Ipoh travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ipoh

The city of Ipoh in Malaysia is known for its delicious local food, tropical rainforest climate, and abundance of cave temples and artwork.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ipoh

1. Gua Tambun Cave Paintings

Visit these 3,000-year-old cave drawings of human figures and animals discovered in the late 1950s.

2. Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng

Take a guided tour of this 300 acre tea garden, featuring native Agarwood and Gaharu trees.

3. Ling Sen Tong

This Taoist cave temple features ancient artwork, manicured gardens, and many carved statues at the foot of a limestone hill.

4. Kellie's Castle

Explore this abandoned Scottish castle, which many in Ipoh believe to be haunted by its past inhabitant.

5. The Lost World of Tambun

Relax in this central water theme park set among the lush tropical vegetation of Tambun.

Where to Eat in Ipoh

Restoran Ipoh Kong Heng is popular for its pork satay and its mirrored decor in the adjoining coffee shop. Meals cost RM4.

When to visit Ipoh

Ipoh in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 23
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ipoh in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 23
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit Ipoh is between November and February during the dry season, when tourists are better able to explore Malaysia's many outdoor activities.

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How to Get to Ipoh


Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (IPH) is located 3.7 miles outside of downtown Ipoh. Most travelers will then transfer by prepaid taxi or private car to the city center.


Ipoh railway station is located in the southwest. A one-way journey from Kuala Lumpur takes 2 - 3 hours and costs between RM20 - RM30.


Follow the Lebuhraya Utara - Selatan/E1 south from Kuala Lumpur to reach Ipoh in just over two hours.


The closest bus station is Terminal Amanjaya and is located 6.6 miles away in nearby Jelapang. Starmart Express, Sri Maju, and Yoyo offer routes from Singapore and other Malaysian cities. A one-way ticket from Kuala Lumpur costs RM20 and takes three hours.

Airports near Ipoh


Airlines serving Ipoh

United Airlines
Good (2,301 reviews)
Good (259 reviews)
Air France
Good (269 reviews)
British Airways
Good (742 reviews)
Excellent (2,538 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (925 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (835 reviews)
Excellent (566 reviews)
Good (336 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (175 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (114 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Excellent (16 reviews)
Thai Airways
Excellent (27 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Oman Air
Good (3 reviews)
SriLankan Airlines
Okay (7 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (75 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Excellent (19 reviews)
Philippine Airlines
Good (70 reviews)
China Airlines
Excellent (7 reviews)
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Where to stay in Ipoh

MH Hotel Ipoh offers 111 rooms in its boutique-style hotel, and features a rooftop bar and on-site Chinese restaurant. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a spa resort with natural hot springs and upgraded facilities outside of the city center.

Popular neighbourhoods in Ipoh

Old Town - this area features a cluster of historic colonial buildings in the city center as well as many restaurants and hotels.

Gunung Rapat - this region is home to several famous cave temples, including Sam Poh Tong Temple and Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple.

Tambun - this neighborhood is located in the north and is popular for its natural hot springs, water park, and native pomelo fruit.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ipoh

Most booked hotels in Ipoh

Symphony Suites Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 53+
D Eastern Hotel
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 27+
Weil Hotel Ipoh
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 89+
Regalodge Hotel
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 40+
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 54+
Snooze Cameron Highlands
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 21+
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How to Get Around Ipoh

Public Transportation

Ipoh Bus Terminal is located in the Old Town and offer routes covering most of the city. A single fare costs RM2 and can be paid directly to the driver upon entering.


Taxi rates are negotiable based on the distance traveled, however a ride between downtown destinations should cost between RM5 - RM10.


Daily rental vehicles can be picked up from the airport, bus, or train terminals for around RM85 a day.

The Cost of Living in Ipoh

Shopping Streets

The Pasar Malam (night markets) are a popular place to bargain for food, toys, clothing, and household items. The AEON Mall Kinta City is the biggest shopping mall with international brands and stores.

Groceries and Other

The Store and TESCO are the two biggest grocery stores. A dozen eggs costs RM5.5.

Cheap meal
C$ 2.43
A pair of jeans
C$ 59.89
Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.61
C$ 3.02