Ipoh Road Trips Malaysia - see the full list on www.travelswithsun.com

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!

Half Day To Full Day Ipoh Road Trips

#1. Kellie’s Castle At Batu Gajah

Kellie's Castle
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.

Address: Jalan Gopeng, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 9am to 6pm; Closes earlier at 5:30pm from Monday to Thursday

Malaysians: RM5 (Adult), RM3 (Child below 12 years old), RM4 (seniors)

Foreigners:  RM10 (Adult), RM8 (Child below 12 years old)

Read also: Concubine Lane Ipoh: A Must Visit Street In Ipoh

#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

Perak Royal Museum (Istana Kenangan) in Kuala Kangsar is an architectural marvel in Perak - see it during a quick road trip from Ipoh - more on what to see in Kuala Kangsar on www.travelswithsun.com
Perak Royal Museum (Istana Kenangan) in Kuala Kangsar is an architectural marvel in Perak – see it during a quick road trip from Ipoh

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.

Note: The Istana Kenangan is recently open after renovation.

Address: Jalan Istana, Kuala Kangsar 33000, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm; Closed on Monday

Phone: +605-776 5500

Cost: Free to visit (only downstairs)

Recommended duration: Less than an hour

Read more: HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng: Another Place To Try Tea For Tea Lovers + What To Do

2.2. Ubudiah Royal Mosque

Ubudiah Royal Mosque in Kuala Kangsar - a must-see attraction during a quick Ipoh road trip in Perak - more on www.travelswithsun.com
Ubudiah Royal Mosque in Kuala Kangsar – a must-see attraction during a quick Ipoh road trip in Perak

Lovely old mosque situated just beside the Perak river in Kuala Kangsar.

Address: Ubudiah Royal Mosque, Kuala Kangsar, Perak., Jalan Istana, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak

Opening hours: 9am to 12pm, 3pm to 4pm, 5:30pm to 6pm; Closed on Friday

Cost: Free entrance to the public

Recommended duration: Less than an hour

Remarks:

  • Appropriate attire only and shoes must be removed before entering
  • To fully appreciate the building, try to go to the other side of the river to see it from afar

2.3. Istana Iskandariah

Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar has a lovely exterior. A good stop during a quick road trip from Ipoh - more on www.travelswithsun.com
Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar has a lovely exterior. A good stop during a quick road trip from Ipoh

This is the palace for the Sultan of Perak.

Address: Taman Lerista, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak

Cost: Free but you can’t exactly go in. You can only admire the incredible architecture from outside.

Recommended duration: < 1 hour

Remarks: Open to the public on rare occasions (e.g. Hari Terbuka Istana)

A budget-friendly alternative to the hot springs in The Haven or Lost World of Tambun in Ipoh:

#3. Sungkai Klah hot springs

Sungkai Klah hot springs retreat - easily accessible from Ipoh via a quick road trip - more on www.travelswithsun.com
Sungkai Klah hot springs retreat – easily accessible from Ipoh via a quick road trip

A local favorite, these are natural hot springs of varying temperatures. It’s affordable fun for the whole family!

Driving time: 1 hour 25 minutes’ drive

Address: Sungai Klah Hot Spring Park, 35600 Sungkai, Perak

Cost: RM15/adult, RM12/child, RM8/senior (above 60)

Recommended duration: <3 hours

Remarks:

  • Facilities are not in the best condition.
  • There are shady spots to stay out of the sun
  • There are some food and drink stalls (outside food is not allowed)
  • Chicken eggs are sold at the park because there is one pool specifically meant for cooking the eggs in. Bring your own containers to avoid unnecessary plastic waste!

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!

