Here is a list of worthwhile Ipoh road trips according to area and duration. For anyone who’s passing through Ipoh.
Or fellow Ipoh-rians looking for a quick weekend getaway!
You can even put some of the attractions below into your Ipoh itinerary.
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By the way, have you tasted any of these must-try food in Ipoh already?
Or seen everything that Ipoh has to offer? Here is a list of Ipoh’s famous places to visit!
#1. Kellie’s Castle At Batu Gajah
Kellie’s Castle near Ipoh is an abandoned mansion at Batu Gajah and 30 minutes’ drive from Ipoh.
Tourists come to admire its castle-like appearance that was left incomplete. Due to the untimely death of the original owner, a Scotsman named William-Kellie-Smith.
#2. Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar is a 45 minutes’ drive from Ipoh. And it is home to many historical royal buildings of great architectural beauty.
2.1. Perak Royal Museum, Kuala Kangsar
Despite its name, it is not a museum per say:
But it is a historical building of superb and unique architecture.
Originally, it served as a temporary home for the royal family while the palace was being built. Locally known as Istana Kenangan.
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2.2. Ubudiah Royal Mosque
Lovely old mosque situated just beside the Perak river in Kuala Kangsar.
2.3. Istana Iskandariah
This is the palace for the Sultan of Perak.
A budget-friendly alternative to the hot springs in The Haven or Lost World of Tambun in Ipoh:
#3. Sungkai Klah hot springs
A local favorite, these are natural hot springs of varying temperatures. It’s affordable fun for the whole family!
Need a break from being out all day? Check out the best Ipoh cafes on this list!
#4. Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sitiawan
Come early to see the sunrise at this temple by the sea! There are huge and beautiful white statues of the many Taoist deities. Don’t miss the mangrove boardwalk too!
#5. Leaning Tower Of Teluk Intan
A magnificent structure with history (since 1885) but not worth a detour alone on its own:
So it’s probably best if you stop by here on your way to Kuala Selangor (further down the list) from Ipoh.
Read also: 13 Things To Do When The Sun Sets In Ipoh
Have a weekend to spare?
#6. Taiping Road Trip
At Taiping, you can hop on over to the famous Taiping Lake Gardens, a charcoal factory, mangroves, bird-watching, fireflies, waterfalls and Bukit Larut (a.k.a Maxwell hill).
With all those attractions, it might be worth your while to stay in Taiping for at least a night.
Driving time: This nearby town is an hour’s drive from Ipoh.
Recommended duration: Day trip to a weekend, depending on what you’re doing
6.1. Bukit Larut (or Maxwell Hill)
The jeep fare to get up here is not expensive. You can stay overnight if you wish too.
For more information, you can check out our post, Bukit Larut and Burmese Pool – Taiping.
6.2. Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory
Kuala Sepetang is real close to Taiping. Come see one of the largest traditional charcoal factories in Malaysia here. As well as the mangrove reserve close by!
Charcoal Factory of Kuala Sepetang close to Taiping.
6.3. Taiping Lake Gardens
It’s free to stroll around these large gardens and admire all the trees and landscaping.
There’s tonnes more to explore in Taiping, you can check out our post (link shared above under Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory) for more ideas.
#7. Pangkor Island
Best accommodation in Pangkor:
- Pangkor Laut Resort – Absolute comfort at around RM1000/night for 2 people; Book Pangkor Laut Resort now
- Nipah Guesthouse Pangkor – Chalets at walking distance to 2 beaches. Priced at RM200-400/night for 2 people; Book Nipah Guesthouse Pangkor
- Pangkor Homestay – Different sized bungalows (with kitchenettes) priced from RM400-700 a night. Great for large groups. Car rental service is available. Close to Pasir Bogak; Book Pangkor Homestay
A chance to see blue tears?
#8. Pulau Sembilan Road Trip
Pulau Sembilan is a bunch of small islands south of Pangkor Island and Lumut.
They are famous because it is here, that you can witness the “blue tears” phenomenon.
We have a separate post on this – catching blue tears at Pulau Sembilan.
Driving time: You need to get to the jetty that is located in a small fishing village in Bagan Datuk. A 2 hour drive from Ipoh.
Cost: Around RM200-250 for the overnight package (including transport to the island, basic accommodation and food)
Recommended duration: There are daily and overnight tours.
- It’s best to go with a tour for this one as the island is privately owned and requires a permit to visit.
- Book as early as a month ahead and check with the tour agency on the peak months to visit.
- There are less plankton during the rainy season. We went in September and didn’t see too many.
#9. Penang Mainland
It should come as no surprise that Penang is on this list:
Seeing that it’s only 2 hours away from Ipoh!
But we won’t touch on the usual Penang attractions here since Penang is already well-known.
Frog Hill, Tasek Gelugor near Bukit Mertajam
This place is still relatively new to tourists outside of Malaysia but locals are quickly catching on to this local beauty!
