Best Things To Do In Ipoh (Ipoh Attractions You Should Not Miss!)

Ipoh (the capital city of Perak) is full of visitors during the public holidays.

Mainly for cheap and delicious food but there are also plenty of things to do in Ipoh at night and in the daytime!

Read on and find out which Ipoh attraction you need to include into your itinerary:

Table of Contents:

  1. Go back in time (Ipoh tin mining history)
  2. Try Ipoh famous food
  3. Enjoy some greenery (Ipoh parks)
  4. Visit a limestone cave temple
  5. Admire British Colonial Architecture
  6. Explore Tambun area
  7. Join the crowds at Ipoh tourist hotspots
  8. Spend a day at Sunway Lost World Of Tambun
  9. Take the Ipoh Heritage Walk
  10. Have a cup of Ipoh White Coffee
  11. Cycle around Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village
  12. Learn more about Malaysia at the Geological Museum
  13. Shop for a souvenir at Pasar Karat Memory Lane (Sunday Market)
  14. Be Impressed at Tambun Tibetan Temple
  15. Go for an evening stroll at Kinta Riverfront Walk
  16. Check out Little India
  17. Browse through Book Xcess
  18. Take a break at an Ipoh Cafe
  19. Stay at one of many chic Ipoh Boutique Hotels
  20. Pamper yourself at a real 5-star resort
  21. Check out one of Ipoh’s shopping malls
  22. Hike up Bukit Kledang
  23. Make time to see other religious structures
  24. Wander through Perak Herbal Garden
  25. Explore every corner of Kellie’s Castle
  26. Take a ferry to Pangkor Island
  27. Escape the city and check out Gopeng

27 Best Things To Do In Ipoh 2020

1. Go Back In Time (Ipoh Tin Mining History)

Learn more about Ipoh’s rich (pun intended) tin mining history at these places:

1.1. Han Chin Pet Soo Museum

This museum is an eye opener to be sure!

Multilingual guides for the daily tours are volunteers from local NGO called “Ipoh World”.

Inside Han Chin Pet Soo Hakka Miners Club Ipoh World Museum -
Inside Han Chin Pet Soo Hakka Miners Club Ipoh World Museum

You MUST make a booking online via Ipoh World’s website prior to visiting Han Chin Pet Soo!

Address: 3, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30100 Ipoh, Perak

Cost: Donation of at least RM10 per person (solely to maintain the building)

Recommended duration: 30 minutes to an hour

Opening hours: 9.30am to 3.30pm daily (Closed on Mondays)

Contact: +605-241 4541

Remarks: Pop next door to Ho Yan Hor museum if you have time!

1.2. TT5 Tin Dredge

Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5 was re-opened after major repair works as the dredge is slowly sinking.

TT5 Tanjung Tualang tin dredge - an Ipoh heritage close to Batu Gajah
TT5 Tanjung Tualang tin dredge – an Ipoh heritage close to Batu Gajah

Please pay a visit to this precious Ipoh heritage as proceeds go to maintenance and salvation of the dredge!

Address:  9th KM, Jalan Tanjung Tualang, 31000 Batu Gajah, Negeri Perak

Cost: Admission is RM10 (locals), RM20 (foreigners)

Recommended duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (Closed every Tuesday)

TT5 Guided Tours:
9.30am | 10.30am | 11.30am | 12.30pm | 1.30pm |2.30pm | 3.30pm | 4.30pm

Contact: +6014-904 3255

Remarks:

  • Visitor center has basic toilet facilities
  • Cafe in the grounds
  • Regular tours available (only in Malay)

1.3. Durbar

Durbar is a bar and restaurant housed in a building once known as FMS (Federated Malay States) with 100+ years’ worth of history tied to it.

Durbar (FMS) - one of the most popular cafes in Ipoh
Durbar (FMS) – one of the most popular cafes in Ipoh

It was the main watering hole during the tin mining days of Ipoh.

And thanks to Lee Yee Tsong (who did the restoration):

Now, it is a must-go for locals and foreigners alike! By the way, the food is excellent!

Address: 2 Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Cuisine: Hainanese and Western

Opening Hours: Daily 11 am – 10 pm, closed on Wednesdays

Contact: +605-210 5115

Remarks:

  • Halal
  • Make a booking before you come!
  • Parking is not easy.
  • Walking distance to Ipoh Padang

1.4. Ho Yan Hor Museum

A small but lovely museum (with air-con!) paying tribute to a famous tea brand in Ipoh.

Ho Yan Hor Museum in Ipoh - photo by sooliping (Instagram)
Ho Yan Hor Museum in Ipoh – photo by sooliping (Instagram)

Learn about the history of the building and the founder Dr. Ho. And how he found success!

Address: 1, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Cost: Free admission

Recommended Duration: About an hour

Opening hours: 10am – 4pm (Closed on Mondays)

Contact: +605-241 2048

Remarks:

  • Tea sampling included!
  • Only around 20 people are allowed into the building at any one time
  • No pushy sales here!

1.5. Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum

Did you know that Malaysia was once the world’s leading producer of tin back in the 1800s right till the 1980s?

Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum At Kampar
Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum At Kampar – photo credits to steve__hs (Instagram)

And this little-known museum has indoor and outdoor exhibits of the extraction methods and equipment used in the local area.

