Ipoh Travel Tips

Ipoh, PerakIpoh, Perak (18 September, 2005)

Ipoh Travel Tips is a guide for you to visit, discover and enjoy Ipoh (GPS: 4.60085, 101.07769), the state capital of Perak.

Ipoh (Chinese: 怡保, Pinyin: Yíbǎo) is a medium-size city in Malaysia. It is located between Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Since being accorded city status, the Ipoh City Council or Dewan Bandaraya Ipoh, includes smaller towns such as Chemor, Jelapang, Falim, Menglembu and Tanjong Rambutan. Historically however, Ipoh referred to the Old Town and New Town, two areas divided by the Kinta River at its heart, from which the city grew.

Location of sights in Ipoh on the map

The map below shows sights in Ipoh outside the Old Town and New Town.

Places of interest in Ipoh by category

  1. Ipoh Old Town
  2. Ipoh New Town

Art of OldTown


Categories of sights in Ipoh

  1. Bakeries in Ipoh
  2. Bridges in Ipoh
  3. Cave Temples in Ipoh
  4. Chinese Medical Halls in Ipoh
  5. Chinese Temples in Ipoh
  6. Clan Associations in Ipoh
  7. Government Buildings in Ipoh
  8. Historic Buildings in Ipoh
  9. Hotels in Ipoh
  10. Mausoleums in Ipoh
  11. Modern buildings in Ipoh
  12. Monuments in Ipoh
  13. Mosques in Ipoh
  14. Museums in Ipoh
  15. Parks in Ipoh
  16. Restaurants in Ipoh
  17. Recreation Clubs in Ipoh
  18. Schools in Ipoh
  19. Shopping Malls in Ipoh
  20. Streets in Ipoh
  21. Tourist Attractions in Ipoh

Streets in Ipoh

  1. Belfield Street
  2. Hale Street

Places near Ipoh

  1. Chemor
  2. Jelapang
  3. Menglembu
  4. Tambun
  5. Tanjung Rambutan
  6. Ulu Kinta

Petrol Stations in Ipoh

  1. BHPetrol Jalan Kuala Kangsar (GPS: 4.620709, 101.080375)
  2. Petron Jalan Kuala Kangsar (GPS: 4.623537, 101.081126)
  3. Shell Jalan Kuala Kangsar (GPS: 4.621612, 101.080579)

Excursions from Ipoh

If you are spending a few days in the Ipoh area, here are suggestions for
  • day trips from Ipoh.

    Ipoh Railway StationIpoh Railway Station (18 September, 2005)

    360° View of Ipoh on Google Maps Street View

    A Brief History of Ipoh

    The name Ipoh is said to have come from a local tree, pohon epu, which is now more commonly known as pokok ipoh. This plant produces a poisonous sap that is used by the orang asli for their blowdarts. Ipoh is also known as san seng in Chinese, which means "hill city" in the Cantonese. This probably refers to the many limestone outcrops around the city. An old nickname for Ipoh is City of Millionaires, referring to the vast fortunes made during the days of the tin and rubber industry.

    Being in the rich tin-bearing Kinta Valley, Ipoh was a boom town in the 1920s and 30s. When the price of tin collapsed in the 1950s, it resulted in the closure of many Ipoh tin mines, stagnating the growth of the town, and propelled its population to seek employment in other parts of Malaysia. Ipoh has a reputation of being one of the cleanest cities. It is also well known for its clear water supply, which allows it to be a choice producer of vegetables, especially bean sprouts.

    Nan Thien Tong, IpohThe interior of Nan Thien Tong, one of the cave temples in Ipoh (19 August 2006)

    Ipoh Cuisine

    Ipoh is famous among the people of Malaysia for its food. Ipoh people claim that their water supply, which is relatively hard (high alkali content) owing to Ipoh's location on top of a large karstic formation, makes the food especially tasty.

    Ipoh is particularly famous for its "Sar Hor Fun", a flat white rice noodle taken with shredded chickehn meat and prawns. Folks from other towns often stop over in Ipoh to enjoy the dim sum if they arrive in the morning, and the nga choi kai, a dish of chicken and bean sprouts, if they come in the evening. Ipoh's Hakka Mee and yong tau fee is also popular.

    Heritage Ipoh

    Ipoh, like many major towns in Malaysia, has its share of heritage buildings. Unfortunately, a good number of them are today in a run-down state. Some, like the Pasar Bulat, is no longer standing, although it continues to appear on guidebooks (something which AsiaExplorers, being a web-based information provider, am able to update immediately). As I continue to write and document about the buildings and sights in Ipoh - as I do about the rest of Asia - I hope that this effort will generate into greater awareness and appreciation for these beautiful buildings, and that more effort will be invested to conserve them.

    Getting there

    Most visitors reach Ipoh by car or bus. Exit the North-South Expressway (E1) at the Jelapang Interchange (Exit 141), if you're coming from Penang. If you're coming from Kuala Lumpur, exit the expressway at the Ipoh Selatan Interchange (Exit 139).

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