Tua Pek Kong Taoist temple in Sitiawan is not far from Ipoh - it is a possible day trip in Perak - more Ipoh road trip ideas on www.travelswithsun.com
Tua Pek Kong Taoist temple in Sitiawan is not far from Ipoh – it is a possible day trip in Perak

Driving time: 1 hour 43 minutes drive

Address: Tua Pek Kong Temple, Jalan Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan, Perak

Cost: Free

Recommended duration: 1-2 hours

Remarks:

  • Very crowded during Chinese New Year
  • Sunscreen and an umbrella are a must!
  • There is a short boardwalk through some mangroves for visitors to enjoy
  • Great sunset spot

Read more: Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village: Includes How To Buy Tickets & Things To Do

#5. Leaning Tower Of Teluk Intan

Leaning tower of Teluk Intan during Melaka - an attraction you can include in to an Ipoh road trip - see the full list of Ipoh trips on www.travelswithsun.com
Leaning tower of Teluk Intan during Melaka – an attraction you can include in to an Ipoh road trip

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.

Driving time: 1 hour 44 minutes’ drive

Address: Menara Condong Teluk Intan, Perak., Lot 1&2, Komplex Menara Condong, Jalan Bandar, Pekan Teluk Intan, 36000 Teluk Intan, Perak

Cost: Free but some registration at the counter is required

Recommended duration: <30 minutes

Remarks:

  • You can go up until the 3rd floor for a good view of the town and the nearby lake.
  • Parking is easy.
  • Crowded on Saturday night due to night markets.

Read also: 13 Things To Do When The Sun Sets In Ipoh

Have a weekend to spare?

Weekend Road Trips From Ipoh

#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)

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 or Maxwell hill of Taiping – a town close to Ipoh

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

The river is used for transporting chopped mangrove wood to the charcoal factory in Kuala Sepetang
The river is used for transporting chopped mangrove wood to the charcoal factory in Kuala Sepetang.

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.

Address: Charcoal Factory Kuala Sepetang, Jalan Taiping – Kuala Sepetang, Kuala Sepetang, 34650 Kuala Sepetang, Perak

Cost: Free or RM5 if you take the guided tour

Recommended duration: 1-2 hours

6.3. Taiping Lake Gardens

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

It’s free to stroll around these large gardens and admire all the trees and landscaping.

Address: Taiping Lake Gardens, Jalan Pekeliling, Taman Tasik Taiping, 34000 Taiping, Perak

Cost: Free

Recommended duration: 1-2 hours

Remarks:

  • On one side of the lake gardens, there are paddle boats you can rent out for a fee.
  • If you do get bored, you can hop on over to the Taiping Zoo.

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.

Read also: Bukit Merah Laketown Resort – Affordable Family Fun Theme Park

#7. Pangkor Island

Pasir Bogak of Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor island) - a beach getaway that you can do include into an Ipoh road trip - more Ipoh road trips listed on www.travelswithsun.com
Pasir Bogak of Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor island) – a beach getaway that you can do include into an Ipoh road trip

Driving time: 1 hour 45 minutes to Lumut from Ipoh; But the ferry from Lumut to Pangkor takes another 45 minutes approximately.

You can check out the schedule and ferry frequency on this page here.

Cost: Accommodation will set you back the most. Prices are increased during the high season.

Recommended duration: The weekend

Remarks:

  • Best enjoyed during low season (i.e. avoid public and school holidays)
  • Check out Pasir Bogak
  • More locals than foreigners visit this island
  • Boat/ water taxis priced at RM200/10pax or RM250/>10pax
  • There is a 4 hour bus from Kuala Lumpur to Lumut

Best accommodation in Pangkor:

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  • 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
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A chance to see blue tears?

#8. Pulau Sembilan Road Trip

Sunrise at Pulau Sembilan Bagan Datok - a couple hours drive from Ipoh - See the full list of Ipoh road trips on www.travelswithsun.com
Sunrise at Pulau Sembilan Bagan Datok – a couple hours drive from Ipoh

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.

NOTE: They don’t let visitors stay on the island anymore due to over-tourism since April 2017. The tours will take you out to sea at night instead and show you the plankton by scooping some up in a net. There’s no announced date when island tours can resume.

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.

Remarks:

  • 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.

Read more: Penang ItineraryHow To Get The Most Out Of Your Penang Trip

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!