Outdoor Exhibit At The Kampar Tin Mining Museum
Outdoor Exhibit At The Kampar Tin Mining Museum – photo credits to steve__hs (Instagram)

The owner himself was a former tin miner. In fact, Kinta Valley’s tin mines contributed to >20% of the world’s tin production back in the day!

Address: Lot 126026, Jalan Batu Karang, Taman Bandar Baru, 31900 Kampar, Negeri Perak

Cost: RM5 Adult, RM2 Children (5-17 yo), Free Child (<5 yo)

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am–5pm

Contact: +6012 288 8530

2. Try Ipoh Famous food

You can’t visit Ipoh without trying Ipoh food! Ipoh is famous for its local food, like Ipoh dim sum, beansprout chicken, dry curry mee and more!

Thean Chun cafe - super popular with locals and tourists alike in Ipoh
Thean Chun cafe – super popular with locals and tourists alike in Ipoh

Ipoh biscuits like kaya puffs, peanut candy, Gunung Rapat’s reknown hiong peah are worth mentioning too!

Tau fu fa sold at Jalan Panglima (Concubine Lane) in Ipoh
Tau fu fa sold at Jalan Panglima (Concubine Lane) 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!

Grab this ebook written by locals for FREE!

Click here to check out more!


Read more: 9 Famous Salted Chicken In Ipoh That You Should Try


3. Enjoy some greenery (Ipoh parks)

Ipoh is blessed with some gorgeous limestone hills! And we have a fair share of public gardens too!

3.1. Kinta Nature Park

Have a big breakfast in Ipoh (or lunch) and drive to Batu Gajah where the Kinta Nature Park is.

You will enjoy this place if you love nature. More so if you’re an avid bird-watcher.

Kinta Nature Park in Batu Gajah - a bird watching paradise that is a short drive from Ipoh in Perak
Kinta Nature Park in Batu Gajah – a bird watching paradise that is a short drive from Ipoh in Perak

Address: Kinta Nature Park, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak

Cost: Free for locals (not sure about foreigners)

Recommended duration: Allocate 15-30 minutes

Remarks:

  • Go early in the morning to see more bird activity.
  • Some people fish here but I’m not too sure that’s allowed
  • Bring some binoculars!

3.2. Gunung Lang Recreational Park

With all the surrounding limestone hills and a small waterfall (most likely man-made), it’s very beautiful here!

Gunung Lang Recreational Park in Ipoh - photo credits to wataktambahan (Instagram)
Gunung Lang Recreational Park in Ipoh – photo credits to wataktambahan (Instagram)

Great for joggers and families as well as there is a lake with a boat ride to the other side with a mini zoo!

You can take a boat ride to the other side of Gunung Lang Recreational Park - photo credits to triannady (Instagram) - For the full list of things to do in Ipoh, go to www.travelswithsun.com
You can take a boat ride to the other side of Gunung Lang Recreational Park – photo credits to triannady (Instagram)

Or you can skip the 5-minute boat ride and just feed the huge fish. Or have a picnic by the lake!

Address: Gunung Lang Recreational Park, Jalan Damai, 30100 Ipoh, Perak

Cost:

  • Free if you don’t cross the lake or buy food to feed the fish.
  • Boat ride is RM3/adult and RM1.50/child or senior citizen.
  • Fish food costs RM1 while bread for the fish costs RM2.

Contact: +605-506 3088

Recommended duration: 1-2 hours

Gunung Lang Recreational Park in Ipoh
Gunung Lang Recreational Park in Ipoh – photo credits to inaerol (Instagram).

Remarks:

  • Hard to get a taxi here. Make arrangements before you go.
  • Beware of the monkeys.
  • Bring an umbrella, water, sunscreen and mosquito repellent!

3.3. DR Seenivasagam Recreational Park

This beautiful Japanese-style park is <10 minutes’ drive from Ipoh Old Town and next to Kinta river.

The Japanese style garden of DR Seenivasagam Recreational Park in Ipoh - Photo credits to huichingac (Instagram)
The Japanese style garden of DR Seenivasagam Recreational Park in Ipoh – Photo credits to huichingac (Instagram)

A couple of gazebos extend into the lake – you can walk across the bridges and raised walkways to get to them!

Or have a picnic in the shade of the huge trees there!

3.4. Polo Ground (Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park)

Locals refer to it as the polo ground because it’s pretty close to the Perak Turf Club.

It is a spacious park with lots of trees, jungle gyms and workout stations!

Ipoh pologround (Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park) - photo by sab_ena (Instagram)
Ipoh pologround (Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park) – photo by sab_ena (Instagram)

Observe or partake in what the locals love doing in their free time:

Jog, join a Tai Chi group or let your kids play at the playground. Or fly kites here!

There are food stalls on one side of the park too!

Address: Jalan Brash, 30350 Ipoh, Perak

Remark:

  • Parking is limited
  • Public toilets are available

4. Visit a limestone cave temple

Unlike other temples around Malaysia, the ones in Ipoh are often built into the side of a limestone hill to form part of the temples!

Don’t forget to include a cave temple into your Ipoh trip, they are certainly a must-see Ipoh attraction!

