Faces of
Malaysia
Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang (or Redang Island)  is a beautiful tropical island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. Most travellers visiting Redang come on pre-booked packages from one of the resorts on the island. It is a more up-market destination than Perhentian Islands.

Ipoh, Malaysia

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Ipoh, old shophouses at Jalan Sultan Yusuff
Ipoh
old shophouses at Jalan Sultan Yusuff
Ipoh, view from Gua Kek Look Tong cave temple
Ipoh
view from Gua Kek Look Tong cave temple

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Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh (Bus and Train Connection)

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by bus or train.

Things to Do & See

Kellie’s Castle

Kellie's Castle is the ruin of a mansion located near Batu Gajah, about 20min south of Ipoh. The abandoned and unfinished castled was built by the Scottish planter William Kellie Smith in the 1920ies in a mix of architecural styles.

Gua Tempurung

Gua Tempurung, located 30min south of Ipoh, are the largest limestone caves in Peninsular Malaysia.

Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh's railway station was completed in 1917 under the British colonial administration. Along with the Old Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur (same architect) it is one of the most beautiful examples of colonial architecture.

Kek Look Tong Cave Temple

Picturesque Chinese cave temple at the Gunung Rapat limestone hills at the southern edge of Ipoh city

Ipoh Heritage Trail

The heritage trail through the historic old town center is an interesting walk passing many impressive buildings from Ipoh's boom periodic from 1880s to the 1930s.

Big Tree Foot Hawker Centre

Most popular Chinese hawker food center in Ipoh, especially famous for the Yong Tau Foo stall. It is located in Pasir Panjir, just south of the city center.

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Restaurants & Food Courts

Big Tree Foot Hawker Centre

Most popular Chinese hawker food center in Ipoh, especially famous for the Yong Tau Foo stall. It is located in Pasir Panjir, just south of the city center.

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Transport

Terminal AmanJaya

Ipoh's main bus terminal in the northern outskirts of the towns

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