Frog hill at Guar Perahu or Tasik Gelugor close to Bukit Mertajam and Penang - not too far from Ipoh - See the full list of Ipoh road trips on www.travelswithsun.com
Frog hill at Guar Perahu or Tasik Gelugor close to Bukit Mertajam and Penang – not too far from Ipoh

It is however, quite isolated:

Check out our full experience here – Froghill, Penangwe actually got lost and have a few tips to share if you do decide to go here.

Driving time: ~2 hours

Address: Exact coordinates is in our post.

Cost: Free

Recommended duration: Less than 2 hours but since this place is close to Penang, why not spend the rest of the weekend in Penang?

Remarks:

  • You will most definitely need to carpool or self-drive to get here but the views are worth it.
  • The hike is manageable – should be pie for anyone who does regular exercise.
  • Your tires and shoes might get a little coated in sticky red clay. Beware.

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.

BOH tea plantation in Cameron Highlands - it is possible to do this on a road trip from Ipoh - See the full list of Ipoh road trips on www.travelswithsun.com
BOH tea plantation in Cameron Highlands – it is possible to do this on a road trip from Ipoh

What to do in Cameron Highlands?

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.

Visit a strawberry farm in Cameron Highlands which is accessible from Ipoh through a road trip - See the full list of Ipoh road trips on www.travelswithsun.com
Visit a strawberry farm in Cameron Highlands which is accessible from Ipoh through a road trip

More details in our separate post for this – an alternative Cameron Highlands getaway.

Driving time: It is about 2 hours’ drive from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands.

Cost: Farm visits are often free or affordable. The cafes can be on the pricey side. It’s free entry to the mossy forest but you might need to pay for transport if you don’t have your own car.

Recommended duration: 1-2 days

Remarks:

  • If you’re planning to stay here for more than a few days, consider volunteering at the local environmental NGO (non-government organization), REACH.

Read also: How To Go To Cameron Highlands From Singapore

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

11.1. Sekinchan

Sekinchan rice paddy field during planting season - it is possible to visit this attraction from Ipoh - See the full list of Ipoh road trips on www.travelswithsun.com
Sekinchan green rice paddy field during planting season – it is possible to visit this attraction from Ipoh

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 Sasaran sky mirror of Kuala Selangor (near Sekinchan) on a relatively cloudy day - See the full list of Ipoh road trips on www.travelswithsun.com
The sky mirror of Kuala Selangor (near Sekinchan) on a relatively cloudy day

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

Silver leaf monkey enjoying bananas at Bukit Melawati in Kuala Selangor - more on Kuala Selangor and other places to visit from Ipoh on www.travelswithsun.com
Silver leaf monkey enjoying bananas at Bukit Melawati in Kuala Selangor

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

Colorful trees at i City Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - more on visiting this place as part of an Ipoh road trip on www.travelswithsun.com
Colorful trees at i City Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Besides the gorgeous LED light displays, there is a water park and Malaysia’s largest indoor snow park!

Driving time: 2 hours 36 minutes from Ipoh

Address: D-1-G, Jalan Multimedia 7/AJ ,Persiaran Multimedia, i-CityShah Alam 40000, Malaysia

Cost: Free entry but you may opt for the all day package. They have different packages available.

Recommended duration: 3 hours or more

Remarks:

  • You can read more about I City Shah Alam as well as other things to do in Shah Alam here.

12.2. Batu caves

Batu Caves is a must see attraction in Malaysia on the way to Kuala Lumpur from Ipoh - for the full list of Ipoh road trips, check out www.travelswithsun.com
Batu Caves is a must see attraction in Malaysia on the way to Kuala Lumpur from Ipoh

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.

Driving time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Address: GombakBatu Caves 68100, Malaysia

Cost: Free entry

Recommended duration: <2 hours

Remarks:

  • It’s 272 steep steps up to the top for a spectacular view of the surroundings.
  • Ladies must cover their knees and shoulders. Not sure about gents – I guess you just keep your shirts on then.
  • Beware of the mischievous monkeys. They will happily go through your bags.
  • Bring drinking water with you
  • It’s possible to take a train to and from Batu caves.
  • A one way journey with Grab will cost around RM20 to and from Kuala Lumpur
  • You can also see this place on your way out of Kuala Lumpur to Pahang (see next section)

Read also: How To Get To Cameron Highlands From Kuala Lumpur

#13. Banding Island & Belum Rainforest Resort

You can make a road trip from Ipoh to Belum Rainforest Resort on Banding Island which is close to Gerik, Perak - more Ipoh road trip ideas on www.travelswithsun.com
You can make a road trip from Ipoh to Belum Rainforest Resort on Banding Island which is close to Gerik, Perak

Belum Rainforest Resort

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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.