4.1. Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple & Zen Gardens

To start off this list, Kek Lok Tong is a Buddhist and Taoist temple built into a large cave.

Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple, one of Ipoh’s limestone cave temples – photo by arlenne_vgoh (Instagram)

Visitors will find the temperature much cooler once they walk in!

Inside Ipoh’s Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple – Photo credits to viola.raye (Instagram)

The temple has its own gardens at the back. Locals love to come here for an early morning or evening jog.

The Zen gardens at Kek Lok Tong Cave temple in Ipoh – Photo credits to huichingac (Instagram)

Address: Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Contact: +605-312 8112

Recommended duration: At least an hour

4.2. Perak Cave Temple (Perak Tong Cave)

You can climb up to the top  of this impressive temple for a good view of Ipoh! Careful, it’s steep and slippery.

View from the top of Perak Cave Temple (Perak Tong), Ipoh – photo by madly_travels (Instagram)

Perak cave temple is cool inside compared to the scorching temperatures outside.

Entrance of Perak Tong (Perak Cave Temple) – photo credits to dany_dany_perth (Instagram)

Address: Perak Cave Temple, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Kawasan Perindustrian Tasek, 31400 Ipoh, Pera

Cost: Free entry (small donation fee may be expected before the steps to go up)

Recommended duration: 1 hour or less

Remarks:

  • You cannot climb up past 4pm.
  • Bring some drinking water
  • There might also be somebody collect parking fees @[email protected]
  • Monkeys will happily grab unattended food and bags.

4.3. Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple

Sam Poh Tong is the oldest cave temple in Ipoh!

There is a charming decorative pond and garden in front of the temple!

Beautiful cave temple Sam Poh Tong in Ipoh

The temple entrance features a large archway with exquisite white marble carvings of dragons and other mythical beasts.

Sam Poh Tong in Ipoh – photo credits to darl_sierra (Instagram)

Inside the temple is a cool tunnel that leads out to the back where the tortoise sanctuary is. You can buy some vegetables at the temple entrance to feed them!

Best of all, you will see another side of the temple that is absolutely breathtaking with the limestone hills surrounding it!

Pagoda At The Back Of Sam Poh Tong Temple In Ipoh
Pagoda At The Back Of Sam Poh Tong Temple In Ipoh

Address: Kampung Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Recommended duration: Less than an hour

4.4. Kwan Yin Tong Temple

This cave temple isn’t as stately as the others in this list but:

On “Chap Goh Meh” (Chinese Valentines Day and the 15th day of Chinese New Year), this is the spot to be!

Kwan Yin Tong cave temple in Ipoh – photo credits to erikkudesuyo (Instagram)

As plenty of hopeful single boys and girls looking to find a partner will come to participate in a very unique event:

Girls will throw oranges into the river with their phone numbers written on it. And boys will fish the oranges out!

Address: Lot 21606, Batu 4 1/2, Jalan Gopeng, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Contact: +605-311 2451

Recommended duration: Less than an hour

4.5. Ling Sen Tong Temple

It’s worth looking at this one if you’re on the way to Sam Poh Tong as this is the first temple you will see when you turn in anyways.

Colorful Lin Sen Tong Taoist temple in Ipoh

The colorful Taoist temple has many wall murals and statues of various deities, including a large one of the Goddess of Mercy.

5. Admire British Colonial Architecture

Ipoh may not have as many British colonial buildings as Penang or Melaka but the ones we do have are still in fairly good shape.

You cannot miss these large white buildings if you stop by in Ipoh!

5.1. Ipoh Railway Station

Also known as the “Taj Mahal of Ipoh“, this grand building is close to 100 years old and the most famous landmark in Ipoh!

Ipoh Railway Station – photo credits to josephcascarino (Instagram)

There’s a lot of activity here on the weekends as Kuala Lumpur is only 3 hours away by the ETS train which makes a stop at this station!

5.2. Ipoh Town Hall

Look across the road from the Ipoh Railway Station and you’ll find Ipoh Town Hall almost directly opposite!

Ipoh Town Hall – photo credits to aaronbigtoe (Instagram)

If you think both buildings look pretty similar, it’s because they have the same architect, Arthur Benison Hubback!

Try to come here at night to see it all lit up!

5.3. St Michael’s Institution

Another century-old building, this is an all-boys school that is still in operation.

St Michael’s Institution (School) in Ipoh – Photo credits to baba_sharin (Instagram)

So while you can’t enter this particular Ipoh attraction:

You can still appreciate the lovely neo-gothic architecture from outside!

5.4. Ipoh High Court (Architecture)

Close to the Town Hall and the Railway Station, the Ipoh High Court (Or Mahkamah Tinggi Ipoh in Malay) actually comprises of two separate buildings.

Ipoh High Court – photo credits to azifsedi3 (Instagram)

From the entrance looking in, you will see the original high court that dates back to before World War II on the right.

While the other building on the left side is newer.

6. Explore Tambun Area

Home to both 5 star hotels in Ipoh as well as a theme park, this area of Ipoh is worth the detour from Ipoh Old Town!

6.1. Tambun Cave

Prehistoric cave art can be found right in Ipoh! And these are only fading more as the years pass!

