9 Vacation LANDED House Ipoh Center

This renovated house-turned-homestay is extremely family-friendly!

H2H Homestay Exterior and Living Areas at H2H Homestay
H2H Homestay Exterior and Living Areas – photos belong to H2H Homestay

Conveniently close to the airport too!

Bedrooms and dining area at H2H Homestay
Bedrooms and dining area – photos belong to H2H Homestay

Location: Close to Taman Chateau & Taman Kampar

Price Range: RM240/night for the entire house

Max Occupancy: Up to 8 people


More choices: 11 Exceptional Homestay In Ipoh


7. Day Trips From Ipoh

Make an Ipoh road trip since you are already in Ipoh!

Cameron Highlands is usually the next destination for many Ipoh visitors:

7.1. Ipoh To Cameron Highlands

The journey from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands is doable at 2 hours if you don’t mind windy roads!

Tea house at the Boh Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands
Tea house at the Boh Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands

Duration: 2 hours’ drive or more under heavy traffic

Distance from Ipoh: 89.8km

What’re the top attractions:

  • Lavender Farm
  • Strawberry Farms
  • Cactus Farms
  • Steamboat
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • BOH Tea Plantation
  • Mossy Forest (Gunung Brinchang)


Read also: Cameron Highlands Itinerary: Cameron Highlands One Day Trip, 2D1N & 3D2N Itinerary


Taiping is a short drive from Ipoh with a very different character:

7.2. Ipoh To Taiping

It’s even quieter here than in Ipoh and many of the attractions will delight nature lovers!

Taiping Lake Garden
Taiping Lake Garden – Taiping is a quick and easy road trip from Ipoh

Duration: 1 hour drive

Distance from Ipoh: 68.6km

What’s the top attractions:

Bukit Larut or Maxwell hill of Taiping - a town close to Ipoh - see the full list of Ipoh road trips on www.travelswithsun.com
Bukit Larut (a.k.a Maxwell hill).

Read also: Orangutan Island: A Hidden Orangutan Sanctuary In West Malaysia


Just under 30 minutes from Taiping:

7.3. Ipoh To Kuala Sepetang

Kuala Sepetang is a rural fishing district at the Sangga river (Sungai Sangga).

There’s a special kind of mangrove tree here that attracts fireflies!

The Fishing Town Of Kuala Sepetang
The Fishing Town Of Kuala Sepetang – photo credits to Phalinn Ooi

Duration: 1 hour drive from Ipoh

Distance from Ipoh: 73.9km

What’s the top attractions:

  • Fireflies (evening onwards)
  • Eagles
  • Matang Mangrove Reserve (Mangrove boardwalk)
  • Charcoal Factory
  • Kuala Sangga Fishing Village
  • mee udang (Saleh Stall Mee Udang Port Weld)

Conclusion

If you’re Malaysian, you should definitely come over to Ipoh at least once!

For foreigners, you can consider Ipoh a less commercial version of Penang:

Without the beaches. Instead, there are limestone hills, tin mining history and cave temples!

Follow or alter these Ipoh itinerary plans for a Ipoh trip of your own! Or get more ideas with this travel itinerary planner tool!

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