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Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh January 17th 2017

When doing some rough planning of my trip, I had decided that I really wanted to visit Ipoh for some reason. However after consulting with my friend, who'd lived in Malaysia, she'd advised not to go if I was going to Georgetown as they were similar and to go to the Cameron Highlands instead. Luckily, I had enough time on my itinerary to visit all three places. However, I would only be having a quick pit-stop in Ipoh. The bus journey from the Cameron Highlands was uneventful and took around two hours, maybe a bit longer. I really can't remember. The bus station in Ipoh is miles out of town and all the hostels say what a ballache it is to get from there to the city centre. I had researched online how to get there ... read more
Street Art
Birch Memorial

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh October 17th 2016

Ipoh - beeing in Malaysia mainland for the 4th time now, we have never thought of spending time in Ipoh. For us, this city is just the getaway to the Cameron Highlands (which is amazing!). But as Paramahamsa Vishwananda whom we were following through Singapore and Malaysia held a darshan in Ipoh, we were confronted with the city for the first time. And we have to admit, there are quite some things to do there that will keep you busy for 1-3 days. In the morning we took a bus from Butterworth to Ipoh - it was a freezing cold (malaysian aircon....) but easy ride. The bus station in Ipoh is out of town, so we took a prepaid "teksi" to our accomodation, the Shamrock Guesthouse . We took the smallest and cheapest room available. The ... read more
Mahkamah Tinggi Ipoh
beautiful Ipoh train station

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh September 26th 2016

A gastronomic weekend in Ipoh with the girls... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh April 23rd 2016

Saturday, 23rd April 2016 It was quite a joyful ride as I embarked on the 67km ETS train journey from the iconic Ipoh Station to Taiping. Before that, I made a whistle stop at the Ho Yan Hor Museum at Ipoh's Old Town and was surprised at the warm reception that I received at this fine museum. The train that I travelled on today was relatively new and the cabins smelt really fresh. It had the hall marks of modern train design including clean restrooms, a meal car as well as the train route indicator. I booked my tickets online one month before my travel dates. The train was full on a Saturday morning but it did not compromise on comfort. Currently, the ETS service covers Gemas in Negeri Sembilan to Butterworth (Penang). I had read ... read more
The meal car
My lunch in Taiping
The Railway Station Gallery

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh April 22nd 2016

Friday, 22nd April 2016 They said no visit to Ipoh is complete without paying a tribute to the many cave temples littered around the fringes of the city. Since I did not have my own transportation, I chose one that was relatively near the city centre and accessible through public buses. In the morning, after taking more pictures of the iconic Railway Station, I popped over to the local bus station and hopped on to Perak Transit # 66 that would bring me straight to the gates of Sam Poh Tong Temple. The 20 minutes bus journey was comfortable costing just RM1.50. To made sure I alighted at the correct stop, I switched on my GPS which proved to be really useful in a unfamiliar environment. The area where I was dropped off consisted of a ... read more
Ling Sen Tong
Guanyin - Ling Sen Tong
Sam Poh Tong

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh April 22nd 2016

Friday, 22nd April 2016 "This is not an indoor petting zoo," the guide exclaimed as I entered the premises to begin the tour. In the afternoon, I made my way to the Han Chin Pet Soo Museum located next to the Concubine Lane in Ipoh Old Town. Admission is free even though a donation of RM10 is encouraged to keep the museum running. Admission is through appointment only and I booked my 2.30pm slot one week before I arrived. The whole tour lasted about 2 hours and it was fully-guided to enhance the viewing experience. This museum is dedicated to the history of tin mining in Kinta Valley. Occupying the premises of the Hakka Tin Miners' Clubhouse, it is a must-visit to gain a historical perspective of the city through the living exhibits and the furnishings ... read more
Peeping through the times
The bed that got everybody excited

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh January 24th 2016

Thaipusam is a one of the main Hindu ceremony that is held each year during the full moon in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar, it is dedicated as a thanksgiving to Lord Subramaniam (also known as Murugan) for answered prayers, and is also a day of penance. Devotees pray to God to receive his grace so that bad traits are destroyed. Thaipusam is celebrated by the Hindu people of South India and the mainly Tamil-speaking Hindu communities throughout Malaysia. The most famous is at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur and the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple in Penang. Here in Ipoh although smaller but still very interesting, and the parade with Kavadi Attam(carrying burden) along the pilgrimage route are rather intense. It was a 24 hours non-stop procedure start from the Mariamman Kovil Temple, each ... read more
 Kavadi Attam
prepare  for the parade
prepare  for the parade

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh October 24th 2015

Assalamualaikum……Hello guys! this is our first time travel to Ipoh, Perak as our destination to fill our weekdays activity. After a few places that we already listed, finally we choose Lubuk Timah Waterfall because we haven't heard about it and it sounds interesting. As we planned, we gather at Kuala Lumpur Sentral before 12 midnight because we need to ride the train at 1 am. It takes 4 hours from KL to Ipoh and along the way we just take enough rest so we will have enough energy on the next day. At there we rent a car to go to waterfall and it takes less than 1 hour to arrive. It is located at Kampung Kepayang, Simpang Pulai, Ipoh. Well, it is weekdays after all so there is no one here and we get to ... read more
Hot spring

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh December 25th 2014

Ipoh is a cute little town in Perak... that I didn't really visit. I admit it. I'd come for some nature and didn't feel like dealing with roundabouts and narrow streets for a few days. Right outside Ipoh are caves. Lots of caves. Some are huge, like Gua Tempurung, one of the largest limestone caves in Malaysia. The cave tours have four options: The short, dry tour The long, dry tour The short, wet tour (which is still longer than the long, dry tour) The long, wet tour (yep, the longest of the four) I opted for #2, since I like to take photos and my camera can't swim. One tour guide takes all four groups at once, and then lets everyone know when their portion of the tour is up. You're then ... read more
Inside the cave
Inside the cave
Pretty tall!

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh December 25th 2014

Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, there was a man from Scotland. He moved to Malaysia. He decided to build his family a house... and never quite finished it. His family then moved back to Scotland and what's left is known as the Kelley Castle. It's not really a castle, but it is a pretty big house. It has all the trappings of a castle, with secret passageways, spiral stairs, detailed moldings, and dramatic views. Not to mention, it's one architectural marvel after another. These days, all one can do is walk around and imagine how grand it would have been had it been finished. In my case, this happened in the rain, so the whole place sort of had a romantic, turn of the century movie set feel to it. One gentleman ... read more
It's got some pretty nice gardens
I'd like this view from my living room
Awesome windows

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