Cave Paintings At Gua Tambun (Tambun Cave)
Cave Paintings At Gua Tambun (Tambun Cave)

Unfortunately, the site has been left neglected with just a few dilapidated signboards to start you off. And it is frequented more by horses from the neighboring polo club, rather than tourists.

It’s a short trek across a large field and up into the hillside via a staircase. The few thousand year old paintings are on the side of the cliff! The most you will ever see in Asia (according to Wikipedia).

Note: Not suitable for elders or young children.

Address: 31400 Tambun, Perak

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am–5:30pm

6.2. Eat Tambun Pomelo (Limau Bali)

Depending on the season, you can try one of these juicy citrus fruits that Tambun is known for! There are bitter and sweet varieties.

Try some Tambun pomelo if you find yourself in Ipoh - photo by lamkuanmoi (Instagram)
Try some Tambun pomelo if you find yourself in Ipoh – photo by lamkuanmoi (Instagram)

You can also visit a plantation and learn more about how they are grown!

Ladang Limau Tambun GOChin

Address: 158258A, Jalan Ampang Tambun, 31400, Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 9am to 6pm

Contact: +605-549 7309

Tip: Buy them at Ampang – it’s cheaper here because the plantations are here!

7. Join The Crowds At Ipoh Tourist Hotspots

There’s a lot to see here and they’re all conveniently near each other too!

Tip: Have an umbrella to protect yourself from the rain and fierce sunshine!

7.1. Ipoh Street Art

For starters, look for the street murals scattered throughout Old Town.

Below are some locations you might want to check out!

Mural Art’s Lane: Jalan Masjid, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Mural lane in Ipoh - photo credits to alifhafifi_ (Instagram)
Mural lane in Ipoh – photo credits to alifhafifi_ (Instagram)
Ipoh's Mural Art Lane is worth a look - photo credits to izzatiaminn (Instagram) - For the full list of things to do in Ipoh, go to www.travelswithsun.com
Ipoh’s Mural Art Lane is worth a look – photo credits to izzatiaminn (Instagram)
Mural Art Lane Ipoh - photo credits to nnazirah (Instagram)
Mural Art Lane Ipoh – photo credits to nnazirah (Instagram)

Old Town Relieves Nostalgia with Trishaw: http://bit.ly/2Zs1GpS

Trishaw Ipoh Street Art Wall Mural
Trishaw Ipoh Street Art Wall Mural – photo credits to johnstonloh (Instagram)

A Yellow Hummingbird: 37, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Hummingbird Mural In Ipoh Old Town
Hummingbird Mural In Ipoh Old Town

Kids Riding a Paper Plane: http://bit.ly/2IPK1CW

Ipoh Street Art Mural - Kids Riding An Paper Plane
Ipoh Street Art Mural – Kids Riding An Paper Plane – photo credits to ayorkshiregirltravels (Instagram)

An Old Uncle Drinking Coffee: http://bit.ly/2x3MAKm

Ipoh Street Art Mural - An Old Uncle Drinking Coffee
Ipoh Street Art Mural – An Old Uncle Drinking Coffee

7.2. Concubine Lane Ipoh

It may be the most over-hyped spot in Ipoh but it does have its charm! You don’t need much time to explore it too!

Concubine Lane (Panglima Lane) comes alive with tourists and vendors on the weekends in Ipoh

The historical street is full of colorful shops and stalls selling an assortment of cheap trinkets and street food.

PS: The tau fu fa stall is pretty good!

Address: Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Recommended duration: Less than an hour

7.3. Kong Heng Square

Another shopping opportunity and a popular Ipoh attraction:

Kong Heng Square is a short walk from Concubine Lane and within Plan B’s vicinity!

Photographic and Instagrammable Kong Heng Square in Ipoh

There are actually some delightful handicraft treasures to be found here. At the very least, it’s a good stop to catch your breath away from the heat of the sun!

You can get a cold treat or drink here too!

7.4. Funtasy House Trick Art

An unusual art gallery in the middle of Ipoh Old Town with more than 20 rooms of clever 3D trick artwork for wonderful photo opportunities!

Funtasy Art Trick House Gallery in Ipoh – spend a couple of hours here to take some fun photos!

Best to go with your family or friends!

Even if you are alone, the staff are very helpful and will help you get some awesome photos to bring back home!

Address: 16, Jalan Market, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Entrance Fee: RM15 (MyKad holders), RM19 (Foreigners), RM10 (Kids, students, seniors), Free (Disabled)

Opening hours: 9am to 6pm

Recommended Duration: Around 2 hours

Contact: +605-255 0007

8. Spend A day At Sunway Lost World Of Tambun

It’s relaxing to soak at the hot springs (6pm onwards) during the evening and night.

Sunway Lost World of Tambun Ipoh – photo credits to nadia_miranty84 (Instagram)

But there’re also plenty of other attractions at this theme park in Ipoh during the day! These include a wave pool with a man-made beach in front, water slides, carnival rides and a mini zoo.

Most people opt to enjoy the water park in the day, and go for the hotsprings at night.

