Before talking about top 10 things to do in Ipoh, Malaysia
Malaysia’s Hidden Gem, Ipoh
Are you looking for top 10 things to do in Ipoh? Before telling you top 10 things to do in Ipoh, let me briefly talk about Malaysia’s hidden gem ipoh. Unlike Penang, not many people know about Ipoh. Also, Ipoh isn’t the cleanest and the nicest city in Malaysia. It’s raw and less developed compared to Penang. But It has fewer tourists and more space for visitors. Ipoh has a lot to offer and people in Ipoh are friendlier than busy Penang. I really enjoyed staying at Ipoh for 2 nights and 3 days being lazy, slow and quiet. I’d love to share top 10 things to do in Ipoh with you!
Top 10 things to do in Ipoh, Malaysia
1. Drink Ipoh White Coffee
The very first thing to do on Top 10 things to do in Ipoh list will be drinking Ipoh White Coffee! Have you tried White Coffee before? Never? Then, you might be wondering what Ipoh White Coffee is and what makes it special, right? No worries. I will explain to you.
First of all, Ipoh is a place where White Coffee is produced. What makes Ipoh white coffee special is the way they roast the beans. They roast coffee beans with palm oil margarine. Now I guess you want to know whether Ipoh White coffee really white? I thought the same as you. Unfortunately, Ipoh White Coffee doesn’t look white white as you expected! Don’t be so sad! Then why is Ipoh White Coffee called White coffee?
The reason this sweet coffee is called White coffee is that it is served with condensed milk which makes coffee white on the top. You can get White coffee everywhere in Ipoh. It’s quite sweet but cold Ipoh White Coffee is so nice and refreshing after walking around Ipoh under the hot sun.
Here comes Ipoh White Coffee! Cold white coffee is a perfect drink when you are exhausted from the heat! And it costs only RM 1.7! Crazy good price! 😉
2. Try Ipoh’s specialty Kaya Puff
The second thing on Top 10 things to do in Ipoh list is to try Ipoh’s specialty Kaya Puff! Why trying Kaya Puff is one of Top 10 things to do in Ipoh? Kaya puff is a famous sweet flaky Chinese pastry in Ipoh. It is soft inside and a bit crisp outside. Kaya Puff with sweet Ipoh white coffee is a perfect way to start your day! Who will say no to sweets, right? Why don’t you take a warm Ipoh White Coffee with Ipoh Kaya Puff around noon, read a newspaper and relax like locals in the cafe! You will love it for sure!
3.Eat Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (Hainanese Chicken Rice)
As a foodie myself, I can’t imagine leaving a place without eating its specialty food. So the 3rd on Top 10 things to do in Ipoh list is to eat Bean Sprout Chicken Rice! Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken Rice? Chicken Rice?Sounds familiar? And Looks familiar…? I think you have tried Chicken Rice if you have ever been to Southeast Asian countries already. Bean Sprout Chicken Rice is very similar to Hainanese Chicken Rice.
But the difference between normal Hainanese Chicken Rice and Ipoh’s specialty, Bean Sprout Chicken Rice is that you order chicken, and bean sprout separately. Also, the sauce is based on soy sauce and sesame oil instead of sambal sauce. This simple but delicious and addictive Bean Sprout Chicken Rice will not only fill your hungry belly but also give you a pleasure of eating something nice and healthy!
- A place to eat: Restauran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau is the most famous Bean sprout chicken rice restaurant in Ipoh.
- Location: Click here to see the location on the map.
- Price: It will be changed Restauran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau when you visit. But I paid RM 26 for 2 people in March 2016.
4. Visit Ho Yan Hor Museum (Free)
Somehow I was attracted to this beautiful bright interesting looking blue building and I found out this was a famous tea museum! Ho Yan Hor tea is the most famous herbal tea in Malaysia. Ho Yan Hor museum is built just at the place where Dr. Ho Kai Cheong (the founder of Ho Yan Hor) first started selling his herbal tea!
This museum shows how Dr. Ho Kai Cheong became a successful tea business owner. I really liked Dr. Ho Kai Cheong’s story and I loved Ho Yan Hor Herbal tea after trying his tea. You can get free tea samples, too. It takes only 20 minutes to look around. I don’t consider myself a museum person, but I liked Ho Yan Hor tea museum. If you are a tea lover and if you want to travel cheap, Ho Yan Hor museum is a perfect place for you in Ipoh.
5. Explore Ipoh Old Town
Ipoh Old Town has a lot to offer. It has different kinds of buildings including British Colonial buildings, small cafes, restaurants, street arts, and museums. It’s definitely a must-visit place in Ipoh!
6.Enjoy Ipoh Street Art (Free)
Are you keen on cool Street Art? Great! The 5th on Top 10 things to do in Ipoh will be exploring Ipoh Street Art! If you enjoyed street art in Penang, I’m pretty sure that you will fall in love with Ipoh Street art. I found Ipoh Street Art is a bit more interesting than Penang Street Art because it is less known by many travelers! It was so good to feel that you found beautiful treasures almost every corner of Ipoh Street!
7. Visit Sam Poh Tong
Sam Poh Tong is the largest limestone cave Buddist temple in Malaysia. Before getting into Sam Poh Tong, there is a sophisticated oriental garden with Buddha and Dragon statues. If you go inside the temple, you will see a big reclining Buddha statue. You can also climb up more than 200 stairs to enjoy the view around the temple.
The special thing you shouldn’t miss is the secret garden. Follow the small path on the right side of the temple. That will lead you to a beautiful secret garden. The secret garden has an open space surrounded by impressive natural limestone caves. In the middle, you will find this stunning l red Pavillion. You can also release tortoises if you want to balance your karma. I’m sure you will enjoy Sam Poh Tong!
- How to get there: I took a local bus 66 at a bus terminal near Little India in Ipoh. If you are not sure, visit Ipoh tourist office in town (located right in front of one of Ernest Zacharevic’s street art named OLD UNCLE WITH COFFEE CUP), tourist office guides will give you a map and direction to get to Ling Sen Tong and Sam Poh Tong.
8. Visit Lin Sen Tong
I actually found Lin Sen Tong by accident on my way to Sam Poh Tong. Lin Sen Tong was another limestone cave Buddist temple with very colorful statues in and out of the temple. If you plan to visit Sam Poh Tong, it’s worth visiting on your way to Sam Poh Tong!
9. Ipoh Little India
Ipoh Little India is not as special as Penang Little India, but it’s nice to walk through shops with Indian traditional dresses Sarees, Golden jewelry, and try delicious Indian restaurants.
10. Ipoh Night Market
Ipoh’s night is pretty quiet. If you are looking for something to do at night, that will be Ipoh Night Market(Gerbang Malam Night Market). It’s not lively as night markets in Chiang Mai. If you don’t expect too much and try to think as a night walk, it won’t hurt to visit Ipoh Gerbang Malam Night Market.
What do you think is the best on Top 10 things to do in Ipoh for you? Drinking White coffee? Eating Chicken Rice at Restauran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau? Going to Sampohtong? Or do you have any other best things to do in Ipoh? Leave the comment below. 🙂