It is however, quite isolated:
Check out our full experience here – Froghill, Penang, we actually got lost and have a few tips to share if you do decide to go here.
Read more: How To Go To Ipoh From Penang
Had enough of the heat?
#10. Ipoh To Cameron Highlands Road Trip
The locals come here to escape the heat and to enjoy the fresh air.
Read also: 15 Best Hotels In Cameron Highlands
You can visit the mossy forest, farms and BOH tea plantations, go hiking, play golf, have tea at a fancy British-styled cafe, etc.
More details in our separate post for this – an alternative Cameron Highlands getaway.
Heading back to Kuala Lumpur? You might want to consider visiting these awesome places!
#11. Kuala Selangor Road Trip
Driving time: Kuala Selangor is about a 3 hours’ drive away from Ipoh and an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.
Tip: Don’t take the North-South Expressway if you want a more scenic route.
Recommended duration: Day trip to a weekend
Where you can visit a rice factory, the rice paddy fields of Sekinchan and a fishing village.
Cost and all other details are in the post (link above).
11.2. Sky Mirror
The local tour companies might combine the “Sky Mirror of Kuala Selangor” (Sasaran salt flat) together with a chance to see blue tears,eagles or fireflies.
In our post (link above), we have a table comparing the different prices and tour companies.
But you can also visit these places separately.
11.3. Bukit Melawati
See the silver leaf monkeys and the old fort after a quick hike up Bukit Malawati (Google Maps has it spelled this way).
This is also a good place to check out while waiting for your Sky Mirror tour to start. It’s fairly close to the jetty.
Cost: Free entry. Small fee if you want to take the tram or buy food for the monkeys.
Recommended duration: 1 hour
If you’re going down to Kuala Lumpur from Ipoh:
#12. Kuala Lumpur Road Trip
Shah Alam is essentially a 30-40 minute detour from Kuala Lumpur.
So why not combine your Kuala Selangor trip with some sight-seeing in Shah Alam?
12.1. I City Shah Alam
Besides the gorgeous LED light displays, there is a water park and Malaysia’s largest indoor snow park!
12.2. Batu caves
A must-see that’s just outside Kuala Lumpur, this Hindu temple and shrine sits amid limestone caves.
But the most striking feature is a massive statue of Lord Murugan.
In recent years, the steps were painted in an assortment of bright colors.
#13. Banding Island & Belum Rainforest Resort
Belum Rainforest Resort
Belum Rainforest Resort is on Banding Island which sits in the middle of Lake Temenggor. The lake was created by the flooding of the valley when the Temenggor Dam was built.
The forest which surrounds the lake however, is an ancient (130 million years old) one named Royal Belum Rainforest.
Hence, due to its location, Belum Rainforest Resort is a very convenient starting point for appreciating the beauty of this forest reserve.
Last on our list (and furthest away from Ipoh):
#14. Pahang (+Port Dickson) road trip (4 days)
This is a round trip that passes through two Malaysian states.
Our full trip is covered in a separate post Pahang Road Trip
14.1. Sungai Lembing
For the novelty of sleeping in a capsule:
You can book a container at The Time Capsule Retreat in Sungai Lembing. There are modern facilities in the middle of nature.
Star gazing is great out here. And there are facilities to have your own BBQ!
And it’s conveniently located for hiking up Panorama Hill (or Bukit Panorama) before sunrise:
14.2. Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary
Feed the elephants sugarcane and peanuts and watch them go for their daily baths in the afternoon.
Lexis Resort, Port Dickson
The sea or beaches are not the best in Port Dickson but the Lexis resort chalets are gorgeous!
Especially on the inside. We even got an upgrade to a better room when we went!
The beach (open to the public) is just walking distance too!
Cost: We paid ~RM400 for a double room.
And just to give you some ideas if you’re planning a road trip between Terengganu and Pahang:
#15. Terengganu Road Trip From Ipoh
- Lake Chini,
- Cherating Turtle Sanctuary,
- Taman Negara,
- Kenyir Lake,
- Crystal Mosque,
- Perhentian Islands,
- Redang Island,
- Kapas Island,
- Lang Tengah Island, etc.
- Chamang Waterfall,
- Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary,
- Bukit Fraser (a.k.a Fraser’s Hill),
- Teluk Cempedak,
- Cameron Highlands,
- Colmar Tropicale, Berjaya Hills in Bukit Tinggi
- Genting Highlands,
- Berkelah Falls,
- Bentong, etc – we’ve also found a couple of farm resorts and one camping resort between Kuala Gandah and Fraser’s Hill.
It only takes a few days to explore Ipoh city. So if you need a change of scenery, you can visit the other places around Ipoh and in the neighboring states of Pahang, Penang and Kuala Selangor.
Our list here is arranged by duration from the nearest to the furthest locations. Helps loads to have your own car if you want to see all of them!