By Rose Munday of Where Goes Rose
Ipoh is a real hidden gem of Malaysia, a perfect for a weekend getaway. Located halfway between Kuala Lumpur and Penang, it can be reached in a few hours from either location by bus or train. But it’s convenient location is far from the only reason to visit.
Ipoh is a small but colorful city known for its world-class street art and street food. Things to add to your trips include street art spotting in Mural Arts and wandering Concubine Lane and Market Lane, both dating back to colonial rule. While these would have once been seedy locations known for brothels, they’re now popular tourist streets with colorful hanging umbrellas, shops, cafes, and more street art including interactive pieces you can pose with.
Sampling local food is essential for a gateway to Ipoh. From authentic Chinese restaurants to a bustling Little India, you can learn about Malaysia’s diverse ethnic groups from the food – and by visiting houses of worship like Panglima Kinta Mosque and the Chinese and Indian temples.
Finally, don’t miss the cave temples dotted around Ipoh. Sam Poh Tong, Kek Lok Tong, and Perak Cave Temple are known for their stunning surroundings and religious shrines nestled inside enormous limestone caves. Get a local taxi driver to bring you to all three since public transport is limited. If you still have time, use Ipoh as a jump-off point to visit Gopeng, with its quaint old town, and white-water rafting.