Driving time: 2 hour 35 minutes from Ipoh

Address: Belum Rainforest Resort, Pulau Banding, 33300 Gerik, Perak

Cost: RM 400/ night (excluding the rainforest tour) for 2 people. Their Discover Nature package is RM 1,640 (for 2 people) – this includes the Royal Belum full day tour and 2 nights’accommodation and meals.

Recommended duration: The weekend

Remarks:

  • A chance to see the rare Rafflesia flower without having to go over to East Malaysia
  • Food served at the resort is not particularly good
  • The resort has an infinity pool which overlooks the lake
  • The nearest town is Gerik (about 35 mins drive) in case you need to buy something

Book Belum Rainforest Resort

3-4 day road trips from Ipoh

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

Driving time: The journey from Ipoh takes 5 hours’ on the road each way.

Recommended duration: 3-4 days

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!

The Time Capsule Retreat in Sungai Lembing, Pahang - it is possible to come here via a road trip from Ipoh - See the full list of Ipoh road trips on www.travelswithsun.com
The Time Capsule Retreat in Sungai Lembing, Pahang – it is possible to come here via a road trip from Ipoh

And it’s conveniently located for hiking up Panorama Hill (or Bukit Panorama) before sunrise:

Bukit Panorama or Panorama Hill is a must see in Sungai Lembing of Pahang - the neighboring state of Ipoh - See the full list of Ipoh road trips on www.travelswithsun.com
Bukit Panorama or Panorama Hill in the early morning in Sungai Lembing of Pahang – the neighboring state of Ipoh

Address: Time Capsule Retreat, Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang

Cost: See our post on Pahang Road Trip (link is above)

14.2. Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary

Feed elephants at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Lanchang, Pahang - more on how you can go here on www.travelswithsun.com
Feed elephants at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Lanchang, Pahang

Feed the elephants sugarcane and peanuts and watch them go for their daily baths in the afternoon.

Address: Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre, 28500 Lanchang, Pahang

Cost: Free admission but you’re welcome to leave a donation.

Recommended duration: 1 hour

Lexis Resort, Port Dickson

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The sea or beaches are not the best in Port Dickson but the Lexis resort chalets are gorgeous!

Sea chalets at the Lexis resort in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan - for more information, see www.travelswithsun.com
Sea chalets at the Lexis resort in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Especially on the inside. We even got an upgrade to a better room when we went!

What our room in the seaside water chalets looked like at Lexis Resort in Port Dickson - see more road trip options on www.travelswithsun.com
What our room in the seaside water chalets looked like at Lexis Resort in Port Dickson

The beach (open to the public) is just walking distance too!

Cost: We paid ~RM400 for a double room.

Book the Lexis resort in Port Dickson here.

And just to give you some ideas if you’re planning a road trip between Terengganu and Pahang:

#15. Terengganu Road Trip From Ipoh

  1. Lake Chini,
  2. Cherating Turtle Sanctuary,
  3. Taman Negara,
  4. Kenyir Lake,
  5. Crystal Mosque,
  6. Perhentian Islands,
  7. Redang Island,
  8. Kapas Island,
  9. Lang Tengah Island, etc.

Pahang

  1. Chamang Waterfall,
  2. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary,
  3. Bukit Fraser (a.k.a Fraser’s Hill),
  4. Teluk Cempedak,
  5. Cameron Highlands,
  6. Colmar Tropicale, Berjaya Hills in Bukit Tinggi
  7. Genting Highlands,
  8. Berkelah Falls,
  9. Bentong, etc – we’ve also found a couple of farm resorts and one camping resort between Kuala Gandah and Fraser’s Hill.

Conclusion

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!

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