Address: No. 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1 | Perak Darul Ridzuan, Ipoh 31150, Malaysia

Cost: RM117/adult to access all parks or RM 75 for the hot springs

Tip: Book online for some discount. Or get their yearly membership card (for fellow Ipoh-rians!)

Opening hours: 11am to 11pm

Recommended duration: 3 hours to a full day

Remarks:

  • Bring lots of sunscreen, a change of clothes and a towel!
  • Choose just the waterpark or just the hotsprings or both.
  • Crowded during long weekends and public holidays.
  • Have to pay for floats, locker rentals, some of the rides (like kayak, swan paddle boat, zip line, abseil)
  • No outside food allowed
  • The onsite spa, Crystal Spa has packages starting from RM 269.

9. Take The Ipoh Heritage Walk

If you want to do this, start at 8am or in the evening as any other time is going to be really hot!

There’s a trail map available on ipohworld.

Highlights in the walk include the colonial buildings mentioned in item 5 on this list and as well as the Birch Memorial Clock Tower!

A famous Ipoh landmark, Birch Memorial Clock Tower – Photo credits to mashairyaiman (Instagram)

Address: Starting point is at Ipoh Railway Station

Recommended duration: 2 hours (leisurely pace)

10. Have A Cup Of Ipoh White Coffee

Ipoh White Coffee – photo credits to audreyjadelee (Instagram)

Usual favorites are Sin Yoon Loong, Nam Heong White Coffee and Chang Jiang White Coffee if you want to sit down and slowly sip on your coffee.

Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee Shop in Ipoh – photo credits to timjilimin (Instagram)

Or Yee Hoi Coffee Bean if you want to buy some coffee to take back as a souvenir!

11. Cycle Around Qing Xin Ling Leisure And Cultural Village

Come here for some lovely scenery – limestone hills and the lake!

The old artifacts that are used to decorate the “village” incite a nostalgic atmosphere!

Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village in Ipoh – Photo credits to aminchong (Instagram)

Inside the park, you can use their bamboo hats, bicycles and rickshaws for free and take as many photos as you want!

Or take a quick hike up the limestone hill!

Note:

Address: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Entrance fee: RM10/pax (including parking fee)

Opening hours: 9:30am to 5pm (closed on Sundays)

Recommended duration: 1-2 hours

Contact: +6016-559 3499

Remarks:

  • Quite crowded on public holidays and long weekends
  • Admission is limited to 60 cars per day
  • Before paying a visit, give them a call to make sure they are open!
  • There are no nearby eateries here!

Tip: Go early in the morning on a weekday to enjoy the park without the crowds!

12. Learn More About Malaysia At The Geological Museum

True, it’s mostly just rocks:

But the museum is well-maintained with clear exhibits that are fun and interactive for kids!

Geology (Geologi) Museum in Ipoh – things to do in Ipoh

Measuring tools and instruments are on display as well as rock samples from all over Perak.

Learn about the latest geology projects that the government is working on!

Address: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 30250 Ipoh, Perak

Entrance Fee: Free

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday (9am to 12.30pm). On Fridays, it’s open from 9am to 12pm.

Recommended duration: Less than an hour

Contact: +605-540 6000

Remarks: Free parking in front of the museum

13. Shop For A Souvenir At Pasar Karat Memory Lane (Sunday Market)

A morning market  to hunt for some old memorabilia or practice your bargaining skills!

Pasar Karat Sunday Market in Ipoh by aminalfiean (Instagram)

You will find a wide range of second-hand and new goods like clothing, shoes, accessories, etc.

Pasar Karat Memory Lane (Sunday Market) in Ipoh – Photo credits to iben_halim (Instagram)

There are also some food & drink stalls.

Address: Jalan Horley, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: Sunday from 6am to 12pm

Tip: Best enjoyed as early in the day as possible!

14. Be Impressed At Tambun Tibetan Temple

Jiagan Jing She translates to the Enlightened Heart Tibetan Temple. In typical Taoist temple style, the temple is all bright and colorful and there are hundreds of statues scattered around!

Tambun Tibetan Temple or Jiagan Jing She, Ipoh – photo credits to snyzyao (Instagram)

Come here to see the largest Buddhist statue in Ipoh! The statue is almost the same height as the multi-level pagoda that is on the temple grounds.

The large buddha statue at Tambun Tibetan Temple, Ipoh – photo credits to snyzyao (Instagram)

Address: Taman Sri Tambun, 31400 Tambun, Perak

Remark: Busiest periods for this temple includes Wesak day!

15. Go For An Evening Stroll At Kinta Riverfront Walk

Opposite Kinta Riverfront Hotel is a short stretch river that has been transformed into a small recreational area.

Colored LED trees on either side of the river and two bridges make it a good venue for a night stroll.

There are food stalls and a variety of bikes for hire! Including tandem bikes for 3 people!

Kinta Riverfront I-City – photo credits to jeenawongjm (Instagram)

16. Check Out Little India

Everything from clothing, trinkets, halal meat, fresh vegetables, herbs and spices is sold here.

Little India in Ipoh – photo credits to feliciawong24 (Instagram)

You can get your eyebrows threaded at the Indian beauty parlors here. Other services might be waxing or a massage.

Saree shopping at Little India in Ipoh – photo credits to aloysies (Instagram)

Of course, you can find great Indian food here. A good vegetarian option is Krishna Bhawan Restaurant.

Address: 12, Jalan Lahat, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Remarks:

  • It’s not easy to find parking!
  • Come here during Diwali (Deepavali)!
  • Most of the shops close early in the day.

17. Browse Through Book Xcess

Now the home of the Yasmin Ahmad Museum, this chic bookstore (Book Xcess Kong Heng) recently opened its doors to the public.

The entrance to Book Xcess bookstore in Kong Heng, Ipoh

Books are displayed in cinder block shelves and you can head downstairs to the basement to access the book vault!

Bookshelves in Book Xcess Kong Heng Ipoh

The neon lights and industrial interior inside make for an exceptional Instagram background!

Address: 91, Jalan Sultan Yusof, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 8am to 10pm

18. Take A Break At An Ipoh Cafe

There are so many to choose from! But we’ve done the work for you in this list of best Ipoh cafes!

Best Cafe In Ipoh

19. Stay At One Of Many Chic Ipoh Boutique Hotels

No shortage of places to stay in Ipoh – luxury resorts, Ipoh homestays and boutique hotels!

Here is a list of affordable Ipoh boutique hotels!

Best Hotels In Ipoh

20. Pamper Yourself At A Real 5-star Resort

Ever been to a 5-star resort before? There is only nature and tranquility here at this world-famous 5 star resort!

20.1. The Haven Resort

Rates for the modern rooms and suites at this resort are not too exorbitant!

The Haven Resort in Tambun Ipoh - aerial view (photo from official website)
The Haven Resort in Tambun Ipoh – aerial view (photo from official website)

Bask in the beautiful landscape that surrounds the hotel! Go for a jog around the lake, take a swim at the pool surrounded by the lake or dip into the Jacuzzi!

Relax in the pool and admire the scenery at The Haven Resort - photo credits to secondkulture (Instagram - website secondkulture.com)
Relax in the pool and admire the scenery at The Haven Resort – photo credits to secondkulture (Instagram – website secondkulture.com)

Address: Jalan Haven, Persiaran Lembah Perpaduan, 31150 Ipoh, Perak

Price range: Around RM400-700 a night for 2 people. Check price now on Booking.com

20.2. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Embark on a romantic getaway at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat!

With your own private villa (and a private pool), scenic garden or lake views, butler services, hot pools and spa massages at your disposal!

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Water Villa
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Water Villa (Photo belongs to the resort)

The on-site restaurant is something extra special too! Jeff’s Cellar offers fine dining experience right in a limestone cave!

There is another great restaurant (The Pomelo) on the property too. Serving tantalizing dishes with organic produce!

Address: 1, Persiaran Lagoon, Sunway 3, 31150 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Contact: +605 210 7777

Price range: From RM1,350 a night for 2 people. Check price now on Booking.com

21. Check Out One Of Ipoh’s Shopping Malls

We actually have a list of Ipoh’s most popular shopping haunts here!

These are good if you need something in pinch or just want to escape the heat for a while!

22. Hike Up Bukit Kledang

View from the summit of Bukit Kledang
View from the summit of Bukit Kledang – photo credits to thewanderlustingexpat (Instagram)

Ipoh’s most popular hiking trail at Menglembu:

Many start the 3.5 hour hike up to the summit (800m) before dawn in order to admire the sunrise!

Sunrise at Klebang Hill in Menglembu Ipoh
Sunrise at Klebang Hill in Menglembu Ipoh – photo credits to sh3rman (Instagram)

Total of 4 trails of varying difficulty and duration:

  • RTM (~4 hours) – to the summit via a tar road
  • 4-2 (1 hour) – jungle trail
  • 4-3 (1.5 hours) – jungle trail
  • 4-9 (2 hours) – jungle trail
RTM trail is on a tar road (Bukit Kledang)
RTM trail is on a tar road (Bukit Kledang) – photo credits to wanguerillaproject (Instagram)

Note:

  • The shorter ones are jungle trails that connect back to the main road at different points!
  • If you reach the top when it’s still dark, you’ll have a fantastic view of Ipoh city at night too!
  • For safety, don’t go alone!

Address: Jalan Kledang, 31450 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 24/7

23. Make Time To See Other Religious Structures

Helps if you have your own car because most of these are not in the city center (except the first one)!

23.1. Ipoh State Mosque (Sultan Idris Shah II Mosque)

It is easy walk to this mosque from the city center.

Masjid Sultan Idris Shah II (Masjid Negeri) in Ipoh - photo credits to khairulazhar__(Instagram) - For the full list of things to do in Ipoh, go to www.travelswithsun.com
Masjid Sultan Idris Shah II (Masjid Negeri) in Ipoh – photo credits to khairulazhar__(Instagram)

The exterior of the mosque features a number of gold domes and a square minaret.

And lovely Islamic lattices!

23.2. Panglima Kinta Mosque

There’s nothing quite like blue mosques like Masjid Panglima Kinta which was built in the early 1900s.

Masjid Panglima Kinta - a historical blue mosque in Ipoh - photo credits to nat_trs (Instagram) - For the full list of things to do in Ipoh, go to www.travelswithsun.com
Masjid Panglima Kinta – a historical blue mosque in Ipoh – photo credits to nat_trs (Instagram)

There are guided tours that will explain more about the construction of the mosque.

Masjid Panglima in Ipoh (Blue Mosque)
Masjid Panglima in Ipoh (Blue Mosque) – photo credits to mohdfairuz2184 (Instagram)

You can include this gem into your Ipoh heritage walk!

23.3. Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple

Next, we have to mention this beautiful Hindu temple set against some limestone hills!

Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple, Ipoh - Photo credits to reknesvaran_selvaraju (Instagram)
Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple, Ipoh – Photo credits to reknesvaran_selvaraju (Instagram)

The best time to go is during the evening when it’s not too hot!

Side of the Hindu temple Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple in Ipoh - photo credits to bharathan_raj (Instagram) - For the full list of things to do in Ipoh, check our post on www.travelswithsun.com
Side of the Hindu temple Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple in Ipoh – photo credits to bharathan_raj (Instagram)

The temple is bustling with activity during the Thaipusam festival! Inside, you can observe the wall drawings that depict many the stories of Lord Murugan.

23.4. Seen Hock Yeen Confucius Temple, Chemor

Somewhere hidden in the town of Chemor (30 minutes’ drive from Ipoh), is a magnificent red and gold temple!

Seen Hock Yeen Confucius Temple, Chemor close to Ipoh - photo credits to cyl_claire (Instagram)
Seen Hock Yeen Confucius Temple, Chemor close to Ipoh – photo credits to cyl_claire (Instagram)

The Jade Emperor is the main deity worshiped in this temple.

Red and gold Seen Hock Yeen Confucius Temple, Chemor of Ipoh - photo credits to fangpyng (Instagram)
Red and gold Seen Hock Yeen Confucius Temple, Chemor of Ipoh – photo credits to fangpyng (Instagram)

Address: 11/2, Railway Station Road, Kampung Cik Zainal Tambahan 1, 31200 Chemor, Perak.

Tips:

  • You will also need a hat or umbrella to visit this place! As it gets hot during the day!
  • If you go early in the morning (8am), the lotus flowers in the pond might still be open!

23.5. Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sitiawan

Tua Pek Kong is a seaside temple which needs a long drive out from the city to reach. 1 hour and 40 minutes approximately!

Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sitiawan a day trip from Ipoh - photo credits to iriswong69 (Instagram)
Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sitiawan a day trip from Ipoh – photo credits to iriswong69 (Instagram)

On a clear day, the sunset is worth seeing!

24. Wander Through Perak Herbal Garden

If you’re on the way to Kellie’s Castle, you can stop by here first or on the way back!

Signboard to Taman Herba (Perak Herbal Garden)
Signboard to Taman Herba (Perak Herbal Garden) – photo credits to zulkarnan (Instagram)

Perak Herbal Garden (or Taman Herba Negeri Perak) is garden of 22 hectares with various herbs with uses in medicine, aroma-therapy and cosmetics.

Perak Herbal Garden at Batu Gajah
Inside Perak Herbal Garden at Batu Gajah – photo credits to landbelowwind098.blogspot.com

The gardens are in Kampung Kepayang. And you’re welcome to purchase some plants and other related products to bring home!

Address: Batu 1, Jalan Simpang Pulai, Kg. Kepayang, Perak, Batu Gajah, 31300 Gopeng, Perak

Opening hours: 

Weekdays from 8:30am to 5pm
Weekends from 9am to 3pm

Contact:+605-537 2290

Entrance fee: RM2 (Adults), RM1 (Kids below 12)

25. Explore Every Corner Of Kellie’s Castle

An abandoned manor in ruins, visitors can roam the building and grounds to admire the Moroccan-inspired architecture!

Kellie’s Castle – an abandoned building now a tourist spot in Ipoh, Perak

Driving time: If you’re coming from Ipoh, Kellie’s castle is only a 30 minutes drive (it’s ~7 minutes from Batu Gajah).

Address: Kellie’s Castle, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak

Cost: Admission fee is RM 4 for Malaysian adults. And RM 5 for foreigners.

Recommended duration: Less than 2 hours

Remarks:

  • Do try to go on a cloudy day if you can to avoid the heat.
  • Open from 9am to 6pm.
  • There are tours available
  • There is a cafe (and toilets) by the carpark if you want something to eat.

You can stop here before heading up to Cameron Highlands where the mossy forest is!


Read also: 29 Best Places To Visit In Cameron Highlands (New Guide)


26. Take A ferry To Pangkor Island

Technically not in Ipoh but it you start missing the ocean, Pangkor Island is a great place to be!

You have to drive to Lumut (1 hour 45 minutes) and take a ferry (another 45 minutes) to Pangkor Island so plan to stay at least a night if you go!

Pasir Bogak of Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor island) – a beach getaway that you can do include into an Ipoh road trip

Hornbills frequent the island and you will likely catch a glimpse of at least one while you are there!

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:

  • Go during low season
  • Pasir Bogak is an exceptionally beautiful beach
  • Local Pangkor transport (boats) are priced at RM200/10pax or RM250/>10pax

27. Escape The City And Check Out Gopeng

Around 40 minutes out from Ipoh city center, Gopeng has a lot to offer, especially for adventure seekers!

27.1. Gua Tempurung

Admire a limestone cave up close and inside out!

Gua Tempurung – Go limestone caving in Ipoh – photo credits by twin_takuma (Instagram)

Fun caving experience to be had here if you’re up for it!

There are different trails – depends on how much time you have and whether you don’t mind getting all soaked!

You will not regret going to this Ipoh attraction!

Address: Tempurung Cave, Pusat Pelancongan Gua Tempurung, 31600 Gopeng, Negeri Perak

Cost: ~RM30 depending on the tour

Opening hours: 9am to 4:15pm

Recommended duration:  30 minutes to 4 hours

Remarks:

  • Bring a change of clothes and a towel for the wet tours. And a dry bag to keep your stuff (camera gear and phone).
  • Cover your knees and elbows to prevent scrapes!
  • Moderate fitness would be best if you’re doing the grand tour.
  • Bring drinking water.

27.2. White Water Rafting (River Explorer)

If you’ve never been white water rafting before, this is a great start to getting your feet wet (pun intended)!

Take up the challenge and go white water rafting in Gopeng, Ipoh – photo by iamfazlanfahmi (Instagram)

The rafting takes place at Kampar river.

Address: Razak House, Jln Sungai Itek, 31600 Gopeng, Perak

Cost: RM 150 per adult

Recommended duration: 2 to 3 hours

Remarks:

27.3. Ulu Geroh Rafflesia Trail

Tour companies that do white water rafting in Gopeng typically offer packages to take visitors on a rafflesia (Bunga Pakma) trek as well.

A giant rafflesia flower in Malaysia – photo credits to arrenquezada (Instagram)

The start of the trail is in a little village (Ulu Geroh) that is 12km from Gopeng so the tour package will provide the transport there (1.5 hours).

You can see Rafflesia up close in Gopeng – Photo credits to naim.ibrahm (Instagram)

Then a native (orang asli) guide will lead the way. The trail takes another 1.5 hours.

Price range: ~RM 90-100 per person

Recommended duration: Half day

Tips:

  • Insect repellent, leech socks or soccer socks are required
  • Trails are steep, wet, and slippery. Some wading might be involved.

27.4. Gaharu Tea Valley

For a slower pace in Gopeng:

Unique and rare gaharu trees (also known as Agarwood) are planted at HOGA Gaharu Tea Valley.

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng, Perak – photo credits to loonlmc_miracle (Instagram)

The tree is highly valued for its many beneficial and healing properties.

Gaharu Tea Valley in Gopeng - photo credits to jay_jayaraj (Instagram) - For the full list of things to do in Ipoh, go to www.travelswithsun.com
Gaharu Tea Valley in Gopeng – photo credits to jay_jayaraj (Instagram)

You can see them up close here in this large plantation.

Gaharu tree (painted) at Gaharu Tea Valley in Gopeng – photo credits to alilfishswimminginthesea (Instagram)

Tours and tea tasting are available here at the plantation too.

Address: Mukim Teja, Kampung Sungai Itek 9840 Jalan Gopeng, Gaharu Tea Valley, Gopeng 31600, Malaysia

Cost: Tour fee is RM10 for adult and free for kid below 4 years old.

Recommended duration: 1-2 hours


Read also: How To Go To Cameron Highlands From Singapore


How To Get To Ipoh From Singapore, Kuala Lumpur Or Penang:

1. Singapore To Ipoh

  1. The drive takes 7-10 hours
  2. Bus or train has roughly the same duration as driving
  3. Fly instead. It takes 1 hour.

2. Kuala Lumpur To Ipoh

  1. Many drive up to Ipoh ( ~2.5 hours with no heavy traffic)
  2. For public holidays, take the ETS train to Ipoh Railway Station (6 trips daily, 2 hours 45 minutes one-way). Book early!
  3. Buses to Ipoh stop at Ipoh AmanJaya (20 minutes’ drive from Ipoh Old Town)

Note: There is no direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh

3. Penang To Ipoh

  1. ~2 hours’ drive to Ipoh
  2. ETS train from Butterworth makes 6 trips daily to Ipoh Railway Station (~1 hours, 40 minutes one-way)
  3. Or you can take a bus to Ipoh (stops at Ipoh AmanJaya).

Note: There is no direct flight from Penang to Ipoh


Read more: 27 Best Things To Do In Penang


4. How To Get Around Ipoh Without Your Own Car:

  1. Hop on the city public bus – affordable but not reliable
  2. Taxi or Grab (not as many as in KL)
  3. Car rental – standard 5-seater car will cost you RM150+ per day. Finding parking and driving is a stressful
  4. Book a Ipoh private tour instead – includes transport and a personal guide!

The itinerary is flexible and you can choose 1 day or multiple.

Book a private tour service with RayTheTour/Travelwithsun via our WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger!

Conclusion

This list of 27 things to do in Ipoh should keep you busy for more than just a weekend! See the historical sights, some greenery and eat lots of Ipoh food!

Leaving Ipoh?

Here’s how you can squeeze at least another attraction in – see our guide on road trips from Ipoh!

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